Sunday 8 July 2018

Our Month in Photos: June Round-Up!

One of the main reasons I started this blog was to have a place to keep a record of the things we got up to, the little things that made us smile. 

Whilst I started off quite well with some of my earlier posts, I realised recently that I have been slacking on the diary side of things. So to try and catch up a bit, and because Hubby is doing bedtime duties, I'm going to put together our month in photos. So, here are the best moments from June! (I know we're in July already...I'll try harder this month!)

1st June - Getting crafty

It's not very often we get the paints out, but my son had a homework project so we went for it! 

Top tip - Use disposable puppy pads to keep spillages contained and to help keep your table clean! Or invest in one of these Messy Me Splash Mats, as reviewed by Michelle at The Willow Tree.

Read this post to find out what we made!

3rd June - A walk down Ford Green Hall

This was a perfect place to take the scooter and bike because it has a path all the way around. The little visitor centre was an ideal place to watch the wildlife out on the water through the binoculars that were provided.

9th June - Learning about road safety and active travel

Read our recent review of The Children's Traffic Club's fantastic new Augmented Reality learning pack, Let's Go. It's ideal for making learning about road safety and active travel fun and multisensory for your young children. 

13th June - Baby woodlice!

My son was looking for minibeasts to look at in his magnifying pot, when he found this woodlouse. He popped it in his pot...and well, it promptly popped out lots of babies! Amazing!!!

Don't worry... after a really good look, we  put the little family out in the garden under a nice, damp pile of leaves!

16th June - Tubing fun, Mums' night out

It was lovely to go to a party, just me and my son, and spend some time together. We had such fun tubing, although he only wanted me to go down with him once... I was ditched for his mates! But it was great to see how confident he has become and how his new friendships have grown over his first year at school. 

That night, I went out out with two of my mum friends - this is quite a rare occurrence but one we're trying to make more regular! We went out for dinner and then to see Hairspray at the theater, it was fantastic! I'd highly recommend you see it if you get a chance. We finished the night at a chilled out bar with a live band and a few drinks - perfect! Can't wait  to do it again.

17th June - Party time!

Here are the kiddies all dressed up for a party, and a having a bit of a rare brother-sister love in moment during the magic show! 

18th June - World Cup ready!

We joined in with all the World Cup fun at Messy Play Monday!

19th June - Pretty peonies

I had a surprise find in the garden this week - a beautiful peony bush I can't even remember planting!! It's only given me 5 or 6 flowers this year so far, and here's 3 of them. 

22nd June - Sports day! 

It was my son's first sports day here! He took part in two races; running and beanbag balancing! We were so proud to see him so confident and eager to join in, especially in front of all the spectators! 

23rd June - Guilty pleasures for tea :)

Sometimes it's just got to be done... why not?!

24th June - Holding a tarantula!!!

Well, this was a birthday party with a difference! The animal lady came and brought with her all sorts of wonderful creatures! This tarantula stole the show though. I sill can't believe both my children held it - yet they're STILL petrified of house spiders half the size of this! So proud of them though for having a go! They are much braver than me - I just held their hands (so they didn't flinch and fling the spider across the room!) so I didn't really touch it but it's the closest I ever thought I'd come to holding one!

30th June - Summer Fair fun, bouncing puppies

The first time he ever wanted his face painted and he opted for a full face Spiderman in 28 degree heat! Haha! 

We were lucky enough to be gifted a small bouncy castle from a relative who had outgrown it. Who knew that Dottie the Dachshund pup would be such a daredevil and love it too?! As soon as it's inflated, she's on it...often before the kids have even got on! She's such a crazy puppy!

Icy water to cool down after a bounce is a must in this heat!

So there you have it, our June in pictures! I've quite enjoyed looking back at the best or most memory provoking photos of the month. We really have packed a lot in!

What memories have you made with your family this month? Did you try anything new like us? I'd love to know! Why not leave me a comment below. 

Next month brings with it the end of term and the beginning of the school holidays! I'm already starting to think about how to fill our days on a budget but still make sure that we spend quality time together and make more memories. Sam over at Stressed Mum has come up with a great list of things to do inside and out, to help keep your children entertained this summer.  Another great post to visit for ideas to keep your children entertained is 90 Days of Summer, by Kelly Allen Writer.

Finding joy in the little things: 

PRIDE... That's what I've found the most joy in this month. My children are seriously growing up too quickly and doing things that, maybe 6 months ago, they wouldn't have even considered! 

My little boy, in the month before he turns 5, has achieved some things that he didn't have the confidence to do when he joined school in Reception class back in September. His first go at tubing was such a success - I was barely needed after the first run! I actually enjoyed taking a step back, and watching him work as a team with his new found friends, kids he's grown to adore. 

Then there was sports day. Well...what an achievement that was for my boy! He's always been one to shy away from having an audience, and avoided any activity in which he might not do right or feels he's not good at. To see him run so fast and so proudly, to see him pick up the fallen beanbag and put it back on his head to complete the race...was just wonderful! It is such a cliché but it did bring a tear (or two) to my eye.

And what can I say about the tarantula?! They were both scared as the lady approached them, but equally curious. There's a lot to be said about going last! Having seen all the other children go before them, they realised it must be safe, put their fears to one side and held out their little hands! Seriously proud of them both. 

I'm linking up this post with these fabulous blogs:

Confessions of a New Mummy JakiJellz


  1. Looks like you have had a busy, fun filled month#triamphanttales@_karendennis

    1. Thanks for commenting Karen. We really did, although I didn't realise quite how much we'd done until I put this post together!

  2. A lot going on there ... busy, busy, busy ... but good busy! #TriumphantTales

    1. Good busy indeed! Let's hope we can do as much in the summer holidays! Thanks for popping by Enda.

  3. Ah I love those Peonies! They are my favourite flower. We too went to a party with an animal man and even I braved holding a tarantula, which I must add was a HUGE deal for me. I really hate spiders! Thanks for sharing with #TriumphantTales

    1. Neither my hubby or I can remember planting the peonies so it really was a surprise! Well done on holding the spider! You're braver than me!

  4. Looks as though you've had a lovely month! I really like the look of the road safety learning pack. #TriumphantTales

    1. Hi Jo, thanks for commenting. I would definitely recommend the Let's Go learning pack, it's great fun and really educational!

  5. Looks like a lovely month, you crammed so much in. Can't beat family days out X #twinklytuesday

  6. YIKES!! No thank you to the spider!! #twinklytuesday

  7. Looks like a fab month! My eldest held a tarantula AND snake at a similar party, both of which I can't bear even looking at - I was so proud of her! Thanks for linking up #twinklytuesday x


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