Thursday, 20 August 2015

Nearing the End of the Holidays

I can’t believe the summer holidays are coming to an end.  It’s with mixed feelings I approach the final week, we have had some wonderful moments, a few meltdowns and tantrums just to keep things interesting (and mummy rocking in the corner!) and a chance to spend lots of quality time together making memories with friends and family alike. 

The boys have tried Quad Biking for the first time, they were naturals me on the other hand I was petrified from the word go.  Not that I showed them anyway, I do not want them to inherit my fears and worries.  

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My eldest was managing to keep up with the adults and teenagers he was so good on there.  I on the other hand was relegated to the youngster group!

A huge proud moment was youngest finally making to get to grips with riding his bike!  He has been steadfastly refusing to try for ages, the size of his bike will give you some clue of how long we are been trying to encourage him!  

All his friends (and even much younger siblings!) have managed and I wanted him to have the same confidence as them with a bike.  Fortunately before the summer was out he has taken an interest and is progressing well now.  He is refusing help and pushing himself off and we are only in day three, so going well.  He is getting better with his balance and uses the brakes now to avoid crashing into walls!!!

We have not been able to do everything we planned, but we have done enough for the boys to go back full of exciting stories about their holidays.  It’s not about filling every moment of their days, but giving them some time every day to listen to them, to see what they have to say about things and to do something they want (although possibly not too much screen time!!!).  I have still continued with reading and learning books over the holiday just to try and keep some of their knowledge from school fresh, this does not impress them at all… between my screen time limits and my learning books I think the pair get royally fed up with me at times!!!

We have finally bought a proper BBQ so hopefully we will be blessed with more sunshine for more el fresco dining!  It’s funny sometimes when you get something nice and new you feel like a character in The Sims upgrading your life, so I want to make the most of it and sit outside of an evening with a glass of wine and a tasty kebab.  I still want a swinging chair but everything in its own time, I need to learn not to go in gung ho spending lots to fast track the things I want!

BBQ in process x

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But my most favourite parts of the holiday have been the simplest, family, a good board game and lots of cups of tea and biscuits!  I love that the boys have a close bond with their grandparents and get to spend time with them all.

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