Since summer is officially over now, and the boys go back to school next week, I thought I’d update you about how our summer went. As I wrote about here I’m not a big fan of unplanned days or big open spaces of time, so I decided to set up a Bucket List Summer 2016 so I had some ideas of what do this summer with the boys.
I have to say, this summer went a lot smoother than I’d expected. I do think my routines and goals helped me a lot.
A lot of the stuff got ticked off while we were in Netherlands and stayed at Centre Parcs. I’d never been to Centre Parcs before but I highly recommend it, the boys loved it! Especially all the water slides.
So, here’s what we managed to do (or not do) this summer:
❏ Get Harry to learn how to ride without stabilisers (or at least practice)
✔︎ Go to the beach
❏ Sleep in a tent
✔︎ Visit a farm (I’m counting the small one at Centre Parcs)
✔︎ Have a family game night (Lots of Wii bowling)
❏ Have a family Singstar night
❏ Go to a theme park
✔︎ Go to the cinema (We saw BFG)
✔︎ Visit national trust place
✔︎ Visit a big city (Amsterdam and London)
✔︎ Make a summer scrapbook (I’m working on it)
❏ Play on the trampoline
✔︎ Visit a museum (The NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam)
✔︎ Eat ice-cream
✔︎ Go swimming (we did A LOT of swimming at Centre Parcs)
✔︎ Have a playdate
✔︎ Visit Nannie Diane. (Everyone but Harry got to see her)
✔︎Visit Granddad (and Great-Gran!)
❏ Have a water fight
✔︎ Pick blackberries (mainly me, but still…)
✔︎ Have a picnic (on the beach)
✔︎ Go bowling
❏ Go to Brighton
✔︎ Climb a tree
✔︎ Get a family photo done
Now, as you can see we didn’t complete all of the things on the bucket list. Some of it was down to the boys not wanting to. I could not once convince Harry to go out and practice on his bike! We also never slept in a tent, or jumped on our trampoline, even though it’s right there in our garden!
Harry actually did go to a theme park, just not with us. He went to Chessington World of Adventures with Springboard Project, which is an activity group for children with disabilities. But I felt like it would be cheating to tick that of our list so I didn’t.
Richard and I also had a Weekend in London which was absolutely fantastic! Loved every second.
All in all, its been a good summer! I will definitely make another Bucket List next year, and maybe even tick all the boxes?