Things I love about the summer…
• Everyone’s a bit happier. Is it the vitimin D? I’m more inclined to think it’s the added beers in the garden! But whatever, everyone is definitely happier when the sun is shining.
• Days off are amazing. Going anywhere is a treat when the weather is nice. Weekends can feel like holidays going to the beach, parks or just nice forestry walks.
• Ice Cream! Need I say more. It tastes good all year round but when the suns out it’s extra special licking that cone before it melts!
• When the kids go to bed/When you get home from work, it’s not game over any more. You can get the chimnea on and sit out in the garden with a glass of wine. Closest thing to heaven. Also into this bulletpoint goes daytime drinking! Not only is it no frowned upon to be sipping a Pimms at 2pm – it’s positively encouraged!
• You can get the kids out into the garden. They are happy playing outside and you can sit with a cuppa. This has the added benefit that the house stays tidy because all mess is outside, my little boy always wants to eat outside when its nice too which means my kitchen can stay cleaner for longer! . Another added benefit is that the kids are much more tired and sleep much better! Win Win.
• Whenever the sun is out the menfolk start stripping off – I’ll hold my hands up and say I don’ mind this at all! Any excuse to see hubbys gorg bod!
Ok so all these things have a flipside. Things I hate about summer…
• The only topic of convo is the weather, the sun or lack of which gets a bit boring.
• I get fed up of summery food and crave roast dinners but it’s too hot to stay in and cook.
• Any park or beach is full to capacity as soon as the sun shows it’s face meaning you are cheek to cheek with other families. Days out in the summer involve sitting in an over packed car because you have had to pack lots of stuff incase the weather changes, changes of clothes, parasols, picnic baskets and a coolbox.
• Suncream. Applying suncream to children is on a par to trying to bath a cat – difficult is an understatement. Now you have to re-apply throughout he day so it’s the gift that keeps giving…naat! Also I haven’t got the kind of face that looks great au naturale so suncream and no makeup is not a winner for me!
• Getting the kids to come in at night is not easy. It’s light they are having fun so they don’t understand why they have to go to bed. It will end in tears. Probably yours as you watch the time slip by where you could be drinking wine but instead are trying to wash sticky, dirty children while they scream that they want to go back out to play.
• Body pressure! Legs and armpits must be constantly shaven incase of a warm day where you are wearing summery gear. Flabby arms, legs and tums which are easily hidden in jumpers and jeans over winter and hard to disguise in flowy summery material!
So there you have it…swings and roundabouts. For all the negatives I will still always love the summer! I look slightly less pasty in the sun and look fabulous in a floppy hat!
Are you a summer lover?
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