She may only be 13 days old, but as she has 3 older brothers and sisters Eliza has been out and about a lot, right from the beginning. Our first weekend at home was full of glorious sunshine, and so we spent a gentle afternoon at the park with a picnic.
We are really lucky to have such an amazing park on our doorstep. There is a huge grass area perfect for cricket, football and running as well as a picnic lunch. There is also the traditional park area with swings, slides, roundabout, seesaw and climbing frame. Next to this, there is a gorgeous paddling pool which we use countless times over the summer. The kids love paddling, swimming and splashing no matter what the weather. It’s such a great facility to have, and it will be lovely to spend a lot of the summer holidays there with the children.
We have also been to the school summer fete this weekend. We always seem to be blessed with good weather for it, and this year was no exception.
The older children enjoyed watching the Tae Kwan Do and Majorette demonstrations, eating homemade cakes and spending all their pocket money on the various stalls – everything from hook a duck and tombolas to bowling and welly wanging. The school grounds are lovely to spend time in too, there is a lot of open space, and after Jacob won a football on one of the stalls we headed to the playing field for a bit of a kick about while Max sat reading the books we had got from the book stall.
Eliza has been taking it all in, either from the safety of her pram or from mummy and daddy’s arms. She watches the bigger children all the time, and turns her head towards noises and lights. The fresh air has done us all good after the chaotic week following her arrival, and I intend to keep it up as much as possible when Kevin goes back to work in a couple of days. The first job on our list this weekend is to plant this selection of summer bulbs from Spalding Bulbs. We got a bit of a surprise selection, so we are just going to go a bit wild with them, plant them anywhere the kids fancy and see what grows – I will let you know what happens when they start to grow!