Life seems to be passing me by in a blink of an eye at the moment, its exciting, its busy, there are lots of changes in the pipeline for us, but nothing concrete yet. I just look at my children and I think how do I have a 7 year old, a 4 year old and a 8 month old already?
I feel like we are in the thick of parenting our three young children at the moment, we are busy running two business’s as a couple and we are running a home, selling our home, and thinking about relocating. Its exciting we have so many possibilities, and I am enjoying life so much right now, but its really busy.
In the lead up to the summer holidays I always get a little anxious. It’s the mix of being worried of how I will fill our days, will it be fun for the kids? Will I manage to keep all three of them entertained and happy by myself? Each summer holidays our days change. Our life is different each year because each year the kids are one year older and interested in different things and enjoy different activities. This year we added another baby into the mix, baby Arthur.
I also get worried about silly things like being out of routine. During term time we have our routines I know my days that I can work from home, the times and slots I have for household jobs while Arthur naps and for the club runs after school too. So when I know I am going to be given 6 weeks with no plans I get worried. All we are used to is structure and routine all year round especially with school and work, you know?
But here we are nearly in our 4th week of the summer holidays no routine, as free as birds and we are absolutely loving it. It has been fab, we’ve really loved it!
Things we’ve done to survive/ to have fun and to enjoy our freedom:
planned at least one day out a week
got out the house every single day even if it is just for a walk or coffee in town
seen our friends/ seen the children’s friends
gone to friends houses
stayed home and watched a movie
kept on top of the chores (getting the children involved)
rewards for helping round the house, usually in the form of a few pounds to spend in the sweet shop
called on my mum for a sleepover or two
split the kids up for the day so they can have one on one time with mum or dad
visited national trust properties
Visited Chessington world of adventures
made sure I have a fully stocked fridge
eat out, saves on mess and gives me a break from always cooking over the holidays
plan a trip away – we are going to wales
long mornings, (my favourite) late outings and late evenings (just a little later then usual)
(try and get a date night in with your husband too! If you can)
and lastly do a few holiday clubs to break up the 6 weeks
So I hope thats not too much of a long list, but off the top of my head those are all the things we have managed to fit in so far. We’ve kept really busy with a mix of a few quiet days. Not too many quiet ones or everyone might want to climb the walls. Its really been a lovely summer Sophia has even had a friend over for the day which she loved and I took them bowling and to visit a national trust.
There is so much to do over the summer where we live and so much catered for children. It s been lovely. We are currently in Wales visiting the children’s Granny jenny, which we have all been very excited for. Sadly due to work Daniel has not been able to join us, we will miss him. It was our first long trip in our new car and my first trip to wales (almost 4 hour drive) with the children on my own. And it was a success. Lots of space in the car for all of us and our ‘stuff’ and a really great trip with the kids. Sophia helped with Arthur in the back and Archie sat in the front next to me. They were as good as gold so we had a lovely chilled drive down here.
I love this photo of my three, this was right at the start of the summer before they finished school, I had ordered them some lovely Lamb and Bear leggings. Archie just loved to be matching with his brother.
The first weekend of the summer holidays we took the children to Chessington World of Adventures. We all had such a lovely time. I vlogged it too, click here if you’d like to have a look at what we got up to.
We also bought a new family car, as we were running out of space fast in our old car. We all love our new Citroen and we’ve named her Betsy the Beast just for fun! The kids love her as do I. Its so nice to have all the extra room especially for when we go visit family in Wales.
Arthur had his first ever sink bath at 7 months old. I honestly dont know why I hadnt done it sooner. He loved it.
We visited Chartwell with granny Jenny and grandad Stan, we all had such a lovely time although it was about 32 degrees the day we visited. This is my favourite photo I have ever taken of my two brothers. I absolutely love it I have even got it put on a canvas. Thanks to the lovely people at Cheerz.com!
We also visited Sissinghurst Castle, our first ever time visiting and it was so lovely, the history there is vast. I fell in love with everything about it. I really would love to go again the gardens are so pretty. I read Virginia Woolf’s books during my degree and it was so interesting to learn even more about her and Vita who lived here.
We visited my sister quite a few time in the last few weeks of her pregnancy. She and the children have such a lovely bond. As they do with all of their family they are very lucky.
I took them swimming, which they loved. It was a really hot day when we went too and it was nice to cool down. Arthur loves the water just like his big brother and sister.
We then visited Emmett’s Gardens, one of our favourite national trusts. Its really lovely there, nice open play area and tea room. I love this last photo of the three of them! It is much harder to get a posed photo with them all and most of the time one will be looking away. I love this action shot of them all grabbing each other and laughing.
We visited Hever Castle with Daniel over the weekend, which was a lovely family day out. Sophia and Archie absolutely love the water maze. Hever is such a lovely family day out. Somewhere we always have so much fun together. I just love this photo of Arthur with Daniel. Its my favourite. He just loves his daddy so much and watching their bond grow more everyday makes me so happy.
This has to be my most favourite photo of the three of them to date. I took it at Hever Castle and I absolutely love it. I even got it put on a canvas by Cheerz.com and it is such good quality. Whenever I pass it in the house I smile. Its definitely my favourite photo.
We hired a rowing boat and this was the highlight of our day. Nothing beats a little boat trip with your family. It was so peaceful and so lovely. Arthur had his bottle while we were on the boat and fell fast asleep. Sophia and Archie both enjoyed ringing the bell, and dipping their little fingers into the water. Archie was a little apprehensive at first as he thought the fish might bite his fingers, he is so cute. I reassured him that the fish would definitely not bite his fingers of course and then he was fine.
We also enjoyed some fun in our garden, I put the gazebo and paddling pool up for the children and we had some of our friends over for a bbq. The weather was so lovely and hot it was so nice to have the paddling pool out.
These summer days are my favourite. We are having such a lovely summer together and I am so happy I have been able to capture some of it and share it on my blog with you. I hope you are all having a lovely summer too and enjoying every moment with your little ones, it goes so quickly doesn’t it?