Heat – Word of the Week

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My word of the week is Heat.

Since the family arrived in France last week, the weather has ben fairly hot. Not quite as hot as the previous week, when I was here doing some last minute work on the house and garden.  I took this photo of the thermometer outside the house – albeit with the sun shining directly on it. But believe me, that was hot!

Family makes post about heat
High temperatures

We’ve had a fair amount of heat this week nonetheless, and it’s had a good and bad effect on us all.

It is great when the weather is warm and the children can play outside. They can go on bike rides and bug hunts, and swim and play in the pool even. We can enjoy dining alfresco with barbeques and salads….and flies. Lots of pesky black flies who also seem to enjoy the heat in unnatural quantities, despite the fly traps and fly swats we have an abundance of!

Playing pool games bucket list
Playing pool games

The heat becomes difficult on a night, though. Everyone struggles to sleep despite having fans on. When you combine that with excited children in holiday mode, staying up late and eating way too much ice cream, you have a potential recipe for disaster. Tired and cranky kids, hot and bothered parents.

Meltdown from heat at Family Makes
Meltdown!

Oh yes, there has been more than one meltdown in the past week! The children’s behaviour has been displayed in all its glory. Tantrums,  a tweenager style face-off, ranting, crying, and a major incident over not being allowed to buy a tacky bracelet at the market. Even Mum and Dad have locked horns in battle in the frazzled aftermath of all this.

Throwing families together in close proximity is always tricky. Throw in some heat and you have a potential boiling pot! Add for us the need to please our guests and ensure they all have an amazing time at Chataigne House, and the pressure rises even higher.

We hope now that things are settling down a little and we’re getting used to our new situation,  that we are going to actually start making the most of the lovely warm weather to have some fun together. After all, we have an entire Bucket and Spade list to get through!

Summer bucket list to deal with the heat
Summer Bucket and Spade list

How about you? Please tell us we’re not the only family who have meltdowns when the temperature rises?

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36 Replies to “Heat – Word of the Week”

  1. Patience can definitely wear thin – particularly when you add tiredness from not sleeping at night. I’ve felt my patience get longer since it’s cooled down here at night! #wotw
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Oh good, glad it’s not just me! Thanks for your comments.

  2. Oh, I think everyone’s more irritable in the heat, so you’re definitely not alone. Would be lovely to get a little sunshine over here, though! Thanks for sharing with #WotW
    The Reading Residence recently posted…Word of the Week 29/7/16My Profile

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      I’ll try and send some over! Failing that, I’ll bring some back in a jar, ok? xx

  3. I’d give anything to have that #wotw. We’ve been having really bad rainy days here in Cornwall. Doesn’t feel like summer at all, more like Autumn! Do send some heat over please.

    1. I know, when I saw a few other posts on the link I did feel a pang of guilt!

  4. It always feels more summery when the weather is warm and the sun is shining! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thank you Isabelle

  5. Wow thats hot! I remember the 2 days that it was hot here too and it just took it toll on my son. Cranky in the mornings and cant sleep at night! That melted ice cream van is so cool though. #wotw
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      That was at 7pm too! Thankfully it was cooler when the kids arrived, but still hot enough for a little tension and meltdowns!

  6. Oh but I love the heat, make the most of it and have a great week as it is cloudy here grrr. Hopefully the weather will buck up soon x
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      I do Sarah, it just seems to have a bad effect on my kids! Hope you get some sunshine soon!

  7. The heat can shorten tempers faster than almost any other! It’s so easy to become agitated when overheated. It’s been extremely hot here in America as well, when I go outside-I feel like I’m melting!! Definitely ready for some cooler temps <3 #KCACOLS
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    1. You have very good aircon in America, which is a great idea. I guess we have the pool if all else fails!

