With just one adult and one child in our little household, many people would assume we have plenty of opportunities to spend quality time together. In reality, homework, housework and work deadlines often get in the way.
So at the end of half-term week we scheduled a weekend away – just the two of us, with the itinerary being decided by one overexcited little girl.
So that meant going sledging in Tamworth, throwing snowballs and eating too much junk food. We didn’t know the Snowdome was there, we just happened to stumble across is, as you do, and IJ was thrilled to bits.
We then headed off to Drayton Manor for the day courtesy of a free press pass. With IJ a little older and a little braver, it meant we could finally move out of Thomas Land and try out some of the more adventurous rides, like the Flying Dutchmen, although Harold the Helicopter was still a hit.
The day ended with an impressive fireworks and laser display to mark the end of Drayton Manor’s 60th Anniversary Year. While I felt a little bit like royalty with our front row seats in the VIP area, IJ thought it was all too loud and had to be compensated with a Star Wars light-sabre torch-like-thingy* and another two hours’ worth of rides before we went home.
Queuing for a roller-coaster ride in the dark with hats, gloves and a bag of boiled sweets, IJ commented that it was a little but like Christmas, and actually, she was right.
Footnote: IJ doesn’t understand about the free theme park entry, so I am officially the best mummy in the world. Long may the adoration continue.
* Apologies to anyone into Star Wars.