Firstly, let me wish those of you celebrating Easter a very HAPPY EASTER!
It is nearly that time to devour those delicious Easter chocolate eggs however do we know what Easter is really all about? Do we think of Easter as an event which is religious or simply a time to take a break, come together with family and friends and enjoy all those chocolate eggs we have been waiting for?
Well, I wanted to cover 2 things in regards to Easter.
Firstly what is Easter? Easter is the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Christ and held (in the Western Church) between 21 March and 25 April, on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern spring equinox. To find out more about Easter and what it is all about, I came across this site which gives a great explanation Easter?
Secondly, family time! Over the past week, I had the pleasure of having my nephews over to stay with me as they are on their Easter holidays and I wanted to give their parents some time to themselves, a break!
During the week, we had lots of fun times at home, being grateful that the weather was on our side, sunny and warm, enjoying the garden and playing LOTS of swing ball. We also got out and about and enjoyed some of our beautiful local parks and playgrounds.
We did lots of walking and headed to Bedford Park last Saturday, after spending a couple of hours in the playground, the boys goofing around with all the apparatus and swings etc, then headed over near to the Pavilion in the Park where they had an Easter Egg hunt which we joined in with. Sunday we chilled at home enjoying more lovely weather and got our hands dirty in sowing some seeds to grow our own herbs which was fun, plus more swing ball before Monday came along and I treated the boys to a couple of days in Brighton where we all had a lot of fun.
We walked along the promenade, enjoyed all the attractions the Palace Pier had to offer, walked the famous Lanes and stopped by to check out the famous Choccywoccydoodah shop where they had huge amazing chocolate Easter eggs on display and then back to the beach for lots of toe dipping in the cold water, once we managed to get through the pebbles.
Although these few days are physically tiring, they are so much fun because I get to enjoy not only being a big kid again but also the freedom, the fun, the interaction and so much more with an 8 and 10 year old. I get to see things from their eyes, from their point of view and it is fascinating how children see the world and what goes on around them in the ‘adult’ world.
So although the days were full on from the moment we woke up to the moment we went to bed (and I collapsed into my bed), on reflection, it has given me a lot to think about, mostly to enjoy life, not always take things so seriously, simply take chances, take that leap out of the norm, be carefree and even care-less at times. Life can become too routined and too restrictive sometimes however it doesn’t always need to be that way…we all need to be bring our inner child out to play, to enjoy the wonders of this life and simply be a child again.
Does this make sense? Putting it out there to parents who have little children, do you ever take time out to enjoy the fun times with your children and be a party to their pranks and games or do you simply supervise activities and let them get on with it? I would love to find out your views and how it is for you!
So now back to work, back to business.
Yesterday morning the boys left and I made a vegan wedding cake for a lovely couple who got married in Bedford yesterday. The cake was received well and they gave me wonderful reviews which you can see on Facebook and Instagram………
So until soon, don’t forget to have fun, rest, relax and enjoy life, no matter what you end up doing.
And here are some fun family pictures from the past week……