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The Summer Holidays so far: Not Even Awful!

I hate to say it, everyone, but my summer has been really great so far! I’ve seen plenty of blogs this past week where mothers are tearing their hair out in despair. It’s the fifth week of the summer holidays and it seems my fellow mummy bloggers have experienced squabbles, broken bones, ungrateful children on expensive trips to the zoo and a fortnight of cleaning up a vomit relay passed between three kids.

Perhaps it’s the age gap, maybe it lends itself to harmony because my daughter is mature enough not to squabble with the baby, perhaps it’s because the weather hasn’t kept us inside too much (or maybe it’s because the oldest went on holiday with her dad and was very missed).

Whatever the cause, I’ve had a pretty smooth run so far (oh god, I hope I don’t jinx it).

So with nothing to moan about (for a change) here’s some photo highlights.

We tried new food:

butternut squash noodles

We bought some butternut squash noodles (I believe they call themselves ‘boodles’) and everybody tried a plateful. Emma hit the jackpot and got a massive one that was as big as her.

real pizza

Greg ate some real pizza from a real pizza place where the waiter was really Italian. Normally we can’t take him anywhere. I mean anywhere at all, he once shouted ‘BUGGER!’ in a church during a primary school mock wedding. But I brought two wooden cars and a compact mirror to entertain him and he was wonderfully behaved! The best thing about this discovery is that I can probably eat out every day if wanted to! Yay!

We went to a wedding:

wedding guests

I say ‘we’, I mean just me and Emma. I couldn’t really take Greg after all the bugger shouting mentioned above. The wedding was beautiful and one of the most relaxed I’ve ever been to. The ceremony was held at The Deep, a aquarium in Hull. It provided a gorgeous backdrop for photos, then the reception was a picnic and the night do was at a classy wine bar. The day was wonderful but I won’t share any photos since the bride hasn’t but the professional ones up on her Facebook page yet, so  you’ll have to settle for a selfie of me and my plus one travelling down.

We played outside:

park

As I’ve already mentioned, we went to the park. The park closest to me is still a bit iffy, so we’ve been touring parks in the local area.

sand and water table

I also had a massive clear out and hired a garden clearance man so my little garden could be safe for children to play in, then invested in a cheap sand and water table. The table is a bit of a pain actually, both kids really love it but they get drenched and caked in sand then refuse to come in. Yesterday I had I to bribe Greggles in by shaking a packet of crisps near him with the hope of coaxing him into following my inside. It worked, but I’m not sure that it will again because once he was inside, I didn’t feed him the crisps and instead gave him a bath. I’m not entirely sure if he’s forgiven me yet.

The final wonderful thing to happen, and the reason this blog briefly fell by the wayside is that my sister had been ‘about to give birth’ since Thursday. She was having some problems and they kept changing their mind about what to do with her. He’s here now and they’re both well, I won’t post a photo because she’s not done her Facebook announcement yet (but has text all of her friends). He’s a (very cute) whopper and will hopefully be appearing in my ‘Big Baby Birth Stories’ series when my sister has fully recovered.

How has your summer been? Am I just ridiculously lucky? Answers in the comments!

 

 

Two Tiny Hands

14 thoughts on “The Summer Holidays so far: Not Even Awful!

  1. Aww your summer looks like it’s been bliss! Mine hasn’t been too bad either, we’ve achieved a lot more than usual even with a new addition to the family!
    Thank goodness for good weather and friends to help make lasting childhood memories xoxo

  2. A lovely read, making me very jealous, my kids all grown up now. Only need me for cooking dinner, washing ironing and taxi (they can all drive but want to drink!). Glad you’re enjoying the hols. Make the most of it, cose it goes in the blink of an eye 😢 Xx

  3. It is so lovely to read a positive Holiday post. We are back at school in Holland now and I’m mourning the holidays already especially in this beautiful weather. I want to try some boodles! Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

  4. I think it is great that you had a lovely summer and it made me smile! We had a mixture of either wonderful or wary moments but that was OK too😊it is over now and I am sad about that. Live mirror idea. Genius. #fortheloveofBLOG

  5. Oh this is lovely!! My summer has been pretty fantabulous too. I’m dreading back to school. I love the photo of you from the wedding, you both look gorgeous. And yay to the new nephew. Enjoy the snuggles. Thanks for linking with us. #bigpinklink

  6. That’s fab news, new baby squishes all round hey!!? Glad your having a fun summer, hope it stayed? Butternut squash noodles, whatever next! Thanks for linking to #familyfun. Hope you can come back next week 😀

  7. My kids aren’t at school yet so every day is the summer holidays for us…hmm… Anywho its nice to a read a positive post about the summer holidays – makes me feel better about the future lol. But really, it is nice to see you all had a good time and the weather held out. I have not heard of a boodle but definitely sounds worth a try. Really hope you didn’t jinx it and you saw out the rest of the hols in style! Thanks so much for linking at #Familyfun, hope to see you again next week xx

  8. Your summer really looks and sounds fun! I love the idea of a sand and water table. Wish I had the space for one. My toddler would award me Mommy of the Century for that one!!
    I can’t wait for when my kids will be old enough to take them to a restaurant and everyone eats from their own plate with their own hands or cutlery and without bibs, wipes, or emergency diaper changes. One day! Lovely post.

  9. Forgot the # in my previous comment – #familyfun

    Your summer really looks and sounds fun! I love the idea of a sand and water table. Wish I had the space for one. My toddler would award me Mommy of the Century for that one!!
    I can’t wait for when my kids will be old enough to take them to a restaurant and everyone eats from their own plate with their own hands or cutlery and without bibs, wipes, or emergency diaper changes. One day! Lovely post.

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