As we both work in education, we are very lucky in the fact that we get to spend every school holiday together as a family. Looking back at photos from our half term ‘holiday’, it’s no wonder that we went back to work slightly jaded after a very busy week!
On Monday, it was TJ’s 5th birthday. We had family down from Exeter and went bowling which was great fun. TJ did really well and managed to be pretty patient when waiting for his turn. There was a very amusing moment when he actually tried to kick the ball down the alley like a football! Needless to say, it travelled about a metre before it stopped dead and we needed to call for help. Whoops! We had a lovely lunch in Pizza Express (TJ’s choice) before ending the day with a ‘disco bath’ thanks to a rather awesome lightbulb and a stack of glowsticks.
On Tuesday, we decided to have a much needed ‘home day’ where TJ got to play with his birthday presents and watch Trolls (for about the fifth time in two days!)
After a day indoors, we had a bit of a change of scenery on Wednesday and went to the library for a Pirates and Princess morning before heading to the cinema to see the LEGO Batman Movie.
TJ absolutely loved it and it was great as he got some Batman Lego for his birthday which he instantly recognised. We finished off by having a ‘cheeky Nandos’ for dinner which was delicious!
On Thursday, we took advantage of our Sealife Centre annual passes and had a look round the Snail and the Whale exhibit. I have to say that we were slightly disappointed at the lack of interactive activities linked to the book. Normally there is some kind of trail, a craft activity and a booklet to take round with you. This time, there were just 5 screens where parts of the story were read aloud when you pressed the button. I appreciate that’s it’s not high season at the moment, but as one of TJ’s favourite stories, we were looking forward to seeing or engaging in something exciting. Never mind, the beauty of having an annual pass is that you can visit as many times as you like and with a fantastic new adventure playground opening soon, we will definitely be making a return visit (or 5!)
By Friday, we were all pretty tired but had lots of preparation to do for TJ’s birthday party on the Saturday (blog post to follow shortly but have a look at the great post that My Two Mums have written about it). After what seemed like a lifetime making Lego man shaped crayons, marshmallow Lego heads and drawing Lego faces on 100 plates and cups, we decided that we needed some fresh air for a couple of hours. We popped to Kingston Maurward which is a lovely farm less than 10 minutes away from our house. It being half term, they had lots of activities for TJ to do including pony rides, guinea pig fishing and art and craft. We had a great time and are looking forward to paying a return visit for their annual Lambing Weekend.