Playing in the Sprinkler – Summer Bucket List

29.07.14

This heat wave has been lovely, and perfect for running through the sprinkler. This was one item on the summer bucket list I knew the kiddos would love, and we’ve done it most afternoons recently.

It’s one of those things that is fun for the kids, hilarious to watch and has the added benefit of keeping them cool and wearing them out, what’s not to love?

Watching the kiddos playing in the sprinkler always gives me, Pinch Me by the Barenaked Ladies, as an earworm, never a bad thing.

It’s the perfect time of day
To throw all your cares away
Put the sprinkler on the lawn
And run through with my gym shorts on.
Take a drink right from the hose
And change into some drier clothes
Climb the stairs up to my room
Sleep away the afternoon.

This is what summer should be about, letting go of your worries, having fun, relaxing or, even better, having a nap. It’s how we roll in the summer, we wear ourselves out splashing around in the garden and keeping cool, then we head in and chill out during the hotter part of the day.

As an aside, when we saw them in concert one time they sang this, and changed the line, ‘and run through with my gym shorts on’ to, ‘ with no clothing on’, which is the line I sing whenever I am belting out this song (much to my children’s utter embarrassment!). In reality the song is all about depression and how things can be awesome, but they’re just not for you, which is why I connect with it.

Playing in the sprinkler is also amazingly photogenic, you end up with photos of massive grins, kiddos trying to dodge the water and awesome air, as they leap over the sprinkler head.

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It never fails to make me laugh that Annie really doesn’t like water on her face, and sometimes showers can be a bit of a battle, but give her a sprinkler or the hose and she’s happy to get soaking wet!

Last summer, playing in the sprinkler would cause Ez Bear’s nappy to swell up to alarming proportions, but now he’s potty trained life is so much easier. Though I hate how quickly they’re growing up, it does have some advantages.

Have your kiddos played in the sprinkler or paddling pool yet this summer? Are you making your way through your Summer Bucket List? If so what’s been the most popular activity so far?


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Point + Shoot – Together Again

28.07.14

Last week Jon was away on a business trip and he was due back home on Saturday afternoon. Saturday morning was spent by me being asked every 20 seconds or so, ‘when is Daddy coming home?’ or variations thereof.

We’d made a welcome home banner and hung balloons out the front of the house so he knew how much we’d missed him and his homecoming was filled with screaming happy children and hugs, it was perfect.

Of course, as soon as he came in to the house the poor bloke was bombarded with requests for presents from the kiddos. He’d done very well with souvenir choices for us all, we each got a Lego Star Wars Microfighter, a t-shirt, the kids got superhero undies and I got some awesome DC socks, a lush dressing gown as well as Oreos.

The rest of Saturday was spent catching up, making the Lego, putting Ezra’s Lego back together (over and over again!) and waking Jon up when the jet lag got the best of him!

Sunday was much of the same with the added fun of 2 loads of laundry a BBQ lunch and watching the Lego movie.

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Annie spends a lot of her time in the garden preparing ‘delicious meals’ for us from stones, grass and twigs. Unfortunately she doesn’t spend the same amount of time tidying up after herself and the garden looks like a ToysRUs exploded in it by about 9am each morning!

What did you get up to this weekend? Did you eat your weight in BBQ food, get accidently sun burnt or watch an amazing movie? Whatever you did, please share your adventures by joining in with the Point + Shoot linky below.

If you’re unsure of how the Point + Shoot linky works head over here and check it out.

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Ice Cream Floats – Summer Bucket List

26.07.14

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This summer I wanted to share a treat with the kiddos from my childhood. When I was little I used to love it when Mum would make ice cream floats.

Combining fizzy pop with ice cream can’t go wrong and I figured it was time I share this fantastic summer tradition with the kiddos, so I added it to the summer bucket list.

This was the first item we ticked off the bucket list, I wanted to start with something I was sure they’d love.

We had to visit the supermarket, Annie wrote a shopping list to make sure we remembered both ingredients. I was going to use lemonade but remembered at the last minute that cream soda is perfect for this so made a last minute substitution. Then it was home to assemble our summery drink.

The kids helped me make them and and we watched the ice cream melt into the soda, and the liquid go all cloudy. I couldn’t hold them back any longer and they dived right in.

I think it’s safe to say they were a massive success…

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Are you a fan of the humble ice cream float? Are you doing a bucket list for the summer holidays?


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Fantastic Start to the Summer Holidays

25.07.14

This summer holiday my friend, Emma, and I have arranged to meet up once a week so the kids can be playing in the garden while we catch up and swap gossip. Yesterday we headed over their place and it was a totally brilliant day.

All four kids were really well behaved, the weather was amazing, they played on rope swings and Ez somehow squeezed into a dinosaur costume that was way too tiny. They climbed trees, played in the tent, shot hoops and ran around so much that by the time we went home they were all practically asleep.

The garden is wonderful, it’s huge which meant that the kids had plenty of space to play without getting in each others way. It’s also really well maintained so is just wonderful to spend time in, I love the ‘climbing tree’ and immaculate borders.

I honestly cannot over stress just how well the kids got on, they didn’t bicker or argue over toys, instead they shared, took turns, the big kids included the little ones in their games and, in turn, the little ones didn’t harass the big kids too much.

It was the sort of day that leaves you feeling that you’ve done a great job raising your children, that, or there is some kind of body snatcher scenario going on. Either way, both of us Mums were super proud of our offspring.

Now I just need to make sure I can supply as much wholesome fun as we enjoyed at Emma’s house for next Thursday and hopefully we can recreate the magic, this time in our back garden – wish me luck!!


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Our Awesome Summer Schedule

24.07.14

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of routine and lists. I guess it’s no real surprise that the kids also benefit from routine, so this summer I’m indulging my inner list maker and have devised our ‘Awesome Summer Schedule’ to run alongside our bucket list.

Basically I’ve come up with a list of all the possible activities we could be doing and every morning (or possibly the night before) I’ll choose from them and stick up our daily schedule up on the fridge.

This way Annie won’t be able to whinge about not know what to do or being bored because I will be able to direct her to the schedule so she can see what is up next. I’m also happy for the kids to play a part in deciding the next day’s schedule so they definitely won’t be able to moan about what’s planned!

I like that this has allowed me to ensure Annie doesn’t stop learning over the holidays, there’s scheduled reading time, writing activities and homework. I’ll also be sneaking in some ‘stealth learning’ into our other activities too.

The physical project is in it’s second version. Originally I printed and laminated the activities with the intention of super gluing magnets to the back but what I hadn’t bargained for was the super glue melting the plastic!

This second incarnation has been printed onto magnetic paper. While it may not be as indestructible as laminates would have been, there is something cool about printing onto the magnetic paper, it feels really tactile and looks quite professional to boot.

We had a play with this yesterday and the kids were really excited about the idea, so hopefully today it’ll be a hit.

I’ll be writing an update for this in the next few weeks to share how well it’s going and what changes, if any, have been made, so wish me luck!

Do you like to plan your free time or are you more of a fan of going with the flow?


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