Tigerlilly Quinn: Days of play

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Days of play


The past few weeks (longer maybe, weeks all seem to blur into one lately) have been boiling in the South West. Sometimes when the temperature hits 29 degrees and I'm feeling sticky just walking to the end of my road I think 'it's too hot!' but then I stop myself and remember, this is the UK it won't last so appreciate every boiling minute of it. 

So I'm banking all this sun and this heat despite my english rose complexion and my discomfort out of the shade because in a few months when it's raining and cold I will miss this badly!

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On Saturday apart from a morning trip out for iced coffee we decided to stay home and use as little energy as possible. We set up the paddling pool in all its brightly coloured glory and hung out in the garden for most of the day.

I always struggle to get down on Wilf's level and play like he does, because I suppose I'm not a child, but I often feel so very guilty that I'm just not good at it. I'm not so good at playing pretend or splashing around, I wish I was better. There are things I'm very good at doing with my son, reading stories, drawing pictures, puzzles and even our cafe dates where we sit and chat (he loves going to order his babyccino just as much as I love that first sip of coffee when our order arrives). I guess I need to remember that I can't always be able to play with him like he wants me too, thankfully he has lots of great friendships and friends he see's daily that can fulfil these needs. That and a daddy who is always eager to splash around or kick a ball (neither of us really enjoy playing cars though it has to be said).

Sometimes when it's just so hot though I can be persuaded to jump in the pool, and whilst I'm a wimp with the cold water and not a fan of splashing I do try my best and I think that's what counts ;)

Whilst the boys carried on with their games I brought out snacks and drinks throughout the afternoon. We've been testing out the Vitamix recently so I've been experimenting daily with smoothie combinations (W is just drinking almond milk in these pics though). Tom and I added a little something something to our drinks as the day went on, because hey it's the weekend!

After the garden got too shady we headed to our neighbours for a film night with all the kiddos in the street. Weird thing is I've still not had enough of Frozen yet!

We were sent this pool by Chad Valley as part of their #100daysofplay 

25 comments:

Megan Evans said...

Fritha I bet you are brill playing games with Wilf! I actually love playing cars so will be happy to help out on that front next year! Ha! I think I had to learn to enjoy it having a brother of a similar age...it was also a good compromise after he had played princesses with me...I may even have some of the cars still. Will raid the attic! I actually feel quite excited thinking about it haha xxx

Life With Munchers said...

I think it's only natural that as mothers we alwasy judge ourselves. I always think I'm rotten at the running around, but it's a good balance between the hubby and myself. PS loving the swim suit on you and Wilf x

fritha strickland said...

that's what I like to think, we have a balance. I'm so grateful that Tom is happy to go kick a ball with him as it's so not my thing! x

fritha strickland said...

looking forward to baby sitter Meg! ;) xx

Laura Rocksteady said...

Wow what a great idea - Manfrotto have some amazing products but I had never heard of these before - what fun, I kinda like the wild fish eye for something a little different - I think it would take a few goes to get the effects you want but I really like these images :)


Laura x

Tom said...

Fritha kicking the ball = ball on roof. Tx

fritha strickland said...

well exactly!! x

Julie B said...

This is such a great idea! Might have to invest in these! x

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kathrynsharman said...

I'm so glad you said that because I've always been pretty rubbish at really getting down and playing. Like you, I could read a million stories, love colouring in and going for walks and cafe stops but I've always been envious of how well Greig plays with the kids on 'their level'. Maybe men can relate to the inner kid more ;)
P.S. You look beaut in your swimming cossie love!

Adele Jarrett-Kerr said...

I'd love to do something useful with our spare room. It comes in handy when my parents come to visit but most of the time it's just a place for flinging things in a mad dash to tidy before people visit!

Eleanor Willock said...

We just did out our spare room, it's nicer than our actual room. Very colourful mismatched pinks and greens, all based around a sugar-pink welsh 150yr old breastfeeding chair I was given by my mum. I often go and lie in the spare room just for a little change.

mummydaddyme said...

We have been loving this weather and normally i am one of those who complains after a while that it is too sticky- but for some reason this Summer I just cannot get enough of it. I never want this gorgeous weather to end! Love the last photo of Wilf- too cute! x

Jenny said...

I think they're a great idea, love the fish eye one the best. Are they expensive?

NewMumOnline said...

Wow, what an awesome idea. It makes sense as so many photos now are taken on our phones x

Cariemay said...

The paddly pool is definitely the way to go in this heat - we spent a whole afternoon sat in the one at my inlaws a little while ago and it was just pure bliss to be a comfortable temperature; it made all the sunshine so much sweeter!

potionsandprams said...

Love Wilf's little outfit - so adorable. I often feel guilty about not being able to get down on the ground and play more with Max - but maybe some of us are better at other things? I love reading with Max and playing puzzles too.... it's the little things : )

Bex Smith said...

What a fab idea! May have to buy one for my other half!

Laura Rocksteady said...

Oh I love these pics and having a chilled day at home can sometimes be the best kind of day and it looks like Wilf had a lot of fun in his paddling pool and I am sure you are much better at playing with him than you give yourself credit for, although I have noticed Dads are great with filling in and doing all the boys stuff like climbing and splashing :)


Laura x

Lia Billimore said...

I would love a health space and if I did, I would totally have a treadmill at home. I have space in my bedroom to practice yoga, and as that was always going to be the case, I made sure our bedroom was a clutter free, calm, zone!

Rachel Cooper said...

These are great - i only have a cheap digital camera which never seems to have batteries so I use my iphone for all my photos, so may have to hint for some of these!

Agata Pokutycka said...

wow, I didn't even know that you can change the lenses... such a great idea.

The Owl and the Accordion said...

I think the days at home are the best ones - everything is to hand, and anyone can have a nap when they like! Love your swimming costume, and Wilf looks as handsome as ever!

Single Mother Ahoy! said...

Lovely photos; glad you're enjoying the sunshine!

Wild & Grizzly said...

I would love to have a craft or reading room, or even a chill out room with record player great art on the walls full of all my face things... One day x

Kara said...

I love the fish eye lens, not sure I could be doing with the gaffing of changing them over though

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