You only get 18 summers with your children

I saw a post by Polka Dot Family, inspired by Mascara and Mud,about the 18 summers we get to live and hold in our memories,

And the words stayed with me.

I thought about our summer.

Where I juggle work, supporting the hubby, and drafting in help.

I am proud that my children look forward to going back to school- spending time with friends, the stimulation of structured learning- choosing to avoid the idea that they would rather be in school than with me.

Because I can be rationale, I witness their excitement when they see me on the school run, when they cry out for me if they’re hurt, or proud of a first achievement.

But I also know the eagerness to grow up, planning the next birthday, and that before I know it… well, I don’t want to think about it.

You only get 18 summers with your childrenBut to this summer, of 2015, this is our list:

  1. I’d love for CM to learn to ride her bike without stabilisers. She very much wants to, but I suspect she’s inherited her mum’s sense of balance. 
  2. I am so excited to have snapped up tickets for Kids Week 2015. Tickets booked and hotel booked, now to decide whether cheap bus tickets offsets the convenience of an expensive train journey. 
  3. Camping- all booked to go back to Trevayne Farm. We now need to decide on trips for the other long weekends I’ve managed to sort. 
  4. The paddling pool- my water babies always have much excitement from a pool in the garden. We do need a new one to take advantage of this. 
  5. To get to the sand dunes. A fond memory from my childhood, and within driving distance. 
  6. Regular picnics and film nights. Fortunately we are a family who love food, now to make it more of a social occasion. 
  7. The beach- at least once a week. This is one of those which isn’t even aspirational. We can leave the house and walk 600 yards and be at the sea. We can jump in the car and be at Barry Island in 20 minutes. 
  8. S’mores- for all our campfires we’ve never achieved s’mores, with toasted marshmallows being too warm for sensitive mouths, this year will be a s’more year. 
  9. Peppa Pig World- taking CM to London has forced the conversation about the boys having mummy time, PPW would be right up their street. Is it worth going solo… in the summer holidays?? 
  10. Legoland- definitely an aspirational one. A visit during the summer holidays to Peppa Pig World severely backfired due to the queues. The little people really want to visit, so we really should

Freddie’s mum has written a great post full of more ideas to fill a summer which is worth checking out for inspiration.

What will you be doing to make the most of your summer?

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    Polka Dot Family
    June 30, 2015 at 14:46

    I’m pleased to see I inspired you 🙂

    I love the idea of a summer wishlist – we are hoping to head to Legoland too over the summer as well as some local days out. We need to take advantage of the beach more – maybe make the biggest sandcastle fort ever!
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