Highs and lows of our family holiday

This was the first time our little family had been away alone; we’d done a mini break with B’s family a little while back but this was unchartered territory – just the three of us staying in a caravan Monday – Friday. We went to a holiday park near the coast which is about 90 minutes from home so it wasn’t too daunting! I realised this could be a very dull post so I thought I’d make it snappier by listing our highs and lows.


Highs:

  • A change of scene. There’s a lot to be said for just getting away and it was really lovely to be somewhere different and mix up the routine, particularly as it meant B was off work.
  • Not having to be anywhere at a specific time or rushing about was a real treat. Some days we weren’t ‘ready for the day’ until about 2pm but it didn’t matter!
  • Eating and drinking. A LOT. We really went overboard on this front but it was excellent. We were essentially constantly eating and we drank a lot of beer, a few cocktails and some champagne. Booze is a big part of our life so it’s always nice when we’re away to really indulge…

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    Champagne in a caravan seems like an oxymoron somehow, no?!
  • Going to the swimming pool on site. TM seemed to enjoy it although we didn’t stay in for ages but we got lots of smiles and laughs from him while we were in the pool!
  • Walking along the beachfront. One of the days we were away was quite pleasant weather-wise and I adore being by the sea so we went down to the coast for a stroll.
  • Playing board games. I am a huge fan of board and card games and being in a caravan on a rainy evening is the perfect time to play them. I did embarrass myself by mixing up Garfunkel and Garfield, though. It’s easily done!
  • Finally finishing Game of Thrones season 3. Yep, we are THAT behind. The Red Wedding was a bit of a shocker, eh?!

    TM and B looking at each other in a restaurant
    It’s always lovely when these two get to spend more time together!

Lows:

  • Turning up at the wrong holiday park. Yes, there were two holiday parks run by the same company within about 3 miles of each other and we rocked up at the wrong one to begin with. Not an ideal start!
  • TM deciding his travel cot was evil and was not to be slept in. We had this battle on the first and last night. There was also a lot of wind and rain both of those nights so I’m unsure if it was the weather or a growth spurt or just the fact that we weren’t at home but he would not settle! At one point he was waking hourly, it was like having a newborn again – somehow it felt much worse when you’re not expecting it. He would fall asleep fine but when we’d put him down he would start screaming. We’d pick him back up, he’d fall asleep on one of us straight away, cry as soon as he realised he was being placed back in the cot of doom and REPEAT. I don’t know if I can entirely blame him though as that travel cot mattress does look pretty shite. But who doesn’t find rain on a caravan soothing?! I was lulled to sleep straight away (could have been the beer…)
  • Our car being SO VERY FULL. We took so much crap with us it really was ridiculous.

    Our car boot really full of crap!
    Apologies for the terrible picture but our boot was full to the brim!
  • The weather on the whole was fairly terrible while we were away but the worst part was definitely walking to the bar from the caravan during a torrential downpour with a biting wind. I was entirely soaked when we got there and my hands were like blocks of ice!
  • The 10, 000 loads of washing I had to do when we got home.

All in all, we had a great time away and I feel like the break has done us all good! There were definitely less shots consumed than on our holidays pre-baby but we made up for it with extra biscuits.

TM playing peekaboo with his bib over his mouth
It’s always going to be fun with this cheeky chap about!
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49 thoughts on “Highs and lows of our family holiday

  1. This sounds fab, a break is good for the soul. We went away to center Parcs, not too far from home. The pic of your car boot reminded me of ours! At the start of the week, Mother felt it ridiculous that we were going on holiday so close to home – we might as well be at home she said – but by the end of the week she was refreshed and chilled 🙂 glad you had a nice time xx

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  2. Brilliant Ellen. So glad you had a nice time away even if the weather was suspect. Least you could hang out in the caravan/bar. I love it when my little man gets to hang out with Daddy more, there relationship blossoms more. Our first mini holiday together we packed so much stuff too, it’s insane! I’ve got better at streamlining since. It’s a good excuse to go away more. K

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    1. Ah thanks sweetie! It’s definitely great to get away. Luckily we didn’t plan to do much outdoorsy stuff so the weather didn’t really spoil it. I know it’s lovely when they spend more time together, they have such a sweet bond. Thanks for reading, Ellen x

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  3. Glad you had a nice holiday – it is nice to have that break in routine and spend family time together and I love the sound of the walks along the beach. I’m very impressed by how much you managed to fit in the boot! We’ve had similar problems with getting children to sleep in travel cots too so I can definitely sympathise!

