August has been a month of change, of holidays and of new adventures. It was the end of July when we moved back across the Pennines to Yorkshire and more than a month on I am really starting to believe now that we have moved and we’re not just on holiday here.
We left our old house a few days after the end of the school term so for the entire holidays we have been kind of muddling through on a wing and a prayer, unpacking boxes little by little, relying on my mum and dad for childcare and taking a bit of time to have some days out around our new home.
We went on our first holiday abroad as a family in the form we are in now, with my lovely friend Sally and her son Joe. The week we spent in Portugal was such a relaxing break, it really brought it home to me how important it is to carve out some downtime, feel the sun on my skin and just make a bit of breathing space.
Rog and I used to go away quite a bit before we had kids and we had the rule of booking our next break at the end of each holiday, so we always had something to look forward to. That time feels so long ago when I think about it I feel both happy that we had so much fun together and sad that I’ll never get that time back. I definitely want to look at booking another trip soon though, maybe to Copenhagen as I have wanted to go there for so long.
August really has felt like a long month and to be honest I am totally ready for the new school term to start. I have that end of the holiday feeling, where I am craving a bit of quiet time and headspace. I love spending time with the kids but you know, both of them are lively characters and when you have two there are always times when they need to be separated! Sam needs a lot of entertainment and it does get exhausting, already it is only 7am and he has made a huge list of things he wants to do today like making two cowboy hats from newspaper and card, a chief’s feathered headdress and some rocky road. Phew!
There definitely hasn’t been much time for writing this month, as I have either been at work, doing house stuff or looking after Sam and Flo, and by the time they’ve gone to bed I am ready to zone out with a gin and slim and go to bed! To write this post I’ve had to escape to my bedroom for half an hour, as trying to write at the kitchen table with a coffee just wasn’t happening! I’ve already broken off to find various fancy dress outfits for Sam, help Flo put some of my jewellery on, and put the clothes back on a few Barbies which she will immediately undress again!
I never have loads of time to devote to this blog but over the holidays that me time is cut right down and it always makes me question why I’m doing it anyway. I’m putting that down to school holiday ennui and remembering this time last year when we were out at the park with the kids and mine were driving me crazy, and I cried on my friend that if this is what life was like, I didn’t want it. She gently smiled and reminded me that there were just a few days left of the holidays and once school started it would be fine, and do you know what? It was! So thanks Zara, I am remembering your wise words a year on!
We took quite a few family photos when we were in Portugal, but I thought I’d use these photos from a day out with my sister a few weeks ago for this post. You’ve seen enough holiday spam by now, right?! We had a day out to Fountains Abbey near Ripon, which has a brilliant new wooden adventure playground and den building area, as well as the fantastic abbey ruins and grounds to explore.
I am looking forward to September now as I have lots in the diary – including a night in London for the MAD Blog Awards where I am nominated in the best writer category, followed by a friend’s wedding in Brighton.
What a weekend that’s going to be! Both events will be a chance to dress up and let my hair down a bit, meet up with my friends from the blogging world and from the ‘real’ world, and I know it’s going to be a lot of fun.
Remembering the sambucas that happened at last year’s Mads though, I think I’ll have to take it a bit steadier this year.
So August, you have been busy, but compared to last August you have been a breeze.
This post is linked up with the Me and Mine project – hosted by Dear Beautiful, Bump to Baby, Capture By Lucy, Let’s Talk Mommy, Mummy Daddy Me and Tigerlilly Quinn – where you take a photograph a month of your family all together.