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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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!