Goodbye summer, hello again relentless routine

When I wake up tomorrow morning two things will happen. It’s my birthday so I’ll get smothered by my menfolk and the dog of questionable pedigree and loved to bits, which is nice. The other thing tomorrow brings is the return to school and the start of Year 2 for my precious little baby (now a big, tall and strong nearly 7 year old). It’s time to say goodbye summer!

As I tucked him up in bed tonight I shed a quiet tear to myself. We have had the most incredible summer. Seven weeks of fantastic memories, quality time together and just really fun stuff, much of which I’ve not yet had time to blog about, so do watch this space!

We’d sat down this afternoon with a pen and paper and listed all the really fun, memorable stuff we’d done together and it was quite a list. Reading the list back and remembering everything just made my heart burst a bit. We’ve been very lucky, there’s been a budget of sorts we’ve stuck to and the cost of expensive days out has been tempered by packing a picnic and using vouchers or deals where we could. We did well and I am very sad it’s over.

 

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At the start of the summer we wrote a bucket list. But how did we get on? This is what we managed to tick off…

⇒ Build sandcastles on the beach in Devon
⇒ Sleep lots (Ben’s suggestion)
⇒ Visit Ben’s cousins in Devon
⇒ Go to the playground in the park
⇒ Visit the Sealife Centre at Weymouth
⇒ Go on a treasure hunt in Bude using Treasure Trails maps
⇒ Visit the castle fort in the park in Bideford
⇒ Count the stars at night, when camping at The Just So Festival
⇒ Sing around the Just So Campfire
⇒ Feed the animals at Wild Discovery at Ribby Hall 
⇒ Have a Cornish pasty picnic on the beach
⇒ Join the Tribal Tournament at The Just So Festival (we were bees!)

 

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But we also managed to do this…

Rockpooling in Woolacombe (and found an octopus)
⇒ Joined in the dog show at the Woolsery Show (and won!)
⇒ Went foraging at Just So Festival and ate dried mealworms & crickets
⇒ Built a den in the woods at Just So Festival
⇒ Joined in the massive Just So pillow fight!
⇒ Went out for lunch and ended up splashing in the water-features in Cathedral Gardens in Manchester 
⇒ Went to Chester Zoo with Daddy (loved the gibbons the best)
⇒ Found a Rhea egg at Wild Discovery at Ribby Hall
⇒ Went up the Jurassic Skyline attraction in Weymouth
⇒ Adopted Geoff & Ollie the otters at Wild Discovery at Ribby Hall
⇒ Massively grew in confidence with his swimming, loved the pool at Ribby Hall!
⇒ Met and touched the armadillos, a gecko, a cockroach, tortoise, rabbits, sheep, calves, pigs and reindeer at Wild Discovery at Ribby Hall

We’ve done lots, we’ve hardly fallen out with each other and every night we’ve gone to bed smiling with our heads and hearts full of adventure. I’ve loved it and so has he. It really has been the best summer ever.

I’ll have very mixed feelings in the morning, seeing him skip off to school again and hearing the house fall silent once more. It will be nice to catch up with some jobs and to tackle my to do list, but not as nice as doing what I love best, spending time with my boy.

PS. Happy birthday me x

 

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15 responses to “Goodbye summer, hello again relentless routine

  1. Awww – you really have done lots and had an awesome Summer – we did too. I don’t want mine to end either – I can totally understand why people home-school 😀
    Have a fabulous birthday tomorrow – not long until October half term 🙂 xx

    • After this summer if I had any confidence at all I would do a good job I’d home school him. But we’d just mess about and have fun and I think that’s better for us. He will be glad to get back to seeing his friends again. Xx

  2. You’ve had a wonderful Summer. So many memories made xx

  3. Sounds like you have had a wonderful summer and wishing you a very happy birthday

  4. It sounds like you had the best summer….
    Happy birthday. I hope you have a wonderful day x

  5. Happy birthday to you. You should be very happy that you’ve done so much over this summer and I’m sure your son will remember all the fun things x

  6. you did well with your summer bucket list. We made one too and it turned out fab! Enjoy the next season!

  7. Happy Birthday to you!! I hope you have had a great one!

  8. Wow! What a busy summer you have all had. I wish I had children that age again as I miss all the summery fun and adventures you can have. Roll on grandchildren…..

  9. Looks like you’ve all had a very busy summer and you seemed to have ticked a lot of your summer bucket list! Hope you had a lovely birthday x

  10. Happy belated birthday lovely! I hope that you were spoiled rotten, well done for really making the most of your summer! x

  11. Sounds like you have had a great Summer and that you managed to fit loads in.

  12. Seems like you’ve done a lot this summer and had a great time!

  13. First off belated birthday lovely lady. And it has made me smile at all the things you have done this summer. What an awesome time you have had. Hope you are ok now he has gone back to school x

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