Thursday photo #220

Summer holidays are finally here. I’ve been looking forward to them and dreading them in equal measure but now they’re here, I’m delighted. After a manic weekend, we’re spending some time at home before kicking into full-on holiday mode next week.

A manic weekend

I don’t mind admitting that I’m often terrible at saying no to fun things, even when we haven’t really got time. That’s exactly what happened at the weekend. I’d decided months ago that we’d go to the Nozstock festival. I’d thought we might spend most of the weekend there, although it meant finding someone to look after the dog.

But then my inability to say no kicked in. We were invited to the Muller Anniversary Games on Sunday and we all really, really wanted to go. So, we decided we’d do Nozstock on the Saturday and the games on the Sunday.

Then last week, I had a text from my aunty telling me that there was an open day at the miniature railway they volunteer at. The girls’ favourite day of the year, and it was on Saturday. Mercifully, it was just down the road from Nozstock. So, we went to the railway, then Nozstock and then down to London for the day on Sunday.

I’m pleased to say that it was the right decision. Saturday was relaxing despite everything we managed to cram in. Sunday was a bit of a nightmare with traffic to get to the games, but worth every second once we got in and soaked up the atmosphere.

Two girls holding Thank you Greg signs at the Muller Anniversary Games

Time to relax

I can honestly say that if the rest of the holidays carried on the way the weekend went, I wouldn’t have made it to week two without collapsing. Luckily, things have simmered down a little since then.

We’ve read books, picked blackberries and made two crumbles. The girls are enjoying picnics in the sunshine and swimming at our local pool. We headed to our favourite park on Monday and there was literally nobody there. For an hour, the girls ran around and played to their heart’s content. I intentionally took the dog so I could sit outside the park with her and keep an eye on them from there.

So, instead of asking me for help, they turned to each other. They can both push themselves on the swing now, but Lia needed a bit of a hand to get going, so Libby gave her a push before getting on her own swing. They went on the seesaw together, climbed and made up games. I have to admit I enjoyed just sitting in the shade taking it all in. Going to the park has suddenly become so much more relaxing.

Thursday photo #220

The measure of the amount of fun the girls had on Saturday is definitely the state of them by the time they got home. Covered in dust, dirt, food, sweat and massive grins. Perfect.

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6 Comments

  1. July 26, 2018 / 9:36 am

    What an amazing weekend for you all! Glad you managed to fit it all in. The girls look like they’ve had a brilliant time.

    • monsterid July 26, 2018 / 4:53 pm

      Thanks Sarah, we had a fab time.
      Nat.x

  2. July 26, 2018 / 9:47 am

    Sounds like you have had a lovely start to the school holidays. I love the photo of Libby and Lia hugging each other at Nozstock. What a busy weekend you had – I’m impressed you managed to fit it all in. How lovely that the girls are now able to help each other out at the park – makes life so much easier when you can just sit and watch them having fun x

    • monsterid July 26, 2018 / 4:52 pm

      Thank you. It does get so much easier when they get a little older.
      Nat.x

  3. Suzanne W
    July 29, 2018 / 2:35 pm

    Gosh you really did pack a lot in. Love that picture of the girls running around on the hillside. It’s refreshing to hear of someone else who looks forward to and dreads the holidays in equal measure! Blackberries already? I can’t believe how fast this year is flying by, can you? xx

    • monsterid July 29, 2018 / 2:45 pm

      Oh I know, I have mixed feelings on the blackberries! I love them but it seems like the end of Summer!
      Nat.x

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