I have been thinking recently about time away from kids – perhaps because soon we will have another small baby and child free time will be extremely rare and a lot more difficult to coordinate! We are lucky enough to have lovely family members who will look after our little munchkin when B and I have somewhere we want to go without him. Especially as he got older and I didn’t need to breastfeed him so frequently (and then weaned him) it’s been easy enough to leave him with grandparents for a few hours while we have a meal with friends or go out for afternoon tea. He has a good relationship with both sets of grandparents and they are all local to us so it’s great to have that option.
Last week we had a gorgeous 5 days away with my family. This was our fifth year (I think) of all going away together, usually camping. I’ve said before how amazing my family are and how much we enjoy our time together. It’s such a brilliant opportunity to spend time together without anyone having to invite 18 people over and cooking for them. We went to a lovely campsite not far from home which has beautiful fishing lakes and is near the coast. It’s great as they never overbook and as we went Sunday-Friday, leaving before the bank holiday weekend, it was quite quiet while we were there. We were in a big field at the furthest point of the campsite and we shared it with only two other caravans! Continue reading
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.
If I wanted to be succinct (when do I ever want that?) I would say, simply, I want a big family because I come from a big family. I am one of four kids and my partner is one of three. Some of our siblings have partners and had children before us and we all like to drink so family gatherings are always rowdy and busy. Really, this post is about how wonderful our families are! Continue reading
We recently had our first weekend away since having TM. We’d stayed with family over Christmas but we were actually going a few hours from home to somewhere new; a scary prospect! It was B’s parents 40th wedding anniversary so the whole family were staying in a big country house near the coast, with it’s own pool.