Finally! It has felt like such a long time coming, especially when everyone else in the country seems to have started their summer holidays ages ago! I have really fond memories of last summer (I wrote about it here), it passed in a haze of Hama beads, barbecues, loom bands and sunny days out.
I made a big list of things that I wanted to do last summer, and we didn't even come close to finishing it, but it gave us a good starting point for activities that we wanted to do, and we came up with even more fun ways of spending time. This year I had a few more ideas of my own, and I invited the children to contribute to the list with their own suggestions. It's not as fancy as the many that I've seen on-line, but we'll add to it as we go along.
One thing that I do really want to do this summer is to get Harry riding his bike without stabilisers. Poor thing, his bike is a little too small for him but we are reluctant to get him another just yet because it feels as though he has hardly ridden it, we just don't seem to get the chance.
The idea is to get him riding confidently, then for Christmas or his birthday we will buy him a new bike and Mia can have his old one. He has such skinny little legs that he struggles to get it moving sometimes, so I'm hoping that if I can get him out on it most days it will build up his muscles a little bit, and then we can work on taking off the stabilisers. It's definitely a skill that he needs to have! I've also signed him up for a week of intensive swimming lessons, something else that he should really be doing by now. As you might guess, I spend more time with him concentrating on indoor, crafty activities rather than the outdoor, more physical ones!
Hopefully we'll get away camping again a couple of times, even if it's only in the back garden. Harry is well into learning about space at the moment, so I might even get him up for the Perseid meteor shower in August if the sky is clear. We bought some new garden furniture recently, perhaps I'll get the chance to relax in the garden for a little bit while the children play (that is probably just a fantasy) and I'm sure we'll have plenty of barbecues whenever the weather is nice.
What do you have planned for the summer, do you make a list or do you just take each day as it comes?