There was plenty of giggling as I pushed Smiley along the busy backroads in the Park, but eventually we arrived at Farmleigh. It was mobbed, which is exactly as my daughter likes things: lots going on, lots of people to smile at and beautiful surroundings too.
And best of all there was music, and plenty of it. This duo was our favourite because we could get right up close and see and hear everything.
The day was finished off to perfection with the sharing of a giant sticky chocolate muffin. I am so glad that my daughter loves cake too.
Then today I got a real taste of that holiday feeling when we headed down the country to visit a special needs optician.
It was lovely and calm and quiet, the air was clean, a fresh breeze was blowing across the Curragh plain and sky was this colour.
And there was lots of it.
It was also a day to feel competent. For the first time in about a year, I helped Smiley to use a toilet away from home. Everything went to plan: she let me know that she needed to go, I found a disabled toilet, worked out how to manage in the small space without a hoist, she did the business and I got her off and tidied up without damaging my back. Am proud of both of us.
We even had time for a quick picnic lunch before heading back to the city.
So my reasons to be cheerful are:
- A successful Easter break with two contented teenagers.
- A lot achieved.
- Perfect weather: some rain for my son and some sunshine for my daughter.
How was Easter for you?