Our Month - July 2020


Can you believe that July is over and schools are officially out for summer already? After the slow repetitive days of lockdown I really feel as if time is on fast forward now and July went by in a flash. The littles broke up from school on the 20th (after only going back at the beginning of June), with glowing school reports and a few sad goodbyes. Thankfully they are both really excited about going back in September already though, to meet their new teachers and *hopefully* have their whole classes back together again!

But as schools closed for the summer so many more lockdown restrictions were lifted, opening up parks, theme parks, restaurants, hairdressers and more. Before we got the all clear for these openings I was really worried about how the summer holidays would be - especially having 3 young children and being unable to drive. But now life really does seem a lot more 'normal' for everyone. We really made the most of this change, visiting the park nearly every day since and even having our first family meal out since the very beginning of the year!

The new changes meant we could spend more time with family and friends too, so we spent a lot of July enjoying well needed catch ups and playdates with friends. Not only did this make a huge difference to the littles, but it really made me realise how much I missed coffee mornings with the school mums and having other human contact outside of our family.

With that in mind though, we did have some really lovely family days out in July too. We went on our annual strawberry picking trip, this time visiting a new farm called Lower Ladysden in Goudhurst which was fantastic. Towards the end of the month we visited Hever Castle for a full day of fun in the sun, and also enjoyed a beautiful evening at the seaside as an end of school treat. I finally picked up a new bike for Indie so we have enjoyed bike / scooter rides, parks trips and just time in the garden during the mini heatwave. Next summer we really need to get a hammock to relax on!

Every year I share our summer bucket list so of course this year was no different. We've already managed to tick off a few as Jack has had some time off, but we're hoping to complete the rest over the next 4 weeks. One we're all the most excited about is heading to a theme park - made all the more exciting as we finally took the plunge and purchased Merlin Annual Passes in July too. August is definitely going to be an exciting one!

This is a collaborative post.

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