Compared to March, April was a quiet month. March’s ‘Last Month in Five’ post was full of birthday celebrations – it would be fair to say that I stretched my 40th birthday celebrations out for as long as I possibly could. A month of excess. But a lot of fun. April started off seeing me still grasping onto the last of those celebrations, but after that life eased back into normality – and that normality was much needed.
April was also a month of crazy weather – rare sunny Spring days, that we made the most of, dotted in between what seemed to be a return to winter with a combination of snow, rain, sleet, more rain, hail, and then a little extra rain thrown in for good measure that saw us through to the end of the month. The weather also seemed to be a good barometer for our mood – when it was sunny and warm, we had a spring in our step and a positive outlook, but when we experienced those wintery days our moods dipped, we felt frustrated, snipey, and lethargic. And I am using the royal ‘We’ regarding our moods; because mainly it was me – although both the two year old and the four year have had some pretty spectacular moody moments recently. I’m not including the husband in the royal ‘We’ though, as he’s been his usual calm self – the voice of reason when the rest of us were wallowing in our moods. He’s an all round good egg.
Here’s how the month panned out:
April started off with a trip to Norwich to meet up with my best friends for a belated birthday lunch, on a very sunny Saturday. I had a bit of time to kill before meeting them so took a leisurely stroll in the sunshine around some of my favourite parts of the city.
The following weekend saw us heading off to Sheringham Park early one Sunday morning. Sheringham Park is part of the National Trust, and is a beautiful place to visit year round – but it really comes into its own during the spring months. We were a bit too early for their famous Rhododendrons, although a few had started to bloom, but we will be heading back there this month to see them in all their resplendent glory.
We joined the library in April. I don’t know why it took me this long to do it (oh, yes I do! I’m the world’s greatest procrastinator!) but we are now making full use of the library service. M’s library picks have been all Star Wars based (no surprise there!), and G has picked quite a few Thomas the Tank Engine books. After reading this post by Hayley from Hayley from Home I managed to grab a copy of The Year of Living Danishly (it’s a very popular book and is normally on reserve, so I was very lucky to grab the last copy). It’s a real joy to read, and I’m falling in love with the idea of all things Hygge.
Once my final birthday celebration was over and done with I jumped back into Slimming World with gusto. I now have five Slimming World recipe books and try to make a point of cooking something from them at least three times a week. There’s also been a whole lot of salad going on – even on those miserably cold and wet days when I would normally want to dive head first into a bowl of stew and dumplings.
Because of getting back onto plan with Slimming World I discovered in April that I can now wear some clothes that didn’t fit me a few months ago (in fact, they haven’t fit me in a couple of years!). I have been able to wear my favourite jeans again – and I didn’t have to hold my breath in when I zipped them up, which was AMAZING!
The big movie event of the month was, for us, the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on DVD. M was so excited about watching it, so we decided to have a little ‘Star Wars’ party on a Saturday night and let him stay up late to watch it. I think, for him, it was the highlight of the year so far!
And of course Game of Thrones returned to Sky Atlantic (and on catch up via NOW TV). If I didn’t have kiddies then I would have stayed up late to watch it at 2am when it was simulcast with the USA, but I like my sleep too much, so we waited until the evening to watch it. It was very difficult to stay away from any social media channels or online news outlets to avoid spoilers, but I managed it… just!
So, that was April. May has started out with glorious sunshine, and I’m sure I heard the MET Office mention something about the UK possibly being hotter than Ibiza this weekend, so we plan to spend most of it in the garden where I will be sorting out the veggie plot, the kiddies will be playing, and R will be in charge of getting the BBQ going. Lets soak up as much Vitamin D as possible before the weather turns again!
Hope you have a lovely weekend! xxx