June was a month of two halves. The first half spent madly trying to attend every end of year school activity, the second half spent on a family vacation in Ireland. The contrast couldn’t have been greater!
The last two weeks of term really were a bit crazy, with Field Day and Field Trips. Class parties and Talent Show. Birthday parties and Scout events. Somehow we made it through it all, but I have to admit that I was broken by the end of the second week!
Then, as if that all that hadn’t been enough, we had a swim meet, Father’s Day and my eldest’s birthday. And then to top it off, I still had to pack for a two week trip. We flew to Ireland the evening of the last day of term…
I don’t think the five of us have ever been as tired as we were the day we arrived in Cork!
But then we had a wonderful, relaxed and fun, time in Ireland, getting back to Boston a few days ago. Two weeks of our ten week summer vacation are over already. Is it too soon to say it’s going too fast?
June began with birthday parties, the Scout crossing over ceremony and orthodontist appointments… the first week ended with Favorite Decade Day at school. A spirit day that was far more for the parents than the kids, my little girl loved her 80’s outfit.
This was the week that officially broke me.
First up was Library clean up day. The next day included another orthodontist appointment and Field Day. These two had a great day, and loved getting dressed up in their team colors.
Next up was the Kindergarten Monthly Meeting, where the kids get to present to the whole school, then my younger son’s end of year class party. Next was Field Trips for both younger son and daughter. I was a chaperone for my son’s trip, which was fun if you discount the travel sickness… The following day was the Talent Show, meaning two shows for me to attend as both son and daughter were performing.
They both did brilliantly. My son and a couple of his friends did a little comedy sketch that was actually quite funny and had the hall in stitches!
And, my little girl sang Fight Song, all by herself to a full hall of students and parents. I was SO proud of her, she did such a great job. I hate being that parent, but I have to be gushy just for a moment! She has a really good voice, and sang beautifully – clearly and confidently. And she’s only six! Amazing. A very proud mum moment.
Friday was rounded out with my daughter’s end of year class party.
Then I collapsed. Literally. I was in school every day (not counting drop off/pick up) at least once, if not twice, and one day three times that week! It was a little insane to be honest and I completely over did it trying to get to every event.
And I didn’t even manage to make a start on the packing!
Then it was Father’s Day and my eldest’s 12th birthday. No rest for the wicked!
We had a slightly mad day trying to celebrate both my husband and son, which we just about managed, but I think we owe my son a bit more of a celebration later in the summer!
And I still didn’t start packing.
But we made it. Picked up the kids from school, finished packing and went to the airport, landing in Dublin the following morning and then driving down to Cork. We were so tired! But, other than the kids having a couple of naps (plane and car) we managed to stay awake until bedtime and largely defeat the jet lag.
We had a lovely few days exploring Cork, where my husband grew up, and the kids enjoyed time with their Grandmother. It was a relaxed and uneventful few days, with trips to Kinsale, Charles Fort (where a couple very kindly offered to take a photo of the five of us), visits to parks and a wander round the city centre. Good fun.
We’ll just gloss over the visit to the Shaky Bridge and the iPhone sized splash into the River Lee…
The kids then had an awesome few days with their cousins and again, with the fab weather, we were able to play tourist with trips into Dublin city centre, Dun Laoghaire and Bray (where the above photo was taken).
The kids flew paper planes in Phoenix Park, had a picnic in town and ice cream by the sea. Visited the aquarium in Bray and played penny slot machines. We ate a lot of proper chips and shopped.
Then it was back to Boston.
I think we’re just about over the jet lag and we’ve had a fairly chilled few days hanging out at the pool and taking it easy.
I can’t quite believe it’s July. I feel like this summer is just going to fly past, and I want to slow down already. But, we certainly plan on making the most of every day that we have left.
Hope you’ve all had a wonderful month! Head over to my Instagram feed to see the rest of the snapshots I’ve taken this month.
I began writing ‘Snapshots’ posts last summer, when my days were too busy having fun with my kids to spend time writing about the fun we were having. They are a way for me to record the moments, but not feel obliged to write War and Peace. Simply capture the days as they happen. No SEO, no pinnable images, no stress. So, I’m going to continue to write them, and keep those moments from running away.