We have had such a fantastic week!

    Monday

    Ezra was at nursery but Violet still wanted to go to the final week of summer Boppin Tots. It was treasure hunt themed and there were plenty of chocolates and sweets on offer!

    Joe had the week off work so in the afternoon I concentrated on packing for our little holiday!

    Tuesday

    Having loaded the car we set off to Joe’s parents house. It’s a 2 hour drive and we timed the drive to ensure Felix would sleep in the car. He is awful in the car (even the 5 minute journey to the local supermarket has previously had him in a screaming sweaty mess) so I was quite nervous. But it went perfectly and we made it without any tears!

    The afternoon was relaxed. Thanks to the biblical rain we stayed indoors.

    Wednesday

    Such a bad nights sleep! I was sharing with Violet and Felix. Whilst gently shushing Felix back sleep after his eleventy-billionth feed Violet had the cheek to tell me to “stop making that noise mummy!”

    Our plans to go to the local zoo were thwarted by the rain so we headed to a soft play. Thankfully this experience was much better for Ezra than last week’s!!

    Thursday

    Another horrendous night. Felix was unwell, spiking some horrid fevers and refusing point blank to feed from my left side. Joe took him to the GP who confirmed an ear infection. Poor boy šŸ™ We dosed him up with pain relief and then all set off on our drive to Norfolk.

    We drove straight to Wells-Next-The-Sea. A really pretty quayside town in north Norfolk. There is a fairly long estuary which had the most beautiful expanse of sand beaches.

    Joe took Violet and Ezra to paddle in the water while I introduced Felix to his first sandy beach!

    Violet enjoyed burying her legs in the sand.

    And Ezra tried to bury Joe.

    It was such a glorious afternoon and the sun was very welcome! We got a miniature train back to the town where our car was parked and then drove to our airbnb in Great Ryburgh. It was the most oldy worldy cottage I have ever stayed at. The winding staircase with its uneven steps was tricky to navigate with children but apart from that it was completely perfect.

    Friday

    After a delicious cooked breakfast we set off to Sheringham which is another seaside town.

    The beach here was pebbles which suited me perfectly as I’m not a huge fan of sand.

    We enjoyed ice creams whilst sat on our beach towels with our backs against the sea wall. It was such a typically British seaside setting!

    Once the tide went out a sand beach was exposed which was fantastic for Violet and Ezra to do some digging!

    I didn’t get to explore much of Sheringham but from the little that I did see it is a really quaint and pretty town.

    Saturday

    Hooray – Felix slept really well!!!! It was our last morning at the cottage so we packed our things and then drove to Morston from where we were going to take a boat to see seals in the wild. I didnt really know how many seals we should expect to see but I can say that I never thought we would see hundreds!!!!

    The children loved seeing their faces pop up from the water and watch how they moved on land.

    The trip was really worthwhile.

    Then we had a 3 hour drive home. After all of the driving I think Felix had had enough and he spent much of the journey unhappy. It was a relief to reach home and get everyone to bed!

    Sunday

    It feels as though we have summer back so I managed to steam-roller my way through 4 loads of washed and line dried washing! Then we had a really delicious bbq.

    And that’s week 3 over!

    Week 2 of the holidays are over and we have had another busy and fun week!

    Monday

    Ezra was at nursery as usual so in the morning Violet and I baked cinnamon rolls! They were sooooo tasty! I am a fairly awful baker so Violet doesn’t get to do it too often. But the whole family agreed that these were yummy.

    Then in the afternoon we went to Christmas Tree Farm. The last time Violet went she was so anxious about feeding the animals. She wanted to but the fear of them nibbling her fingers (fair enough!) got the better of her until the end. With tears practically streaming down her cheeks she made herself feed a sheep some carrot! This time she marched up to the animals and fed them without a single worry! I was so proud of her for overcoming her fears and feeding the animals so confidently. We stayed there for ages and also managed to stroke the baby goats and ponies.

    We then had some carrot cake from the shop.

    Tuesday

    On Tuesday we went to summer Boppin Tots! It was a Wild West Theme and Violet loved it. Ezra wasn’t so keen, I suspect because it’s a bit bigger and crazier than the usual term time classes. Felix really enjoyed watching the dancing and singing and then loved playing with the toys.

    We got the bus home and Violet harvested another crop of carrots. She’s doing very well with her growing!

    Wednesday

    We headed over to the Dolce Vita cafe in Petts Wood for kids baking and lunch. I used to go alot last year so it was lovely to go back! The children made jam tarts. And then ate them! So I have to assume they tasted good!

    Thursday

    Violet went to an all day holiday club with a couple of class mates. Meanwhile I took Ezra to Bromley soft play. What a disaster that was!!! He literally cried the entire time and I spent far more time in there rescuing him than sitting down and chatting with my friends. After another dash to guide him down the steps I said we were going to leave and get lunch. We stopped at a burger restaurant and sat outside so that Ezra could run around and make as much noise as he fancied. Our friends who we abandoned at soft play came to join us later on and the children ran around in the gardens.

    Violet had an absolutely brilliant time at her club and said she wants to go again!!

    Friday

    After a really terrible night with Felix I had a lay in. It was necessary! Joe took the children for the morning. In the afternoon Violet and I went to a local playground to meet some of her class friends. The sun shone (I’ve been missing the sun, please come back for the holidays!)

    Saturday

    We met up with some family and went to the Science Museum. We were first in the queue waiting for the doors to open! It really was a fantastic day. There was so much space to move around the museum and the children especially enjoyed the interactive displays. 1 tip is to bring a packed lunch as the food in the museum cafe was astronomically expensive.

