I’m going to have to do a bumper edition of #LittleLoves containing 2 weeks worth of activities. Last week just ran away with us, as most weeks are doing. We’ve been really lucky that each week has been jam packed full of lovely activities – Our girls certainly keep us busy! M & V are on an intensive swim camp for the 4 days of Easter in Liverpool so we are not travelling nearly as much as usual. Tara is enjoying being the only child left, we took her out for a leisurely lunch at Bistro Jacques this afternoon and tomorrow its just me & T. I’ve somehow been talked into a crafting event at our local library and a visit to the toy shop while Mr C is back at work.
There have been the usual endless hours spent poolside and I’ve been racing through books in March. I’ll save some books for my March roundup but this week has seen me finish Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. This has been on my TBR list for quite a while. I think I remember starting it a while ago but not progressing very far. Not sure why, because when I started it this time, I couldn’t read it fast enough. I love that it is a ‘whodunnit’ set in a playground setting. Some of those school mums sounds even more fierce than ours!
I’ve started a couple of books this week, My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (which comes highly recommended by my WI book group but I’m not thoroughly hooked yet) and The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I’m not advocating reading 2 books at once but couldn’t resist picking it up when I went upstairs and found it next to my bed. Its so far set in a book shop, which is one of my favourite places ever to be, so I think I’m going to love it! Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon remains one the best books I’ve ever read so I hope it lives up to expectations.
We have been binge watching Trapped that we saved from BBC4. Set in Iceland, it is the first thing with subtitles that we have really got into and is so scary! I started watching it on a train journey to Dorset and embarrassed myself by squealing at a particularly scary bit. Have you watched it?
In real life, we went to watch Millie in the GCSE dance showcase at school which was really good as ever. She has been helping out one of the Y11 girls with her final showpiece – all good practice for the next 2 years when she is doing her own Dance GCSE.
On Monday, I took my Mum to Liverpool Uni to watch Violet graduate from the Children’s University. I love this afternoon, the children get awards recognising the hours they put in at extra curricular activities. Unfortunately her swimming club is not registered (yet) so these hours do not count towards her certificate but her dancing, singing and flute playing do as well as other events she has taken part in, so she got a Gold Certificate which is brilliant! The scheme is fantastic for children that might not be academically strong, showing that if you work hard at something you will be rewarded. Its the cutest thing ever to see all the kids process in wearing cap & gowns.
Last week, we went to listen to thousands of children singing at Manchester Arena in the Young Voices concert. It was completely magical to see and hear so many children singing at once. They come from different school all across the country. I’m so pleased that Violet took part as she loves singing.
Yesterday was the re-enactment of The Easter Passion at the school church. Y5 (Violet’s class) led the service (Vi was one of the 12 Disciples). Most of the service was performed in silence with some beautiful singing by the children at intervals. It was really well done & even kept the attention of the infant school. I’m amazed by how much even Tara has picked up on the real meaning of Easter. She has talked about Jesus dying today and coming back to life on Sunday as is so matter of fact about it. We popped into the Liverpool Catholic Cathedral today before their Good Friday Service started – Thought we’d better do our bit for Good Friday.
I’ve been rather productive in the kitchen actually! There’s been an Easter bonnet, a Coffee & White Chocolate Bundt Cake, Cinnamon Roll Oats and a Crayfish Pasta Salad (Recipe coming soon). I’m really going to have to get my act together for next week – The cake orders are rolling in too!
Now this is where the story falls down – I’m hopeless at this time of year. I’ve been saying for the last 4 years that I really need a light jacket for when the weather is getting warmer but not quite roasting. Any ideas where I can look?
I have purchased new ballet pumps this week which have given me almighty blisters but thats about it on the clothes front.
We are off to the Easter panto at St Helens theatre tomorrow (Oh yes we are!). I’ve never been to an Easter panto before so am not quite sure what to expect. Millie reckons we have booked it for her as apparently she is 5000 days old tomorrow! Happy birthday -ish Millie! (She obviously has too much time on her hands to have worked that out)
Have a great week! You can check out what the rest of the #LittleLoves gang have been up to over at Coffee, Work, Sleep, Repeat
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