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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Life Lately and Future Plans

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Life Lately

So, we've been on Summer Holidays.  Some days I've felt satisfied that I've done lots to entertain the kids and other times, I've worried that we've wasted the holidays away as we've got up late and taken ages to leave the house (if we've even managed to leave the house at all that is).  However, I'm beginning to realise that those days when I'm working or tidying and the kids amuse themselves with the TV, reading, craft and playing are as much a part of the holidays as our official "days out".  We have definitely had a more chilled out holiday than in the past.


So what have we been up to?


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We went away on a Stay, Play, Explore break to Leicester, we loved our day visiting Conkers.  We also ticked The National Space Centre off our to-do list.


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On our way back, we stopped at Bridgend Designer Outlet and shopped, ate at Pizza Hut and watched Inside Out at the cinema (yes, I cried!).


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Danny went off to London with Scouts.  He had an amazing time there, staying on the Lord Amory on the Thames.  He kayaked, sailed, cycled (in London!) and had a tour of the Houses of Parliament (I am so jealous of this!).  It was an amazing experience for him and all the Scouts (and leaders I'm sure) got a lot out of it.


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We went to the  Tenby Spectacular fun day.  These are great, playing on the beach, fun rides, free face painting, food, beer (shame I was driving!) and good music.  This year was a lot more enjoyable for me with all the kids being that little bit older.  I loved watching them joining in with all the dancing and can't wait for a family holiday with this sort of  evening entertainment now (I love to dance!).


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We spent the day at one of our favourite beaches, Barafundle Bay.   We've also had lovely days out at Broad Haven, Newgale, Angle and of course, our local beach Gelliswick.


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We enjoyed a day at Blue Lagoon with friends.  Again, this was easier now that the kids are older.  The big kids went off and did the slides on their own, while Izzy, Caitlyn and I enjoyed the splash pools, pirate pool and of course, the lazy river.  When they are all older, I can go on the slides again and even enjoy the spa pool for the first time!



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Photo c/o Ceri Evans
Danny went to London again- this time with Ceri, Lexy, Mum, Jo and Cerys.  On this visit he went on the London Eye, visited the London Dungeons, rode on the Emirates Air Line Cable Cars, visited Shrek's Adventures and Ripley's Believe It or Not!  Again this was another special experience for him.  I'm planning to take Rebecca and Caitlyn to London this Autumn too for a day or two.


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While Danny was in London, we visited Kiln Park, a Haven Holiday local to us.  




We have spent a few evenings Go-Karting down Gelliswick Hill- there have been lots of rainy days where the sun has come out about 6pm and we've made the most of it until Sunset.


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We have made the most of rainy days by either cuddling up watching old films or going out and splashing in puddles


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We have explored Castle Pill Woods again.  I've also had lots of walks with Toby Dog down here which has been lovely.


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Talking about Toby, we have been dog sitting and cat sitting, Belle, this Summer, which we loved.


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After eight months without a visit, we have visited Manor Park twice this month.  It has been lovely to see the new tiger, Terima.


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We have also been to Scolton Manor once or twice, as well as the local park, Rath and walks.


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The girls have done lots of free craft- making houses, junk modelling and decorating t-shirts.  We had a lot of craft activities planned that we didn't get to do but Autumn Sundays are perfect for craft and roast dinners, right?


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This week we visited Mountain Ranch with fellow South Wales Bloggers.  It was so lovely to meet up with everyone (post coming soon!).

After writing this, I'm relieved to see that we have done more than I thought this Summer.  We have completely failed however at sorting our garden and house out- we still have three huge boxes sitting in our utility room right now- a shed, a playhouse and a swing set!  Dave has worked really hard and really long hours, but we're not in a financial position to pay others to do the work so I'm not quite sure how we're going to manage it.  Maybe we'll have a few sunny weekends when work has eased off to get things done (keep your fingers crossed for us!).

Future Plans

So we are back to school on Thursday (eek!).  I'm looking forward to a routine of sorts.

Isabelle will now be doing school mornings.  One of my aims is to take her swimming at least one afternoon a week, a fun afternoon trip once a week would be most welcome too!

The kids have asked when I'm going to start baking bread again (how do some daily rituals somehow slip from the everyday routine?) so I plan to do this again.  I may even just do once a week until it becomes second nature and daily again.

I want to make candles.  I think it has been at least a year since I have made some.  I love the relaxing ritual, the smells that evaporate through the house and having lovely scented candles to light each evening.

I want to sew, knit and crochet more.  When Izzy was feeding, I would be prepared and have my craft projects ready to pick up and get on with while she was feeding.  I need to allow myself some free time in the evenings to craft again without having a feeding baby as an excuse!

