Family time in Dubai and a fun filled Easter!
I hope you’re well!! I’ve been super busy over the last couple of months it’s been really difficult to get anything posted. Romeo & Juliet was far more intense than I could’ve ever imagined however the hard work paid off as we received 5 star reviews across the board which was incredible. It was such an amazing experience and one that I will treasure forever. My role of Lady Capulet was a definitely a challenge, but I really relished it and I made some incredible friends. Although we worked hard we also had so much fun and it was brilliant to receive such a positive response from the press and public alike with many young people tweeting that our version had helped them understand Shakespeare for the first time. Many said it had given them a deeper understanding and appreciation of his work which was exactly what our wonderful director Amy Leach and the company at West Yorkshire Playhouse had wanted to achieve. We were all really sad to see the production come to an end as the last three months had been so special but we celebrated in style with a brilliant wrap party and now I’m really excited to see what everyone is going to be up to next.
As our schedule for Romeo & Juliet had been so intense I was thrilled to head off to Dubai with James and Fred for the first part of the Easter holidays and have some downtime with my family. We stayed at our favourite resort the One & Only Royal Mirage which we absolutely love. We’ve been visiting the property for the last 9 years and this visit was just as special as our previous stays. From the moment we arrived the attention to detail as always was second to none to the point where the staff had even placed a framed picture of us from one of our previous visits in our room alongside a beautiful bouquet of flowers, a tray of macaroons, fresh fruits and a personalised chocolate cake for Freddie! It was such a lovely surprise!
We were also treated to our favourite room which overlooks the beautiful Arabian sea and the iconic Palm Jumeirah and has the most beautiful evening sunsets. I’ve taken many wonderful pictures there over the years, it’s definitely one of my most favourite views and our room almost feels like a second home to us. We’ve made many friends at the property and it was so lovely to catch up and see how everyone has been over the last year and they were surprised to see how much Freddie has grown in the last year. There’s a little desk by one of the receptions that we’ve been measuring him against since he was tiny and now he’s almost as tall as it. As much as James and I first visited the hotel on our honeymoon which was as you can imagine was an incredibly romantic trip, the hotel manages to combine a beautiful air of romance with being family friendly which is I suppose one of the reasons we keep going back. We have so many amazing memories and this year we made some fabulous new ones, especially as Freddie is a bit more grown up now. We took part in the kids club activities which included flying kites on the beach, water volleyball and football and the building of many sandcastles! It was such a brilliant trip and really lovely for the three of us to spend some quality family time together. I can’t wait to go back next year!!
As we went to Dubai for the first part of the Easter hols, we spent the second part getting ready for the Easter Weekend! Freddie and I spent Good Friday painting and making DIY eggs and gifts for our friends. I found a brilliant DIY egg hunt pack from ASDA which was under £5 and really easy to put together. Fred and I glued the baskets and made bunny masks, we also painted egg cartons and filled them with hand painted polystyrene eggs and then filled a second set of plastic eggs with mini chocolate balls as extra treats. Earlier in the week I’d presented an Easter gift guide for This Morning so was feeling particularly inspired!
I have to say I’ve been extremely impressed with the range of craft activities available in the supermarkets and online this year. More stores are offering traditional games and activities such as Easter bonnet making and DIY egg building alongside the usual array of chocolate eggs. I really loved spending time with Freddie getting everything prepared for Easter Sunday and as it was quite miserable weather last week it gave us something to do as a family that was inexpensive but fun and productive during the last few days of the school holidays. Most importantly our egg hunt was a huge success! We spent Easter Sunday at our close friends house and everyone took part in our hunt with the grown ups at times being the most competitive! The rest of the day consisted of playing games, eating too much and eventually falling asleep after watching Paddington. It was perfect!
This coming weekend I’m hosting my best friend Donna’s baby shower which I’m very excited about and so will be back at the craft table as I have a few bits and bobs to prepare for that! I really love that baby showers have become so much more popular in the UK as I think its a really lovely way to spoil the ‘Mummy to Be’ particularly as a shower often occurs near the end of the pregnancy which by that point can be a bit laboured (pardon the pun). Anyway we’ve got some great ideas for our Mummy to Be which i can’t wait to surprise her with! I’m going to say goodbye for now but I hope you all had a really lovely Easter.
Speak very soon, Love Natalie Xx
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