Day 1 didn’t start on a great note. I woke at 6am with a leg cramp (I don’t usually get these) so I screamed out in pain. I then had my sleep in cut short because the children were playing with noisy toys and hubby didn’t shut the lounge door properly. At any rate, if we were heading off today to Centerparcs, it would have still happened but we would have had the stress of packing a car on top of it.
The first step on our plan for today was for The Monster to attend his first swimming lesson, Yes, at 20 months old it does seem a bit old (Pickle was 5 mths old) but as a 2nd child he is some what neglected, taking 2nd place to his sister. We all took our swimming costumes though and whilst hubby and he had the lesson, Pickle and I mucked about in the section next to them and then they joined us afterwards.
We the had about 3 hrs to kill before Pickle’s swimming lesson and the original plan was still up in the air. Trip around Kew or to the London Wetland Center (we are members, so not a novelty, although it included Nature and a walk). In the end, hubby took the bull by the horns and suggested we go into central London to see the Olympic parade. It was only 19 min on the train from where we were so we did. The kids loved the train ride and the sights on the way although They were both quite moany. Thats not uncommon though. The parade was fab and emotional and I took lots of photos. We had to leave with just 3 buses left in order to make it back.
Unexpected trip to London with Olympians thrown in. TICK.
We got back to the swimming pool where Pickle started her first after-school lesson (although she hasn’t officially started school yet) and despite being tired she went in the pool without an instructor being in it, did overarm and jumped in the pool by herself. Result.
Back home and quick meal of pasta and pesto which we all ate and Hubby and I had a glass of wine. Thats two rules we’ve stuck to.
Day 1 has been marked a success. Wonder what Day 2 will bring.
PS: Pickle keeps referring to our holiday as The Pretend Holiday, hence the name now.