My Love/Hate Relationship With Summer…

My Love/Hate Relationship With Summer…

I’ve always been a summer girl, I love the sunshine, that I on longer have to wear socks and I live in flip flops and sandals. Life just seems that little bit easier and nicer when it’s sunny. Siting in the garden reading a book (pre-children), having barbecues and eating as many meals as we can outside, I just love it.

When I went on holiday before I had children I would spend all day sunbathing, reading my book and working on my tan. I never thought that this would change. I knew that when the time came that I had children I wouldn’t have the chance to sunbathe again until they were older. But, I never thought there would come a time when I wouldn’t want to lie out in it.

But that time did come and I’m not sure when, it snuck up on me. But I can’t ever imagine lying out in the sun until I was burnt to a crisp anymore. I can’t cope with the heat anymore. I look for a sun lounger with an umbrella and not just for the girls to sit under, but for me too.

When we went to Portugal last year and Andy was in the pool with Alice and Holly was napping. I had a chance to lay out in the sun and get a tan, but I didn’t want to. Yes, I sat outside and read my book, but I was in the shade. Is this a sign that I am getting old?

I still love the summer and always will. I still love the chilled out life it seems to bring with it and of course the lovely summer break that I have with the girls at home. I love the adventures and the trips to the beach. I love that we can eat ice cream every day, because you know it’s the summer! I love that we are normally lucky enough to have a family holiday. And I love that all three special people in my life have their birthday’s in August and so we have lots of celebrations and cake!

But, since becoming a mummy, there are things that it brings that I hate….that quite frankly makes me question my love for the summer.

I hate that I have to shave my legs every day, I just don’t have time in the mornings to add this to my routine. But no one wants to see my grizzly bear legs that are hidden away in the winter.

I hate that I have to lather the girls up in sun lotion every morning and then reapply every five minutes, because I’m paranoid about their skin. Particularly Alice who is so fair.

I hate that I have to beg/bribe them some days to wear a sun hat. Thankfully Holly loved wearing hats last summer and this wasn’t a problem. But a year on I have a feeling this won’t be the case.

I hate that I have to get my legs out, I hate my legs with a passion and I just want to live in trousers my whole life. But it just gets too hot and I have to give in to dresses, skirts and shorts…bleh!

I asked some bloggers what they hate about summer, because I was worried that I might be the only one. Thankfully I’m not and it seems there are lots of reason to hate summer…

The ice cream van being permanently outside the school. Tantrums galore! – Twinderelmo 

WASPS!! The little stripy jacketed buggers do my head in and always end up ruining a camping trip, picnic or BBQ. – Life is Knutts 

I hate how sun lotion stains clothes! And I hate how beach days result in sand on and in literally everything – Me and B Makes Tea

Having an amazing six weeks off with the children and then having to back them off back to nursery / school etc – so basically I hate it that the summer has to end! – Plutonium Sox

Hay fever!!! Streaming eyes, sneezing and spluttering, sore throats and all kinds of rashes – it totally ruins my life!!! – Five Little Doves

When it’s cold and they DON’T put a coat on even though you tell them to and then when it’s hot in the summer they DO!! – The Money Shed

Trying to convince a 4 year old that it’s bedtime when it’s still sunny at 9pm! – Real Mum Reviews

The muck dragged into the house from the garden!! I love being outside but drives me mad!! – Run Jump Scrap

Oh my goodness I agree with all of these…well it’s nearly here people we better prepare ourselves. Off course it also means its nearly time for the six week holidays and I agree with Natalie (Plutonium Sox), I can’t wait and I won’t want it to end…

Summer, do you love or hate it?



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  1. 28/04/2017 / 13:59

    Oh thank you so much for including my reason to hate summer 😉 As you can tell I’m a huge fan of summer and mainly because of the time off school for the girls! I just can’t wait for the long hot days and having the girls here with me all the time.

  2. 29/04/2017 / 15:49

    Thank you for including mine. So many reasons to love summer but so many to hate it. It wouldn’t be half as bad if we got a decent summer. The last two years have been awful up here!

  3. 29/04/2017 / 22:43

    I can’t wait for the summer, mainly because I love getting out and about but I hate putting sun cream on myself let alone having to pin the child down to slather him in it to! #KCACOLS

  4. 29/04/2017 / 23:49

    Haha! I’ve always hated the summer, I burn, I don’t do heat, I get hayfever and can’t stand wasps. The only plus is lazy days in the garden with all three children together for 6 weeks! Thank you for linking up with #KCACOLS

  5. 30/04/2017 / 12:47

    great to be included Laura, thank you! I should add hayfever too as its been awful just this spring for me ! #KCACOLS

  6. 01/05/2017 / 21:05

    It’s a love/hate relationship. I hate feeling all sticky and too hot but love not having to carry 4 coats everywhere like a pack horse. I think we don’t have enough time in the UK to get used to it do we. #KCACOLS

  7. 01/05/2017 / 22:09

    Aha, so true! I prefer winter to summer. I hate the heat, you can always add a layer of clothing when cold, but there’s only a certain amount of clothing you can take off when hot before you’re naked! #kcacols

  8. 02/05/2017 / 22:12

    All so true! I do love summer but hate applying the sun cream and shaving/epilating my legs – my maxi dress is my best friend! 🙂 #KCACOLS

  9. Maria
    04/05/2017 / 14:05

    I’ve always been a summer person, i just generally feel happier and my mood is better too, #kcacols

  10. Amie
    08/05/2017 / 07:48

    I am happy with Summer and Winter, they both have they’re pros and cons, but growing up on a farm summer was always great when we got to go out and drive the tractors around on a hot day and watch the cows lazing in the sun! Now it’s a bit more annoying having to take so many precautions to protect the babies that sometimes it’s just easier to stay in doors where we’re all safe! #KCACOLS

  11. 10/05/2017 / 12:22

    I always look for a sunlounger in the shade too. I love being able to be outside so much, just not the thought of Sunburn!

  12. 10/05/2017 / 21:27

    I’m not looking forward to convincing my son it’s bed time in the summer when he’s older. I like summer but sometimes I really don’t want to be outside and feel guilty for missing the sunshine. #kcacols

  13. 11/05/2017 / 20:35

    I love summer but then I was born in August so that’s probably why. Everything is better when the sun’s out! #KCACOLS