As a working mother, I occasionally get a dose of the guilts about not spending time with my children.
During the school holidays and at weekends, I try to spend quality time with them but at times they appear to have a better social life than me.
This Easter a number of their friends have escaped to sunnier climates so I’ve really enjoyed the Easter break thus far.
My eldest boy is reading Charlie and the chocolate factory so off we ventured into Belfast to Auntie Sandra’s Candy Factory.
This family run business runs tours of the factory explaining the history and how sweets are made. Uncle Jim dressed like an intriguing and entertaining older brother to Willy Wonka shares a number of the family secrets whilst making the traditional boiled sweets and lollies.
For those who hold a magic ticket can enter the quiz to win some of the freshly made goods. My two won a thousand lick lolly (more like a million like lolly its the same size as his face!)and an iPhone 17 sweet stuffed with brandy balls for apps. They then made candy floss before going into a sweet lovers heaven . Their shop is stocked with every type of sweet you could possibly imagine.
The kids both big and small adored it.
We also went to the cinema to see the Croods, tin pin bowling at the Odyssey had a game of Belfast monopoly, created thousands of Easter buns (none of which lasted to Good Friday), went for walks, got the bikes out, made crafts and the best thing this week… the snow at their Grandparents house.
Week one of the holidays – Quality time tick