The Great Expectations of Summer

As it seems that summer may actually be starting, no doubt we are all looking forward endless summer evenings sitting sipping Prosecco in the garden with our children neatly tucked up in bed and by day, seamless trips to the park/beach/theme park with sparkling happy children and not an unhappy moment in sight because when it’s sunny and warm, everyone is happy, right?!

Well, I can tell you that, in my world, there are a few things to look forward to it but let’s face it… it will never be the wonderful thing that we hope it will be.

The miserable reality of summer

  • When I pull my summer clothes out of the wardrobe, it will all comes flooding back to me. Last summer I didn’t buy new clothes as I swore that I’d loose weight before this summer. I still haven’t lost the weight, so I still have no clothes that I like that fit – darn, blast and bugger!
  • Skirts… they are unhelpful! Before kids, they were pretty and flouncy. After kids, they are the devils creation for assisting me in flashing my pants to the rest of the park/beach/farm yard (delete as appropriate).  With a toddler in tow, there is no politely holding a skirt down as one potters around, there is only squeezing it between ones thighs, bending down to help/grab the child and a gust of wind!
  • Tempting sunshine that draws me into the garden of an evening, with my marking. It will always be too breezy for paper and it will always blow half way across the garden.


Don’t get me wrong, there will always be lovely bits

My sunny reality

  • Ice cream stops on the way home from work are absolutely and totally necessary and wholly justifiable. I love stopping for a cheeky Magnum, the champagne one rocked my world last summer.
  • Flip flops allow me to ditch the boots and get my toes out for the world to admire/steer away from! Hello, fresh air. Unfortunately, it adds another element of personal maintenance…painting toenails!
  • Messy/tousled hair rocks my world! It dries naturally in the sun/warm, I twirl my straighteners through a couple of times and hey presto, it counts an actual hair do! It’s a summer version of the mum bun!


Running in Lavender


20 thoughts on “The Great Expectations of Summer

  1. I am not a skirt or shorts person, I can find none that are flattering, but your descriptions are so accurate! Joys of little ones eh!! Great post! #sundaystars

  2. Oooh your hair is purdy! Yes, I’ve discovered since having a kid that even some shorts don’t protect the world from flashes of my big granny pants.


  3. Oh I’ve had a few incidents in skirts myself. So i’ll be avoiding this summer. Sun is shining today so can’t wait to head out after his nap and go the park. You have me thinking of ice-creams now too…

  4. I’m totally with you on the reality of wearing skirts. I’m still plucking up the courage to brave a skirt or dress without leggings again after a trip to the park. You just can’t push a child on the swings on a breezy day in a skirt! And I wish it was easy to make my hair look like yours! #SundayStars

  5. Oh my gosh totally with you on this especially the skirt part! I went on a big slide (to tempt my little one on) with a dress on only for the skirt part to ride up to my knickers and flash the entire park. Mortified was not even close to how I felt haha! #thetruthabout

  6. I love being able to leave my hair looking ‘tousled’ but it really depends on whether I’m having a good hair day or not! Maybe we’ll have a mini heatwave soon and we can stop worrying about all this wind and fluctuating temperatures and crack the flip flops out properly! Thanks for linking up to #thetruthabout Xx

  7. love your summery hair wish i could get mine like that just goes frizzy! The sun distracts me away from all the household chores I should be doing which isn’t always a bad thing but the morning struggle to find a pair of socks that match for everyone is becoming a pain – Must do some washing tomorrow! thanks for linking up to #sundaystars

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