We survived the school holidays!

Today, I am breathing a big sigh of relief as the children have gone back to school. Hurrah!  Now, it's not that I don't love them dearly but six weeks is a bloomin' long time.  

Side note - does anyone else feel that they have to make it abundantly clear just how much they love their children before expressing relief that the school holidays are over?  So many of my friends rave about the holidays and how wonderful it is to spend so much time with their children and how the six weeks isn't long enough.  Don't get me wrong, I do feel the same. But. Six weeks is a long time and all I can think is how am I going to keep them amused all that time whilst juggling work with no childcare and everything else that has to be done. When I say about how I'm glad the hols are over, it feels like I've admitted the worst possible thing in the world.  

All of that said, the six weeks has been easier than I anticipated. I rambled about the holidays near the start of them in this post. There have been easier days than others - yesterday was pretty challenging!  But it has mostly been ok and despite feeling pretty rotten for much of it (I'm drafting up a post about surviving the holidays with a chronic condition), we've all survived it! Here's a recap of what we've got up to:

We had a trip to Welney Wetlands with my friend L and her two girls.  We took a picnic, did lots of walking and took advantage of the activities area.

Cathedral Crafting - my inlaws took the girls to a craft event at Ely Cathedral, which they really enjoyed.

We had a soft play playdate with my friend R and her three children.  Despite the girls grumbling about not wanting to play with boys and the boys doing the same with the girls, they all played nicely together and had a great time!

I had my MRI appointment whilst the girls had a soft play party for T's classmate and as E goes to dance classes with her she was also invited.  They enjoyed catching up with their friends.

We went to Thetford Forest for my friend L's surprise birthday BBQ.  Her family did an amazing job of putting it all together. They brought lots of kids outside toys to play with and they also loved playing in the park area.  

We had a play date with the girl's friends, E and F.  It was rather rowdy, messy and we ended up with a broken bookshelf in T's bedroom, but they all enjoyed themselves.

It was my niece K's seventh birthday and we went around for a BBQ to celebrate.  

We've had a number of playdates with my friend L and her two girls, either at our house or hers.

E turned 7! We had a joint birthday party with her cousin at soft play a few days before and a meal out on the actual day.

We've had a day out shopping so that E could spend her birthday money. We made the most of it and also had lunch out. 

We've only had the one dose of vitamin sea.  Unfortunately, the coast road gets so congested we do tend to try and avoid it during the summer holidays. 

We enjoyed a visit to ROARR!! Dinosaur Adventure.  

We took a road trip back to my hometown to see my Mum and family.  

On top of this, we've had dentist, hairdresser and hospital appointments. Nanny and Grandad have taken them to the park and cooked with them.  We've done lots of crafting, den building, lego making, reading and doll playing. We've spent a lot of time in the garden splashing around in the paddling pool.  

All in all, I think we've had a good summer and I hope its one that the girls remember for all the right reasons. Now, to get back to school and work life and everything that brings.


  1. 10 weeks my two have been off school!! My teen finished after her GCSE's and then we moved house. I am ready for the break now that the kids are back at school. lol
    It sounds like you had a lovely time over the summer holidays x

    1. 10 weeks, yikes! Hope you're all settled in the new home and the kids settle down quickly at school x

  2. You certainly packed a lot in on the school holidays! It must be hard sometimes to keep them amused without spending loads of money during the school break. It’s not long now until the October holidays 😂

  3. Summer is a busy time, I think it's a relief for kids when they get back to routine too. #TwinklyTuesday

  4. I think some of our relief is the return to a KNOWN routine. We really do need structure, even though we definitely need breaks from it from time to time.

  5. I feel yeah with the relief though to get back to a routine X #twinklytuesday

  6. Sounds like a positive holiday period on the whole. We all need me time too. How I wish there were holidays for me from home education which can be so full on #TwinklyTuesday

  7. OUrs were off for nearly twice that! But back now and all is well!!! #TwinklyTuesday

  8. I always find it takes a bit of time to get back into yhe swing of things after the summer holidays. I'm now a full week in and just about starting to get "back to normal". #TwinklyTuesday

  9. I'm sure I'll get to this point, but as a Mum of a school starter I feel a bit lost. Having said that I regularly count down to bedtime so I'm sure that by this time next year I'll be joyfully walking him back through the gates!#TwinklyTuesday