The combination of the summer holidays and a few grey days mean we’ve been creating cosy corners and settling down to read this week. I have read some excellent books, Notes on a Nervous Planet and This is Going to Hurt whilst the children are working their way through their books for the summer reading challenge, Mischief Makers. As part of the challenge this week they also attended a workshop at our local library where they learnt to draw cartoons and write a comic story. The reading challenge is a always a lovely little project and has become a summer holiday tradition.
This weekend we are at our family’s happy place, Butlin’s. In 2011, it was our first family holiday and we have continued to visit ever since, I think this is our 11th visit and we’ve been here for Easter, Christmas, Halloween as well as other times during the year. For us it’s just a happy and safe place where we get to play and enjoy our time together. As the years have gone on, our activities of choice have changed, it’s much more adventurous this break with High ropes and Nine bots but it’s still about a feeling, a warm, sparkly feeling of very special family times.
We finally broke up this week and it was time to say good bye to Years 3 and 5. It’s been a good year at school, some challenges but some wonderful experiences, an outdoor sports residential, a musical show, arts weeks etc.. We’re now looking forward to the holidays and six weeks of fun.
A pair of character shoes are a little clue to my week, we’re on the countdown to the big ballet show next week. As I’m a matron I’ve been at rehearsals this week with Little Miss too to get to know my cues, my children etc.. oh and then there was an Ofsted inspection in the middle of my working week too. Next week will be dominated by the ballet show, 2 dress rehearsals and 5 performances at the theatre 🎭 the show looks absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to see it. The end of term is so nearly here too, despite it feeling like the whole country has broken up we have two more days and then it’s lazy mornings and beach days.
Strawberries and bubbles! Our new picnic set got another outing today as we went to Paultons Park (aka Peppa Pig World although there is so much more here). We love Paultons Park, it is set in beautiful grounds and is such a family friendly theme park with so much to do. Its been a day of thrills and splashes for us all. Our favourite area is the Lost Kingdom with Velociraptor and Flight of the Pterosaur as our top picks although I can never resist the log flume. Its been a stunning day and we’re home tired but very happy.
Little Man has loved the World Cup this summer, he has the posters of the England team on his wall, he’s diligently filled in his wall chart with Daddy, has a few footballer figures and has not only collected but studied hard the cards in this Panini collection pictured above. Little Man now recognises so many international footballers and can tell you lots about them all, especially England. In the run up and now throughout the World cup, Little Man has always had the upmost belief and confidence in England, they are his heroes and he loves watching them play. I really hope England give him the fairy tale ending to the World Cup he has always believed in. Whatever the result this England team will always be very special to him and to us all.
A little bit of a cheat today as it’s a photo of a gorgeous postcard from Paperchase that we have displayed in our kitchen. We are in the midst of a heatwave and one of the best summers I can remember. Everyday could be a beach day if it wasn’t for pesky work and school commitments! We look out to the bay from our house and on ordinary days I walk along the prom most days whilst on errands, it’s the centre of our town and simply part of our geography.
In this perfect weather the most repeated phrase at the breakfast table is can we go to the beach today? We went after school on Wednesday as it’s our only club free night and we have been down this weekend. Little Miss also went with the Brownies as lots of the children’s clubs base themselves on the beach in the summer and the children have been known to have lessons on the beach too. They will never realise how lucky they are to have the beach as their playground.
The beach is one of our family’s happy places, our beach has soft, white sand and the sea is clear and at present unseasonably warm, I’ve definitely been sea swimming more this year and that’s in a swimsuit not a wetsuit! Thanks to this fantastic weather, we all have a healthy glow, extra freckles and sea salty skin from a summer spent on the beach. Beach please? Yes please x