So here we are 2 days in to the Autumn Term, school routine is back and Summer (although not officially over until the 22nd September) has certainly crept away with the holidays ending and the colder weather hitting us straight away!
We had a wonderful summer. It went way too fast yet felt like it dragged at times, we filled our days with adventures and memories made both at home and out with friends and family, too many tantrums of course but we’ve made it to the end exhausted but happy (and a little stressed with all the mess and huge to do list).
At the start of the summer I wrote a bucket list of all the things we ‘could’ do over the holiday. I told myself I wouldn’t beat myself up about what I did or didn’t do but it was great having a tick list, something to go to on those days with no plans. So here’s a little update on what we did get through……….
Parkso many different ones with different friends and always an adventure Picnicnothing better than sitting down on a blanket and the kids devouring food after all the activity
Paddling poolso badly wanted more of this but the weather only really showed up on a Few days at the start of the holidays and again over the bank holiday weekend. Blow Bubblesalways keeps them entertained for a bit while spilling half the mixture Ice creams and ice lollies galoreit wouldn’t be summer without this Film at home with popcornthis year Mary Poppins & Mary Poppins Returns Library reading challenge completed!Anybody else’s child take out over 10 books each time ? Bake cookies/cakeswe baked banana & chocolate chip cake that was devoured so quickly Go to the Beachit may not have been the actual beach but the kids loved playing in the sand at the local shopping centre manmade beach
- Go to the Farm
Have a Water fightoh yes!!! Constantly throwing water at each other in the garden Craftspaints, play doh and junk modelling were firm favourites Magazineswordsearches,
Build a denwe put up a windbreaker tent and the kids took books, colouring, snacks
- Science experiments
BBQsnot as many as we would have liked but we certainly enjoyed a few
- Teach LB to ride his bike
Kitchen discosLB keeps asking me to add different songs to his own personalised Spotify playlist PJ day oh yes these are crucial for everyone after some busy exhausting days
- Go to the Museum
Treasure Hunt/Nature Trailwe did a few National Trust and local trails Explore a new placewe went to Burnham Beeches and Black Park for the first time Sleepover (anybody?!)yes Thank You Nanny Climb a treethis was an almost every day occurrence Yogathe kids love Cosmic Kids Yoga and I love to follow some of my friend Celest Pereira’s You Tube videos National TrustHughenden Manor and Cliveden Visit Grandparents Scrapbookwe are a little behind but this is an activity me and LB have enjoyed doing together and hopefully one we can keep up over the years to look back at memories Take photosoh yes a camera roll full
- Feed the ducks
Board gamesthis is one of LBs favourite things to do so not something we get away without doing for long
- Tie dye shirts
Make a sandcastlewe tried but the sand wasn’t wet enough
- Go to the Zoo/Safari Park
- Help cook dinner
Explore the woodsone of our favourite things to do
- Paint Rocks
Laughlots and I hope the kids remember that bit