So this weekend is a long one. Which means it’s automatically better than every other weekend. At least for me.
I get three whole days with Bill and Mark, and to be honest, I don’t think there are many things in life that could top that.
So, as for what we got up to, we went to Knowsley Safari Park on Saturday. It was Mark’s idea and he booked tickets earlier on last week as a treat for us all. I was worried that the bad weather (oh hi rain) would ruin it a little bit for us, but it was amazing.
Zoos and other things like that always make me feel a mixture of emotions. I’m often in awe of just how beautiful animals are and how lucky I am to be able to see them so close. But at the same time, I wonder if animals having to live with cars just a foot away from them is kind?
It didn’t seem to bother a couple of lions who got it on right next to our car in full view of a confused Bill. We went with ‘cuddling’ but didn’t really have one to explain the rough element when the male lions starting biting the female’s head.
You can see more of that in our vlog down below though!
I can’t believe I managed to take these through a tiny gap in a raindrop-spattered car window. We weren’t allowed to open windows or doors for obvious reasons so I’m proud of these shots.
Thankfully, it was only the lions feeling amorous that day. I’m not sure I’d have liked to see a ‘rhinonocerous’ (as Bill calls them) get freaky.
I packed us a picnic in a picnic basket as a treat for Bill. Just to make it a bit more special. We ate it in the front of the car as the rain poured down but it was still special. Especially watching Bill and Mark share a gingerbread man and debate over who got the Smarties’ buttons.
After our car picnic, we threw our coats on and headed out to explore the rest of the park. We ended up buying bubblegum ice creams and eating them in the rain, because that’s what made Bill happy.
He also bravely went on two rides on his own – at his request – and it was nice that he was tall enough to go on. As we were worried we’d have to tell him he was too little, which is heartbreaking when children just want to play.
He pulled the funniest faces. He didn’t look happy or scared, just a bemused mixture of the in-between, which had us howling as we watched.
We got home and dried off, and I ended up falling asleep on the sofa and was promptly sent to bed to nap, which I have to admit, was lovely. I never nap anymore and I’m known for running on minimal sleep. But sometimes, it’s nice to just give in and rest.
I did wake up to the reveal of our little Princess though, which I was sad to have missed. I wonder if they call her Charlotte like the bookies are saying?
I also ended up getting quite emotional that afternoon. I was just struck with tears and I have to admit that I still struggle, over a year on, to say goodbye to Bill every week. Mark was amazing and I really do feel like, sometimes, he’s the only person that takes the time to really listen to what I’m saying and understands how I’m feeling.
I still want the upbringing I had for my own little family. And I’ll never have that, because I will always have to part ways from my son and that breaks my heart. I try and touch on this at the end of my Saturday vlog, so I’ll let you listen to that instead of going on again here too.
Sunday was lovely.
Even though I had a snuffly little toddler, who has been battling a cold since he came back from his dad’s, it was just nice to snuggle inside as a trio and relax.
The weekend was quite an exciting one for that handsome guy above. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao and a Preston game that could have seen them promoted. Sadly, Preston lost so he’s still left in suspense, and it looks like it will go to play-offs. I will be crossing my fingers and toes that they finally get promoted.
While Bill was napping, and we’d finished screaming at the match on the telly, we tried to start building our picnic table from Wayfair. But it started belting it down with rain part-way through, so we’re hoping we can finish it today.
I managed to gut our house, which felt amazing actually. I stripped back our conservatory and put all of the throws I normally have there in the wash. And we finally threw away that horrible rug. I don’t know why we waited so long. This is the conservatory while everything was on a spin cycle. It looks so old-fashioned but I do love that room!
Once Bill woke up, we ended up playing games as a family all afternoon. Whether playing with the remote control helicopter we have, or playing Buckaroo (which hasn’t aged well if you ask me – I miss the old design!). We had so much fun and Bill is brilliant at games and taking turns, it’s one of the perks of him growing up. Makes me smile.
I mentioned gutting the house – well, I took to work on our bedroom too. We’ll be decorating it soon and I attacked my wardrobe and I’ve more clothes to donate to charity as they are too big now. I’ve also put all of my winter clothes in storage under our bed, and my summer items are hanging and ready. It felt so good.
Also, here’s a sneak peak of my floppy hat from ASOS. I’m hoping I can pull it off as I’ve wanted one for ages!
This weekend was definitely sponsored by Calpol. Luckily, he likes to take it now.
We ended Sunday with bath, books and bed, as always. It’s such a huge part of our family routine and it makes me so happy to pile on to Bill’s bed and do that as a trio.
Now, it’s Monday morning and no work! Hurrah! We’re currently in our PJs watching Cinderella, and Mark has gone for a run because he’s much more admirable than I’ll ever be in that department.
I’ve just had some new books arrive from Amazon. Bless the fellow delivering on a Bank Holiday Monday. I’m grateful for these. And I’m unsure which to start with.
I do love the weekends. Absolutely what I live for.