Sunday, 22 July 2012

Summer Fun List 2012: #2, 3 and 4!! Bournemouth Beach and Oceanarium

Well yesterday we went on a fantastic day trip to Bournemouth with some of the families from 26 Engineer Regiment. The weather was amazing considering all of the rain we've had for the past couple of months and we all had a brilliant time. It also meant we got to tick some things off our Summer Fun List too!! Bonus!
We got on a coach on camp at 9.00 and wound our way through the countryside down to the coast. First stop was the Oceanarium where the boys loved walking through the tunnel under the big tank, then over to the beach for lunch, sand angels, sand castles and fun in the sea.
Finally we dried them off and went for a walk in the beautiful gardens and scoffed ice cream.
The hardest part of the day was trying to keep them awake all the way home on the coach because if they'd fallen asleep then there would have been ho chance of getting them into bed at a reasonable time!
Some pics from the day.....

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Summer Fun List 2012 - #1 Puddle Jumping

Well yesterday we had the perfect weather to tick one of the things off the Summer Fun List. Sports day was cancelled and the rain came, and with it came the puddles!!!
Being the very kind, efficient (cough, cough!) Mummy that I am, I had the kettle filled, mugs, hot chocolate and tea bags ready and towels warming on the radiator. (yes, the heating is on in July!)
Oscar and I donned our wellies and took Alfie's with us when we went to pick him up from school and went straight to the Basketball court by the Leisure centre where the biggest puddle was to be found. Then the jumping, running and splashing commenced!!

We squelched home and wrapped up warm on the sofa, bliss!

Friday, 6 July 2012

The Thompsons' 2012 Summer Fun List

Well after I mentioned making a Summer Bucket List here I got down to it and wrote everything down. I decided against the name 'Bucket List' because I just couldn't face the questions on why it was called that from my 5 year old! So The Thompsons' 2012 Summer Fun List was born, and here it is for you!
  • Feed ducks
  • Puddle jumping
  • Climb a tree
  • Write a letter
  • Make a fingerprint tree
  • Make a den under the table
  • Watch a rugby match
  • Go to the cinema
  • Use chopsticks
  • Make pavement chalk
  • Play with cornflour
  • Decopatch
  • Go to Legoland
  • Ride bikes
  • Go to the beach
  • Go on a fossil hunt
  • Build sandcastles
  • Make a fort
  • Visit an aquarium
  • Go camping (even if its only in the garden!)
  • Have a walk in the woods
  • Make ice cream
  • Have a picnic (once again, even if its only in the garden!)
  • Wash the car
  • Have a PJ day
  • Make string balloons
  • Visit a zoo/farm
  • Go swimming
  • Have a bbq
  • Paint rocks
  • Do the Summer Reading Challenge
  • Make cardboard box cars
  • Have a drive-in-movie at home
  • Go Geocaching
  • Go Tree RUnning
  • Make water balloon sponges
  • Fly a kite
  • Go on a train
  • Visit a museum
  • Visit the theatre
  • Send a message in a bottle
  • Make splat paintings
So here goes!!!

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Sunday, 1 July 2012

A 2nd Year of Projects

Well, the 1st of July is upon us again and I can't believe its been a whole year since I started this!! The second year of projects starts today and I have learnt a lot over the past year. Mainly that a very specific list of projects was never going to get completed!!
This year I will be slightly less specific on my projects, mainly because I know that I'll probably change my mind about patterns and there are always new ones being released. Sooo.....

I need to finish the following WIPs....
Peerie Flooers hat
BMC - the very long rows and two balls need Oscar to be sleeping better!
Mojo socks
Japanese slippers
Japanese shawl
Girasole baby shawl

Then new projects...
Owls jumper - a second one for me because I've worn the one I have to death!
Boreal jumper - for me because I love it!
Boys jumpers - maybe just Guston for Oscar, I have just done one for Alfie, maybe Iain Jr for both
Gloves - definitely for me, maybe kids too - Grove/Shipyard mittens/Dustland Mitts?
Scarf for me - Topiary/Kildare/Oslo?
Stasis pullover - me
West Knits MKAL
Orchids and Fairy Lights - for the Ravellenic Games
Maybe another cowl - Pippi/Inspira cowl/Jig
Still light tunic/Topstykke - I love both of these but am not sure whether I'll ever manage that amount of 4ply stocking stitch!!

Well, here goes!! There'll definitely be lots of other projects throughout the year as well as these. If you want to join in visit the Year of Projects Group on Ravelry!