A photo a day, every day, for a year! This is my post for the year 2022 Week 17, 18, 19 and 20. After the loss of my dad, I feel like I have been living in a bit of a daze. I have lost all concept of time but having finally had my dad’s funeral last week I hope that will change. In the past weeks, life has gone on. Ethan celebrated turning twelve and I have somehow managed to continue to take some sort of photo every day. Something I thought I hadn’t done.
Project 365 – 2022 Week 17, 18, 19 & 20
Day 113 – Week 17
I had a surprise in the post from one of my aunts. My mum and dad found this bracelet and gave it to her when she was a child. She has kept it for all these years and thought now it was the right time to pass it on to me. It was a complete surprise.
We took the children out for some fresh air today. Just to our local country park. Ethan keeps protesting if we stay in on Sundays.
We are going to celebrate our friend’s birthday at the beach. So for his birthday gift, we hired a beach hut for him.
I have been taking the car on the school run on Tuesdays but I’m actively trying to walk more now. My legs need reminding what they are there for.
On the walk back from school I spotted Little E’s fluffy octopus on the floor. It must have fallen off of her bag on our walk to school.
It’s that time of year there are lots of cherry blossoms now on our school runs.
I had an appointment at Ethan’s school today. Let’s just say sometimes chocolate is needed after these visits!
Day 120 – Week 18
Last week was certificate week at Ethan’s swimming club. He swam 800 metres! So he was able to collect his award this week. 800 metres, honestly I can’t even swim one!
This bank holiday we finally sorted out our bedroom. We had to declutter and have a good tidy. I had a look through our wedding box. One day I will put some of the items in a frame. I let Little E try on my bridal crown. It has been kept in a good condition considering I brought it in in 2007/2008.
Bank holiday Monday and Little E’s swimming lesson is still taking place. She has moved up a group into the bigger pool and she is so proud of herself.
Our garden is full of dandelions, Little E wanted to make a wish.
A rainy day school run today. Ethan carries his own umbrella now but I missed taking a photo of his smile.
Little E was complaining of headaches over the Easter holidays. We took her for an eye test only to discover she needs glasses. We collected them after school today.
Disney on Ice Dream Big tickets went on sale today. We have seen this show a few years ago but they have updated it with Coco for this run. I was unsure if we should buy tickets as I was worried Little E was getting bored of going. But then I thought she probably won’t want to go when she starts high school so I better make the most of it.
Day 127 – Week 19
A trip to LEGOLAND Windsor to celebrate Ethan’s birthday today. We haven’t visited since 2018 so it was nice to see all the new and updated areas. There was a bit of protest because I didn’t book to stay at the LEGOLAND Hotel! I now owe them a stay there!
And just like that Ethan is twelve!
The weather is getting warmer, it’s time for hats at school. Ethan is proudly wearing his Disney Cruise Line cap. The children were given these as gifts at the end of our Disney Crusie Line Seacation last year.
We met my niece at LEGOLAND as my great-nephew shares Ethan’s birthday. She brought them both mini chocolate cakes. We shared Ethan’s today.
We need to start thinking about my dad’s funeral and Darren needed shoes. He sent me this photo to show he had found some. His old shoes came to a spectacular end at my niece’s wedding.
Poppies are popping up on our walk to school.
A school mum friend gave me this colouring set for Little E as her son wouldn’t use it. Little E spent ages on it.
Day 134 – Week 20
I got out to meet up with my friend today. I can’t remember the last time we got to catch up without the kids. We treated ourselves to milkshakes. It was nice to get together and we must do it again soon.
Beach hut birthday celebrations today at Walton-on-the-Naze. The sea was cold and the weather wasn’t that warm but that doesn’t stop the children from going in the sea!
We have quite a big trip planned for the summer but I’m not sure if it is the right time to go. So I have been toying with the idea of a few days at Disneyland Paris instead. It is so expensive now, everything is! I was using the calendar to help me work out the cheaper days to go.
I sent this quote to my Disney partner in crime. Still, nothing is booked as we are still in debate.
With Ethan’s birthday out of the way, it’s time to think about Little E’s birthday. She wants a party. Again every option has increased in price so I’m trying to work out the best way to do it.
It was my dad’s funeral today. I still can’t believe it happened. I’m not sure if you are meant to take photos of the flowers but I wanted to remember the flowers I got him as the day is all a bit of a blur.
My step-sister gave me some flowers to take home from the wake. She had these made for the tables. I could smell them all over the house.
That was our 2022 Week 17, 18, 19 and 20 adventures. You can read about weeks 14, 15 and 16 here.