Summer holidays and Year 1


I have to admit, I was dreading the summer holidays with two little boys for a whole six weeks. I’d never had them together by myself for so long. With Other Half getting a grand total of 3 days off the entire summer due to the nature of his pesky work, I was a bit nervous about how to entertain the little ones and not go insane. Looking back, it worked out really nicely. We made the most of our weekends as a family and packed it with a lot of fun, and then pottered about during the week days, swinging between pottering about and having lots of day trips. We discovered a lot more of our surroundings and ran away to Scotland during the Other Half’s time off.


Of course there were times when I could have gladly pulled my hair out and run away to another country all by myself, but, on the whole, we all survived the summer holidays intact and mostly unscathed. I think the trick is just to be outside. No matter the weather or activity. Outside is good. Pricey, but good. We’re not yet at the stage where we can all sit about watching a movie on the couch. Unless we’re happy to watch Baby E scale the TV and shake it vigorously (his new thing!).


I was a sad to see the holidays end but I think we did need a bit of proper routine back in our lives. We were all a bit nervous about Little Z going into Year 1. Would he like it? Would be realise there’s more work and less play? What if his teacher wasn’t nice. He pottered off into class on the first day looking a bit apprehensive. I then did that slightly mad mother thing and peered in through the window. He spotted me and gave me a big smile (Or he was laughing at his overprotective mum). Either way, he was fine and has finished his first week gushing about all things dinosaur and sporting lots of stickers for good effort. He’s loving his new teacher and, so far, he’s even enjoying a bit of writing. Something he really wasn’t keen on in reception. I’m hoping Year 1 is a good one.




  1. Sarah MumofThree World September 11, 2016 / 6:48 am

    I’m glad year 1 has started so well for him. I think the summer holidays are rarely as bad as we fear, it’s just about adjusting to a new way of life! By the time they finish, I don’t usually want the kids to go back to school. It seems strange that they’re over now.
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  2. Jane - Our Little Escapades September 11, 2016 / 2:44 pm

    I’m glad you had a good summer holiday with both of your boys. I was dreading this summer too as last year was so hard. Thankfully I think we got the mix right. Hopefully we can do the same thing next year #MySundayPhoto
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  3. Kim Carberry September 11, 2016 / 3:15 pm

    All in all it sounds like you had a good summer….I remember you worrying at the start of the holidays.
    Gorgeous photos.
    I’m glad your boy has settled back into school so well x
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  4. Katie @mummydaddyme September 11, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    I was exactly the same as you with the summer, it was lovely overall but we had a through crazy days. Like you say I definitely think the key is to be outside. I am glad Z has settled into school so well, bless him! Mads came home with a certificate on her first week which I was really so proud about. Here’s to a great year one for them both. x

  5. Lisa@intotheglade September 11, 2016 / 6:26 pm

    I cannot believe how big your littlest looks in these pictures – he is growing so fast. It is such a relief when they seem to settle back into school isn’t it? Six weeks is a long time at this stage. It sounds like you made lots of lovely memories over the summer and these are fabulous pictures xx
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  6. Tara September 12, 2016 / 6:08 am

    Aww look at him going to school, so grown up! Glad you’ve had a good summer. I hope he continues to enjoy year 1 🙂 #MySundayPhoto
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  7. Not A Frumpy Mum September 12, 2016 / 12:38 pm

    The trick is definitely getting outside, O starts to go a little stir crazy if he’s kept in too long. Hope Z continues to enjoy Year 1. xx
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  8. RachelSwirl September 12, 2016 / 11:49 pm

    lovely pictures, it is nice to have routine returned!

  9. natalie September 13, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    Oh it is tough isn’t it – being a parent is such a constant worry. I was dreading last year with Meme starting reception but I found myself dreading this year just as much! I agree it was lovely having a nice long lazy summer but I think like you we were ready for a little routine back…although I don’t think I will ever get used to the school run!!
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  10. Charlotte September 13, 2016 / 6:04 pm

    Can’t believe he shakes the t.v.! Bow hasn’t discovered that trick yet, thankfully! I was dreading the summer too! Our well timed pregnancies meant we didn’t have to survived 2 at home for a good while. Glad we all survived! xxx

  11. Vinny Idol September 14, 2016 / 11:30 pm

    Your little ones look like theyre having a blast. And the photos and weather look immaculate. I dont really my first day of kindegarten too much, but I do remember my mom dropping me off or walking me to school.

    I do remember dreading going though. Perhaps because I loved being home so much. I was such a mommas boy.

    Thanks for the nostalgic post.

  12. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) September 17, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    Sounds like it was a lovely summer. Getting outside always works well for us too. Glad that Little Z is enjoying being in Year 1 🙂

  13. Tracey Williams September 20, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    I remember those very first summer holidays Tas, and that feeling of how an earth you were going to survive. And look at you, you not only survived but smashed them. Every summer holidays will now get that little bit easier, and when they hit teens they barely come out of their rooms all summer lol. Love the picture of Z in his uniform, so smart x
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