Oops, I’m a day late with this post but here goes! We’ve had another nice week together đŸ™‚ The summer holidays are going by so quickly!

Monday

Violet went to a local tennis club in the morning. It’s a club she’s been going to in the school holidays for almost a year. They teach the children how to play tennis by engaging them in many different games to improve their skills. Violet isn’t naturally very sporty but this club has really appealed to her and she’s really developed her skills. She can hit the ball which is more than I can do!!

Tuesday

Violet went to tennis so I had a chilled morning at home with the boys. After tennis we went to a local playground with some school friends for a picnic. The loveliest thing for me to see was that Ezra was welcomed into the game that Violet and her friends were playing. And he was able to hold his own and join in. It says alot for how sweet Violet’s friends are but also made me so proud of Ezra for not being shy and for joining in with the ‘big kids’!

Wednesday

Violet went to tennis and Felix learnt to crawl!!!!! Finally he is crawling after weeks and weeks of rocking on all 4s!

In the afternoon we went to Christmas Tree Farm. Violet enjoyed it so much a couple of weeks ago that she wanted to go back with Ezra.

Ezra is quite weary of most animals so I thought this would be a big ask for him.

He was definitely a bit worried of them and didn’t want to feed any by hand. But he made me so proud when he found his own way of feeding the baby goats!

And then he even stroked them.

Such a clever boy, Ezra!

Thursday

Rain. Where did summer go? So I knew we had to go and do something inside (please not soft play!!). We drove to Layhams Farm and the children did some sand art! It held Ezra’s attention for a while and he did make a really lovely picture!

Violet was much more enthusiastic and thoroughly enjoyed the process of peeling the backing paper and pouring the sand on.

The rest of the afternoon was spent playing games at home and watching Moana!

Friday

Hooray, Joe was off work. He looked after the boys in the morning while I took Violet to Ruxley Manor Garden Centre. We had tickets to Pixie Manor.

It really was one of the prettiest and most magical things I have ever seen.

Everything was so beautiful.

The attention to detail was incredible.

Ever since Violet has been trying to levitate with the help of a bit of pixie dust!
Saturday and Sunday

On Saturday we went to the Eats from the Streets Food Festival in Orpington which I’ve already posted about here.

And on Sunday we had the laziest day possible! It was verrry much needed.

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!