July 20, 2014
So it's definitely summer now and we have the weather to prove it! It's been in the high 20's and into the 30's all last week and we've had several big thunderstorms, which have absolutely delighted little Finn - even the ones in the middle of the night, which make him whoop for joy. During this afternoon's storm he went into the garden and just ran around with his head back and his mouth open drinking the rain and leaping everytime the thunder boomed - he adores anything which is noisier than him!
Poppy finished school on Friday and William finishes this Tuesday (we are keeping Finn in nursery until then too), then we all go on a family holiday to Centre Parcs the very next day - staying for a week in one of their lovely 'treehouse' chalets and planning to do lots of different activities to keep everyone amused. JJ, our nanny is coming with us to help with the kidlets, which i'm very grateful about, and it should be good fun and also peaceful as we are staying in the middle of the forest (well, as peaceful as it can get with 5 crazy kidlets!). Then my Sir has another week off work to go on some outings with the kidlets, but after that it's just me and JJ to keep them all amused until the first week in Sept when they go back to school (we can send Finn to nursery during the summer if we need to, but we'll see how he goes).
In other news, i am in the process of weaning the bitties and it's going ok so far - i knew that it would be tricky with Ollie as he loves to nurse so much, but i'm doing it gradually and he is now accepting milk from a bottle for some feeds and enjoying solids (which he adamently refused in the beginning). Katelyn is only nursing a couple of times a day now, mainly when she is tired, and the rest of the time is drinking from a bottle and also enjoying solids. So we are making progress there. The other main project of the summer is going to be toilet training young Finn, which is something we started a while back but haven't had much success with so far, mainly because it is so tricky to get him to sit still long enough to actually perform on the toilet. But his nursery have had some success, so i'm going to try the same technique they have been using and hope we can finally crack this skill before he goes back to nursery full-time in Sept. That will be one step closer to preparing him to go to school next year.
Think that's all for now, except to mention some noteable occasions coming up - mine and Sir's wedding anniversary, my birthday and Finn and William's birthday, all of which we will have special parties for. Plus my sister is getting married this summer and Poppy, Finn and William all have important roles to play - we have our outfits sorted, which i will try to find time to write about on here. If i don't post here again for a while it's because everything is too busy over the summer, but i hope everyone has a great holiday and rest.