When I became a stay at home mum with Lucas I knew there were things we would have to sacrifice, we went down to one car and cut back on a lot of personal spends. When I found out we were having twins it meant trimming back even further, we buy a lot of things second-hand, holidays are absolutely out of the question and even days out can be scarce.
Still, we are lucky enough to have my husband at home over the summer holidays but last year I can’t really remember what we did. I was pregnant with the twins and wasn’t feeling my best so this year I definitely want to make the most of it. I really want us to spend some quality time as a family, when you don’t actually go away anywhere it’s easy to become lazy and stay in because it’s seems a simpler option. I don’t want to look back on our summer and have nothing to show for it so we will be having the most fun we can, in a thrifty way; I am declaring this summer a Staycation.
We will treat this summer like our own holiday with visits to local attractions, parks, beaches and forests, fun activities and treats in the house. We’ll take out packed lunches and make the most of free museums, have picnics in the garden and make ice cream sundaes. Go out and fly a kite, explore a castle and stay in have a movie night with homemade popcorn. I want us to find somewhere to play pooh sticks, find a new playground and come home and bake cookies. It would be great to all go swimming as a family and introduce the twins to the water. We can do some finger-painting, make paper aeroplanes and get ice cream from the ice cream van. I would love for us to go on a train ride and visit somewhere we have never been before. We have to send some postcards, make a den in the garden and have a screen-free day. Pay a visit the library, feed the ducks and go to the local farmers market, go fruit picking.
Every week I want us to do one thing we have never done before, go on adventures, be bold! Hopefully we’ll have some great summer memories to look back on, we’ll make the most of our local area and each night we’ll be sleeping in our own beds. I’ll be writing regular updates of our Staycation over the summer so check back to see if it is a success! I’ve kept it simple but lets face it wit three under three some things will be a challenge. What will you be doing to make the most of this summer, local family days or travels to exotic places?