The boys went back to school today after the 2 week Easter holidays, we had a good break, a few days out, lots of time at home, playing games (board and xbox) and seeing friends. I thought I'd share a few highlights.
In the first week we went to WOW (a soft play place in Larnaca) with Sam and the kids, which was probably the boys highlight of the holiday. We only tend to go once a year or so as we have a similar place closer to home but they prefer WOW as it's more of a treat. We were there for almost 5 hours and apart from a short stop for lunch they played non-stop, meaning that Sam and I had a nice chat over tea and chocolate croissants, we are loving the fact that we actually get to almost finish a conversation after all these years!
After WOW we went back to their house for cookie and egg decorating and then the kids enjoyed dinner at a film together - after leaving our house at 9:30am it was no surprise that they were exhausted by the time we returned gone 8pm.
We had lots of plans for meet ups but the weather was not on our side in the first week. Picnic in the park was cancelled due to the likelihood it was going to rain. That is one problem living in Cyprus that if the weather isn't good then there is not much to do.
Good Friday meant that Leo's usual taekwondo lesson wasn't on, so we met the usual group of Mum's and kids at our favourite restaurant, Zaferios. The first visit for us this year and a great afternoon / evening, the boys play so happily there with their friends that we can easily be there for 5 hours or more!
Saturday was another day out, as it was the Tiny Acorns Creativity Easter Event, a brilliant day as always with over 30 children attending, a huge picnic, crafts, games and of course an egg hunt. We were so lucky with the weather, with just a few spots of rain towards the end of the afternoon.
It was also Leo's name day (April 15th) and Leo was pleased that he got to see all of his friends on the day. He loved his card from all of us, and made by Nana with a Pokemon theme to it. We also gave him a cuddly Pikachu which he has hardly put down since!
I did think about taking Leo to the church on the Saturday night for the first time but as the main service doesn't start until 11:30pm I decided against it. Maybe one year if we are meeting others too rather than trying to figure out what is going on by myself. We did our own version of Cypriot traditions though and lit candles and broke red eggs with each other.
Easter Sunday and Monday were full of food, drinks and fun with dinner at ours on the Sunday and Mum's on Monday. We also finally got to play Cards Against Humanity on Sunday evening (after convincing the kids to watch a film indoors) it was worth the wait and probably the most I have laughed in a long time!
The weather improved in the second week, and they boys had the first swim of the year. I did dig out my bikini but after putting a foot in the water I decided to supervise from the nice warm sunbed.
Yesterday (Sunday) was the last day and I took the boys to the beach, I was fully prepared this time with towels, swim shorts etc, and was wearing a vest top myself, however I'd not realised how windy it was and the red flags were out and it was really cold! The waves were amazing though, I've never seen them like that before.
They still enjoyed running around with their friends and a juice and a packet of crisps, it wasn't a bad way to end the school holiday!