Summer Days

Summer has finally arrived and as lovely as it is, it’s a really bitter-sweet time of year for me. I seem to spend far too much time thinking about the “What ifs” and “if onlys” and wondering how X amount of years have passed us by already. It feels inevitable that as the nights get lighter and the days get brighter, my mood becomes a little darker and it’s that little bit harder to keep a smile on my face. And I think that is why I keep busy, fill the Summer months with lovely things to look forward to, family time, making memories and reminding myself that time has moved on, the years have still passed us by but that actually, life has been good to us. We have been blessed.

There is nothing I enjoy more than Summer time with the children. As someone who is eternally cold, the luxury of leaving the house with only one layer of clothing is a novelty that never wears thin! There is nothing nicer than watching the children play in the sunshine, seeing their hair go lighter, their skin go darker and the bonus that after a day in the garden, they are more tired than they have ever been after a day stuck in the house!

We tend to spend the whole Summer time in the garden. Out comes the paddling pool, the inflatable ball pool, the wendy house, the swing ball, the play mats and more Happy Land than they know what to do with. They jump from the slide to the trampoline, to the swing, to the summer house, back and forth, up and down, distracted only by ice lollies and gallons of cold juice. And with no TV to distract them, no endless whines of “I want the Ipad!” or “I want to watch Frozen” for the fifty billionth time, they use their imaginations, they pretend, they PLAY.

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This week alone, the little summer house has been a shoe shop, a hair salon, a cafe, a castle, a train station and a toy shop. Sat there naked but for their nappies and knickers, hair slick with sweat, their little cheeks bright red, they have chattered, laughed, played and pretended entire days away.

Today we decided to have a day out to Knowsley Safari Park, a place that I used to visit often as a child but never since. And the girls were besides themselves with excitement last night, quizzing me on what we will do, what we will see, will we get eaten by a lion? And so off we set, out of the house by 9am which may well be a record, with a packed lunch and the chatters of excitement from the back. And anyone who questions whether I get fed up at home with the children all day or says, “But don’t you miss adult conversation?”, “don’t you get bored?“, clearly haven’t met my children. Before we had even got there we had enjoyed lengthy discussions on why we aren’t able to race with the other cars on the motorway, why Oscar, our dog, couldn’t join us for the day out, “He might get crushed like a pancake by an elephant Megan, and then you would be sad!!”, and why the chances of a dinosaur being at the zoo today were slim to none.

By the time we arrived at the zoo Harry was fast asleep and yet the girls were hyped up and ready for the safari trail. And my memory had failed me as I had no idea that we were able to drive so close to all the animals, so close infact that when a lion came peering in through the car window I saw my entire life flash before us!! The girls were in their element pointing out the various animals, “An elephant!!”, “A giraffe!!”, “A rhino!!”, “A…..horse??!”, for anything un-recognisable with four legs was immediately named a horse!

And afterwards, as we parked the car ready to see the rest on foot, Megatron, my brutish, brave, fearless little one, was absolutely TERRIFIED!! A sea lion? “Dont like it!”. A reindeer? “Pick me up NOW!!”. A duck? “Me go home!!”. And although I really shouldn’t have, I couldn’t help but laugh myself stupid at her crazy panicked expressions as she desperately clambered up my leg and gripped on for dear life. And I’m sure that I’m not alone in having a child that, when she REALLY wants to be picked up, will grab at just about anything to climb her way up into my arms. And so I spent the majority of the day pulling up my trousers that she was furiously tugging at and hiding my embarrassment as she yanked down my top and exposed my bra every two minutes!!

But, and this is what I love about my girls, when necessary Eva really steps up to her role as big sister and she takes it very seriously! I could hear her telling Megan, “There’s nothing to be scared of Megan, they aren’t going to eat us!”. And she held out her hand or placed a protective arm around her little sister and Megan slowly came round to the idea that if Eva wasnt scared, then neither was she.

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And we had a great day, an amazing day infact. And on the drive home as Harry slept, again, and the girls chattered about their favourite animals and competed over who could do the best lions roar (Megan just pipped it), I realised that I had really needed a day like today. There is nothing quite as uplifting as the sound of your children’s laughter, the sun beaming down, not a cloud in the sky, windows down, cruising along the motorway without a care in the world. And as we sang along to “Let it go!” at the tops of our voices I felt truly happy, so much so that I was still singing it on repeat long after the little ones were fast asleep.

