Otherwise known as the week we said goodbye to Kindergarten, the week started with rain, and ended with sun. It started with us striking camp in the rain (and waiting four days for it to be dry so that we could air out the tent) and ended it burying small people in sand on the beach.
Sunday saw us come home from camping, tired, a little grubby, wet and in love with each other. Our trip was a wonderful opportunity to spend time together as a family and we always return home much more in tune with our children, and them with us. I love watching DH really spend time with his daughters, who so crave his attention. And I got, finally, to finish the 50 Shades of Grey books.
Monday was a huge day, better known in school as ‘Move Up Day’. Dimples got a chance to see what her new school would be like before September, and LBG spent the morning with her new class in her new classroom. They were both so excited that they woke at 6am, desperate to put on their uniforms. It was a fairly painful morning of to-ing and fro-ing for me, but worth it because my darling girls were so very happy and excited. We whizzed to the school shop to purchase the three hats required for next school year, which sees LBG go into full school uniform, then picked up Granny and brought her home to tell her all about it.
Tuesday dawned and it was apparent that Dimples had been worn out by school the day before, so we ditched cooking in favour of a low-key morning at the awesome Lavender House with the amazing and talented Kate Darkins. Once we’d both cuddled up together for a nap it was back to school to collect LBG. I reinvented tuna pasta and went to bed happy though, I confess, bereft of reading material [insert embarrassed blush here.]
And then it was Wednesday, the school run and a Bedroom Challenge. I ended the day covered in paint and glue-gun related blisters, but finished. My girls were happy to sit and stare at the television in that end-of-term-exhausted state.
I rather struggled myself to wake on Thursday morning, but managed to get both my Little Misses to school on time, back to the house for an errand or two and then back to school for the End of Term. LBG and I headed into Bromley for our regular End-of-Term-Lunch. Of course we ate at “The Baked Potato Shop”, as we always do when LBG gets to decide what we eat, then home via Build a Bear for an appropriately Jubilicious ensemble. I rather daringly snuck out for dinner with friends and crept home in the pouring rain at 11.30pm filled with steak and contentment.
Then it was Friday: DH worked from home whilst The Girls played and planned and planted their very own garden. I worked on a Pixum book for our Home Exchangees for most of the day and then we headed down to the Beach House, carrying our exhausted children up to their beds in the twilight. I tried to stay up with DH and watch an episode of Beck, but even the thrilling Scandinavian television wasn’t enough to keep my eyelids from closing.
Saturday morning dawned wet and windy so we decided to have breakfast at the Play Barney and a good run around, and fast slide down on the newly polished slide! The Little Misses went for a walk to the ice-cream shop in the rain with Daddy later in the day, returning with ice-cream soup and Barbie: The Island Princess from the DVD store. After watching it once, DH and I escaped and went out for dinner to the best Thai Restaurant in the country- Surin, in Ramsgate- and had a lovely walk around the Marina afterwards.