I'm going to throw it out there...week 15 has been one of my favourites of the year so far! It was the first time I've taken any real time off work and I took advantage of the Bank Holiday weekend and ended up with a full 7 days at home. Bliss!
One event which I didn't manage to get photos of was a trip to The Crystal Maze in London for one of my closest friend's birthday. There was a prior dash through London (I became *that* person who runs in public) but it was well worth it. The Maze was nostalgic, brilliantly eccentric and lots of fun. I'd recommend!
Now, on to the snapshots....
Over the course of the week I took every opportunity to enjoy the good weather. It was colder more often than I'd hoped, but I spent a fair bit of time out and about. This photo was taken one afternoon as Nick and I took Dudley for a walk and it's got me excited for the sunshine to come!
Another feature of the last seven days was spending plenty of time regrouping and slowing down the pace. I had more than my fair share of lie ins, managed to read three books and took an afternoon nap most days. I often feel like any time off should be jam packed and not wasted so it was really good to just take time out and catch up.
As well as plenty of naps I also scheduled in a lunch date with Lizzie. Quite often we book a day out somewhere but this time we opted for lunch and a quick mooch in the local charity shops for second hand books. Time off work can get expensive, so it was nice to keep spending to a minimum and still have an enjoyable afternoon. Something I need to remember more often!
Another excursion came in the form of a day out in Windsor with Mum. I'd won a competition (I never win anything!) for a trip to the new Headmasters salon so we stopped off there first for a quick freshen up before spending the day wandering through the town. These cakes were on offer in one of the cafes and I couldn't resist getting a quick picture.
On Saturday we took Ella and Dylan on an Easter Egg hunt. Again, the weather was far colder then expected (as in, we had to wear scarves!) which dulled the mood slightly but it was nice to be out and about doing something different. They both enjoyed running through the long grass searching for eggs and I think the picnic we had in the car (too cold to sit outside!) just topped it off for them. They could teach me a thing or two about appreciating the little things, that's for sure.
And finally, the week was rounded off with a family meal for Easter Sunday. Mum and I (mainly Mum) made this amazing Creme Egg Cheesecake which is just one of the reasons why I'd go as far as to say I think I prefer our Easter meal to Christmas dinner. We had our traditional delicious lamb dish followed by a (potentially ill-advised) family game of Twister once everyone was feeling satisfyingly full. Dylan may not have fully understood the aim of the game but it was lovely to be able to do an activity we could all join in with. And I even managed to squeeze in a quick nap afterwards - what more could I ask for?
Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend, what did you get up to?