7 Sep 2015

Making Memories This Summer

I did not make a bucket list for summer, but I sort of knew what I wanted out of these holidays. I think we've done rather well, spending the last six weeks making memories as a family. We've had our fair share of grumpy, tears and tantrums. Overall though, it has been a beautiful summer of incredible fun despite the distinctly miserable weather. We start reception today, and it is the perfect time to reflect on the summer that has been. Here is a collection of holiday memories we will always cherish.

Making Memories This Summer

1) J's first visit to the theatre to watch The King of TinyThings.

2) Our walking holiday in the Lake District, our first as a family, where we walked, we climbed, we rambled to reach the top of Brent Fell and Loughrigg Terrace.

3) Catching fish in the lake and then setting them free.

4) Building all sorts with Lego.

5) Picnics in the park with soft and fluffy white bread sandwiches and crisps.

6) Riding on a steam train.

7) Our first visit to Go Ape and doing the Tree Top Junior adventure as a family, including the zip wire.

A Memory Jar full of Summer Memories
8) Going on a mini- beast adventure in the back garden.

9) Eating lots of ice-cream. And strawberries.

10) Watching the Minions in cinema and sharing a large bucket of popcorn between the three of us.

11) Foraging for wild blackberries, picking apples in the garden and going berry picking at the local farm.

12) Play dates with friends we don't see at school.

13) Completing the summer reading challenge at the local library.

14) Shopping for J's first school uniform.

15) Enjoying family meals at nice restaurants.

16) Pyjama days at home doing nothing but snuggling on the sofa in front of the television.

17) Visiting Knowsley Safari park and getting oh so close to all the wild animals.

18) Playing in the back garden and the local parks. That includes climbing trees.

19) Trying our hand at a game of badminton.

20) Doing chores around the house. Yes, my son loves helping his parents in the house and garden. 

So there you have it. Perhaps not an extensive list of all the things we got up to, but a reasonable snapshot to jog our memories if ever we need a reminder of what we did as a family this summer.

We have also added all our beautiful memories to a summer memory jar. It was a lovely way to relive our precious moments as J went about scribbling words and drawing pictures for our jar.

Disclosure: We were given a Robert's bakery soft and fluffy white bread and a mason jar for our summer memories for this post. All opinions are my own.


  1. Looks like you had a really good summer! I must get used to doing more in my time off!

  2. Oh it sounds like a fantastic summer - we managed to do a lot of lovely things too. Kaz x

  3. Sounds like a brilliant summer - well done for getting all that done in spite of the rubbish weather. Good luck to your little one in reception, my youngest has started reception this week too x

  4. What a great summer you've had! And what wonderful memories you've made. Thank you for sharing x

  5. It really does sound like you had a fantastic summer. I love the memory jar idea and will be using it for sure. Thank you for a lovely post x

  6. Visiting Knowsley Safari park is on one of my lists of things I would like to do x

  7. You guys sure had lots of fun and beautiful memories for this Summer, I love all your amazing photos. My favorite activity is enjoy the family meals :D

  8. love picnics anywhere that there is a big open green space. Sounds like you had a very fun summer and packed summer. x

  9. It sounds like you have a fantastic summer! You crammed so much in compared to us! I hope the return to school has gone well x

  10. Ahh that's a wonderful list and I think maybe this time next year I'd like to do a little rambling in the Lakes too, such a beautiful place!

  11. What some amazing sounding memories you have made this summer, I love your list. x

  12. Sounds like you have had a wonderful, fun filled summer! Happy holidays! :)

  13. It sounds like you have had an amazing summer. I would love to visit the Lakes x

  14. Sounds like you had a fantastic summer. The memory jar is such a great idea.

  15. Such a beautiful list of memories... I love the idea of a walking holiday! We are trying to get the girls to walk more and climb bigger hills near us first!

  16. This is such a fantastic idea and what a beautiful list of memories you have.

  17. Ooh how was the steam train and Go Ape. I had a school trip in year six and we went on a steam train it was so fun!

  18. Sounds like you had a great time! These are the kinds of things kids remember, not the expensive days out at the theme parks or beach. Love the idea of a memories jar too!

  19. Summer is a great time to enjoy the sunshine and make great memories. Looks like you did just that!

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  20. that is such a great list of memories.

  21. I love your idea of a memory jar. I regret we didn't do something like this as well.

  22. It looks like you had a fantastic summer. What fantastic list to look back on and see what you did in a few years time.

  23. I am so jealous of your summer. I didn't do anything like this I woshbibhad next year I won't let the summer get away with me next year x
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