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Simple things

One week into the school holidays and I’m feeling it.  Drained but it’s been so good to switch off, tune into the guys and dedicate the week to them. Was so worth having a manic July, so I could enjoy some time off constantly thinking about Baba+Boo and cloth nappies. Which never happens really but I find leaving my phone at home helps.

We’ve been bowling, swimming, visited friends and shopped for school shoes.

Seth has loved the fact that we have done things that he has never done before. He is brilliant to be around, just like a sponge wanting to learn as much as possible. He reminds me of Johnny Number 5 from the film Short Circuits – ‘Need more input, need more input”!

Yesterday, we went on a double decker bus for the first time. Such a simple thing and it caused such smiles and excitement. Trying to think of ideas of what to do with the guys drains my brain but I think I will look through their eyes for inspiration a lot more, it’s much cheaper!

Today, Seth went swimming in a small stream for the first time. He was so fussy as a younger boy but he’s getting more and more daring with the things he tries. A year or so ago, being wet without a towel or dry clothes would have been a disaster.

Wild swimming


Louisa is still in that zone where everything is a huge deal. Although, everything is ok with Louisa as long as she has a dress and nail varnish on. If ever there was an obvious claim to nature winning in the nature vs nurture debate, Louisa has it. That is another blog post entirely.


School Holidays…

…are always hard for me. Having to fit in packing orders and keeping the Baba+Boo wheels turning whilst also having fun with the children is a real task and a half. I remember last year, I organised my first ever Baby Show in the school holidays and moved into my first ever office…that is not something I will be doing again! This year, it is about having fun.

Now seems like a good time to start this blog, the hardest time of the year for me to juggle but I am determined to have a brilliant summer with the children. Let’s see what kind of post I am writing at the beginning of September but today we got off to a brilliant start.

Alison from 4 Manchester Women invited us along to today’s Blackdog Bowl’s  Kids Bowl Free Mondays Launch and we jumped at the chance. Seth is eager to try everything and needs his days filling with activities, so he was most excited, counting down the sleeps until he went bowling for the first time.  Louisa was more interested in the bowling shoes, which were very rather smooth, matched the decor and vibe perfectly.

Our cool bowling shoes

My husband could not believe that we were going bowling. He told me that this was the first I would have played in over 17 years (the length of time we have been together). I always think that bowling is a tad expensive and is over quite quickly, so would always choose to do something else instead.

I am rubbish at bowling. Probably another reason why I never liked it, I’m extremely competitive on the quiet. My little boy takes after me and wasn’t impressed with his first go at pushing the ball off the ramp and he only got 3 points. A few more go’s and tensions were rising when his little sister started wiping the floor with us both. Thankfully, a few more spares later and all was ok with the world again.

Bowling 290713

I read an article in the Sunday Times yesterday (yes, I actually got to read it on the day I bought it), about the cost of childcare in the summer holidays being up to £1000.  With summer camps, days out and generally being mithered for this and that, it all adds up. I think it is pretty ace when a venue like this appreciates this and actually does something to help out. Kids can bowl free on Mondays between 12-6pm until Sept 2nd. All help is needed to get me through the next 6 weeks!

We will certainly be back and bringing my husband in tow. I think he will be mithering me more than the guys.