Every year I live in hope that we will finally get a proper Summer, day after day of blue skies and bright sunshine, spending days at the beach, picnics in the park, lazy days in the garden cooling down in the paddling pool. And every year without fail, I am still disappointed to wake up each morning to grey skies and rain.
And this year is no different.
Previously when the weather has been bad, we have spent our days at soft play, enduring the hell, and the expense, that comes with it. We’ve watched movies, baked cakes, painted, played games and even resorted to the horror that is Play Doh, and yet this year I decided that we wouldn’t let our lives be ruled by the weather.
We were very lucky to be sent some waterproofs from Dry Kids and they have made such a huge difference to our days out. As long as the children are dry and warm they really don’t care about the weather and would much rather be running wild than cooped up at home, even if us grown ups don’t quite feel the same way! I heard a great quote this week, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes.”, and with our gorgeous Dry Kids waterproofs, that couldn’t be more true!
Yesterday we spent the day at the beach, despite the fact that it had rained all morning, was windy, cold and utterly miserable, and yet the thought of staying at home for another day was pushing my sanity to its limits. And although just last week we had basked in the sunshine on holiday, building sandcastles and eating ice creams, the children were just as excited to run around on the beach, splashing in puddles, getting wet and dirty and going a little bit crazy!
Despite us being one of the only families
foolish brave enough to visit the beach yesterday, it was reassuring to know that thanks to the bright colours of their waterproofs, I could spot the kids at a distance. It’s a good job really as, after days of being cooped up at home, they had so much energy to burn off!!
With zip fasteners and Velcro tabs to keep their hoods up, even the strongest of coastal winds didn’t blow down their hoods. Infact the only person who was cold and wet…..was me!!!
I asked a group of bloggers for their advice on how to survive the Summer holidays when it’s raining, and they had some great ideas.
“Swimming! We have been going to our local pool almost every day over the summer, come rain or shine. It’s great exercise and there’s something magic about swimming that means kids sleep amazingly that night.” ~ Porridge & Parenting
“Go for a walk in the rain, feed the ducks & jump in puddles – if you’re going to get wet, you might as well go all out!” ~ The Amphletts
” Embrace it!! Put on the raincoat, the boots and a warm hat and head out hunting for muddy puddles!” ~ Tippytupps
“We like to make pools out of puddles for the “fairies” and make a tent outside. I absolutely hate the rain but my daughter loves getting soaked and covered in mud, there’s nothing better than seeing her laugh and run trying to catch the rain drops!” ~ Then there were three
“Garden centres are often great. Ours has an animal section which is great to visit on a rainy day!” ~ Scandi Mummy
“My mum used to say there’s no such thing as bad weather. We used to get our macs and wellies on and go on scavenger hunts in the woods by our house. Mum used to create a list of things for us to try and find! I used to love collecting flowers and putting them in my flower press when I got home!” ~ Real Mum Reviews
“If it’s really pouring down then get a big tray or large tupperware tub and make a pond. Find some stones to stick in the bottom and let the rain water fill it up. Leave it to fill then pop back and visit it later and see if anything is paying a visit!” ~ Oddhogg
“I would go pond dipping – sometimes the rain encourages other creatures to come out that you wouldn’t see if it wasn’t raining. I would also happily build damns in the rain as we usually end up getting soaked anyway!” ~ Edinburgh Life With Kids
And with that in mind we will be putting on our Dry Kids waterproofs and getting out and about regardless of the weather this Summer. And who knows, maybe a miracle will happen and the sun will finally make an appearance……we can but hope!!