We’ve spent most of the summer in anywhere but Brighton trying to cram in as much fun before Harper starts school in September. We spent a week in a cottage in Pembrokeshire with my brother and his girlfriend, both of whom the kids adore. I think they actually love them more than us at times!! I tend to be really snap-happy on holiday (who am I kidding, I’m like that all the time!) and shared the first part of the holiday in my last Life In Pictures.
A few weeks ago we thought it would be an excellent idea to drive hundreds and hundreds of miles from one side of the country to the other for a little break. We’re trying to fit in as many breaks with Harper as we can before she starts on her school adventure in September.
So we packed up pretty much all our belongings and drove six hours to Pembrokeshire for a week in a cottage with my brother Darren and his girlfriend Katie. We went to Cornwall with them last summer and thought we’d scared them off holidaying with us because of the lack of sleep. Luckily they were up for more fun this year. I’ve not been to Wales since I went to university in Cardiff and met some of the best people in my life there.
Before Harper starts school in September, I wanted to make sure we went abroad with her before we got stuck in the vortex of school holiday prices… and to spend a bit of quality time together! So last year, after hearing two mums chatting outside of ballet class about their Disney holiday plans, I thought this would be the perfect little trip to go on before the summer holidays started. My husband, however, did not.
So we had a little holiday in St. Ives, Cornwall, for a week and it was lovely and now I think I’d quite like to live there. We left at 4am due to my (slightly OTT) panic about getting stuck in a jam with two bored kids on a journey that already takes 6 hours. But we arrived at 10 (unable to check in till 3…) in a bit of a daze and feeling slightly jetlagged/drunk on tiredness. So we had ice creams for breakfast and sat there feeling confused for a few hours.
A couple of weekends ago, when we realised the sun would (probably) be shining, possibly for the last time all year, we decided to do a last minute camping trip in a bell tent in Dorset. We’ve never been in a bell tent before and, to be honest I’ve been put off in the past because they usually charge the same as a decent hotel. I still do kind of think that, but it was fun and the kids had a total blast.
Last week we stumbled upon a super bargain deal holiday to Zante – just outside the summer holidays, just before Amelie started school. Just before we’d be trapped forever by school term times! We haven’t had a holiday abroad in 3 years with all the moving/renovating house stuff. So we booked it, about 2 days before we flew out. I then obviously went into panic meltdown realising that there are a thousand things to do before you go away – last minute holiday planning = a bit stressful actually. We had a few blips… we almost missed the flight and then we were all in separate seats (oops, might be less stingy and pick seats next time). But once that plane landed in Zante I felt like something had been unplugged in my brain. Oh that made it sound like I went a bit crazy didn’t it
A few weeks ago I posted about the first half of our trip to Cornwall with my brother and his girlfriend, and I’ve finally managed to go through the remaining holiday snaps.
We spent a glorious day in Watergate Bay, Newquay, where Katie and I had a lesson in Standup Paddle Boarding. I think it is becoming our new favourite thing… ever. It was lovely to learn something new, not have something or someone demanding my attention, and work a few different muscles than usual. We’ve had another go in Brighton since we’ve been back and are planning to go a lot over the summer.
Last week we took a little trip with our family friends to Center Parcs in Elveden Forest. It’s probably the only holiday we’ll get this year as we’re doing our house up, and I was ridiculously excited about going (and equally depressed about leaving. Waaah). It couldn’t have been more lovely. We swam and walked and wobbled around on bikes, ate about 6 blocks of Camembert and drank just enough Prosecco to make us giggle like teenagers throughout the evening.
We went on holiday to Cornwall a few weeks ago and it’s taken me a while to go through the bazillion photos, so Life in Pictures this week is a bit of holiday spam. The weather changed every day, and what we ended up doing was so different from day to day, that I ended up snapping away until my memory card was full. We went with my brother and his girlfriend, both of whom the kids absolutely adore. We were so grateful to outnumber the kids for once, and to have a bit of adult company in the evenings where we didn’t simply talk about children!
We spent a long weekend in Mersea Island with the grandparents last weekend. It wasn’t all plain sailing as we took our little threenager (um HELLO temper tantrums) but it was lovely to go to a quieter seaside than Brighton and to actually be able to build sandcastles with real sand, and play amongst some really pretty beach huts.
Life in Pictures is our weekly gallery of what our Little Button have been up to over the past seven days. We have both been away for a little break at Center Parcs. Tia visited Longleat Forest with friends and Laura went to the new Woburn site with family.
Our Buttons had a great time being outdoors, cycling in the forests, splashing around in the swimming pools and enjoying a bit of retail therapy.
Inspired by a tree decoration I saw in Crafty Magazine, today’s Nap Time Craft is a super quick way to add merriment to your mantlepiece.
For this Nap Time Craft you will need:
- 2 sheets of green felt
- Embroidery thread & needle
- Embroidery pins
- Baker’s twine
Begin by drawing a Christmas tree on the card, to act as your template. Cut this out and pin it to the felt. I cut out nine felt trees to fit the length of the mantlepiece.
On the first day of craftmas Little Button Diaries gave to you….12 Festive Crafty Finds. We’ve searched high and low to find what we think are the best Christmas craft tutorials for you to try. We’ll also be bringing you our own crafts throughout December.
1) Merry & Bright Holiday Wall Art via Paper and Stitch Blog