YES! TWO WEEKS SURVIVED!
That’s right, today we have officially survived the first two weeks of the summer holidays – and between you and me, we’ve actually quite enjoyed it. Although, it’s a little ironic that I’m typing this while the boys are at the outlaws.
So what’s changed in a year? What’s so different to this time last year when actually the thought of another five weeks (that’s right SEVEN WEEKS SUMMER HOLIDAY) with the kids actually made me want to cry – and perhaps I even did a little bit.
Mainly we all have. Last year The Beast had put far too much pressure on turning five before he started year one, this year he’s cool, he’s calm, and whilst he’s very excited about his birthday, this year it’s all about the presents not the number.
The Chunk, well he’s changed hugely, much more reasonable. I mean, on Friday, we had a day where we had no tantrums. A REAL LIFE DAY WITH NO TANTRUMS. I know…right?!
And then there’s me. I’m no longer doing a job that makes me unhappy, that bores me. The days I send the boys to holiday club, or the outlaws have them, I no longer feel a mixture of guilt or resentment. Now when they go they are excited, and I am happy because I’m doing what I love.
Saying that though, it’s still not easy is it? Entertaining small people who are used to being kept busy five days a week. So what have we been doing?
Well day one started with The Chunk’s graduation and after that, as daddy was working from home, we went to the farm with a picnic.
It’s the same place The Beast went on residential a few weeks ago so he was thrilled to show us around. We opted for a picnic lunch as the weather was beautiful and it gave me the perfect opportunity to try out a Vimto Squeezy (or two) which we’d kindly been sent a couple of weeks ago. The Vimto Squeezy is a great way to make sure the little ones stay hydrated over the summer months as you simply add a couple of drops to a glass or a bottle of water while on the go. It’s tiny, so perfect for a handbag or lunchbox and it’s also sugar free and has zero calories!
They are actually awesome. They come in a 50ml bottle, RRP £2.49, providing approx. 25 servings, and a 500ml only needs a couple of squirts. The Beast has a bit of an obsession with fizzy pop, and not only am I not keen on him putting that into his body and coating his teeth with it (yes – I KNOW I drink it, but I know what I’m doing!), but this turned out to be a pretty good compromise. Just a squirt into the bottle of fizzy water I always carry around for me, and he’s as happy as…er…Larry.
Now I keep one in my car, and one in my handbag just incase we need them and he’s having a diva drink moment.
We had a great day at the farm, and I even snuck on the trampoline for a bit.
Following the lead we’ve had play date ‘pool parties’, tennis lessons, playing in the garden, ice cream, bowling, daddy’s birthday, dancing, rolling down hills, taking full advantage of our keeping kids in the kitchen kit from Betta Living (more on that soon).
Saying that, it’s not all been fun and laughter, after all, only this morning I threatened to chop The Chunk’s tongue off for blowing raspberries and using it as a response to anything he didn’t like. When he didn’t seem too bothered I even went and got a freezer bag clip and said it was my special tongue chopping tool. That shut him up.
So, have we packed too much in? Will it end in (my) tears? We’ll keep you posted. In the mean time…come on week 3 – we’re ready for you. Pass the gin.