Just a couple more weeks left of the summer holidays and soon the kids will be back at school. Which means it’s time to check school uniform still fits (my children grow like weeds over the summer!), label everything with their name and buy school shoes because last years are too small, falling to pieces or both.
Last years school shoe shopping was a shock to the system. Big Robot went up a shoe size over the summer holidays so needed new school shoes, plimsolls and trainers for wearing at home all at once. At the same time, Little Robot was starting reception so he needed school shoes as well. We walked out of the shoe shop with my bank account over 100 quid emptier than when we went in!
In the cold, dreary days of January we started turning our minds to summer. We had an awesome summer holiday the year before and looked forward to summer sunshine on a sandy, British beach. Feeling bored of holidays to Caister and the Great Yarmouth area, I started the search for somewhere new. Well new-ish.
I’d been to Hunstanton many times before, climbing over the sandy dunes to get to Old Hunstanton beach is a clear memory from my childhood holidays. I knew it was a family friendly place and, whilst Hunstanton beach is a bit stony in places, there’s fabulous sandy beaches at Old Hunstanton and Holme-next-the-Sea just 10 minutes drive away.
The days are getting longer and with this time of year can come late nights and early wake ups for children. Big Robot is very much a night owl and if the sun is still up he wants to be too, we have a black out blind for his bedroom (which gets the evening sun) to help him get to sleep.
Little Robot is the opposite, he’s straight to sleep at night however he’ll jump out of bed with the sun rise in the morning. Unfortunately, I now know all too well that sunrise in May is around 5am.
Both the boys are at school and the house is eerily quiet. The only sound is the click-clicking of the boys solar powered wiggling flowers on the windowsill, a relaxing background sound like the ticking of a clock. The boys may not be here but they certainly leave their mark for the living room is dotted with toys. Hot Wheels Nitro Bot has made a reappearance downstairs, they’ve decorated the coffee table with My Little Pony Kinder Egg toys as well as a tub of felt tip pens and, of course, there is Lego on the floor.
As you may know if you’ve been reading my blog Little Robot has recently had his eyes tested. We came away from the eye test with a prescription and NHS voucher for his first glasses, now we just needed to choose some. It was the Easter holidays and I thought both the Robots wouldn’t be impressed if we spent a long time looking around opticians so I looked online first to decide where we would go.
I started with Boots Opticians as I’d seen their adverts recently, they have a new and free eye check story, Zookeeper Zoe, which is basically an eyesight screening check in the form of a book and app. You can download it for free from the app store and it should give an indication of whether your child needs an eye test and if their colour vision is OK. I found the kids glasses on their website and saw kids glasses start at £40 and this price range is free with an NHS voucher. If you choose more expensive glasses you have to pay the difference. The Superhero glasses that Little Robot would love were £50 and so £11.30 with a voucher however, as he’s only 4, I wanted to get two pairs in case he lost or broke a pair and needed a spare whilst I got them fixed. Therefore it would have cost £61.30 for two.
Spring has sprung and, as the days are getting warmer, I find myself coming out of my winter hibernation and wanting to spend more time outside. Little Robot doesn’t enjoy playing in the garden very much, well actually, he does when he’s out there but it’s convincing him to get out there that’s tricky. Big Robot would happily spend most of his time outside, he loves it. I have fond memories of him exploring the garden when he was just two as I sat on the patio step feeding his newborn brother.
There’s one thing I’ve found the hard way since becoming s mum 6.5 years ago, parenthood is hazardous!
We all know that kids spread bugs like wildfire, I’ve lost count of the number of colds they’ve given me. They’ve also helpfully shared with me norovirus, flu, tonsillitis (twice!) and conjunctivitis. However, as I sit here with a fat lip thanks to a collision with a swing, I have to say I wasn’t quite aware pre-kids just how many physical injuries they’d manage to give me!
Spring has sprung,
Summer’s not far away.
Days are getting warmer now,
Time for outside play.
I don’t know why I turned poet just then, it just sort of popped into my head. Anyway, it’s getting warmer and the garden is looking more and more inviting. Time for more outside play, get the kids out there, more fresh air and vitamin D but what exactly can they DO out there? Especially if you have a kid who’s a very indoorsy type of person, how do you convince them to at least spend some time outside. Here’s some ideas to tempt them away from toys and TV and get running around instead.