Ava and Thea’s July: The Last Week of School, Latitude Festival and Camping
July has been another crazy month for the Pink family! Here are a few highlights…
The End of School
The girls were really sad to leave their teachers at the end of school, so made them some very funny cards.
They both got glowing reports, and we couldn’t be prouder.
So here they are on their first and last days of this school year, I can’t believe how much they’ve learned and developed since September!
We also had the last ballet class of the term and got to watch. Ava joined in with Thea and their cousin’s class too, and they looked so cute together.
Southwold and Latitude Festival
We went to Latitude Festival, near Southward in Suffolk. Ryan went to the whole festival, from Thursday to Monday, so I took the girls, and my sister Debbie, after school on Friday. I couldn’t face camping at a festival, so we took my dad’s camper van and stayed at a local campsite, called Haw Wood Farm, which I highly recommend. It has a fantastic kids’ play area, great wash block with hot showers, generous pitch sizes and a lovely cafe. Perfect. Before we went, we got the girls sleeping bags from Go Outdoors and they love them.
They didn’t sleep very much when we were away though, unfortunately.
We had a lovely day in Southwold on Saturday, playing on the beach and eating lovely food. And a very blue ice cream! Loads of people were smirking at us as we walked by, and I didn’t know why until I realised it had gone EVERYWHERE!
Then on Sunday, we went to the festival. There was a good line up of music but the girls were more interested in the food and the kids’ area, but did have a dance to the music too.
Early Morning Entertainment
One day we woke up to find Ava and Thea had made a carpet picnic breakfast for us all. Ava had got a mug and tea bag out for me (but knows she’s not allowed to touch the kettle!) Ryan made croissants from a can and we only got a *bit* of jam on the rug. We really do need to get a new one!
Another morning, they entertained themselves with the draw-on table cloth we won at a school fair.
Camping Near Brighton
Last weekend, we went camping with a bunch of Ryan’s university friends. We drove down to Brighton and pitched a tent at The Mac’s Farm campsite, and luckily got the tent up before the heavens opened. Sadly the rain and wind were dreadful all night so we didn’t get a lot of sleep. It was sunny on Saturday morning so we had a nice breakfast.
The campsite have a reptile sanctuary on site, and they let kids handle the animals. They had giant snails, cockroaches, a lizard and a huge frog, amongst other things.It was raining all afternoon and forecast to continue through the night. Noone fancied staying out in it, so our friends very kindly said we could go and stay with them as they live nearby. Everyone ended up at their house for pizza on Saturday night.
Morning! We were forced to admit defeat on our camping trip. The weather was so awful, none of us could face another night of zero sleep and flooded tents, and the resultant grumpy kids (and adults!) All five families went to our friends’ house for pizza, check out the boxes waiting to be recycled We stayed over too and actually slept Now we’re back at the camp site to put the tent down, now it’s not pouring with rain and blowing a gale. Wish us luck on the m25 on the way home PS How lush is this #door – can I move in?! #notcutoutforcamping
We all went back to the campsite on Sunday to take the tents down. There was a fun kids’ activity in the woods that I took the girls to – they made clay animals and had fun in the mud kitchen.
The highlight of the weekend for Ava was meeting our friend’s puppy, Teddy. She is besotted and was in floods of tears on the way home as she missed him!
Phew, what a busy month! I’m hoping August will be a bit quieter to be honest!