Much as a bit of sunshine and heat is always very much welcome (says she who is just back from a hen weekend in Marrakesh!), sometimes sticking close to home can be just as good. I think we’ve realised that going away with a one year old and a three year old is just not what we want to do. Flights, heat, shared hotel rooms and trying to get them to sleep, just don’t appeal. And that’s not even considering the cost of going abroad. So, we’ve definitely found ourselves being far more open to staycations since we had the girls.
This blog has been pretty quiet over the last few months. I thought I’d be able to pick it back up a bit more now Ella is at preschool and I have my non-working mornings to myself, while Sienna naps, before we head to pick up Ella.
But those mornings have been spent working. I’m doing a big push on my business at the moment. I’ve always worked towards the ‘work less for more’ approach with my business. I want to spend time with the girls while they are young, but I also want my business to be a ‘success’ and for me to be a key person of influence in my industry. And this, of course, does require some time. I work two full days a week typically. Some weeks, I work more and Sienna goes for an extra day to nursery, and Ella spends the afternoon after pre-school at nursery too. But mostly, I work Tuesdays and Thursdays. And the rest of the week I play at being a mum!
Sometimes, it’s too easy to look for the sun. Especially when the weather is as grim as it is right now (who stole Spring?!). We often dream about heading to Spain or Portugal, getting a bit of heat on our faces and sun on our backs. But all too often, once we’re there, it’s the exploring we enjoy more.
I love that holidaying in Europe gives you a bit of both. There’s the promise of all day sun in the Mediterranean. And then there’s the beautiful cities to explore too – Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, and so, so many more.
It’s been a whole week already since I woke up from a mini lie in on Good Friday, my birthday, with Sean, Ella and Sienna laden with gifts! My best present – a surprise weekend away!
I had had very fleeting suspicions that Sean might be taking me away for the weekend. The odd little comment that got me thinking. But I dismissed it. I wondered who would look after the kids for the whole weekend, and whether Sean would want to be away from them when he had a few days off work to spend with them. It didn’t stop me having daydreams of Paris, Amsterdam, or maybe even New York!!
There are so many amazing moments in life. I don’t mean days or weeks. I mean moments. A few minutes or hours at most. Those moments we’ll never forget. That we look back on with so much fondness.
I thought I’d list 10 of the favourite moments of my life so far. I’ve probably missed some out and may need to do a follow up at some point!! They are in chronological order, but the first is from when I was 18. I’m sure I had many more before then, but maybe my memory of them is too blurry!
We are just back from our holiday in Ireland! I will write a separate post about it, but the gist is that we went to Dingle in Kerry with all of Sean’s family for his parents’ 40th wedding anniversary!
One thing that I guess I hadn’t mentally prepared myself for was all the driving! Crazy as it may sound, we could have got to Mexico quicker than it took us to get to Dingle!
The journey was around a 2.5 hour drive to Holyhead, a three hour ferry and a 4.5 hour drive to Dingle! Both there and back we decided to stay in Dublin overnight after and before the ferry to break up the journey.
This week’s ordinary moments is ridiculously late! And that’s because we are just coming to the end of our holiday in Ireland. I’ve had little internet access, so it’s meant a break from blogging and social media!
Our trip didn’t get off to the finest start!! We were due to leave Manchester to head for Holyhead to get the ferry at 4pm last Friday. At about 6pm on the Thursday, Ella started with really bad diarrhoea. I put it down to a bug and hoped it would take no more than 24 hours to clear.
I grew up in the Isle of Man and all my family still live there, so we regularly go over to stay with them. In fact, I’d still call it home despite not having lived there for twelve years.
We’ve not been over since Christmas, with me being pregnant and us then having a newborn baby.
So we were long overdue a visit, which we finally made last week!
Ella was 18 months at our last visit, and I noticed a real difference this time in how she was over there. For a start, she kept saying ‘holiday’ over and over. She knew we were away from home, which I don’t think she’d really acknowledged last time.
Me and Sean are both big fans of getting away on holiday. But it’s certainly not easy taking a toddler abroad, let alone a toddler and a newborn baby!
So, when Haven invited us to enjoy a few days on one of their holiday parks, we jumped at the chance!
We chose to go to Thorpe Park in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, as it was only a couple of hours drive away, but in a part of the country we’ve never really been to.
We left Friday afternoon at around 12.30pm. It was great timing, as we were all fed, and both girls usually nap at that time, so most of the journey was spent with both girls fast asleep!
There aren’t many pictures of just me, Sean and Ella. And so, I’ve decided, now we are a family of four, to take a few pictures of us all together each month and join in with the ‘Me and Mine’ project.
June has been our first full month as a foursome. And it’s been a busy and really fun month! I love the seasons in the UK. It’s great to finally feel that we might actually be in summer, as the month comes to a close and the sun comes out. We’re definitely making as much of the outdoors as we can, while we can!