  8. Wow that made me feel hotter just looking at that picture of the thermometer. I saw the melted ice cream van on the blog icon and as I read your post when the boys took apart the x box I thought you had been experimenting & melted a kids toy or something! That is some great public art though, love the swirled colours on it. I don’t know if we get het up more in the heat but our 6 yr old definitely copes with it better than we do. It makes me really lethargic. Currently raining here in Wales (quite a lot) unsurprisingly, and I’m led in bed with babba listening to the rain hitting the window. I love it 🙂 #KCACOLS
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    1. Ah the lovely cooling sound of rain on the window – lovely! That’s so funny that you thought we’d been melting toys – now there’s an idea! Maybe we should do some science experiments about what melts fastest?

  9. Ah yes meltdowns, when temperatures soar and tempers fray – good luck with those . Love the ice cream van shot too 🙂 #wotw

    1. Thank you Stephanie, I think luck is maybe what’s needed!!

  10. I’m dreadful in the heat let alone the kids! Enjoy the sunshine though, miserable day here today! #KCACOLS #WOTW

    1. Thank you Kate, we are forecast rain tomorrow for the first time in a while. The grass will be pleased as it’s very brown!

  11. You’re definitely not the only ones! We don’t cope well with heat in this family, it’s been a bit of a nightmare the last few weeks! #KCACOLS

    1. Oh I’m sorry to hear tht, but glad we’re not the only ones at the same time!

  12. The Unsung Mum says: Reply

    I’d never heard of a bucket and spade list till recently when I became a blogger. Love the idea of it! Yeah the heat does seem to make everyone crazy doesn’t it?! I’m pleased it’s cooled down a bit but I really get bored of all
    The rain! I want proper seasons again! #KCACOLS
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    1. ‘The Bucket List’ originates from a film by the same name starring Jack Nicholson & Morgan Freeman, about 2 guys who are sick and go off doing a list of things they want to do before they ‘kick the bucket’. It’s a really good movie. We have rain forecast here tomorrow (maybe a movie day?!)

  13. Haha! Oh yes! Heat, tiredness, over-stimulation and families within close proximity can lead to meltdown on everyone’s part! I am glad it is settling down a bit now though. #Sharingthebloglove

    1. Thanks Rebecca, very reassuring xx

  14. I understand because we’ve been experiencing such unpleasant heat for 2 months in my native Bulgaria. High temperatures dictate our days as it’s too hot to go out, play or anything after midday. Not to mention the heat at night. I can’t wait to go back to the UK, I already miss the cloudy sky. I think we’ve had enough of summer. 😀 #SharingtheBlogLove
    Marina Ilieva recently posted…The Island of Thassos – Love at First SightMy Profile

    1. It’s a shame, because in England we don’t get enough of the sunshine. I wish there was a happy medium!

  15. I had a few meltdowns in the heat the other week, panicking my 6 month old would over heat. I don’t know how mums in warmer climates do it! #kcacols

    1. Me neither Claire, by the end of the 6 weeks’ holidays I’m at the end of my tether!

  16. I love that melted ice cream van – how cool is that?! I love the heat myself, but it definitely makes my husband and my son tired and grumpy. You’re right, the night is the worst, all sticky and horrible. I love eating outside, and the swimming pool looks so tempting! Thanks so much for joining us again for #SharingtheBlogLove
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    1. Thank you Katy, I think the swimming pool has been our saviour when it was really hot! Hope you’re enjoying the summer x

  17. Ohh where abouts in France are you? We were in the Dordogne in June and it was pretty hot at times! I don’t mind so much during the day but I hate not being able to cool down at night, I always have to have my fan on. Thanks for linking up #bestandworst
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    1. We’re just a bit further North Helen, in the Poitou-Charentes. We’ve spent lots of time in the Dordogne in the past too, it’s really beautiful.

  18. Oh yes grumpy children definitely! The nights are the worst aren’t they? No one can get comfortable and wriggly around only getting more hot! We love to eat outside and the girls seem to eat better, bonus! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove Laura x
    Laura – dear bear and beany recently posted…Review: CaseApp…Plus a Fab Giveaway!My Profile

    1. Yes, eating outside is definitely the best bit!

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