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.
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.
We 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.
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!
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.
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.
A 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!
The 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?