Eeek, it’s both sad and exciting to be writing this post. My very last post on Three Years & Home. I’ve loved having this little space on the internet but I’ve changed so much over the past two and a half years (and so have our circumstances) that it almost feel like someone else’s blog now.
I’ve had a quick look back over the posts that I’ve written … all 390 of them … and there’s a few that stand out for me and bring wonderful memories flooding back. There’s the day that we hid some gifts in the tree, supposedly from Mr. Squirrel, for CK to find. And my ‘Spend a Weekend in Switzerland‘ series which whisks me straight back to Zürich and the happy times that we had there.
Apparently, the cost of keeping a child entertained over the six-week school holidays is estimated to be a whopping £1,000 plus and I can quite believe it. A couple of weeks ago, I took my boys to an aquarium near Chester. It was a nice enough and an interesting enough place to visit but tickets, parking and drinks for the three of us cost close to £50 and after an hour the little ones had had enough and wanted to go home. So not the most impressive bang for my buck (apologies, I spent a fifteen years working for an American company … phrases like this, unfortunately, come a little too naturally to me).
But what to do in lieu of those expensive days out?
Well, fitted kitchen retailer Betta Living has put together a Kids In The Kitchen guide aimed at inspiring parents, with twenty different activities that can be done at home for very little, if any at all, money. It’s an incredibly comprehensive guide with activities to suit all interests and all ages – you can take a look here.
When you’re as pasty and freckled as I am and have two little boys with a reddish tint to their hair and lily-white legs, the midday sun is a glorious, fireball of doom. We long to be running the length of the garden and jumping through cooling sprinklers but the reality, despite smothering ourselves in layer upon layer of factor 50, is that we’d feel a burning prickle within minutes.
So we tend to open wide the windows and occupy ourselves indoors, be that by baking, colouring, painting, dressing up, or even watching a film. However, today we decided to build a duvet den. Simple but so much fun.
I’m sat writing this with a beer by my side. It’s the final night of our holidays before my husband has to return to work in the morning. Return to work until his next break which, apart from a day here and there, is not until Christmas. Only July and already one eye on the festive season. Reason enough for a beer, right? Because thinking ahead to December is both awful and exciting, isn’t it? Is it wrong to admit that I’ve already bought a couple of Christmas presents though? It seems silly not to buy a few things for the boys while the sales are so good.
But back to our holidays. We had a really great time in Scotland. The house was perfect, the weather a little less so, the boys … hmmm … well, with one refusing to go to bed until 11pm and the other waking up at 4am, sleep didn’t really feature a whole lot while we were away. Still, even with our eyes threatening to close at any given opportunity, it’s such a fantastic part of the world that we couldn’t fail to be completely blown away by the country and have a really nice time. We will definitely return.
If there’s one thing that I can be sure of other than one of my boys waking me up way too early in the morning, is that a Fisher Price toy never fails to entertain them. We’ve reviewed quite a few over the years but this latest once beats them all. What can I say about the Laugh & Learn Learning House? Well, it’s incredible. I’m not the biggest fan of plastic, lights and shrill music but the learning house had me at the cute, little letter box. I would have adored this as a child.
As far as toys go, this one is rather large. You’re going to need a lot of space for it. But if you have the room, it’s definitely worth investing in as not only does it have a lot of cool features but it’s fantastic for imaginative play too.