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A mum of two still trying to get the balance right

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Where did the summer holidays go?

Wow, this seems like a looooong time ago. We’re well into the school year and nursery but I thought I’d post this anyway to remind me of that summer before school started!

This summer I wrote a great big long list of all the outdoor places we could visit for when the weather was good and a not so long list of things to do if the weather was bad. 7 to 8 weeks of no nursery seemed like such a long time at the start of the holidays but it has flown by and my eldest shall shortly be starting reception at school and my littlest starts nursery.


I was looking forward to all the places we would go thinking I would be broke by the end of the holidays, but apart from the expense of a lovely holiday in Italy (actually that was my husbands treat) and a few other random nights away our days out have mostly consisted of going to local parks (with a picnic). Bargain. It seems every time I asked Charley what she wanted to do, she said go to the playground, so that’s what we mostly did. Sometimes taking her bike to try and get her using that, sometimes with balls or a frisbee, and more often just going on the swings.

I’m not sure what happened to all those planned days out, days seemed to get taken over with visits to hospitals, small little chores to do in towns, friends to catch up with and parks and playgrounds seemed to fill the gaps nicely.

It’s seemed like a special summer holiday, a last one before Charley starts school and we’re then stuck in the mundane routines for years (apart from the school holidays). I hope the children have enjoyed their simple days out in our amazingly sunny summer, I haven’t heard too many shouts of ‘I’m bored!’

We’re hoping to have one last special day out at a Theme type place when the majority of children are back at school as Charley starts school the week after most. Hoping we get some lovely last sunny weather to enjoy our last days of freedom!

5 fab things this week #29


5 fab things this week #29

It’s been such a change this week to have some sunshine around. Although the nursery walk is pretty chilly it’s just lovely to see everything in the bright sunshine. We’ve had a lovely week out and about, and we’ve found a new childrens activity place to go to. Here are my 5 fab things this week:

5 fab things this week #29

A visit to RHS Wisley

Wisley, as you might know, is one of my favourite places to go with the children. This month until the beginning of March there are butterflies in their greenhouse. We went last week when the sun was shining and it was just above freezing. All the ponds and streams were frozen but everything looked so beautiful in the sun. The butterflies were also amazing, there were some lovely blue ones which were my favourites. One lady had one sitting on her hat!

Butterfly at Wisley

My best attempt at taking a photo of a butterfly

The Discovery Look Out, Bracknell

I’d never visited here before but it is just brilliant. There are 90 odd activities for children of all ages and our children had a brilliant time. Some of it is even quite sciencey although the activities are so fun, the children wouldn’t think they are educational too. I’ve written about our experience of it here.

The Look Out Discovery Centre Bracknell

A trip to Portsmouth

After being very organised for the week, at the weekends we are not, unless we have specific plans. Therefore, after swimming on a Saturday we are often wondering what to do for the rest of the day and then its often gone and we haven’t done much. However, this Saturday we decided on the spur of the moment to go down to Portsmouth to watch the hovercraft, eat chips out of cones and get some dinner at Gun Wharf Quays. It worked out really well, the children love watching the hovercraft, going in the amusement arcades (teaching fine motor skills not gambling!) and the atmosphere of the coast.

Hovercraft at Portsmouth

Siblings in Portsmouth

Rice playing

We haven’t had the coloured rice out for a while so one free afternoon the children had a good play with it. Charley enjoyed it particularly, making up her own games and would have happily played with it all afternoon and night I think!

Coloured rice playing

Mr Marvel Party

The party season has well and truly hit Charley’s nursery. Today she went to a Mr Marvel party which was pretty fab. It was at the childs house with an entertainer who did magic tricks, a Punch and Judy show, had a rabbit, a disco, and a snow and bubble blower. There was all the usual jelly, biscuits and lovely food that kids love. I definitely need to start getting organised for Charleys birthday in March!

How was your week? Did you manage to get out in the sun?


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