The weekend edition: swimming, soft play and a rainy day challenge

Our very first weekend vlog!


As a mother, I love to capture our honest lives.

I’ve always been interested in video. I would say that it’s the broadcast journalist in me – I used to be one before moving into the world of PR – but truth be told, it’s something that I’ve always enjoyed. I also like the creativity that video affords and the different ways it can be used to tell a story.

I’ve been toying with the idea of filming our day-to-day lives for a little while, although always put off by the idea that no-one would find it interesting.

But with family living hundreds of miles away, who I knew would enjoy seeing what we get up to, I decided to go for it.

Here is our very first weekend vlog. Welcome to ‘the weekend edition’!

As you will have seen in the video, I had a little ‘bank holiday Monday fail’ and didn’t do any filming because it was raining so much. So, here’s my weekend in a few pictures.


Saturday was all about swimming for us.

My son had a lesson in the morning so we were up fairly early to get to that. He always complains about going, but loves getting in the pool when he’s there – go figure!

After that, we came home and I got a few chores done before we spent an amazing afternoon in another swimming pool. This time it was my in-laws’ one.

Swimming pool

Olivia is increasingly becoming a little mermaid. Her confidence in the water is growing at a rate of knots: where she once used to panic if she couldn’t stand up in the water, she now loves nothing more than swimming underwater.


William is 2 years younger so isn’t quite as confident as Olivia yet, but he’s definitely getting there. His reliance on floating aids is beginning to lessen as his confidence begins to grow.



On Sunday, Olivia had a birthday party to go to. It was at a soft play centre so I took William along to have a play while my daughter was busy with the party.

It was a fun morning: William got to run about and make some new friends with other children while Olivia got to handle some animals.

When we got home it started to rain.

As soon as I noticed a break in the wet weather, I bundled my 2 into their waterproof coats and we took ourselves outdoors for a woodland walk.

Like I say in my video, it’s so nice to get out of the house and get some fresh air into your lungs.


It was still raining on bank holiday Monday, but we refused to let it stop our fun. We bundled into the car and travelled to Kent where we visited a farm park – Kent Life – and then stayed over in a nearby hotel.

As I mentioned in my video, it was raining so much that I couldn’t do any proper filming outdoors and I had forgotten to charge my waterproof camera. That’s why I stuck to taking a few quick pictures instead.

This is where this blog post gets a little image heavy…

Giant Puddle

Goat in Muddy Field

Boy by Telephone Box in Field

Muddy Water and Bunting

Girl on Secret Slide

How was your August bank holiday?

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