Our Month - August 2020


I thought with the big two back at school and Lilah starting preschool in September, that I'd be more on time with these monthly round up posts. Turns out I'm busier than ever trying to fit everything in! I'm loving being back in our routine too but honestly I am missing the summer, as despite everything going on right now, it was such a wonderful few weeks.

Jack managed to book a number of days off over the month, which meant we got to enjoy lots of lovely family days out and enjoy being a 5 again. We were so lucky to have the most amazing weather in August too which really made a difference too. Of course the big days out were wonderful, but I loved the calmer 'homey' days too. The littles playing in the paddling pool, staying in our pjs all day and just enjoying the slower pace of summer.

We started August with a big celebration - Parker's 5th birthday! We couldn't have the big birthday party we promised him, but we did do a few mini get togethers with family and his school friends to celebrate instead. We surprised Parker with a trip to Legoland on his actual birthday which was a busy but fantastic day. We also spent a day at Chessington a few weeks later with my sister and all of the cousins. We are definitely raising a trio of mini adrenalin junkies, especially now Lilah is 0.9 metres tall and big enough for rollercoasters!

I also celebrated my own birthday in August, with a yummy afternoon tea as a family (the first time Jack and I have been back to our wedding venue since we got married!). Jack's parents kindly had the littles over night for us too so we could enjoy a day at Thorpe Park just the two of us. Rollercoaster aren't usually what people think of when they think date day, but it was so much fun and so lovely to spend time as a couple, especially after the last few months.

If you've followed my blog for a while you'll know that we were due to go to Turkey back in May and then Dorset in July, but of course due to Covid both had to be cancelled. We really wanted to get away somewhere over the summer though, so booked a Premier Inn for a few nights away in Weymouth at the last minute. It was nothing fancy or special (actually the Premier Inn itself was particularly awful as the air-con was broken and this was during the heatwave), but it was so good to enjoy somewhere new together. We went to the Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park, swam in the sea, tried our luck (and failed) at crabbing, and ate out a lot - thanks Eat Out to Help Out scheme! We visited the beautiful Kingtson Lacy on the way home which ticked another National Trust property off our list too.

We ended our wonderfully busy month with our first trip back to the big city this year. As Indiana had been learning about London at school, we treated them to a trip on The London Eye and then lunch at Rainforest Cafe. We spotted a few tourist hot spots such as Buckingham Palace and Covent Garden along the way, and although wonderful to see, it was so strange to see everywhere so quiet compared to the hustle and bustle of London in summer.

I'm SO pleased we ticked everything off of our summer holidays bucket list this year. With everything else going on I was so worried we wouldn't be able to give the littles an exciting summer to remember, but I think it's safe to say we definitely did just that. But now I'm just excited for Autumn and the fun ahead.. I just really hope we can make Halloween and Christmas just as special!

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