The Start of the Summer Holidays
As a teacher, my favourite time of the year has to be the 6 week holiday. Why wouldn’t it? Lie-ins, meeting up with friends for lunch, indulging in daytime TV. But obviously since becoming a mother, the summer holidays are not quite as relaxed as they once were. Lie-ins don’t happen. Ever. My girls meet up with their friends and I get to hang out with them and their mums (who, thankfully are lovely). And daytime TV is usually Sofia The First or something similar.
The six weeks can be really tough at times, but I have been really looking forward to this one. Since Freyja has started school, I get to spend less time with her. Over the last month she has been really tired and fighting off a chest infection and as a result the time we have had together has seen tantrums and tears at times. I have really missed my happy, funny girl.
My priority for the start of the holiday was to rest and relax. We started with a weekend away at Q Lodges Belton Woods, where we enjoyed some really chilled out time together. Rich had to go back to work on Monday so for the rest of the week it was just the girls and I. I had decided that Monday was going to be a day of lazing around in our pjs all day. We only lasted until lunchtime then we had to go out and buy Zootropolis on DVD and some popcorn. We then resumed chilling out with the film.
When I asked Freyja what she wanted to do over the school holidays, one of the first things that she came up with was to go to the park. So on Tuesday we headed over to Stratford Park in Stroud. The girls initially went off and did their own thing on the play area.
Emily wanted to have a go on the assault course. There were some parts of it that she could manage by herself, but other parts where it helped to have a hand from her big sister.
It was nice to see the girls being entertained by more “natural” features in the park. They loved climbing on a fallen tree trunk.
One of the other things that both girls have requested to do is to go swimming. Having been three times over the weekend, we have also been an additional two times this week. It’s great that they do love it so much, and they have become confident in the water.
Swimming has also been great when the weather has been less than favourable. On these occasions, when we haven’t been swimming went to the library to sign up to their Big Friendly Read. Then we have been enjoying snuggling up with hot chocolates and books.
We finished off with a trip to Cotswold Lavender Farm. We went last year and I got some great photos of the girls running through the lavender. It was the same again this year, and there will be enough photos for a completely seperate post. However, this is one of the ones that I love the most. The three of us sat next to a mass of wild flowers…