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Sports day, Hama beads and Ice Cream – Life Lately

It’s been a while since I did a bit of a life update/ photo dump post here. Looking through my photo stream,  I noticed some events that I hadn’t blogged about and didn’t want to let pass by, so I thought I’d write a little update on the last month and it’s activities.

Unfortunately, none of it is too exciting. May and the beginning of June tend to be quiet for us as we prepare for the chaos of the summer holidays. The schools in Northern Ireland break up on the last day of June, so we only have a two weeks left before the nine week (!!!) break.

Summer Days

We’ve had some amazing weather over the last few weeks, and we’ve been making the most of it with ice-cream, bbq’s and long walks in and around the village.

ice cream

IMG_3890We live in a village that has plenty of little pathways and public walks to explore, so there’s always somewhere to go for a stroll. One of my favourite things about this time of year is the lighter evenings, because we can go for a walk after dinner to burn off some of that excess energy that the kids always seem to have.

Sports Day

Last week the kids had their sports day. I think their school has some kind of crystal ball, because every year they’ve managed to pick a day which has turned out to be glorious weather. Maybe they all go outside and pray to the sun gods in the weeks running up to the event, who knows. This year was no exception, in fact, it was absolute melting temperatures!

In the days running up to sports day, Neil was feeling a bit anxious. I’ve written before about how he doesn’t like a change in routine, and for a school day not to be a normal day. Coupled with the fact he’s not very sporty, you can imagine how little he was looking forward sports day, but after a bit of a pep talk we persuaded him to take part.

On the day of sports day my husband had to wait home for a parcel, so I headed to the school with the kids granda to watch it. I spent the morning running around the school from event to event to make sure I didn’t miss either of them taking part. It’s hard when you have two children in different classes!

sports day

sports day

Despite his pre sports day anxieties, Neil told me it was “the best school day ever”. Both of the kids had a lot of fun, despite not winning any medals. Neither of my children are particularly competitive when it comes to sports and outdoor activities, but I had told them that it was all about having a bit of fun.

Getting Crafty

When we haven’t been outside enjoying the sunshine, the kids have found a new hobby to keep them entertained. Yes, Hama Beads have taken over our house.

hama beads

hama beadsA couple of weeks ago the kids had never heard of Hama beads, and now we have a house full of them. We don’t do thing by half measures in this house, that’s for sure. We’ve all being enjoying making colourful little creations, including daddy who has also being getting in on the Hama bead action.

We’ve also been making school craft projects, including a caterpillar made out of egg cartons for a school competition, and a little tug boat that tied in with Caitlin’s school topic of transport. I totally forgot to take a photo of the caterpillar, which is a shame because it looked kinda awesome once it was finished! Silly mummy!

Tug Boat CraftThe tugboat looked pretty awesome too, despite having to make some last minute touch-ups to it 10 minutes before the school bus was due! We really had to get creative with that one, after realising we had no white paint we ended up using tippex for the windows. We got the inspiration for the tugboat over at Red Ted Art if you want to make one yourself. (Tippex windows optional).

And that’s just about all we’ve got to report from the last few weeks. What have you been up to?

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  • Reply Vikki Holness June 15, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Well your little ones have certainly been busy! So pleased the weather held out on sports day for them! We’ve been making the most of the sunshine here as well xx
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  • Reply joanna June 15, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Your little ones have been busy. Glad to hear that weather was good for sports day. I use to love hama beads as a child good to see they still exsist.

  • Reply Beth @ Twinderelmo June 15, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Get you ya crafty devil! I’m gutted as Charlie’s sports day and reserve day this week have both been cancelled so no idea if they’ll do one now 🙁
    Wish the weather would come back as its none stop rain here. Yuck.
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  • Reply Lisa H June 15, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Looks like you’ve had a busy month – love the tugboat! We’ve got sports day next week, lets hope the weather turns nicer! x

  • Reply Katie Haydock June 15, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Wow! You’ve been busy! I’m glad the best school day ever was had 🙂 and those ice creams look fab xXx

  • Reply Caro | The Twinkle Diaries June 16, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Gosh — you’ve been so busy! I love these little round-up posts — it’s always so lovely to look back on things we’ve been doing! Love that the kids have been getting their craft on!! 🙂 That little tug-boat is amazing! 🙂
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  • Reply Cardiff Mummy Says - Cathryn June 16, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Good luck with the Hama beads. They get everywhere, don’t they?! Glad to hear Neil enjoyed his sports day so much in the end. Love the yellow tug boat, it reminds me of the Beatles Yellow Submarine x

  • Reply Sam June 18, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Your village sounds idyllic and how lovely that you have had perfect weather to enjoy it in – please send some of that sunshine to the Uak as we’ve had a week of torrential rain and thunderstorms! xx

  • Reply Kellie Kearney June 20, 2016 at 7:15 am

    You guys have been super busy. Best way to be. As for hama beads, they’ve destroyed my house lol

  • Reply Stephanie June 21, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    We’ve not had sports day yet, although it usually gets cancelled due to bad weather! I love the tugboat!
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