Monday Happy List

Summer Holidays Edit {Week 307}

girl at White Horse

I love to start the week by writing the Monday Happy List. 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 love to write. Last week was the last full week of the Summer holidays.

Summer Holidays edit {Week 307}

I made sure to finish all our school shopping weeks ago so the uniform is all ready, the new shoes have been worn in a little at home and the kids have new lunch boxes. We bought new pencil cases but then I re-read that the school will be providing all stationery this term! The kids are excited and nervous and seem to be experiencing all kinds of emotions at the thought of returning to school soon. Our local Pizza Express re-opened so we went on Friday as an end of term treat.

We enjoyed a week at home relaxing and doing all the things we wanted to. For the children that included screen time and meant I could do some things I wanted to. I spent more time watching the tutorials with my You Can Folk It kit and tried some of the workbook.

You Can Folk It kit

Whilst we were on holiday we picked loads of cooking apples and the freezer is full of bags of apples which have been peeled and cored. I needed some space back so made some delicious apple pies. We also went blackberry picking and I tried making blackberry jam for the first time.

We went to Wiltshire to visit my mum for a few days. The weather was pretty cold for a Bank Holiday weekend but it was nice to be away from home for a few days. We took the pup for lots of walks and he always enjoys a walk at Bratton Camp and Westbury White Horse. He got to meet lots of other dogs which was good for his socialisation.

I can’t resist a little charity shopping. The kids always seem to pick up books but I found a gorgeous vintage embroidered tray cloth and vintage tape measure. I want to try and re-purpose the tray cloth into a face mask. I saw someone wearing an embroidered face mask and it looked just my kid of thing. I know I won’t be allowed to wear a face mask when I return to work in a Secondary School this week but I can use it when I go shopping.

Have a great week.


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    August 31, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Wow it sounds like a very busy but lovely week you’ve had. I hope back to school goes well for you. I’m back tomorrow but my high school aged son is on for 2 hours on Friday! So a bit of juggling for me this week!

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    August 31, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    There’s so much to think about ready for the new term, such a busy time! Hope your first week back goes well

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    Rebecca Smith
    August 31, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    We’ve been very much the same in regards to relaxing and doing what we want at home this week! It seems so strange that they are going to be back at school.

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    Sim @ Sim's Life
    September 1, 2020 at 1:56 am

    Ohhhh how fabulous, will be great to see your mask when finished! I cannot even believe it’s time to go back to school… after a crazy year, it almost seems too good to be true! Alas, we have another week of holidays yet… so another week of thinking of things to do. Hope you all have a fab first week back! Sim x

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    Rhian westbury
    September 1, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    You were very prepared ahead of the kids going back to school, just the way I’d be if I had kids. It must feel so odd that they’re finally going back properly after all of this time x

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    Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    September 1, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    It was great that you were able to so some fun activities before school starts. We have not been anywhere since the pandemic started and my grandson will be doing full online classes this school year. In our area, face to face or physical classroom learning is not yet allowed, so most schools here have set up virtual classrooms. Hopefully, sometime soon we can go back to the way things were before. We’d go on a road trip when that day comes!

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    Yeah Lifestyle
    September 1, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Looks like you are all prepared, I am mostly prepared, just need to label all the uniforms before they head out tomorrow. Wiltshire sounds like a much needed break as well

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    Nichola - Globalmouse
    September 1, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    My dad has just dropped a load of cooking apples in to us so we have lots too. I’m so jealous that you’re so well prepared….mine go in tomorrow and I’ll be labelling all evening (aaaagh)

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