April was a bit of a strange month as it felt like it was split into two halves. We had the Easter holiday and lots of rest for the first two weeks and then back to the crazy school routine for the other two. It has been great this month to have more light and I have felt like I have had more energy. With the boys being away I got to rest a lot but I also got lots done like painting our bedroom and the doors and door frames upstairs. I also got the house properly clean for the first time in a long time.
So just like that we're into May already! The boys were in Italy for their Easter Holiday the first two weeks of April and the last two weeks have flown by because we have been back to school runs and normal routine. If you read my Siblings Project post for April you'll know that it was tough for us being apart for so long even though we knew the boys were having a great time and were well looked after. It was amazing to be reunited though and to have them back home.
I can't believe we are a quarter of the way through the year but what with the crazy weather we had at the end of Winter, I'm really ready for it to get a bit warmer now. As I write this Ethan and Oliver are enjoying some Spring sunshine in Germany and have been wearing their beloved shorts and t-shirts at the park the last two days. March was another busy month for us and went by way too fast. I think I can safely say the highlight for all of us was our trip to Bridlington for Mother's Day weekend.
Get our family photo albums out of my Mum's wardrobe and you'll see plenty of photos of my brother and I as children on holiday on a British beach, digging holes, making sandcastles and burying each other, sometimes in wooly jumpers, sometimes in swimming costumes or shorts. I remember the donkey rides, tea from a flask and the fact that packed lunch sandwiches always tasted so much nicer than if they had just been made.
I've no idea how March finished so quickly. It only seems like five minutes since I was writing our last Me & Mine post at the end of February. We had just finished half-term and the boys had gone back to school and now they are already on their Easter holiday.
Does February feel like ages ago or is is it that this final push to Spring feels like it's taking so long? I've finally put together last month's Snapshots & Scenes post which is a round up of our everyday moments and adventures. Since I bought my new camera last Christmas, I just love capturing our life through a mixture of photos and video, although sometimes it can get tiring and I don't pick up the camera for a few days, especially when we're busy with school runs and work. The highlight of February had to be Half-term, just that little break from routine and the non-stop hamster wheel of school, work, bed repeat.
The last few years we have holidayed on the east coast of Italy in the Marche and Abruzzo regions. We tried both self-catering and full-board accommodation. Going away with family means that you want to travel to a place that meets everyone's needs. Somewhere that is great for kids but makes the adults happy too. Somewhere that caters for those that want to be active, but also for those that just want to totally relax and forget about their busy life back home for a short while. Matteo loves the beach and the sea air, whilst I am more than happy by the pool. The boys love both, as long as they are active they're content. This includes playing football on the sand and going in their boat on the sea as well as jumping in the pool and riding on Daddy's back.
February has finished. I normally feel relief at knowing that Spring is just around the corner but what with the freezing temperatures and snow of this week I'm wishing the time away a bit. Tonight the temperature is -6! February has gone quickly, half-term flew by. I've worked two weekend days and been to a conference on one of the other weekends.
With Valentines Day out of the way the next date for the diary in the UK is Mother's Day on March 11th. Whether you're looking for something to buy for your other half from your children or you're someone hoping to find something new for your Mum, I've got ten great ideas for you.
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