I used to be like a lot of parents and dread the summer holidays, however, over the last two summers I've enjoyed every minute of it. I think children are forced to spend far too much time in school and not enough time enjoying their childhood and learning the way they want to. Blake isn't in a rush to return to school, but sadly there are only two weeks left, we are making the most of it though. Once Easter is over I start saving for the six week break, it's the most expensive time of the year.
So what have we been up to so far this summer? We've both done pretty well this year that's for sure. Shortly after school broke up we headed to Butlins at Bognor Regis for three nights, and we made the most of the short holiday. Plenty of shows and rides, with swimming and bowling thrown in for some extra fun. Blake didn't want to leave and even I could of done with an extra night or two.
Once we returned home there have been water fights, baking, trips to the park and cinema (He's seen every film there is to see). We've met up with a few friends and Blake even tried some rock climbing! He was really nervous but I think he will do better next time.
He always wants to be outside doing something, I try and find as many free/cheap things as possible. As he gets older these things get harder to find.
With two weeks still to go we've turned our attention to swimming! He attended a week long crash course in April and loved it, so he's going again this summer.I'd initially only booked a week, but he's been loving it so much and made a lot of progress that I'd booked him in for another week.
I'd like to tell you that the swimming lessons are tiring him out, but I'd be lying, they are the same as always. I don't know where he gets in from and I do envy him for it sometimes.
The swimming lessons aren't just fun for Blake, they are also very important to me as I'm unable to teach him myself and swimming is an important life skill. I love swimming and sometimes I feel sadly that I can't take him swimming on my own. I just don't have the strength to support him and myself.
It does fill me with pride watching him gain more confidence and abilities I hope it's something he continues to enjoy. He's a very active boy, I often joke that I should stop feeding him a bit and see if that will make him tired. Over the next two weeks I am determined that he rides his bike more, we hasn't done much of that this summer as the weather has been a bit off. He's attending Maths and English tuition not far from our house so he can easily ride his bike there.
As much as I would like the summer to be all fun and games it's important that he keeps up his education. He enjoys the intuition club more than school and often asks to go on days that we haven't booked. So I guess that counts as fun for him.
I'm determined to make the most of these final weeks, although my bank balance is starting to weep. I'm very thankful for the grandparents. We have a few craft activities that he can do and many board games that we can play together on our lazy days, that should ease the purse strings over the final weeks. Either way we are going to have as much fun as we can. I hope everyone is enjoying there summer.