Monday 3 September 2012

The School 'Summer' Holidays

We haven't had much of a summer this year but the Mama J household has had quite a nice, relaxing six weeks off from school. We did manage to get out at times but we still had fun indoors too.

One of the activities we did was Adventure Golf at the Trafford Centre. We had a lot of fun competing (and I won - woo!). My 3 year old got bored towards the end but there were 18 holes so she did really well.

We did some baking - the partner made the moster cakes with the girls and I made the orange buns with them. One evening we all made banana splits. I sliced open the bananas and let the girls loose with the toppings. We did end up with sprinkles everywhere but it was worth it.

The girls signed up for the summer reading challenge at the library and did a bit of colouring in while there. One day we went there were Moshi Mosters pictures to colour so they were very happy as they love Moshi Monsters.
The girls love museums (and I do too because they're free). While we were there they made Egyptian wrist bands and necklaces.
One day we had a pamper day with chocolate face masks, hair straightening and manicures and pedicures. I only have photos of my 9 year old's nails because I ran out of time to do my own! But don't feel too sorry for me - I did have time for chocolate.

One of my favourite activities we did was make summer placemats (the partner cheated and printed out a superhero picture - what's summery about that? tsk). We made the pictures out of coloured paper and card and laminated them so they can be wiped clean. Easy peasy, almost free and lots of fun.

And lastly, we spend the day at Uppermill, a lovely place only a bus ride away. We took a picnic with us (I do love a picnic) and ate it at the park. The Bubble Man was at the park too, blowing huge bubbles, which was fab. We fed the ducks, had a ride on the barge and the kids played on the park. There was a great atmosphere that day as there was an event on called 'The Yanks Are Back In Saddleworth' so there were lots of people in wartime clothing, old cars and some shops had displays of old newspapers and products and the pubs were playing wartime music.

I've been going to Uppermill since I was little and the big stepping stones (top left) are still my favourite bit.

So that was our summer in a nutshell. My 9 year old is back in school tomorrow and my 3 year old starts nursery in a week. Now I just need to label and iron their uniforms. Why did I leave it until the last minute?


  1. Ahh, what a fabulous summer! It looks as though you did some great things and had loads of fun. even if the weather was a bit rubbish most of the time!

    1. We did have a great summer, despite the rubbish weather :-)


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