Family Life Monday Happy List

Summer Holidays Edit {Week 254}

hiding painted rocks

I love to start the week by writing Five Happy Things. It’s a chance for me to sit down and reflect on the things that made me happy in the previous week, as well as to record some of our family adventures – it’s a post I always enjoy writing.

Five Happy Things {Week 254}

We started off the week camping at Nodes Point on the Isle of Wight. We had a great time camping (despite the weather!) and enjoyed playing on the beach, crabbing swimming in the pool. Unfortunately we had an awful journey back to London. I was really happy to get home.

We were all happy to be back in London. We went to the park, we hid painted rocks, had a playdate with friends and ticked off Week 5 of the Summer Reading Challenge.

climbing at Rock Up WAtford

The children had been bugging me about taking them to the rock climbing centre for ages and we finally managed to squeeze in a session at Rock Up Watford. They have 27 climbing towers of at least 8m. I clipped the children into their harness and they could try each climbing tower.

Instagram perfection at The Pop Up Farm

Have you heard of The Pop Up Farm. It’s about half an hour north of London and I’ve wanted to visit for ages. Thankfully it recently re-opened for its Sunflower Festival, so we jumped into the car and headed north. It was a really fun experience – images fields full of beautiful sunflowers! We followed a trail through the sunflowers, picked some to take home, then sat in the shade eating ice-creams trying to cool down. So much fun!

Yesterday we finally made it to the Notting Hill Carnival. I’ve lived in London for nearly 20 years but have never made it before. This year I did, with my family in tow. I have to admit it was hot and chaotic! We were never really sure what was going on but it was quite an experience. The weather was scorching so we lasted a couple of hours until we headed home and the kids had an epic water fight in the garden.

taking kids to the Notting Hill Festival

Have a great week everyone!


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    Mellissa Williams
    August 26, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    You have had a busy week. I would so love to go to the Notting Hill Carnival, I’m jealous! Are you looking forward to the kids being back in school?

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    Tammy Cover
    August 26, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Well hello there! I just found your blog when I saw that you posted on my friend Emma’s blog! I love following people in London, as I am always there, and better yet, I love kids! I have 5 of my own, and even though 3 are grown, I am seriously waiting on my grandkids!! 🙂 I have 2 teens at home though and all the cool stuff you did with your kids, mine would love. They are 17 and 14. I’ve never been to the Notting Hill Carnival either, but I do love Notting Hill. If you don’t mind, I might just have to borrow your 5 happy things, because that’s such a positive way to start off the week! I look forward to following you! Tammy

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    Rebecca Smith
    August 26, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    It sounds like a brilliant week! I am hoping to visit the Pop Up Farm this week

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    Rhian westbury
    August 27, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Oh you came to my hometown for rock up! I’ve never been to Notting Hill carnival, I’m not 100% sure if it’s my thing x

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    Jennifer Gladwin
    August 27, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Notting Hill carnival sounds like an experience! I can imagine it being stressful when it’s hot and you have kids in tow.

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    Lyanna Soria
    August 27, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Sounds like you guys had a great weekend. Camping is such a nice experience and that Rock Up Watford place looks quite cool.

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    August 27, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    That climbing wall looks epic! My kids would LOVE something like that. Sounds like you’ve had a fab week!

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    Melanie williams
    August 28, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Looks like you have been super busy which is a good thing. Love the look of the super cool climbing wall for sure xx

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    September 1, 2019 at 11:47 am

    We have something like Rock Up here and the kids adore it – must book them in again

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