Half-term was all about two things – revising and training for the Three Peaks. With my son still working hard for his GCSEs, we didn’t have much time for days out, although we did make it to Wychwood Festival as ever.
With the summer here at last, I’ve been enjoying taking some lovely pictures of my kids, their cousins and friends a lot more. It’s a shame I don’t share them on here.
Here’s our fortnight in pictures…
Day 148 – Sunday 28th May – my husband went out for a 70 mile bike ride to train for this year’s Ride London and my eldest went for a nine mile walk with his friend training for the Three Peaks. I was left at home with one child cartwheeling in front of the TV and one sat playing Pokemon, while I was a reluctant housewife – hoovering, shopping, washing, guinea pig cleaning and weeding. This is not a weed.
Day 149 – Monday 29th May – Bank holiday Monday saw us up the Malverns for Three Peaks training. It was incredibly misty and visibility was almost non-existent in parts. We made it back to the car just before the rain started.
Day 150 – Tuesday 30th May – my daughter has wanted a paddling pool for so long, but my husband wouldn’t let her because it would ‘ruin the grass’. So she bought one (with her own money, of course) and we just about squeezed it onto the patio (although we can’t eat outside any more!).
Day 151 – Wednesday 31st May – my daughter filled up her paddling pool and had her first dip and we all went for another Three Peaks training walk.
Day 152 – Thursday 1st June – my daughter’s best friend came round and they had a lovely time in the paddling pool. I took a photo of a bee and realised the zoom and quality of the picture on my new phone is way better thank my old one!
Day 153 – Friday 2nd June – the paddling pool continues to be a hit. Today the little cousins came round for a splash with my daughter, while my younger son was at his friend’s house and my eldest was (mainly) revising.
Day 154 – Saturday 3rd June – we went to Wychwood Festival! We had a lovely day with my family just chilling out, watching the bands and soaking up the atmosphere.
Day 155 – Sunday 4th June – it wasn’t supposed to happen because of my son’s GCSE history at 9am tomorrow, but my eldest, daughter and I popped along to Wychwood just to see the Levellers. And we didn’t regret it!
Day 156 – Monday 5th June – back to school. Kind of. One child had an inset day and one was home again by 11am after his history GCSE. Which he tells us went well. Fingers crossed. I decided to ‘quickly’ do some Funky Pigeon cards for my eldest and husband’s birthdays, plus Father’s Day. I bit off more than I could chew!
Day 157 – Tuesday 6th June – I was getting Eric out of his hutch for a run when I noticed his breathing was rather noisy. Apparently a ‘crackly guinea pig’ is an emergency and he was at the vet’s within 15 minutes. He has various sorts of medication, so hopefully he will be better soon. The guinea pigs are costing us a fortune at the moment – a vet visit for each of them, plus a new hutch has set us back over £200 in the last two weeks.
Day 158 – Wednesday 7th June – we’re into week three of the GCSEs and we no longer have the use of a school bus, so I’m balancing taking all of the kids to their different schools. My eldest usually needs picking up again around 10.30 in the morning, which isn’t ideal for me focusing on my work.
Day 159 – Thursday 8th June – the general election and I placed my vote.
Day 160 – Friday 9th June – we woke up to news of a hung parliament, my son had three GCSEs and Eric went back to the vet. I’m pleased to say he is on the end, although he has another check-up next week, unfortunately for my finances.
Day 161 – Saturday 10th June – a few weeks ago I was pleased that we were getting the whole family out for Parkrun every week. That seems to have tailed off a bit in recent weeks. Today it was just me and the kids. The weather was hot, so I was really pleased with them for giving it a go. This isn’t a carefully assembled flat lay – this is our Parkrun stuff just chucked on the kitchen floor where it shouldn’t be!
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