I can hardly believe it’s the last day of the summer holidays. At the start of the holidays, seven weeks stretching out in front of us felt so unbelievably long, yet now we’re at the end I almost feel as though they slipped through our fingers. Of course this isn’t the case at all and we’ve packed so much into our #sevenweeksofsummer. In fact there’s definitely been weeks where we ended up doing too much – where I had managed to plan something in for every single day. Looking back perhaps we’d have benefited from more “calm down days” but then equally, those days tended to be the days where the bickering and irritations set in.
Getting out and about with three kids can be stressful – getting everyone dressed, fed and out of the door whilst sorting yourself out and packing a picnic can be prone to stressful moments (equally, some days it just goes smoothly and you’re in the car ten minutes earlier than planned…) Mostly, our days out have been those planned with other people – various Butler adventures to the coast, to Leeds to meet up with Aunty Nic or Jaime and even a trip to Birmingham to see Donna. We’ve been to festivals, had a holiday in Scarborough and even enjoyed five nights with no kids at all. There’s been more ice cream than you can shake a stick at and sun cream by the gallon, picnics, paddling pools and water fights. We’ve done our best to make the most of those sunny days when they’ve put in an appearance (anyone else notice they often seemed to fall on a Tuesday!?) and braved the odd rainy day too.
I’m not sure I’m ready for the summer to end yet. I’m not ready to give up our lazy mornings, the hope of sunshine or our regular ice cream treats. I’m not ready for routine and rain. However, the kids are. They are ready for routine, for catching up with their friends and for learning. It’s time get going again, to lay the uniforms out, get the dinner money ready and prepare for the daily drama over lost shoes and hair bobbles.
Summer 2016 you flipping awesome, quite possibly the best one yet – we’ve made so many memories and I’ve loved (almost) every second of our #SevenWeeksofSummer: