Have you been opening the curtains to glorious summer sunshine where you live? The team at Sophie Allport has! We’re enjoying those dazzling rays of golden light waking us up in the morning, but what’s getting us really excited are those other signs of summer. You know…these ones!
1)The kids are beginning to wear their summer uniforms. Gingham dresses, grazed knees and school shorts are replacing those winter jumpers and cardigans…and while we face the inevitable battle to get those grass stains out of their white t-shirts, it’s lovely to greet the kids at the gates to find their hair smelling of sunshine and cut grass.
2)The flip flops have pride of place beside the backdoor, conveniently kicked into the corner to be slipped on and off as we walk in and out to hang the washing, check on the children and water the flower beds. Which reminds us…it’s probably time we painted our toenails!
3)The daily teeth brushing, ‘yes you have to eat your breakfast’ and ‘please get dressed now’ battle has an extra component…the dreaded fight to apply sun cream! Do your children screw their faces up as if they’re being forced to endure a unique torture method you’ve devised just for them? Tell us it’s not just ours that do that!
4)Overseeing our kids pouring juice and smoothies into moulds to pop into the freezer for healthy, refreshing ice pops on a sweltering afternoon. We’re tempted to try a fizzy version for the grown-ups too!
5)Our Instagram feed is filling up with images of friends wearing sunglasses, cold glasses of wine in the garden and glorious dog walks across the fields. Why not follow the Sophie Allport team’s Instagram profile and show us your summer snaps?!
6)Bending over to pick up your toddler’s sunhat as they tear it off for the hundredth time is beginning to feel like a work out at the gym. If only they could understand why their little heads need protecting from the baking heat!
7)Checking the weather forecast multiple times during the week and crossing your fingers that the rain will hold off for long enough to roll out your Sophie Allport picnic blanket! We’ll be filling up our Sophie Allport picnic cool bags with delicious treats and heading to a windy beach with our portable mini BBQ.
8)The winter sports kits are packed away (thank goodness, we thought we’d never warm up after so many freezing Sunday mornings cheering on from the sidelines!), replaced by cricket kits and tennis rackets. Who else has a budding Andy Murray on their hands? We’re forever finding tennis balls under our sofas and propping up fallen rackets against the wall!
9)Wrestling our youngest into their beds with protests, such as “but the sun is still up” and “but so-and-so is still allowed to play outside”. We know…but it’s your bedtime!
10)Due to the lovely weather and the apparent mammoth effort it takes our children to pull on a pair of shoes, their little soles are black with dirt from padding around the garden barefoot – even after they’ve showered (which, as we all know, just means standing under running water and not doing much else at all).