Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Surviving the summer with children? More like living it up...

So my first born aced his first morning at preschool. I did take photos but he was so freaking excited they were all blurry. I prepped him while we walked to school about what was about to happen. He seemed totally cool with it all, while my stomach was not just in knots but knitting a bloody jumper. When we got to the door he raced inside, put his own coat on the peg and immediately asked a boy he didn't know to play cars with him. I kissed him goodbye but he brushed me off, already in play mode. I couldn't have asked for it to have gone any better but that didn't stop me having a little weep on the way home. 

After a cup of tea to steady myself, me and Lucas played ALL morning. Forget cleaning and all that rubbish we just played. I think he couldn't quite believe he had both mummy and all the toys all to himself. When I picked up Isaac at lunch time it turned out that he had had a great time too. While I listened to him tell me all the things he got up to, the sadness evaporated and I was high as a kite. He survived his first day (more than survived it, he rocked it) and more importantly so had I.

And thank you for all your blog and twitter comments after my mummy meltdown in my last post. Children have clearly made me soft. I never used to cry now its like waterworks central... 

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So anyway back to the post I tried to write the other day. 

This is how we survived the summer holidays. Each week we planned out what were were going to do and mostly we stuck to it. Especially because my awesome could totally work at pixar type drawings meant that the kids knew what we had planned too. No being lazy for mummy and Daddy now huh?
It worked so well I think I'm going to carry it on.

And my favorite at home activity of the whole summer was by far Art day. And true to form I took a million photos knowing I was going to share this day with you...
We literally set up Art activity stations all over the house. Um can you tell I used to be a primary school teacher? 
We even painted rocks, because you know, why not?


It got pretty messy!
In fact does anyone else think that Lucas is trying to audition for some gory Quentin Tarantino movie...

And seriously people how can I stop them eating the damn play doh?

I even let them use my pastels...


Water colours on the floor. Hmm best idea I ever had?...

Cutting and sticking...



The art stuff eventually spilled out into the garden...

There is so much more I want to show you because I've REALLY enjoyed this summer...

And don't get me wrong here. There has been massive kiddy tantrums, grumpiness, mess (God so much mess), stressing, there has been loosing house keys after a 2 hours of driving (could have killed Tim for this one) etc etc etc The point isn't that we are perfect (wait what?!) but that we focused on the good stuff and ditched the rest...

Day trips out...







Working on the house...


Taking a dip in our very own deluxe swimming pool...



Getting lost in a pathetic excuse for a maze...


Keeping the mind active with a little chess 
(or in Lucas style a little game of knock everything down so no one can play)...

It's been a good one...


We didn't survive the summer, we rocked it!

3 comments:

  1. Awww wonderful!
    Sian, you put me to shame. Its lovely that u make such an effort with ur children... and if u hadnt of mentioned it i would of said you were made to be a primary school teacher!!
    Brill photos too... jen.x

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  2. So precious! Love all those activities! Such a fun mom! And so glad his first am at school went well! It was back to school for me today too, my kids are too precious, it'll be a great year!

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  3. LOL@Tarantino.

    I am so in love with your photo skills they are really so great. So are the subjects.

    And yes your school teacher skills shows for sure.

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