I'm watching my alcohol intake (that sounds bad!) and want to keep alcohol for weekends only and not every weekend at that.  I must remember to make fruit infused water and non alcoholic cocktails for an alternative to the tap water I drink in the day.  In the evening, I just feel like "a treat".

We want to go blackberry picking and blackberry baking again.  Yes, we have lots in our own garden, but the walk is part of the experience.

As I mentioned earlier:  London, baby!  I am well overdue a visit to the big smoke so will have fun exploring with the girls again.

A family visit to Legoland and Warner Bros Studios would be fun too!  

During the holidays, like a lot of parents, I haven't had any child free time so I'm looking forward to a few things that Dave and I have planned.  We are off to watch the Wildhearts in Bristol.  I also can't wait to go out for a meal and drinks together.  Despite seeing him everyday, I feel like I've hardly spent any time with him this holidays (he may well see this as a good thing!).

We still need to visit Caldey and Skomer Island.  We did plan to go to Caldey in August on my birthday but the weather was too wild for a boat crossing (this is typical weather for my "Summer Birthday", hmm).

We also have tickets to use for Go Ape.  We were all booked in for the holidays but Danny wasn't well enough so we need to rebook it soon!

I also want a campfire on the beach and in the woods soon.  Spending an evening on one of our most western beaches to watch a sunset would be good too.

What have you been up to in the holidays and what plans are you making for Autumn?













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  1. This looks like you've done loads. I know what you mean about wasting holidays but it's good to chill out a bit and for the kids to learn to entertain themselves.

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    1. Thanks, yeah, I think it's about having a bit of both, isn't it? x

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  2. You HAVE done loads! And I think it's important for kids to have home days too (when they're old enough that they don't need constant interaction). We spent a good number of days in our summer hols as kids just playing in the garden or with other friends. We didn't do anywhere near what's expected of parents today!

    I am pushing booze back to just at weekends. Had quite a few "week night" drinkies in the hols but not great for the waistline!

    Getting your craft on is always good! :) xxx

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    1. Thanks. Yeah it was good to look back to see what we did actually as you forget about what you did in the first few weeks! Yes, with no "schoolnights" I had quite a few weeknight drinks too lol x

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  3. Sounds like a fab summer :)
    I know what you mean about routines slipping, ours has too. I need to start baking again. I've just started to teach myself to crochet so want to keep that up too. Plus like you we've not been to Caldy so would love to do that :) x

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    1. Thanks. Yes, I think Autumn is great for baking. Hope you manage to keep up the crochet too. x

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  4. Wow you have done loads. How lucky are your kids. What a fab mum you are. I love the space centre but haven't taken eva yet. Xx

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    1. Aww, thanks so much! Can you tell my kids that! Haha! x

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  5. Coming from someone who barely left the house this summer, yours sounds awesome! xx

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    1. It can be hard can't it? I was jealous of you going away in the caravan though x

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  6. Lovely photos! And it sounds like you have all had a wonderful summer. We love Barafundle Bay too. It's so beautiful. You've inspired me to write a plan for autumn too x

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    1. Barafundle is so lovely, isn't it? Yes, I love plans to look forward to x

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  7. Wow, you've had an action-packed summer! I know what you mean about those days where you feel like you have wasted the day, but I also think that a bit of lazy down-time is exactly what we all need. At the start of the holidays we were heading out for our day trips at 9am as we were used to being up and ready for school.... and then towards the end of the holidays we have struggled to get out before 11am! All sense of routine is out the window! I love the autumn plan! Hope you get to do everything on the list x

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    1. Thanks. Yes, us two with the late get ups. We're having a practice early morning tomorrow morning, then back to school Thursday- I hope we get up! x

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  8. I would definitely say you've made the most of the holidays, so much fun! Considering we haven't had many sunny days you've definitely made the most of the rare few that we have had.

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  9. You haven't stopped! It sounds like you've really made the most of the summer with your little ones. I absolutely love Tenby, and Barafundle is one of my favourite places.
    Good luck getting back into baking and candle-making ... very autumnal activities!
    Alana x

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  10. Isn't the Scouts a marvellous organisation! I can't wait for Tibbs to be old enough to join in with things like that.

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  11. Wow it looks like you had a super fun summer! It all looked amazing, great plans for autumn too. I can't believe it's that time already, usually I feel excited about I'm a bit sad this year as it just doesn't feel like we've had a proper summer. I'm too cold already! x

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  12. What a lovely summer you've had and sounds like you've managed to pack a lot in. So glad that Danny had a good trip away with the Scouts. Hope that the first day back at school went well for you all and love the sound of all your autumn plans - hope you manage to do them all! :-)

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  13. wow you've done so much! I guess with 4 kids they all have things they want to do so you multiply the amount of places you go! I feel like I've hardly done anything with Wilf lately as I feel so tired but hopefully he'll forgive me when he one day gets to play with his sister! x

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