I don’t know about you, but it feels like we are having the longest hottest summer EVER. But I realised the other day that it is now just five short weeks until our little Bella Boo starts primary school. And before I know it, the summer will be over. She is so excited. I however, am so emotional about the whole thing. But I’ll save that post for another day. We sat down together recently and were chatting about how quickly her start date was coming around and I suggested we write a little list of things we’d like to do together over the next few weeks. She loved this idea and had so many suggestions. So I thought I’d share a few things we plan to get up to along with a few photos I never got around to sharing from last Summer.
MAKE OUR OWN ICE CREAM
Bella and I love baking together so we thought we’d give making our own ice cream a go. I have found some lovely recipes on Jane’s Patisserie which all look very straight forward and bloody delicious. The Oreo one is first on our list to try.
EAT FISH & CHIPS ON THE BEACH AND PADDLE IN THE SEA
This one is always a winner and I imagine we’ll no doubt do this one more than once too. We are super lucky to live fairly close to the coast so we may as well take full advantage, right?!
PLANT SOME FLOWERS
This was one of Bella’s ideas. I am not green fingered in the slightest so this will be a nice one for her to do with Daddy. We’ve just finished renovating our garden so I think it will be lovely to plant some pots up with some new flowers.
As mentioned above, we have just done up our garden. It isn’t very big but I am so pleased with the lovely little space we have created. And very keen to make the most of it while the sunshine lasts. Bella’s been desperate to toast marshmallows for a while now, so I have promised she can stay up late one weekend and we’ll toast some together on the BBQ or over the fire pit (if/when we get one!).
SPEND A FEW DAYS IN NORFOLK
We have visited Josh’s Grandparents in Norfolk every August for the last few years and this is definitely a tradition we would like to keep up. Bella absolutely adores them both and is desperate to go up and visit again so we’re going to try and squeeze a short break in at some point!
VISIT A NEW NATIONAL TRUST
We’ve been members for the national trust for a couple of years now but we always tend to stick to visiting the same few local ones. So we’re making it our mission to visit at least ONE new one before the Summer is out.
GO FOR A PICNIC
Pretty self explanatory but we love a picnic, who doesn’t? We may even combine this one with our next National Trust visit.
HAVE A SLEEPOVER
…At Nanny & Grandad’s for the children. And a hotel for Josh and I!! We’ve got a voucher for a little hotel spa break that we’ve been meaning to use for months so I’d love to finally go before Bella starts school.
Last summer we visited this amazing sunflower trail local to us. It was so much fun and we’d love to go back again this year.
FAMILY BIKE RIDE
Earlier in the month we enjoyed a few days in Center Parcs. If you’ve read my blog before, then you’ll already know we are big fans of Center Parcs. One of the things we always enjoy the most is renting bikes and cycling around the site. Every time we leave, we always talk about getting our own bikes so we can go for family bike rides at home too. Bella has recently got her own bike and absolutely loves riding it. So we’ve decided that Josh and I will finally get our own bikes too along with a little toddler seat for Hugo. When we do this, I’m note sure but maybe we’ll just go somewhere we can rent them for a day at some point. Either way a family bike ride is definitely on the agenda this summer.
CINEMA & BREAKFAST DATE
And last but not least, I wanted to include one thing on the list that was JUST for Bella. A special treat just for her without her noisy baby brother around. She decided she’d like to go for pancakes and to the cinema together. And that sounded pretty damn good to me! So hopefully we can get a sitter to watch Hugo for a few hours so that Josh and I can both take Bella out for the morning.