How was your week? wasn’t it lovely to actually get a sunny bank holiday weekend? We had a day out on Saturday and Monday and a quiet day at home on Sunday. We used our day at home on Sunday to check on our family tent. It’s not been used in two years so we were worried it might have gone mouldy. Fortunately, we pitched it to find it still in great condition. F loved playing in it all afternoon and we spent a bit of time planning where we could go in it next summer. The other good thing about a bank holiday weekend is one less day in work. For me that meant a 2 day working week. It has been a 2 day week for my husband too as we are having a long weekend with family before F starts school on Wednesday and we have less opportunities to go away.
Here’s what I’ve loved this week.
We’ve been reading a book I was sent to review called World pizza. F seems to really like it. Watch out for my full review coming soon.
I took the girls to the library on Friday so that F could finish the Summer reading Mini challenge. She was really pleased with her medal and wore it all day. Of course, we picked up some new library books for the girls and I also picked up one for me. I couldn’t resist Bridget Jone’s baby when I saw it on the new in section. I never got round to watching the film either. I’m not going to lie though, I’ve not picked it up yet!
I also read Me & Orla’s monthly email this week where Sara mentioned my hashtag #mycolourfulkids and linked to my Instagram account. I’m sure you all know what a big deal this is. I got very excited when I read it!
Not much tv or vlog wise. We had a day trip to Dunham Massey on Saturday and I enjoyed watching all the deer. F couldn’t believe it the first time she saw one right in front of us on the path. They are everywhere and are not bothered by people. They seem to like sitting in the sun in front of the buildings.
Over the bank holiday, I made Paella (I forgot to photograph it though). I used to make it regularly but I don’t know about you but I often get stuck in a rut of making the same meals that I know my kids will eat and some recipes get forgotten about. E loved the paella but F refused to eat it. She used to love Paella but we are finding the older she gets, the fussier she gets.
I haven’t done many crafts with the girls this week as we have been spending most of our time outside. I did set the chalk easel up outside for F on Friday afternoon. She lost interest in it but E took the chalk out of my hand and started tapping it on the board. I don’t know why it hadn’t occurred to me to encourage her. I’m fairly certain I would have tried something like this with F at this age. I think I’m just too used to focusing activities of F and keeping E entertained/happy alongside. When F starts school next week I will have to use some of my time with E on Thursdays and Fridays to do age appropriate activities.
Summer clothes! I even put E in her swim suit as it was hot and it seemed like the best thing for her to wear whilst splashing in the water table on Sunday. A bank holiday weekend with plenty of sunshine was very much appreciated. Monday wasn’t as nice but we still enjoyed a family walk in the peak district.
Yesterday we stopped off at Penrhyn castle on the way to Anglesey. There was a lovely storytelling session on that F loved. It was based on the Oliver Jeffers book The great paper caper. A lovely book that we’ve not read before.
I think I might be in denial about F starting school on Wednesday. I’ve still got lots to do but we have all her uniform (it just needs labelling). We are going to make the most of our long weekend and then I am off work next week. E is still going to nursery Monday and Tuesday so I’m going to spend some time getting F ready for school and some time focusing on just her (not that I’ve decided what we will do yet).