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    1. Thank you Louise! Oh I know, I am toying with the idea of getting a different mattress for it because it does seem horrible the one that’s in there. The car was so full it’s ridiculous! Thanks for reading, Ellen x

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  4. The highs definitely sound fabulous! I thought the same thing: champagne in a caravan? And going to the wrong campsite? Really why don’t they sign post things better? At least you had a wonderful time away!
    I did have a good old chuckle when you said you made up for the lack of shots by eating biscuits, you sound like my sorta girl xxx 😉

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    1. Haha thank you! I’m not sure the signs were to blame I think my husband may have followed directions to the wrong one hah – he has form doing this, he once drove to an actual farm instead of the campsite called marsh farm where my family were all waiting for us!! Ah gotsta love a biscuit. thanks for reading hon, Ellen xx

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    1. Haha I have to admit one of my first thoughts was ‘ah well it’s a funny thing to mention in a blog post’ lol!! The weather didn’t spoil it too much luckily as we hadn’t planned anything particularly outdoorsy. Biscuits will save any situation, I believe. Thanks for reading, Ellen x

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  5. It sounds like you had a fab time Ellen. Like you one of my pet hates about coming back from holiday is also the washing, mostly the kids clothes. I was as surprised as you with red wedding and was so shocked I had to watch something else after to avoid nightmares. Also just want to say your little man is a cutie X. #forthoveofBlog

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    1. Washing is the worst isn’t it? I remember my mum always moaning about it and I understand why now! Oh that red wedding, madness. Need to watch the next series asap, quite glad I don’t have to wait for it to be released!! Thank you – I think he’s pretty cute hehe. Thanks for reading, Ellen X

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  6. Glad you had a nice time away, love the choice of champers! Sorry to hear the weather was a bit pants, can’t beat a good British holiday eh! Sounds as though you all enjoyed though and it did you good! I’ll drink to that Xx #bigpinklink

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  7. Ooh I do like s holiday with board games and box sets! Lets you totally switch off for a bit! Baby Lighty hardly ever settles well in the travel cot and I also blame the crappy mattress! Glad you had a good time overall though 🙂 #bigpinklink

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  8. The weather in this country has been absolutely pants recently hasn’t it! It can really ruin a good caravan holiday but it sounds like you have made the most of it anyway. Champagne in a caravan is a bit of an oxymoron but one that I definitely approve of! Thanks so much for sharing your highs and lows – that’s the truth of holidays with kids isn’t it! Hope you can join us again next week #fortheloveofBLOG

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  9. Holidays with children are sooo stressful!! We experience the travel cot issue every we time we go away.
    It’s so lovely to get away though and spend time as a family. In a few weeks/months/years, you forget about the stressful parts and start planning your next trip!
    #passthesauce

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  10. THE RED WEDDING…!!!!!!! I walked around in a dazed state of shock after that!!!! It does sound like you had a mostly good time away, but there’s always trade offs and disasters when you go on holiday with little ones!! I’m impressed by the drinking-this is something we always do a lot of on little breaks too!! The lack of sleep from the little one does not sound good… But my 2 were exactly the same-they hated the travel cot, and hated sleeping anywhere other than their own bed! They’ve only just got to the stage where they happily go into a ‘foreign’ bed and actually sleep in it!! I think it just gets easier and easier as they get older! All the stuff you have to take IS ridiculous!!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing with #bigpinklink!

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    1. Haha that red wedding!! Ah it really seems like everyone has issues with the travel cot! That’s good news for me if it gets easier. Oh gosh I know, we took such a ridiculous amount for one tiny person!!! Thanks for having me again and for reading. Ellen X

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  11. We’ve experienced the curse of the evil travel cot too – cue lots of screaming and eventual co-sleeping. I’m glad you had a good time anyway – it’s always good to get away and have an excuse to eat and drink too much! #passthesauce

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  12. Booze a big part of your life so it was great you could indulge! This really made me giggle! Oh and that car shot? How much stuff?! Hilarious. Sounds like the highs outweighed the lows and that you had a gorgeous time – just so lovely to get away from the routine isn’t it? Grrr hate the washing fiasco on getting home – agreed! #passthesauce

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  13. The amount of luggage one tiny human being needs is absolutely ridiculous! Our car was packed to the brim with just the children’s stuff. And yes, the laundry! Let’s not even talk about the laundry. As much as I love holidaying with my family, I always come back, more exhausted. Thanks for sharing with #PasstheSauce

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  14. OMG your boot made me laugh. Hurray for alcohol consumption, board games and game of thrones watching and boo to travel cots and crap weather. Still sounds like you made the most of it lovely. TY for linking up to #FamilyFun 🎉

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