18 Days of Summer – #1

18 Days of Summer – #1

18 days of summer 1

So at 4pm this afternoon, well 3.25pm as I was too excited and ended up early, I went to collect our beautiful girlies for 18 whole days.  I love when we get the girls for a long stint, obviously it’s hard having 4 children, but this is our time now, our time to holiday, to just do lots of fun things and enjoy being our big blended family.

We made a bucket list of things they would like to do in this time a few weeks back.  We will be having the first week in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire and the second in Worthing, West Sussex.  I have been planning food menu’s and allsorts for our time together as I want it to be the best that it can be, for as cheap as possible (we don’t have much disposable income at the moment).

We want to do craft projects, go for walks round lakes, go to the beach, have a picnic in the park (they’re pretty inexpensive with their suggestions which is always helpful).  Today whilst James was at an appointment in town, I took them to the park near to our home.  The council spent a lot of money doing it up a couple of years ago, we’re fortunate to have it on our doorstep.  My cousin travels to this park with her son from over 20 miles away.

can you spot our 3 eldest on this climbing frame?
can you spot our 3 eldest on this climbing frame?

I love watching them play together, Judah is so shy when I take him the park on his own, infact, he’s a bit of a grandad lol.  He just walks between things too scared to try anything, sometimes tries to climb up a few steps but then decides he needs a sit down and finds a bench. Haha.  When the girls are here too though, well then he’s wanting to try everything that they do, and all of a sudden knows no fear.  It’s wonderful how it just takes someone to pave the way every now and again and we feel braver isn’t it?  I love that he has his big sisters to look up to and teach him to be daring.

The girls made me laugh, they always come back when I collect them in whatever dress they had worn to church on Sunday the week before, as I drop them off afterwards.  This did not stop them clambering straight up to the top of the climbing frame, and going down the zip wire.

Shayla-Rae on the zip wire
Shayla-Rae on the zip wire

I love the action setting on our camera.  I would never have been able to capture such a clear shot as Shayla was flying away from me at considerable speed.  It doesn’t look it here, but it is quite high off the ground for Shayla and I was unsure of whether to let her have a go, but she went for it and loved it.  We had to stop after 2 go’s each though as Judah wanted a go, now that would’ve been completely irresponsible parenting.  He’d have flung off in milliseconds and we’d have been at A&E with him having concussion at least.  I’ve told the girls that ‘Daddy will take them next time, and we’ll wear leggings so it’s easier, and I will be able to take Judah off to distract him, as there’ll be two parents.’ (just imagine my best explaining voice).

teaching their little brother bad habits
teaching their little brother bad habits

I took so many photos of them but I won’t post them all here.  We have 17 more days to record our memories.  I will be spoilt for choice for my Siblings post next month.  So, because Eden obviously can’t join in here is a snap of her with the rest of the gang before we headed home.

18 days of summer 5

When we arrived home James decided to make us a fancy family dinner to celebrate having the girls, I wish I’d snapped a picture.  It was chicken with pancetta and a cranberry jus, served with mash and gravy haha.  He has a way of presenting food beautifully that makes fish and chips look like you’re in a 3* michelin restaurant.  We were all very grateful for his efforts (especially me, who then didn’t have to cook), the children were all then bathed and I plaited the girls hair ready to rock some waves tomorrow.

Tomorrow if the weather is nice we’re going to watch my brother play cricket, something we never get to do because of their hectic dance schedule in term time, so this will be a lovely family outing that I’m looking forward to.
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