The Week that was 365/14

TheBoyandMe's 365 LinkyThis week saw the beginning of the Easter holidays, a freeeeezing bitter cold and our Ambassador Butlins break at Bognor Regis which really succeeded once again in cheering us all up.

I went to buy some net curtains today (Friday) in John Lewis, it was lunchtime and there were a lot of mums with noisy kids, some screaming, some being unruly and my two, well they weren’t too bad considering I was there for over half an hour. Anyway the woman cutting the fabric raised her eyes at me on hearing one piercing shriek (not my kids) and said, ‘I bet you can’t wait for the kids to go back to school?’

I nodded and raised my eyes too but it was a lie.

I LOVE having the girls home with me, I love hearing their chatter all over the house. I don’t mind picking up toys that have been played with and then left behind whilst they move on to the next imaginary game using something else. I love cooking their favourite foods for them, having them slip into my bed in the early morning (maybe too early sometimes) but the hugs are priceless. I love the relaxed attitude that a school holiday brings with it but I couldn’t be bothered to tell the shop assistant all of this, she maybe would have thought I was mad?

Right here we go – I’m taking it from last Friday, Good Friday as that’s when we left for Bognor Regis and the fun started, it’s very difficult for me to choose a couple of shots from Butlins when I took about 300 but I daren’t bore you

Friday – Arrival at Butlins and this was our room, a beautiful honeymoon welcome which really made us and the girls smile. They played with the swans. We wathch the Skyline Gang in the Pavilion and eat late, poor Bess falls asleep at the table :( and we cart her off to na’nights.

Wave hotel butlins bognor regis

Saturday – Bessie is VERY under the weather but determined to leave the room. She is desperate to try out the brand new Helter Skelter we’ve been talking about. She does incredibly well and even manages to see a show but after that we’re off to bed for a good night’s sleep.

butlins kids fun

Sunday – Bessie is still not 100% but a little bit better. We decide not to try out Splash Waterworld (although daddy is definitely trying his best to convince me) I have the enormous pleasure of trying out the Ocean Spa as a wedding present (thank you once again Butlins) I opt for the Deep muscle shiatsu full body treatment envisioning total relax and wafting in the lap of luxury …. little did I realise it’s the toughest on the menu and one footballers use! It was good, painful in places, the knots in my shoulders were very stubborn but overall a beautiful experience. Thank you Butlins x That said, next time I’ll go for a more gentle massage ;)

ocean spa butlins

Monday – Splash Waterworld, a last trip on the Helter Skelter and then homeward bound. A very good journey but boy is the house cold when we arrive. Whack up the heating and get the girls on the sofa under covers

butlins funfair bognor regis

Tuesday – Paul back to work, the girls sleep in till 8.30am – unheard of and the lap of luxury. I wash two loads and hang them on the  line but it’s bitterly cold out there and don’t dry completely. I buy the girls a hopscotch game from the supermarket and they love it.


Wednesday – Another 8am start (Bring it on!) we try to do some Bug Club but the site is down, we read, the girls play, I iron with my brand new Panasonic super dooper iron which I have yet to tell you about and I bake bread in my Panasonic breadmaker – chocolate and orange bread recipe to follow

chocolate and orange bread

Thursday – What day is it? What happened? Oh yes it snowed!!! It snowed on and off all day long. We went to see my grandmother and we talked for ages about my great grandfather and his wife, my late grandfathers parents. Nan mentioned how much she misses her parents. She’s 93 this year and yet she says she can remember being back in her home in Winsford, the wallpaper, the smells, how her father was dressed, so clearly. I realise it must be difficult getting old.

snow in april

Friday – Net curtains, chicken Bhuna curry plus the Panasonic vegetable curry again. The girls decorate their micro scooters with the accessories that have been sent to us. We manage to eat another couple of Easter eggs and now we are left with only 10 more. I swear next year to speak to the aunties and try to cut this out. As I close the girls curtains I am greeted with this spectacular sunset so I run downstairs to capture it before it changes

micro scooters



  1. Tas D
    April 6, 2013 / 8:05 AM

    Looks like you had a great time at Butlins. I can’t get over how nice the rooms are! Hope Bessie is feeling a lot better now.

    • Mari
      April 7, 2013 / 9:01 AM

      The rooms have really been thought out well and are very comfortable – it’s a shame to leave them :)

  2. April 6, 2013 / 8:33 AM

    looks like you had a lot of fun this week! I WANT TO COME TO BUTLINS TOOOOOOOO! and so does Gracey!

    • Mari
      April 7, 2013 / 9:01 AM

      One day, we’ll do it, both of you would LOVE it xx

  3. April 6, 2013 / 10:31 PM

    Looks like lots of fun. Glad You enjoyed another Butlins break despite Bessie feeling poorly. I can’t wit to go in a few weeks time. That helter skelter lied looks cool x

    • Mari
      April 7, 2013 / 9:01 AM

      REally looking forward to the next break too, we’ll be in the Shoreline, you?

  4. Susanna/A Modern Mother
    April 7, 2013 / 3:20 PM

    I love term breaks too, a change of routine and if we are lucky, and change of scenery too. x

    • Mari
      April 12, 2013 / 5:18 PM

      I hope you have fully recharged your batteries – we may have busy times ahead methinks ;)

  5. April 8, 2013 / 11:30 PM

    A fabulous week and so nice to see that Butlin’s spoilt you, deservedly so. Hope that Bessie is fully recovered now?

    Thanks for linking up.

    • Mari
      April 12, 2013 / 5:19 PM

      Bessie bounced back as usual thank goodness and I’m already with this week’s 365 ;)

  6. April 10, 2013 / 11:37 AM

    All these photos of Butlins have me sold! It looks amazing. Glad you had a relaxing break and thos knotted shoulders are a little less knotted :-)

    • Mari
      April 12, 2013 / 5:19 PM

      Aaah, one week back on the pc and the knots are back I think – they’re there to stay but what an amazing experience

  7. April 12, 2013 / 8:25 PM

    Beautiful photos from Butlins. It looks like you had a great time

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