Easter Holidays

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We had a fabulous Easter break. The weather was mild and sunny. Not hot, but temperatures of about 16C (60F) didn’t stop my kids getting wet at every opportunity.

River swing collage jpg
We discovered this idyllic spot at the end of last summer. It’s 5 minutes from where we live so we will be going there a lot this year (Not exactly sure why I numbered these photos. I’m sure you can figure out what’s going on)
Birthday Collage
J(8) became J(9)

(1) This birthday banner was inspired by the Colwell Crew – thanks Angie,  J(9) loved it.

(2) & (4) J(9) asked for a cake based on his Minecraft skin so C(9) made him a delicious chocolate fudge cake topped with his Minecraft skin drawn using GIMP and printed on rice paper. (I’m not sure how edible printer ink is but mostly we peeled it off before we ate!)   (3) A birthday visit to Legoland.

Virgina Water collage
A lovely day out at Virginia Water. More paddling – and I was there too 🙂
Beach collage jpg
Easter at the beach (1) C(10) enjoying the quiet beach early one morning (2) hunting for Easter Eggs

This week we’re easing into the summer term (UK schools don’t break up for summer until mid July). The way we homeschool, that doesn’t mean a huge change.

During “term time” there’s more reading aloud, board games and mulling over maths puzzles. I strew, and I suggest copywork and poetry tea. We do science experiments.

But on days like today when both my children are busy writing fan fiction on their computers, I feel so thankful we don’t have a set agenda and I can leave them to follow their inspiration while I share a few of my favourite memories with you.

I hope you had a wonderful Easter break, too.


I’m appreciatively linking up with:

Collage Friday at Homegrown Learners

Weekly Wrap-Up at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers

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20 thoughts on “Easter Holidays

  1. What a lovely Easter break! Well done for C for pulling off that cake – that’s an inspired idea. I cannot imagine wading into water at 16C. I’m shivering just thinking of it (as I lay here on my couch with 3 blankets and a heated rice bag)

    1. LOL I’m with you with the blankets and the rice bag (I’ve got a wheat one – assume that’s the same thing?)! I wore jeans and a jumper as I watched the kids swim in the river. 😀
      I’ll pass on your compliment about the cake to C. I must’ve looked clueless when J told me what what kind of cake he wanted because he reassured me, “Just ask C, she designed my skin in the first place. She’ll know what I mean!” I was very happy to leave them to it 🙂

      1. Nice job making the birthday banner your own! Love it.

        We spent our Easter weekend/Spring break on a family fieldtrip to Baltimore MD and Washington DC … tons of American history. We just got back late Saturday night so hoping to get posts on the blog once I get us unpacked and laundry going!

        1. Thanks, Angie! I so loved your ideas but I’m not usually great with implementation so I was very pleased with myself! I borrowed your video idea too. We didn’t end up watching it until a few days later but it was still lots of fun looking back. (And it reminded me to take more video of the day-to-day stuff. They grow up so fast.)

          Ooh I shall look forward to reading about your travels. Good luck with the laundry!

  2. Your kids are just like mine! The minute it’s warm enough to go outside without a coat, they think they should be outside playing in water. Me, not so much!
    They have a lot of fun, though.
    What a cool spot to have so close to home!!
    And great job by your kids on the birthday cake! Super fun!
    Happy birthday, J!

    1. That’s exactly it, Tina! LOL. Our kids do sound similar. I guess I did put the swimming gear in the bag… ready to whip out if it looks like clothes are about to get a little too wet for me to want them back in the car later. 😀

  3. Lucinda,

    You live in a very beautiful place. We’ve had temperatures of 16 degrees recently and we’ve been wearing our jumpers, not splashing in the water like your children! You are certainly tougher than us.

    I’ve been catching up with your posts and enjoying them. Your science ones always amaze me. We never seem to have the right equipment for experiments and by the time we get to town to buy what we need, we’re forgotten what we wanted to do! Virtual experiments aren’t nearly as good as the real thing but that’s what we end up doing most of the time.

    I haven’t had much reading time recently. I did the blogging challenge and somehow I got busy making an Evernote series. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my A -Z posts. Always good to chat with you!

    1. Sue,

      I enjoyed your busy blogging April very much. We’ve been busy getting ready to go on holiday this week so I haven’t had as much time as usual to enjoy reading my favourite blogs. Which means I’m in for a treat next weekend!

      I definitely don’t swim when it’s 16 degrees, either! I was happy in my jeans and jacket on the bank. My children are much hardier than me. It was lovely to see them so excited about spring, though.

      Virtual experiments sound very appealing. I’m sure we’ll use those more and more as my two get older. I am so appreciative of how much is available on the internet these days!

      Thank you so much for stopping by here. It’s always lovely to chat with you too. 🙂

  4. Ooooh, oooh, I know that white house – we’ve been there! I didn’t know you could jump in their water though. Maybe we went over winter? Or maybe it was a different white house?
    Happy belated birthday to your son – I might well nick the Mine craft cake idea for mine!

    1. It is very different in winter! It’s an island near us, the house is on the other side. (You’re the only other person I know – apart from me – who begins their comments with Oooh, oooh btw)
      I haven’t said this before but one of the reasons I was so pleased with the Minecraft cake is because I bought that rice paper to do Japanese ink wash painting about a year ago … not realising that what the Japanese used was something different entirely. Hmmm, now I come to write that, I wonder if edible rice paper has a sell-by date??

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