For the first few weeks of our long summer holiday, Madhouse Daddy is still at work so we just have days out and fun activities at home. I always look back and think we didn't do a lot but when we look at the photos, there's usually loads going on, so I thought we'd keep a quick weekly diary of what we got up to so that we can remember !
We only broke up on Tuesday afternoon, so it was a short week.
On Wednesday morning, the kids brought down their quilts and made a den.
In the afternoon, we headed off to a local park that was having a kids festival supposedly - they had two tables out, one with a first aid dummy but nobody explaining it and one with a few people playing cards with a couple of kids. Totally rubbish so we just did our own thing ! The kids had fun collecting pretty blue duck feathers.
Then they sailed them across a big puddle. You can see how the ground still hasn't absorbed all the excess water from the flooding a couple of weeks ago.
There was lots of running about in a wild flower meadow (it's full of clover this year, it was daisies last year) and rolling down hills. It didn't do my hayfever any favours but the kids had fun !
We finished off in the play area. We called in at Madhouse Daddy's works on the way home for a toilet and drink stop, then went home and I jumped straight in the shower to wash off the pollen !
On Thursday, we baked lemon shortbread (amongst other things) and Pierre had fun icing the Minion shaped ones. We took the dogs out for a walk then Pierre rode his bike on the car park and ended up with a big graze on his elbow.
Friday was a chill out day with lots of crafts, hula hooping and baking again - we made a white chocolate and raspberry loaf cake and little tarts. We went to a local discount store and found four out of five life-size One Direction cardboard cutouts for 30 centimes each ! How they've come down in the world !! Pierre got Zayn (the only one that was left - Sophie got the final one for Harry, Louis and Liam as well but they didn't have Niall) and every time I walk past his bedroom door, it makes me jump ! It freaked the dogs out too and they kept barking at it ! We took the dogs out again and Didou cut his paw somehow - seems to be a theme for the week after Pierre's arm yesterday !
On Saturday, we went to McDonalds then headed to the Sailing Tour de France village where they had various things for the kids to do. We came home and had a huge baking session, making lemon cream raspberry tarts, raspberry and coconut cupcakes and cheese straws.
On Sunday, I wanted to go geocaching but the kids opted to go back to the Sailing Tour de France village - I'll do a separate blogpost tomorrow to show you everything they got up to but they ended up in the sea !
I attempted to stick black onion seeds on a bagel to make it look like a football in honour of France being in the Euro 2016 finals but we decided it looked more like a swarm of ants had crawled all over it ! It made us laugh though !
I wonder what next week will bring - in theory tomorrow will be an errands day (boo !) and Tuesday will be geocaching, if I have anything to do with it !