School’s out for summer


Jilly and her family at Legoland I know this is the moment that a lot of parents dread and maybe there is something wrong with me but I absolutely love the kids being off for the summer.

They came out of school cheering on Friday and we sang all the way home in the car. One of the best things for me is of course no more schools runs, which I hate (especially those I do on three hours sleep) and now the kids are a little older they will let me have a little sleep-in if I've worked the night before, which is great.

Holiday planning

I think the secret to a stress free six weeks is to plan ahead a little and they don't always have to be big days out that cost a lot. Just arranging to meet friends in the park or having a making day at home is just as much fun.

We make a holiday planner and the kids decorate it and write down some of their ideas, and we gradually fill it in day by day. Today is doughnut day, so once we have done the supermaket shop we are off for doughnuts, which means everyone helps get the shopping done quickly. There is method to my madness.

I also this year made them sign a holiday promise on the back of our planner not to wind each other up over the summer. They both signed it and shook hands so I'll let you know if it works!

Fun at Legoland!

We kicked off the summer with a big day out at Legoland and I have to say they loved every minute. It was great because for the first time Cassidy, who is five, was able to go on everything that her older brother went on and she felt so grown up. I had a mouse mat made of us on the roller coaster (see the picture above) you can see just how excited she was!

I'd love to swap ideas with you. If you have been anywhere that the kids have enjoyed let me know, no matter where you are in the country, and we can all help each other.

Anyway got to go, keep the ideas coming and here's to a fun six weeks yeah !

Jilly x


  1. Marilyn Angus July 24, 2009 at 5:31 pm -  Reply

    Jilly, you are not alone! I loved it when my two boys were on holiday. They are now 21 and 24 and still at home and we still have a ball. My husband and I will miss them terribly when they go.
    P.S. ( I hated the school runs as well – although can’t remember much about it now – just a big sense of relief when we got home).
    Best Wishes

  2. susan aston July 28, 2009 at 6:43 am -  Reply

    hi jilly,
    sometimes it`s hard to get a happy medium, when catering with different ages ( i have 3 girls 11,8 + 5 years)
    we all enjoy going to see animals….we loved LONGLEAT, WOBURN safari parks, great all day fun.
    also enjoy farms..BOCKETTS FARM is our favourite…we lovedthe pony riding + the pig racing!!
    enjoy your hols!
    sue xx

  3. Seema July 28, 2009 at 9:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jilly
    Thanks a lot for ur ideas.
    My children who are 13 and 9 have lots of fun as well on holidays.
    We go to local parks, shops and put a paddling pool in the garden and splash
    each other.
    Enjoy ur holidays

  4. dorothy young August 1, 2009 at 8:10 pm -  Reply

    hi jilly
    i loved the holidays you should enjoy them when there young, they grow up to fast and fly the nest.
    I love it when she comes on a weekend.
    love dorothy

  5. victoria hitch August 20, 2009 at 3:19 am -  Reply

    Hi jilly i love the hols too.I have nine children although two of them are 19 and 17.You dont have to spend a lot and its a good idea of yours to have a planner.Enjoy whats left,it will soon be back to school runs!

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