This Summer is a little bit different for our family.
It’s the first year since the kids started school that I haven’t taken a couple of weeks at the start of the school holidays as well as a couple of weeks at the end of the Summer break.
It’s the first year that we haven’t properly sat down and discussed as a family what we want to do during the Summer.
And the reason that things have changed? Well, that’s because this year is the first Summer that the kids would rather spend most of their time doing things with their friends instead of us un-cool parents.
Should that make me feel sad?
Someone asked me the other day how I felt about the fact that this Summer is so different from our previously well organised holidays where I took 3/4 weeks off to spend time at home with the kids. The ones where we would sit around the table together and plan in everything we wanted to do and then I’d go away and plan when we could do what and who we could do it with.
I replied that it didn’t make me sad at all! This stage of parenting is my favourite so far and I love the fact that my children are so independent and are just getting on wit the things they want to do.
They’ve been off school for a week so far and they’ve had hill climbs, beach days, woodland walks, three sleepovers, a football match (that was rained off in the end), trips to the gym and swimming pool and lots of time spent on the field near where we live playing football. All without me!
There’s been plenty of late nights and lie-ins and more time than I’d like on fortnight and Facetime but all in all, they’ve had a pretty balanced week and are both enjoying their time off.
As much as I love their independence and I’m pleased that they’re having so much fun, I do naturally still want to spend time with them and I know they still want to do things with us too – just not as much as they have in the past.
Evenings are a good time so we’ve been enjoying taking the dogs to the beach for a run. We usually take a football and if I’m honest, Mr Frugal and I usually do the walking of the dogs while the kids stay in one place and play football but even so, it still classes as a family outing, right?
(Did I mention that it’s also the first year in a long time that the kids have actually been friends and are enjoying each other’s company rather than just tolerating each other with more than the occasional spat between them as has been the case for a good few years now.)
As well as beach walks, we’ve upgraded our games collection so we have games that we’ll all enjoy playing on a night and we’re going to be investing in some extra controllers for the XBox so we can enjoy family tournaments like we used to.
It’s not just evenings though, we’ve made the kids promise to try and keep Sunday afternoons free so we can do something together. Last Sunday, we went for a drive to a little town an hour or so away and had ice cream in the glorious sunshine down by the river. We tried (unsuccessfully) to skim stones over the water and watched people diving into the waterfalls.
After that, we decided to head to Pizza Hut as the lovely PR team had sent us some vouchers weeks ago and we’d just not had the chance to use them. We do like Pizza Hut as you can get refillable drinks and free unlimited salad as well as the fact that we can use our Tastecard which gives one pizza free.
How amazing does our food look?
I went for a healthy flat bread style pizza…
Mr Frugal had an amazing chicken and bacon stuffed crust with BBQ drizzle…
Miss Frugal went for a veggie thin and crispy…
She also got some of the most amazing fries as she’s not a huge pizza fan and thought she wouldn’t be keen but she really was so we all got to share the chips…
And lastly, fussy eating Master Frugal went for a margarita…
I’d like to tell you that we all went for different puddings to show you the variety you can get but really, we couldn’t resist the cookie dough deserts so we got one each!
So, that was last Sunday which was fun.
This Sunday, thanks to the horrendous rain we’ve had today, we were a little more limited with our choices so we played a few games and watched some stand up comedy on Netflix. It might not sound as interesting as last week’s Sunday but we had fun all the same.
Next week, I think we might go bowling although Mr Frugal is still smarting from the last time we went as he ended up coming third – his pride hasn’t recovered yet!
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