I wanted to write some kind of wind up summer holiday post, a recap over the last few weeks of what we have done and where we have been but I have been sitting at my computer for over 15 minutes now, typing without really saying very much. It feels like summer has hurtled by. Once we came back from Ireland, it whizzed past at an alarming rate, I can’t believe where time has gone. It certainly doesn’t seem six weeks since I went back to work nor can I believe that it’s a few weeks that Archie turned one. A whole year of little Archie!
There are so many exciting things that happened, it seems wrong to only credit them with a line- they were a whole post that went unwrittten. There was the joint birthday party for Archie and his cousin Noah, and catch ups with friends that we haven’t seen all year. Ireland brought some much needed rest after the end of term with the usual flurry of sports days, summer fairs and festivals. We had some lovely hot days which resulted in paddling pool days in the garden.
We’ve spent quite a lot of time popping in and out this summer holidays. There’s been a kind of theme around here lately; the sun pokes out from behind the clouds and we head off in search of adventures. After dodging showers we often only managed a quick walk followed by a dash back to the car! It’s been a summer of a real mix of weather resulting in many an unfinished picnic and Woodland walks cut short. Nobody minded though, Orla loves an outdoor walk to do a spot of collecting, Elodie and Finlay like to make dens and climb trees so they’re happiest in a wood or park with space to play. That said, there were day Trips to the farm with Manda and her lovely girls and we went wild in the woods at Wakehurst with Ellen, Eva and Jonah and on both of these days- I didn’t take hardly any photos – we were just happy living in the moment on those days and only snapped a couple of group shots on the mobile!
So that was our summer.
And now we’re already into September and we’re back to school and schedules and I must admit- I think we’ll all be better off for a little structure round here – perhaps sibling fun is wearing thin, the bickering has been ongoing the last month. Although, a totally fab moment of our summer was actually tonight. When Elodie read Finlay a bedtime story and they hid under the bedcovers planning the ‘pretend to be dragons’ game they want to play on the last day of their summer holidays.
We had a lovely ‘end of summer weekend’ – we finished some building work, made the kid’s a special treat breakfast and enjoyed a late afternoon in the kitchen with Elodie and Finlay cooking some delicious flatbreads and a Lentil Dip (from my new favourite book – The 5 O’Clock Apron – it’s such a treat of proper food and dreamy photography!) It was a good wind down moment and prepared us for the busy week ahead. So, here’s to Summer 2017 and to all the excitement that the rest of the year will bring.