Wednesday, 19 July 2017

School's Out For Summer!

summer time beach
photo by Jerry Keisewetter/ Unsplash 


School

Boo and the Little Man break up from school today and Star breaks up on Friday. Then we have an extended eight week summer holiday! The two schools that my children go to are merging so eventually they will all be at the same school and it will be an 'all through school' from reception to year 11.

Holidays

As I'm writing this it's grey but very warm outside and I can tell that thunderstorms are threatening to arrive. But I'm not worried about the weather, I just want this to be the best summer ever! We've already had our holiday in June. Next year I'm going to plan our holiday for the summer, it will be more expensive but we've not been away in the summer for many years now. I'm wishing we had something planned this year now, but the holiday we had in June was planned last year and I went for cheap rather than timing. 

Bucket List

I don't have a bucket list, although I might plan one with the kids later as I've lots of ideas. We will be going to visit relatives in Dorset so we'll definitely see the beach again! I also want to visit some national Trust Properties, we have a few close by that we've not seen yet, but I want to go a little further too. 

I also want to take them swimming, we have some fabulous pools nearby and I've just ordered Passport to Leisure for us all (Apparently you need these to go swimming here.) The kids enjoyed the pool so much when we were away so I think they'll like to go and splash about. I'm going to sign them up for swimming lessons later in the year, or see if there are any courses held over the holidays. I think they need to learn.

There are two places nearby that are by rivers and I really want to take the kids for days out there. One is Stratford on Avon, I haven't been there for years but I know it's lovely to visit. Maybe we can even go on a boat, I'm just not sure how I'd get on, but you never know there may be some way. The other place is Stourport, which has a small leisure park and arcades which the kids will love. If I remember correctly they also have a big outside paddling pool which will be loads of fun.

Closer to home I think a visit to the local library is in order, the kids like it there and we can go and pick up some summer reading for the rainier or lazy days.

I also want to visit the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, it's always an interesting place to go and they have some fantastic exhibitions. A couple of years ago we took some sketch books and pencils and the kids re-created some works of art.

Then if finances allow we could visit the Think Tank. I believe they have a huge moon landing there this summer. It's not cheap but it's a great day out.


Not Going Out

There will be times when we won't be able to go out for whatever reason, but there are plenty of things we can plan at home. I would love the kids to help with the garden, I'll like to get some nice potted plants sorted and maybe even a special fairy garden. 

Also for the garden I would really like a paddling pool for the kids to cool off in. We also have swings and a slide in the garden. I'm thinking maybe some badminton rackets or rounders bats for some bat and ball fun. Of course they have their nerf guns too, we just need to replace the bullets.

We have some birthday cakes to bake, so there will be time in the kitchen. I'm also planning on getting the kids to make their own lunches while they are at home. With supervision, of course.
I'm sure we can think of many things to cook up!

The girls are getting  a little old for the arts and crafts sessions, but if I start something with the Little Man they like to join in. The girls have their own art books that they are always drawing in. They also write their own stories.

Birthdays

For us, summer is birthday time. Boo turns ten next week! She's having some friends around to make some Splodge Teddies. She's chosen the dog pack. It's going to be fun making them and then the kids will get the chance to decorate a cupcake for their teddy's birthday. 

Next up is the Little Man's seventh birthday. We are having a family BBQ and inviting a few family and friends around to celebrate. I've found in the past that when you have a birthday in the middle of the summer then school friends can't make it, or forget about it. So this way I will be making sure that we have people around to celebrate. 

I tried to get Star to agree on something different but she's insistent that she spends her birthday the same way that she has done for the past five years. That's a visit to Pizza Hut then toy shopping. She normally goes to build-a-bear but we are skipping that this year. 

Bring It On!

I am so ready for this holiday, it may be longer than usual and I'll probably be glad to see the back of them come mid September, but I just want to make the best of it.

I may not be well enough to do much with them next year, I want to make happy memories while I can.  Up until now I've put things off because it can be so difficult being in a wheelchair, but I've been silly, it's time to forget about my wheels and just get on with life, plenty of other people do. At least I can go out with having to carry lots of equipment with me, I don't know how long that will last so I really have to make the most of it now. 

The future scares me and the past makes me feel sad because I can't do as much. I have to live for the here and now and think of my wonderful children that I have been blessed with.

So, what are your plans for the summer? Have you made a bucket list? Are you going on some fabulous holiday? I'd love to know what you are up to, do let me know in the comments or on my Facebook page.

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