With all the excitement of preparing for Parker Junior’s arrival poor Gabriella’s been a bit overlooked in these here Summer Holidays. How much fun can a kid have in a house that’s being renovated with a pregnant woman who’s about to pop any minute? I’ll tell you, not much. And, the idea of sorting out her toys so she could have a sale grew thin very quickly.

So that we don’t waste our last week or so (please not more!) of relative freedom before the bambino arrives, we’ve found a little competition that Gabby’s keen on entering where you can win a weekend away in a camper van (a ‘vancation’ if you will – see what they did there?!). Mike loves small enclosed spaces (he reckons we’re going on a barge holiday this year. He can think again.) so he’s dead keen too. We hired a camper van probably around this time last year when things were a bit simpler and it was lovely – although that’s Mike leaning into the van trying to put 3 little girls to sleep. Needless to say they took blinking ages to settle!

Anyhoo, the idea is that you film or photograph yourselves going about your biz over the holidays. If nothing else it’ll make you (aka me) get off your backsides and do some fun things, and it’s a nice little project for Gabby to get on with. Plus it’s a nice distraction from all the god forsaken house work that’s needed/waiting for labour to start! I think we’ll start with a little film of us all at the Olymics tomorrow (football at St James Stadium before you get too excited – I’m not looking forward to those teeny-tiny seats!). I may well upload the film as I know how much you all enjoy my legendary film making skills.

The competition is called Sky Summer Scoop and it’s by Sky Tyne and Wear – I’m assuming that anyone can enter although you may need to be willing to come up to the North East to get the van if you do win. Or you could donate the prize to me! Wish us luck!