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).
- We reviewed the latest book in the Jungle Jam series – the girls enjoyed reading about the band visiting Brazil.
- I finally got round to blogging about Clara’s 3rd Birthday celebrations – dinosaur style!