The summer holidays can seem like such a long time when you’re a parent. The days of the week can all blend together and you’re constantly under pressure to come up with new ideas to keep the little ones happy. You might find yourself wishing the weeks away and willing the new school term to come faster. But, a friend of mine once pointed out, that we only get 18 summers with our children, 18 if we’re lucky, and then they’re gone. They’ll have grown up and be making their own plans, no longer looking to us parents to fill their days. So, with that in mind, I want to enjoy the summers we have together, this is one of my 18 and I want to make it count. This is our summer so far…………..
We Went To Wales!
We decided to have a week away and have a holiday in North Wales. We’ve been before and we’ve always found plenty to do for all kids. This time (at the kids request) we stayed in a caravan, which wasn’t as bad as I first thought! We stayed at PrestHaven caravan park, which had lots to do on site as well as being in a great location to have days out. The photos above were taken at Bodnant Garden, which was huge and a lovely place to visit.
Another place that we visited was Manorfan Farm, which was a huge hit with the kids. We only went for the afternoon but we could have happily stayed longer. The staff did a fab meet and greet with the reptiles, and there was also piglet washing which was adorable! The highlight of the activities though, was definitely the foam and sprinkler sessions that were on throughout the afternoon!
Holly Turned 6!
Holly’s birthday was the first week of August, and as we were away we had to take all her presents with us for her to open in the caravan. This was quite a task in itself but we managed to keep them hidden in the car! Luckily we’d already thrown her a party with her friends before the school had broken up. She’s lucky as she’ll never be at school on her birthday, much to Charlie’s annoyance!
So, we’re now three weeks through the summer holidays, and we’ve had some great days. The Magna Science museum has a fab outdoor splash zone and adventure playground. We’ve also done Gullivers Kingdom (a theme park for under 10’s) and Greenwood Family Park. This is a park which uses sustainable energy to power the rides, such as a solar powered water slide! And today we went to a local trampoline park as it was raining!
However, although we’ve done a lot, we’ve also had some fab days playing in the garden. I’m always surprised at how happy the younger ones are having friends round and playing with the water guns! Sometimes the simple days are the best! I’ve managed to make plans for week four, but to be honest I am running out of ideas, so if you’ve got any suggestions please feel free to share! Remember to enjoy this summer as one of your 18. When the kids arguments start and the squabbling happens, just ignore it, have a coffee, take a break. Don’t wish it away, but make the memories. One day your summer will be your own and you’ll want these days back.