The summer holidays have seemed really long this year, but they have finally come to an end. We’ve been gently easing back into a routine. Esther usually likes to nap in the morning so it makes sense to get our schoolwork and chores done then, leaving the afternoons free to go out.
On one of Colin’s days off we decided to drive to Exeter, as Colin was keen to try motorway driving for the first time. However, after being stuck in traffic for over an hour on the A361, we finally reached the motorway and saw that it was completely stationary, with car doors open and people strolling around. We quickly changed our plans, went all the way round the roundabout and back towards Tiverton.
By this time we were getting pretty hungry, so we headed to the canal and had a lovely lunch in the tea gardens there. Afterwards we went for a walk along the canal which was lovely except for the children moaning that their legs were tired!
Colin and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary on the 26th of August. Usually we ask a family member to babysit the children and go out for a romantic meal together, but that wasn’t really an option this year because of Esther. Instead, the children helped me decorate the front room while Colin was at work and then we ordered a huge takeaway from our favourite Gurkha restaurant.
Taking photos of the three of them where they are all looking in the right direction and nobody is pulling a silly face is hard work! This was the best of about fifty…
I also love capturing candid moments like this.
Another family walk, this time to Velator in Braunton. There were lots of swans, moorhens, coots, mallards and black-headed gulls. Unfortunately I forgot to take binoculars, so couldn’t identify the small shy ducks at the far edges of the pond.
This little miss still loves the water. Over the holidays I’ve taken the children swimming twice, with my mum for moral support! The idea of getting all three children in and out of the pool was rather daunting but wasn’t actually as bad as I expected. The main issue with going on my own is that Tabitha has to stay in the baby pool because she isn’t old enough to go in the main pool without an adult, which she is not happy about. Aaron and Tabitha are hoping to start swimming lessons soon but I need to figure out how best to fit another activity into our week.
Tabitha was very proud of her verse writing! I’ve noticed that she is finally starting to use more lower case letters.
It was my birthday this week. When I mentioned it the day before, Tabitha was horrified that I hadn’t told them earlier and promptly rushed off to make a card whilst I pretended not to know what she was doing. Colin happened to have the day off so we went to Ilfracombe and had lunch in a restaurant there. Afterwards we walked around the harbour, up to the little chapel on top of the hill and then down to the beach.
Same beach, five years ago.
In the evening we had a picky meal of yummy things like cheese, pate, olives and chorizo.
Esther is almost sitting and standing by herself, she just needs a tiny bit of support to balance. She also rolled over completely from back to front today for the first time.
I’ve barely been to the allotment since Esther was born but there is a site inspection coming up so we made an effort to tackle some of the weeds while my parents are away on holiday! I’d forgotten how much I enjoy being there.
The damson tree has done really well this year. We didn’t get a chance to pick any as it started to rain and Esther started crying, so we must go back again in the next few days.
Esther isn’t quite sure what she thinks of the pushchair yet. I had to give in and buy a second hand one this week because my hip was playing up and I barely managed to hobble home! I’ll still do lots of babywearing but it will be handy to have an alternative.