Bring on the Summer!

The end of term is so close I can almost taste it.  In my mind’s eye it’s a summer of sunshine, of freedom, of ice cream.  Of course as I look out of the window at a grey and dreary Manchester, I fear the reality may be somewhat different.  I rather feels as though this year has gone so fast that the weather has yet to catch up, as if it thinks it’s really April and not mid July. 

We are all so ready for the end of term.  Ben is developing something of an attitude with answering back and muttering under his breath which he had better get in check very quickly or he’ll know about it!  Chloe is finding it increasingly difficult to get out of bed and off to school without a meltdown over something seemingly insignificant like the wrong socks or a lost sticker.

They are tired. They are ready for the more relaxed pace of life the holidays will bring.  Morning’s spent in their pjs binge watching Cbeebies or films.  For time spent with family and friends.  For adventures.  For fun.  

This year I’ve asked Ben and Chloe to write me a list of things they might like to do – of course I write our Summer Bucket List each year but really that’s just my thoughts, things that I think we could or should do.  This time I’ve asked them for some ideas.  (In part as a way of encouraging Ben to write!)  Of course some of their ideas are rather entertaining – Does Barbie Land even exist?  But there’s definitely some things on their lists which we can look at doing!  

summer bucket list

I love that Ben’s list starts with “France” – dream on kidda!  We had such a lovely couple of weeks holiday last year I can’t blame him for wanting to go back!  There is a possibility that we might manage a day trip at some point if we go visit my Aunty M in Dover – I have great memories of hopping the Dover – Calais ferry for a day out as a kid!  

For the most part those lists represent everything I think Summer holidays should be about – the seaside, sunshine, water and outdoor fun!  I’ve pinned the lists to the fridge and hopefully we’ll be able to get some of them crossed off over the coming weeks! 

For now, we have just four more days of school to get through and then seven glorious weeks of summer stretching out ahead of us and we’re going to make the most of it. 



  1. Farmer's Wife And Mummy
    July 8, 2016 / 10:54 am

    This was so good to read. As it's coming to the end of our first school year, I didn't realise about the tiredness but it all makes sense now.
    I love the lists especially happyland and the Lego shop 🙂
    Let's hope the weather picks up

    • July 8, 2016 / 12:00 pm

      Oh Emma the tiredness is REAL. x

  2. July 8, 2016 / 1:27 pm

    Bless -apart from France it does show that you don't have to go far ti please the kids!

    • July 8, 2016 / 1:28 pm

      Yes I thought exactly that! I was proud that their wishlist wasn't just a list of expensive activities and things that they wanted!

  3. July 8, 2016 / 10:35 pm

    It must just be my child that doesn't get tired from school! She still comes out bouncing around and talking nonstop! Good Summer holiday lists, hope you manage to complete lots 🙂

  4. July 9, 2016 / 10:52 am

    Tell me about it… we're so ready for the summer holidays, and well, erm, summer… When is the sunshine coming? My little man is also starting to answer back and mutter quite a bit, and the girls have meltdowns most mornings. I can't wait to go to France. I love your idea of getting the kids to write what they fancy doing (what on earth are "wart gums?") and I'll definitely be getting my own monkeys to do the same thing. Bring on the planning of fun times!

    • July 9, 2016 / 8:55 pm

      Water guns 🙂

  5. July 9, 2016 / 3:07 pm

    We've got another two weeks to go! Kids are shattered and I can't wait until the holidays. We are away for half of it but still have three weeks to plan- lets hope for some sun!! xx

  6. July 10, 2016 / 7:06 pm

    I love the summer holidays and spending time with my wee ones. It does get stressful though when juggling childcare and work for six long weeks.

  7. July 10, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    I hope we have some sunshine so that the kids can enjoy playing out doors. It look like there will be lots of activities you can enjoy.

  8. July 11, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    I hope the sun comes out for the school holidays. Love the list. You may have to avoid build a bear though as it can sometimes cost a fortune can't it lol x

  9. July 18, 2016 / 11:51 am

    I've heard about how tired school makes kids! He does longer days in nursery but I think it's all the information they are taking in isn't it! Getting read for Wilf starting in Sept!! xx

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