August has flown by quicker than I care to think about. This leaves me with mixed feelings: on the one hand I am pleased that the school holidays are nearly over and the familiar routine of the school day is almost upon us, but...and I cannot believe I'm about to say this....we've probably had one of the most successful summer holidays yet and I am actually going to miss my kiddies *gasp*.
The end of a month also signifies something pretty special on the blog - Friday Favourites - a chance to highlight my favourite reads from the previous 4 weeks and share them with you all. What with the kids being at home and our annual 2-week holiday also taking place, I've not done an awful lot of reading this month, so I've been asking you to share some of your best posts on Twitter and I've been inundated! I have however managed to choose my favourite 5, so here goes....
The 40 year old Domestic Goddess is one of my favourite bloggers on the planet. Having met her in real life at Britmums, I can confirm that she is just as funny, bubbly and lovely in person. She is the mother of two teenagers and her eldest daughter has just finished her GCSEs. As I'm sure you know, the results were due out last week and Sam wrote a very moving post about her feelings and those of her daughter. You must read it, their relationship is something I aspire to.
Next up is a post by Sarah Miles over at Hello Wall. Now this is one I came across myself and loved so much, I just had to include it. Sarah's take on camping (oh she is soooo not a natural camper!) had me in stitches, she's even worse than me at roughing it! 'For all in tents and purposes' is a hilarious tale of night-time spooks, broken glasses and a snoring labrador....shhh I reckon she secretly enjoyed it!
I think this might be a first for me, including a post from a Dad blogger....Tim Liew of Slouching Towards Thatcham is someone I can relate to, not only because he lives in Berkshire but because he also has 3 children. This month he wrote two excellent posts summing up his family holiday in Tuscany, a place I have always wanted to visit and now want to even more! He set himself the challenge of centering both posts around photos taken using his iphone 5 and I couldn't choose between them so go see for yourself....'The iPhone Holiday Challenge' and 'Montopoli Memories'.
This next post brought a tear to my eye and reminds me once again that a new school term and thus a new chapter in the lives of my children, is about to commence. Mama MacFennell, as her title would suggest, lives in Scotland and her children have therefore already begun their new school year - they are one step ahead of us Sassenachs (Gaelic term for English, in case you didn't know!). It's a simple post entitled 'And So it Begins...' but I love the way it is written and the slight nostalgia at seeing an 'abrupt end to the long, languid days of summer', marked by a final ice cream sundae. Go have a read.
You might accuse me of being a little 'sick' here (pardon the pun) but Claire's post 'Rough Seas and Toilet Trips' had me riveted from start to finish....it really is my worst nightmare, and possibly yours?