We’ve packed a lot into July despite a lot of illnesses. The weather has been mixed too. We’ve had plenty of sunny days as well as some rainy days. We started the month at my friend’s house warming party on a very sunny Saturday. The kids enjoyed playing on a bouncy castle whilst we chatted, ate and drank. My eldest now thinks we need a bouncy castle for our back garden.
The following Friday, I took the girls to forest school where F had loads of fun hunting for dragons, making dragons eggs out of play dough and making a drop scone mixture that the leader then cooked on the camp fire. I’ve loved taking her to forest preschool this past couple of months and can’t believe this was our last one. There is a monthly family one held on a Sunday which I’d like to try and all go along to.
We visited Blackpool sea life centre that weekend. I had been invited along to review it for my blog. My husband was ill so my parents came along instead. We loved the sea life centre and afterwards, we went down to Lytham for a little while. As much as we loved the sea life centre, the rest of Blackpool is not really for us. We ate delicious fish and chips on the sea front before exploring inside this windmill. We used to visit Lytham a lot when I was a child but this was the first time I’d been back in close to 20 years. I think we need to go back and explore more of Lytham soon.
My eldest daughter starts school in September, I can’t believe she only has 3 more weeks of preschool. Her settling in sessions have gone really well and I’ve bought most of her school uniform. She had her preschool graduation in the middle of this month. They wore caps and gowns and sang lots of songs about growing up. I’ll admit I found it emotional and cried. Then they stood up and each told us what they wanted to be when they grew up. I cried with laughter when she said bat.
After the graduation ceremony, we drove down to Anglesey for our family holiday. We had 8 days and a real mix of weather. We had 3 gorgeous, hot days that we spent on different beaches and at the paddling pool on Beaumaris pier. I love Beaumaris and enjoyed a look around my favourite independent shops. We also had a delicious lunch and gelato at the red boat cafe. We had one really bad weather day (none stop rain and the wind) and a few cooler days with some showers.
Whilst we were there we visited 2 national trust sites. Plas Newydd which I wrote about after our Easter visit and Penrhyn castle which I will be sharing soon on the blog.
Last Friday we visited Eureka again (we have annual passes). As well as enjoying old favourites, we enjoyed the new DigiPlaySpace which is a temporary area. It’s a really fun space where digital meets real life art for kids to interact with. We did have enough time to explore it fully so I hope we go back before it finishes in December. We really enjoyed this one where the light traced you and made you part of the graffiti image. F wouldn’t join in but look how tiny E looks now she’s standing. She’s so close to walking now.
One of the reasons we didn’t have long was because we spent some of our time at Eureka in a special storytelling session with Gacko. We first saw him at just so festival 2 years ago. He’s fantastic and if you get the chance to see one of his sessions do. It made me wish we were going back to just so this summer. I’m determined we’ll go next year.
And just like that July is over. We have no plans for August so I look forward to seeing what we get up to. Hopefully, I’ll be back at the end of the month to share them with you.