When I sat down to write this August monthly round-up post, I simply could not remember what we had actually done this month, apart from return from holiday. Seriously, August has been a blur. We must have done some fun and exciting things? I consulted my planner and it seems that we did actually very little this month other than preschool for the boys and work for us and quiet(-ish) weekends.
At the start of the month, we discovered (well, we did an internet search and found) a beach only ten minutes on the bike from us so we spent afternoons there whenever we could and when the weather obliged.
A friend has a mother duck who has decided that his ninth floor terrace is the perfect, safe place to lay and hatch her eggs, so we visited once the brood was born. Adorable.
We returned to his place the following weekend for a laid-back barbecue that ended up being a late one. The boys were kept entertained by a friend’s teenage son who knows magic – the boys were blown away by this and so happy that they crashed out after dinner.
This month has also seen us implement a points system to be allowed to use the iPad. Each day they get five points each. Ten minutes on the iPad “costs” one point and they can lose points for bad behaviour (fighting, throwing food etc). So far it has been a great success: they have far less screen time and play with their toys much more. Plus it has also solved the problem of O getting up out of bed at bedtime. We now bribe him that if he stays in bed, he earns two extra points. It’s working for now, although with these boys who knows for how long. So we’re just going to enjoy it while it lasts.
I also managed to fit in a haircut, but best not to talk to Husband about that. Everyone else has complimented me on it but he just stares, shakes his head and says “I hate fringes”. Okay, thanks.
I’ve spent the last few days in a panic about how the wedding is drawing close and I am not prepared at all. Nothing like the panic of a deadline to spur you to action. Luckily it worked and I now have a fascinator and a clutch at the ready. The clutch I upcycled from an unused nappy purse that came with a changing bag. It was a clear plastic purse, so I glued felt onto it and then covered it with the same fabric as the fascinator and made fabric roses to decorate it.
Well, that was August for us – a quiet month on the whole and one that has just sped by. Hello, September. Let’s see what you have to offer.