Thursday, 8 September 2016

Recapping on the Summer Holidays

Just before the boys went back I asked them what they thought of their summer holidays, I waited for a LONG list of grumbles but no they both said they had a lovely time and it was 10/10 – I was so pleased because as much as I try and fit in some lovely things for them to see and do, I find it quite challenging being with them the whole seven weeks!  My job is from home, so there is no escape when it’s all gets too much!  They just get fed up of each other’s company (and mine!) and fight a lot, they disagree or complain about the most trivial stuff and it grinds me down.   Although because they felt positive about the holidays I feel more upbeat now, I did my best and that was noticed.

My patience was well and truly worn thin, the craft supplies I bought went largely untouched and there was another few things I hoped we would squeeze into the holidays that we didn’t quite achieve.  But in their eyes the summer holidays was everything it should be – for that I am grateful.  Some days might have been quite low-key and screen time was my friend to get things done and keep the blog going – yet we still had plenty of family time.  Here are some of our favourite bits:

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The boys tried paddle boarding for the first time, something they both seemed to really enjoy.  I like them doing water sports as I think its important to be confident in water, they can swim but its different trying a session in the sea and having to learn about the dangers of currents.  Sometimes I am on tender hooks seeing them try something new, worried they are going too far out, but their adventurous nature shouldn’t be controlled by my nervous parenting.

We visited two new attractions that have been on our list for a while, we had a lovely nights stay in Gulliver’s Hotel and the boys liked wondering around Gulliver’s World the following day, as we tend to stick to the Merlin attractions usually it was refreshing doing something different.  We want to visit again soon as they have a NERF Zone that we all want to try!


The boys enjoyed the Ice Cream Farm.  We were lucky as it was a beautiful day, the sun was shining and the boys had a tasty ice cream to cool off.

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The boys went horse riding, this was in Anglesey and the boys went out for an hour on bridle paths admiring the landscape (well that and giving us an update afterwards of how many times the horses stopped to poo - charming I know!).

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There was the usual bike rides, long walks and more ice cream! 

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We had a couple of silly moments like making these fun outlines of the boys!

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We went strawberry picking!  Nothing like picking your own fruit in the fresh air, the boys always enjoy this activity.

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The boys had a dance session with Balance Unity (BGT finalist) 

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Yes actually looking back I can see perhaps why they didn't grumble after all!

9 comments:

  1. Wow looks like a brilliant way to spend the Summer. Love the look of the ice cream factory x

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  2. During the midst of the summer holidays, it can seem soooo long can't it? But looking back it seems to have flown past! Looks like you had a brilliant fun packed time! :)

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  3. It looks like they did so much fun stuff - and ate some delicious food too. That's what summer holidays are all about. I fancy the ice cream factory!

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  4. It looks like you had a fab summer, I really need to check out the Gullivers hotel and Gullivers world x

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  5. Looks like a super summer was had by all. My boys would love to try paddleboarding. it was great seeing you at the Frubes event.

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  6. Aaaw it looks like you had a lot of fun - roll on next Summer ;-)

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  7. Wow you guys were BUSY! Not sure you could have fitted anything else in. Lovely that you all had a great time xx

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  8. It looks like you had a brilliant time! Our holidays were very much filled with ice cream too!

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  9. I love the outlines you made with water!

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