Monday, 28 July 2014

Surviving the Summer Holidays - Week 1

Well I managed to get through the first week of the summer holidays relatively unscathed! In fact - don't tell anyone but I have really enjoyed myself. Before the six weeks started I was terrified (read why here) but I am really getting in the swing of things so I thought that I would share some of my favourite photos from the past week.

On Monday I used my toddler pass for the last time (sob sob sob) and we hit Thomas Land with my parents and we also met up with my lovely friend Melissa and her beaut daughter Reenie who tells the most HILARIOUS jokes ever. Here's us with Sir Topham Hatt (he will always will be the Fat Controller to me!).



As it has been the worlds hottest weather ever times ten, we have spent quite a bit of time in the garden doing (urgh) messy play. Before I could work out how to put the bloody paddling pool up here are my little beauties looking like utter urchins 'swimming' in a washing up bowl #classy.


On Friday I went to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens with the lovely Hayley from the fantastic and beautiful Shutterflies, who was going to take some photos of us for a new feature over on her blog. Our kids got on so well and we gossipped so much I'm not sure if she managed to take any good ones at all! We had lots of fun though even though we sweated like pigs the whole day. And weirdly ran out of baby wipes like total rookie Mums.



And this weekend the hub drove us all up to Chesterfield where we attending a blog event hosted by Frank PR at Dobbies Garden Centre to talk about about the Growing Up Milk Campaign. I met some fantastic bloggers there and the girl loved looking around the sensory garden. She was mainly excited by a courgette? I know what to get her for Christmas now!


Yay! So I survived week one and I have lots planned for the upcoming week. I will however show you what I have to put up with when driving (although the hub was driving when I filmed this, I'm not like a stunt woman). Enjoy!


   
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

43 comments:

  1. The Fat Controller's had a name change and no-one has told me?! Our boys would love to go to Thomas Land - glad you survived week one with a smile still on your face x #magicmoments

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    1. I know! He gets a bit cross when your call him fat (?)! xxx

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  2. Well done on making it through that first week - and having fun! I feel guilty that my kids don't have such a packed agenda, but I have to work at home during the holidays and I'm not sure they'd really want that many trips anyway. Although my two boys are on Scout camp at the moment, so they're pretty lucky!

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    1. Ah but your children are a little bit older so it's different. Mine need constant attention! The good thing about being a teacher is defo the holidays. They are great. I am very lucky xxx

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  3. That's a good point - the first bit of the summer holiday is the hardest as we get used to relaxing. Hang on...did I say "relaxing"?! Loos like you've had a really busy time!

    I went to the botanical garden years ago. Really liked the bonsai tree section but I don't know if it's still there now.

    #magicmoments

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    1. Sure is! There's loads of plant. Obviously my kids like the stupidly big massive ones! xxx

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  4. Sounds very successful! I love the holidays but edges always that adjusting time isn't there. Lovely meeting you too :)

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    1. Yes - I reckon by week 5 I shall be ok and then it will be time to go back to work again won't it?! xxx

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  5. I love the video lady! That sums up so many car journey's I reckon! Who knew courgettes would be such a winner, hey! #magicmoments

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    1. It's like she had never seen a veg?? So bizarre! Ha ha ha. Lovely to have met you xxx

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  6. Lots of fab activities and great fun meeting up with friends - all outdoor fun in the sunshine, lovely. Thanks for linking up your lovely photos with Country Kids.

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  7. Sounds like a fun week! Love your outdoor pictures, even the one of the urchins! :) #magicmoments

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  8. Sounds like a fabulous start to the summer holidays. Love all of the photos x

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    1. Thanks! You can't beat instagram for making things look really pretty! xxx

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  9. Why have they changed the Fat Controller's name?! I mean, it's probably not very nice, but that's his NAME! you look like you've had a lovely time. One down... x

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    1. Bab - he gets well shirty when you call it him. At some point you will have to come up to Brum and we shall go and shout it at him with the kids. Ok so that's bullying xxx

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  10. Sounds like a fabulous start to the holidays. One week down - 5 or 6 to go? #magicmoments

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    1. Five weeks! I am enjoying it far far more than I thought I would. I really am! xxx

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  11. Yay well done lovely - looks like you have had a fab time but there are no pictured of gin?! x

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    1. It makes me so sad to sit in the garden or go somewhere with the kids and you think you should really be allowed to have booze but then you realise it's 10am and that's not really on xxx

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  12. Lots of lovely ideas. I am midland based so you give me lots of ideas!! x

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  13. such beautiful pictures. You all look like you've been having a fantastic time!

    Visiting you from the Let kids be kids Linky

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    1. We have thanks! Really enjoying ourselves xxx

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  14. Looks like you've had a great week! Oh the joys of car journeys with kids :) x

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    1. Oh god with three I bet it is worse isn't it?! xxx

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  15. Aww sounds like a lovely week! one down, 5 more to go! :) hope they all go as nicely, absolutely loving the shot of your kiddies and the washing up bowl! Genius :) xx #letkidsbekids

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    1. Oh yeah that's proper classy that isn't it? NOT! xxx

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  16. Looks like you have had quite a week, I love the pic of your wee woman having a dip in a bucket haha. Can't believe they have changed the fat controllers name, crazy behavior!

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    1. I know! Why have they done that? And it's such a mouthful! Hey ho in my mind he shall always be the fat controller xxx

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  17. Looks like you had great fun and glad you survived week one :) can't wait to see what fire you have planned. It seem like your toddlers are practising their whale calls.

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  18. Great week! I too am surprised at how much I've enjoyed the first week with no preschool and remained remarkable serene. Still 5 weeks to go! ;-) #letkidsbekids

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    1. Same here bab. I feel quite OK about it you know. I'm gasp enjoying myself! xxx

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  19. So love to see all happy and smiley faces in the photos =) #countrykids

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  20. Looks like a fantastic first week. The rest of the holidays will be a breeze :)
    #letkidsbekids

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  21. Looks like a lovely week. I do love the washing up bowl water play! Hope you continue to enjoy the rest of the holidays.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

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  22. yay we adore Thomas Land too :-)

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

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  23. Oh wow sounds like you've had an awesome week! Thomas Land seems ace, I do hope we get to go there one day. Love the water play, just brilliant! Thanks for sharing with #whatsthestory

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