My Mum and Dad very kindly decided to take us on holiday with them this year, and pay for our accomodation as well as most of our meals out and getting into places! We were very grateful, as although we do have a Disney trip planned, this will be once I am back at work so can afford to by then.
However the weather was appauling! It rained pretty much all week, with perhaps 2 half days of no rain. Ah well.
On the first night we met up with 2 friends from Hong Kong. We had a fabulous meal out in a pub. My pie was as big as my head (the diet was suspended this week!)
On the Saturday we went into Salisbury. It was supposed to be a sight seeing tour with Mums friend, but ended up being shopping. We tried out our new double stroller, and neither of the children liked being in it with the rainwear on! It was quite miserable with crying children, rain and everyone wanting to be in different shops. We stopped for a cake which made us all happy!
On Sunday we decided to head to Peppa Pig world with my sister. She was only able to spend the weekend with us before having to head back to London to start her new job. Charlie was in a dream world here. He is MAD on Peppa Pig! It was his first experience of queuing and he didn’t much like it haha! We ate doughnuts and pasta, and slid down massive slides. Charlie went on a rollercoaster! There was also a massive water play section which we had such a hard time getting Charlie out of! All in all a fab day out, and we were pleased my sister was able to come with us.
On Monday we went swimming in the morning, went to Mum and Dads caravan for lunch, spent the day with Mums other friend Wendy and had dinner out at a pizza place. We ended the day at our caravan and watched a film called the Marigold Hotel.
On Tuesday we went with the whole family to see the HMS Victory at Bournemouth. It cost a small fortune to get us all in to the museum but I have to say it was well worth it. There was a walk through thing that explained all about the battle of Trafalgar with re enactments and special effects. We were glad Charlie was asleep at this point because it was actually quite scary (cannons going off and lots of gunfire) Going onto the boat was really special to see how they all lived. My Dad knew loads about it and was telling us all everything he knew. I love it when Dad does this, I remember it as a child. He gets very enthusiastic.
The only thing was that at the end of the visit I dropped Mums SLR camera while she was in a simulator of flying a helicopter. The lens bounced off and I picked it up put the lens back on, checked the autofocus worked, checked for any damage…there wasn’t any. We decided to keep it quiet and not tell anyone (as my Dad flies off the handle and has a bad temper on him for such things) and we didn’t want to end the day like that. Then we went into another simulator of a gun. This was when the lens fell off Mums camera again and Dad started telling her off accusing her of bashing her camera somehow. This was when I owned up to having dropped it. Dad was furious I hadn’t told them before! Honestly I felt like a naughty 3 year old. He went all quiet and withdrawn and tight lipped. The journey home was in silence and he dropped us off at our caravan rather than having dinner together. Thankfully my Mum managed to calm him down and he was fine by the next morning with me.
Wednesday we had a leisurely morning of swimming and playing together. In the afternoon we all went to an old Priory called Mottisfont. The sun actually came out for a bit of this day and we enjoyed strolling around the beautiful gardens and investigating the old house. There was a funny moment while we were listening to a talk, Charlie decided to take off and ran and ran and ran with my Mum chasing him! He only stopped when he hit a river and Mum had a job getting him to come back. We were all watching from high up and giggling away. My Mum is not much of a runner!
Thursday we ventured out to an aquarium which Charlie LOVED! Rosa also enjoyed it as it was a bit like baby sensory with plenty of ultraviolet lights and bubbles. We did do a spot of arcades and shopping before heading home as it was chucking it down with rain. We had fish and chips on the seafront first though!
By this time in the week our caravan was so damp and soggy and our towels were never dry and the bed was uncomfy and difficult to co-sleep in and the floor was dirty….and I had just had enough. So I asked Stacy if we could go home a day early. She agreed and we packed up and drove home. This turned out to be a fabulous decision as the very next day the road we travelled down had horrible traffic problems with people taking 2 hours to travel half a mile. Mum, Dad and my brother continued their holiday by travelling onwards to Cornwall where I think they are getting better weather!
Stacy does have a few more days off before she goes back to work so we are chilling at home doing some DIY and just enjoying the children.
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