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