Category: Our Weekly Roundup

Our July Roundup

July was a busy month – we moved house at the end of June so we have mainly been getting our new home sorted, but we are now happily settled in and ready to catch up on everything else that’s been put on hold while we’ve unpacked, painted and built furniture – like blogging. I really enjoyed writing our Weekly roundups and they were a good way to document all the little things that have happened – which is the whole reason I started this blog in the first place, as an online diary of our family life. But, it was hard to keep up and weekly posts turned into fortnightly or even less frequently, so I’ve decided to start a monthly roundup instead. Maybe I will have better luck keeping up with this one!

So what else happened in July?

  • Izzy finished Year 1 and was quite upset about her Year 2 friends moving on to the Junior School. They are in mixed classes, so half her classmates have left, and will be replaced with new school friends come September. She is happy that she gets to have the same teacher though – and one of the new additions to her class is her cousin, so she’s pretty happy about that!
  • She had a disco to celebrate the end of the school year, and of course sports day. She came last in the egg and spoon race, but still had a huge grin on her face as she crossed the finish line way behind everyone else. She did come second in the sack race though so she was pretty proud of that.
  • We went on a mini break to Ullswater, in the Lake District, where we stayed in a Wigwam. Unfortunately the weather rained off our planned BBQ for one of the two evenings we spent there, but the kids loved sleeping in the wooden pod. And I was happy that it was like camping but with a little more room than a tent and our own bathroom! I don’t think that camping in a muddy field and having to find the toilet block by torchlight is really something I’d be all that comfortable with, so this was about as much of a compromise as I was willing to make. Izzy was really lucky and got to sail one of the boats on Ullswater – she was really chuffed with herself, although I’m sure the 20 other passengers onboard were completely unaware that they were being ferried across the water by a 6 year old!
  • We visited Lowther Castle for the first time – the girls enjoyed exploring (especially seeing a frog!) and the adventure playground there is amazing. In the section for younger kids they have a zip wire with a baby swing seat – Clara loved it so much she has asked if we can have a “Baby zip wire” in our garden. (We can’t, I have no idea how much those things cost, but its cute that she loved it that much).

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Our Weekly Roundup #35

Since our last roundup, we’ve had the Easter Holidays, a trip to Legoland – and I jumped out of a plane!

  • I’ve always wanted to do a skydive even though the thought terrified me. After my husband did one last year and loved it, I decided just to go for it and signed up with 4 friends. There really isn’t anything quite like it. I’ll be writing a blog post about my experience soon but it was the scariest and most exhilarating thing I’ve ever done – and I can’t help but feel incredibly proud of myself. Plus I’ve raised over ยฃ800 for the MS Society so far!

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Our Weekly Roundup #34

  • The week got off to a surprisingly bright start with a glimpse of Spring, albeit brief. We went to the beach on Saturday and twice on Monday – partly because the tide was in when we visited in the morning, so Clara and I just got to walk across the pebbles, and partly because Izzy was desperate to play in the sand after school. They got soaked going in the cold sea but they had grins from ear to ear.

  • The nice weather also meant Izzy could finally get out on her bike. The rain has put awash to that over the last few weekends. She tried to ride without stabilisers for the first time and was quite unsteady and very frustrated but she did well for her first attempt. Meanwhile Clara was zooming off on her big sister’s old scooter without a care or fear in the world.

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Our Weekly Roundup #33

  • Last weekend Izzy and I went to see the new Disney Beauty and the Beast film… and it was amazing. Very true to the original Disney animation, with the familiar songs and even down to many of the lines spoken, but with a few added extras fitting in nicely. I’ve even downloaded the soundtrack so if anyone passes me in the car I’m not in pain – I’m just belting out songs and imagining I’m an actual Disney Princess. Izzy loved it too though it was a bit dark in places so some young children might be a little scared.

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Our Weekly Roundup #32

  • This week we have two visitors staying with us – Clara brought home George the Bear from nursery to stay for the week, and then Izzy was picked to bring home Ed the Ted from school. They were both so excited that it was their turn and that their teddies could be friends.

Of course it means having to do fun things that we can take photos of and write about in their books. And as the weather has been rubbish the photo opportunities have been few and far between. We did head out for lunch today and went out to do a few jobs yesterday – but most of the weekend has been spent cuddled up on the sofa introducing the girls to the Harry Potter films. Izzy is a huge fan already so I think we will have to buy the books next.

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