    We then went to the Rainforest Cafe on Shaftesbury Avenue for dinner. We came home with these two monkeys!!

    Sunday

    Today has been a lovely one for me as I got to catch up with some of my school friends. A lovely, civilised roast lunch with no children!

    So the first week of the summer holidays is done, and we all survived. I think I’ve got the hang of 3 children now! Here’s a little summary of our week together:

    Monday

    Ezra was at nursery and the weather was dreadful. What is it about school holidays starting at the weather taking a nose-dive?! So Violet, Felix and I spent much of the day at home. We watched Moana for the second time (this is fast becoming one of my favourite Disney films). When the rain stopped we wandered down to Costa for a hot chocolate treat.

    Tuesday

    Yay for sunshine! We headed over to High Elms for a picnic with two of Violet’s school friends. It was such a brilliant afternoon. The children had space to run and play and Felix enjoyed having me to himself for a while!

    Wednesday

    My mum came over! The children adore her so there was lots of energetic play, stories read and cuddles aplenty. I also got to do some jobs around the house.

    In the afternoon we got the bus into Bromley and my mum treated me to some new Converse! She saw the state of my old ones and said I should really get some new shoes! To be fair she was completely right as I’ve had them for 11 years!!!!!!!!! So now I have some beautiful new shoes with no holes in. Violet also dug up some of the carrots she has been growing and I cooked them for their dinner. They were very tasty!

    Thursday

    We were up and out early for the first time all week to go to Summer Boppin Tots! I have taken the boys to this class every week of my maternity leave and they have both really enjoyed it. Violet comes along in the holidays and always loves it. It was an extended class for the summer holidays so there was MORE of everything, including the snow machine at the end!

    Friday

    We headed out for another picnic with Violet’s pre-school friends. As soon as I stepped out of the car it started to rain!! But in typical British fashion we carried on. With an umbrella! It was actually fine, we set up the rugs under a large tree and the kids didn’t care about a few drops of rain.

    And that’s our week! We are all still friends and I don’t think any of us are wishing school was still on! Roll on next week (after I’ve had a rest this weekend!!)

    Yesterday I had the task of solo bedtime for only the third time since Felix was born. Now, I know this is pretty good going seeing as he is almost 9 months old! My first attempt back in December was a disaster. Ezra was sick in his bed. Felix woke up and I had them both downstairs wide eyed at 11pm!! Then the second time I got Ezra and Felix to bed but Joe came home before Violet went up so he took her.

    Since both of those attempts, Ezra has moved out of the cot into a bunk bed and shares a room with Violet. So there’s the whole escaping possibility and also the 2 of them often enjoy a good giggle and shout before sleep.

    I had to wear them out! So at 3.30pm we went for a woodland treasure hunt. We are lucky enough to live a 5 minute walk from some lovely woods and we go there often as it’s on the way to a good playground.

    Violet and Ezra had their buckets and I set them challenges to find things on our walk. They collected:
    Round stones

    Sticks

    A feather

    Twigs with leaves still attached

    Daisies

    Grass

    A big leaf

    Something curly

    Sycamore seeds

    Crunchy leaves

    A V shaped twig

    Bark

    Violet was so enthusiastic! Ezra was too but needed his big sis to help him find things. They walked and ran so much! Violet has said she wants to go on a treasure hunt again very soon!

    The success of our impromptu hunt was that Violet and Ezra went to bed so easily! Felix wasn’t too bad either! And I got a lovely evening of peace. Yesterday I definitely won the day!

    I really hated potty training Violet. If I look back now I think we started her before she was completely ready. It seemed to take forever. So I vowed to leave Ezra til he was completely and utterly ready. I practically wanted him to slam-dunk his nappy into the bin and holler “NO MORE!”

    For weeks and weeks we’ve had the potty down from the loft and Ezra would sit on it while watching a bedtime tv programme. More often than not he would do a wee in it. When wearing a nappy he would tell me when he was doing a wee. So last week I asked him if he would like to learn to use the toilet and he said yes!

    Ezra has taken to it so well. Hardly any accidents. I remind him often during the day about using the potty but it’s him who comes running to me to say he needs a wee. I just can’t believe how well he is doing.

    So today I decided to take all 3 kids to Tesco. Ezra did a wee before we left so I figured I had at least an hour before I’d have to seek out a toilet. Easy peasy! Violet and Ezra did their usual thing and went a bit bonkers in the supermarket (not naughty, just a bit hyper!). Shoppers were looking at them smiling. I felt like we were doing good! I even asked Ezra as we went past a toilet,

    “Do you want to go for a wee, Ezra?”

    “NNNOOOOO”

    The children enthusiastically helped me select fruit and veg and we got a huge haul of ice cream thanks to this weather.

    Then we got to the pasta aisle and as I was deciding between Fusilli and Rigatoni pasta shapes I heard,

    “I done wee Mummy”

    So I clean up the puddle as best I can, all the while Violet is talking a little too loudly about the WEE THAT IS ON THE FLOOR. I tell a shop assistant and then hot foot it to the toilets. Thank goodness I had a change of clothes with me! Get to the disabled toilets but I can’t shut the door because Felix is sat in the trolley! Change Ezra and have a big chat about where wee wees go. Meanwhile Violet is prancing around singing about wee and Ezra has half knocked my glasses from my face in an over enthusiastic embrace!

    So I’ve learnt that when we are out I definitely should not go past a toilet without taking him in to try. And my hour window is a pile of shit!

    Still, he’s been in pants a week and has only had 3 accidents! We shall keep going!