A Look Back At July

We had such a busy July and we did so many things that I haven't had a chance to tell you about, so I thought I would look back over the month and share some of our best bits with you.

The biggest event of July was Harry leaving primary school, I can't believe he's starting Year 7 in September, the kids are growing up way too fast for my liking! His last few days at school were a lot of fun for him and included a water fight, his leaver's assembly, a day out of school to the park, the leaver's bbq and bouncy castle evening, his last ever primary Exhibition Evening (where we get to see all his work), the news that he had smashed his SATS and the obligatory shirt signing on the last day. 

July brought with it some nicer weather and it saw us getting outside a bit more, in fact it got so hot that we added a pool to the garden for the kids. It's not a proper pool (although they would like that!), but it's about 9ft round and deep enough for them to have a good splash around in. They have practically lived in it since we put it up and the amount of wet towels I'm picking up seems to have tripled! We also got outside and caught lots of Pokemon - Harry has never been so keen to walk the dog each evening! I know a lot of people think it's pathetic to be playing this game, but it gives us something to bond with Harry over and as he edges ever closer to the teenage years I'm willing to try anything that keeps us talking and spending time together. We've also been messing around loads on Snapchat, we would love you to add us - our name is memories_mayhem.

We managed to have some pretty cool days out during July too. We attended the Anniversary Games at the Olympic Park in London and we witnessed a World Record being set! It was my first time inside the Olympic Stadium and it did not disappoint. The weather was gloriously warm that evening and the atmosphere was terrific. Our niece and her friend spent a day with the kids at Adventure Island in Southend, so Mark and I enjoyed some leisurely time wandering around the shops and enjoying the sunshine on the seafront. There's something about the sea air that leaves you feeling refreshed but sleepy and we brought home two tired but very happy kids after their day of rollercoasters. The Essex Food and Drink Festival took place just down the road from us and we enjoyed an afternoon in the sunshine tasting various food and drink offerings (the mojitos were delicious!). Mark had a day out at Snetterton Race Track watching the Touring Cars with his dad, brother and niece and the kids and I went to see Finding Dory, which we all thought was fantastic. 

There were a few celebrations in July too. Mark's cousin celebrated her 21st birthday and she had a surprise for us all when a local dance teacher arrived and taught us all to salsa! The following week Mark and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary with a lovely meal at the Blue Strawberry in Hatfield Peveral. 

It was such a fun month but it flew by and I can't believe we are in August already, but I can't wait to see what we get up to this month!

Sam xx