Summer holiday fun in the sun
We’ve almost finished our second week of the Summer holidays and after the initial panic of nine weeks stretching ahead of us (ok, so that was clearly just me) we’re finally relaxing into a less structured routine. The kids are sleeping a bit later, the sun is shining and we’re getting out and about to make the most of the weather without the usual stress of clock-watching. So what if we don’t leave the house until 10.30? It’s all good.
On Tuesday we spent the morning at a local playground and with time to step back and watch my two playing in the sunshine it hit me suddenly how much they’ve grown up. Curly Girl is brave and strong and I held my breath as she tackled some of the higher climbing frame obstacles, exploring her own abilities.
She showed her nurturing side when another little girl joined us, encouraging her and showing her where to put her hands and feet while I stood beaming with pride on the sidelines.
Little Man follows his big Sister wherever she goes and they explored the tractor frame for ages, playing imaginary ‘driving’ games and squabbling about who could sit where.
Little Man had nursery school for a couple of hours in the afternoon so Curly Girl and I hung out together at home, something we never seem to get the chance to do. She loved spending the time alone with me and didn’t want to do much more than cuddle on the sofa watching a movie. It was blissful.
After a quick round trip to pick her brother up it was home again for Little Man’s first meal out of the highchair in his fab Concord Lima. This was his weaning chair and every morning we’d sit facing each other on the kitchen floor while he explored the taste sensation that is rice porridge mixed with fruit puree. How time flies. (P.S. I’ve written about the Condord Lima before here.)
Frankly it’s been easier to use our old faithful Ikea high chair while he’s been learning to feed himself (you can practically hose it down if you need to) but now the Lima’s having a renaissance. I don’t know whether it’s the Montessouri method they use at his nursery school, his personality, the dedication of the teachers or a combination of all three (I suspect the latter) but he’s really quite an independent little chap and I’m keen to encourage this by introducing him more grown-up situations like putting on his own shoes and sitting up at the table with his sister and his own knife, fork and spoon where he can help himself to food.
So far so good. And don’t they look cute sitting there together? (You can see our holiday calendar in the background. It’s a great way to see our plans at a glance and I’ve added a box that Curly Girl can tick which she does her holiday homework each day. She loves it. Fancy making your own holiday calendar? Here’s a free Bod for tea download you can customise.)
Yesterday it was blisteringly hot and sunny so we headed out to the Discovery Centre at Great Notley for a couple of hours and the kids had lots of fun splashing about in the water area, playing in the sand pit and generally letting off steam.
How gorgeous is this blue sky? No filter folks, just pure unadulterated British Summer at it’s best.
And we’re loving every minute of it.
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