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And yet surprisingly, despite having such a wonderful day, my favourite part was still coming home. It was Lewis joining us from school, Gaz coming home from work, my four little Doves playing in the garden, clothes off, the sprinklers on, the look of sheer delight on their faces as they blasted each other with water and danced around the garden in the rainbows we made. It was the smell of the sausages cooking on the BBQ, Harry’s squeals of laughter from the swing, the hot and sweaty snuggles as our hair dried in the sun, Lews hand in mine as we soaked up the last of the rays, the realisation that although July is upon us tomorrow and there may be times when I feel sad, I have so much more to smile about.

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10 Comments

  1. Alice Project: Wanderlust
    October 7, 2015 / 7:12 am

    Oh summer….I’m missing it already. Im now practising my Lion roar in my head too! #WhateverTheWeather

    • October 7, 2015 / 7:38 am

      Haha you would never beat Megans lion roar, I think they heard it over in Africa!!! I miss summer too, raining and cold here today. Booooooooo. Thanks for the link up. Xx

  2. October 7, 2015 / 10:48 am

    You have a beautiful little family! We’re looking forward to following your adventures! We love trips to the zoo too and I’m always practicing my lion roar! Sounds like you had a great summer! #whatevertheweather x

    • October 7, 2015 / 12:10 pm

      Thank you! Yes, we had a lovely summer together and now all set for autumn!! Never a dull moment with my four!! Looking forward to reading your blog too! Xx

  3. October 7, 2015 / 11:07 am

    Your children are too cute for their own good. Love this post Laura, looks like the kids had fun. We love the summer too but then Autumn comes a close 2nd for me! Cant wait til Jack is walking about so we can get out and explore too. xx #whatevertheweather

    • October 7, 2015 / 12:09 pm

      Aww thanks Lisa! We are embracing Autumn, winter coats and boots…and the constant whinging that they are cold!! Wonder where they get that from? 😂 Harry is obsessed with the leaves falling already, give him a twig and he’s happy for hours!!!! Xx

  4. October 7, 2015 / 9:32 pm

    It is amazing how much chat you can have with little ones, I definitely don’t miss adult chat, although the constant ‘you’re/he’s/she’s a poo/’ chat at the moment is getting a little old! I’m amazed by the amount of Happyland you have, that must be brilliant for their little imaginations and I love that you had a roaring contest on the way home from the safari park! We’re definitely heading to our local one next year for some excited children identifying animals!
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather, you’re blog is lovely and glad you found the linky! 🙂 xx

    • October 8, 2015 / 10:26 am

      Haha mine are obsessed with poo, poo head, poo poo pants…it’s only going to get worse!!! 😂
      We are very lucky that lots of my lovely friends pass on their childrens happyland toys to us! We started with just a few and now we have more than I know what to do with! The kids absolutely love it, will entertain them for hours!
      Knowsley safari park are doing the £10 per car offer again this month so we are off there again next week, going to write a review for it this time! ROAR!!! 😜
      Thank you for the linky! Xx

  5. October 11, 2015 / 6:50 pm

    Oh my gosh I adore everything about this post; the precious family moments, the pictures, the safari and you’ve made me miss summer so much.

    I can’t wait till my daughter is talking like this. I love the way they think at this age and the things they come out with. Lots of my friends little ones are older and the things they come out with are amazing;y cute and funny.

    Haha I love that everything with four legs is a horse at first! That’s pretty similar with us. All big four legged animals are horses (or bears oddly) and sheep and goats are both lambs. We’ll get there eventually.

    You’re so right about how fast time goes by though. It does just seem to fly and it’s so crazily sad!! You just want to hold onto every moment don’t you, or somehow make time stand still so you can process everything and make the most of every moment you have with your children.

    Nothing is more beautiful than family time spent together building memories.

    It really sounds like you had a great day at the safari park and a wonderful summer.
    Thank you for sharing this on #whatevertheweather x

    • October 12, 2015 / 3:25 pm

      Thank you for your comment!! It’s amazing seeing your childrens personalities develop and the funny things that they say. As much as I hate them growing up so fast, there is always something new and exciting around the corner!!
      Just had a nosy at your blog, your daughter is beautiful! Will read more when my four are fed and tucked up in bed!! Thanks for visiting!! xxx

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