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Our Summer schedule

School holidays seem long and we are just experiencing our first school summer holiday.  April only started nursery in January so we are used to her being with us.  The school holidays arent quite that different to us yet.  However I like to start as I mean to go on .
Gary, Aprils daddy, is self employed and works very hard and going away for a couple of weeks when you have a business isnt always possible.  So I got creative. I work part time so I am off Thursday – Sunday .
I sometimes feel being off with kids is a whole lot of money being spent trying to entertain them and then with out planning its actually more like wasted money .
I find planning fun and with that came up with the idea of craft things to do and a really good day out every week to look forward to . Then a Sunday in house playing with the mountain of toys she already has.  We have our special summer days out and here is a list of our summer weeks.
Week one . – Circus is in town . yay . Got best seats and had full day with friends at this , candy floss , balloons . When in Rome lol.
Week two – Gymnastics summer camp . This was on for three days and the bonus is that I get some me time too . she has three full fun days.
Week three – Airshow . Full day event and picnic will be taken too
Week four – Thomas tank day . _ trip on a thomas tank train .
Week five – Weekend away for some fun fun fun . beach , parks and some adventure
Week Six – safari park and if sunny can take our BBQ
I have filled our ‘special summer days’ with full days out and I mainly like to do these on a Saturday so that my sundays are lazy days.  I like having a plan and I also like to keep ideas up my sleeve for reserve.
Reserve list for bored days.
zoo
Cinema
park
baking
beach
swimming
soft play .
So I am hoping this list helps you out a little too .
Have a fun fun fun summer x

Last day of 1st year Nursery

Dear April

I cannot believe tomorrow is your last day at nursery for the summer.  It has been great seeing you change when at nursery and also weird knowing you have a little life outside mummy and daddys world, and its just yours.  However its all part of growing up and I am so very proud of you and the way you have excepted the challenge.

You only started January due to your age, but the six months have seen you grow with confidence and courage.  You go with such confidence and you have made friends of your very own.

Its all new to me and your dad and we are trying to go with the flow with what happens and whats expected and try to show an interest and be part of each step when we can (allowed lol , the control freak momma has to have a step back )

Our first summer break and we will have lots of fun adventures I promise ( we couldnt stay in with your energy )  The entire week I have thought about you leaving for holiday and had to keep reminding myself that you are the one off for 6 weeks not mommy lol.  I wish it was me.

This week I have managed to be on top form with organising . I have done sweets for the teachers , wrote a letter to your little friends mum about meeting up over the holidays  (sadly she hasnt text me but at least I can say I tried) and sorted your Mad Hatter hat for your party tomorrow

Today I rushed home (after a very long day ) and we made chocolate shapes for you party tomorrow too . It wasnt too easy with you as my assistant this time around and there wasnt much concentration being had with the mad singing you were doing lol but we did it in the end .

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I have your blackboard ready for tomorrow and I am loving that I can be part of your life and make the events as special as I can .  IMG_5244

Wishing you the best last day my gorgeous girl and a fun summer break with mama and dada .

 

Love you to the moon and back . xx

 

The sun has got its hat on 

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We are very blessed to have a lot of sun at the moment.  I love it. April and I are getting out and about a whole lot more.  Parks and walks and mini adventure.

I always feel like we, as parents, spend so much time and money trying to entertain our little munchkins on rainy days.  Toys, days out to soft play, dinners , cinema.  The list is endless . Unlike our bank accounts.   Sunny days are great for just getting out to parks and the beach and having fun without it costing much at all. Maybe just an icecream.  Long may it last . xx

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Summer with a three year old

Every year it changes and every child is different.  With April only being three it feels like every year is new again . Like she hasnt seen sunny weather and all the fun that comes with it. 

 

Summer is super exciting as lots of outdoor playing and lazing in the garden. Even the dog thinks so 

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There is nothing that little Missy doesn’t have (I feel bad that she has so much however most has been second hand) and yet still she needs entertained as much as she does.  I have a question for you mommas out there …….. Is it an age thing ? do they play more when they are bigger? 

 

Don’t get me wrong I love playing with her and realise she is only little for a small amount of time but I think it is good for them to use their imagination …… just to allow me a cup of tea on my own Ha Ha.

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Our first sunny day here in Scotland.  We always try to make the most of it as never know how much we are getting. 

 

WE had a lovely BBQ, sand pit out and paddling pool was even out too.   It took ages blowing up the paddling pool and getting hot water in ( a little hose water too )  Not sure what April was expecting but she stepped in it , and complained it was too cold before slipping and saying NO NO NO. What a girl .

 

We had fun and hope there is many many more this year

 

Sun Lotion and natural

Hey Lovely people

 

Had to show you two great products I love (this is not an Advert) and going to hopefully need this summer.  Bring on the sun.

 

I love the sun but I hate putting on sun lotion because I worry about what is in it.  Also April has very sensitive skin and when I put on sun lotion to protect her from the sun, she gets a rash from the cream. 

 

I try when I can to get natural products only. I researched best organic sun lotion.  Some sun lotions are so expensive so I wanted a good lotion and not too expensive.  I found these .

 

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Green people make great organic products. I have been happy with the products I use.  This is a very nice sun lotion and nice to know that I am not putting on any toxins on my skin and it doesn’t irritate April’s skin . YAY

 

Now all we need is some sun.

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