Getting your children ready to start back at school is a major thing for parents in the school holidays. You are trying to enjoy the time off with them but September looms and everything you need to get ready is in the back of your mind. Uniform, P.E. kit, bag, coat and last but not least : school shoes. Getting your children’s feet measured is a big milestone and as they get older, the excitement for the kids of seeing how much they have grown makes the measuring that bit easier.
I don’t know if everyone says this about their children but I feel like mine have grown so fast all of a sudden. Whether it’s just their age, stage that they’re at or if it’s to do with coming to the end of being infants but it just seems like they have come on so much. Their reading has improved so much, they have moved on so much quicker in swimming, their appetite is even bigger than before and they seem to need even less sleep!
What a great four weeks these two have had! From finishing school to starting this year’s Italian Summer adventure. And who better to do it with than your brother (“bruther” as Ethan wrote on the last piece of school work he brought home!), your best friend, partner in crime? I took this month’s photos at […]
One minute they’re best friends, the next they’re arguing, pushing and shoving or throwing the other’s toys and telling tales on each other. I guess that’s just normal for all close siblings that are in each other’s pockets almost 24 hours a day. Sometimes it’s still difficult for them to share not only things like toys or clothes but also us and our attention. They shout about who was talking first, telling me a story or asking a question, mostly while I’m trying my best to concentrate on driving!
We’re already half way through the year and the last four weeks have had their ups and downs. From the lovely relaxing week that was half-term to the stress of summer bedtimes with a million excuses not to sleep. This month I’m sharing some photos from our day out at Twycross Zoo on the 31st May.
Whilst totally loving the brighter evenings, it’s really giving me a headache at the moment because the boys just won’t settle down in the evening until the sun starts to go down. They are driving us crazy and it’s exhausting trying to get them to go to sleep before nine o’clock. Going to bed later means that they’re tired in the morning, grumpy, have difficulty concentrating and listening when asked to do something, like get ready for school, eat breakfast etc! It also means that Matteo and I hardly get any time to wind down after all the jobs are done in the house before it’s time for bed for us.
My boys love playing games and watching videos on the iPad although we limit their time on there and they probably only use it once or twice a week. When they were little we had a few educational games on there but they grew out of those so we deleted them. Now they just have a Lego game and a skiing game so when Kidlo asked us to try their coding app I was so pleased to get the boys to try something new and educational and to get them using the iPad for more than watching toy unboxing videos!
What an amazing month these two have had. My two little travellers! This month they’ve spent sixteen days away from home visiting Matteo’s parents in Italy and his Sister in Germany. They’ve had a wonderful time and their Italian has come on loads. It’s been tough on us being away from them for so long but knowing that they were happy and safe meant we were less worried about them. Also knowing that they have always each other makes it easier.
I can’t believe we are a quarter of the way through the year but what with the crazy weather we had at the end of Winter, I’m really ready for it to get a bit warmer now. As I write this Ethan and Oliver are enjoying some Spring sunshine in Germany and have been wearing their beloved shorts and t-shirts at the park the last two days. March was another busy month for us and went by way too fast. I think I can safely say the highlight for all of us was our trip to Bridlington for Mother’s Day weekend.
The last four weeks have been really good apart from a little bit of illness for Oliver. We sailed through half-term and back to school and now time is racing towards Spring and the Easter holidays. This month’s photos were taken on the first of March when we had our first ever snow days and school was shut for two days running. We tried to make a snowman but the snow wouldn’t stick as it was too cold (-5), it was so powdery and just wasn’t wet enough to stick together.