Welcome back to my little mini series where I am looking back over our family memories, if you have missed one you can pop here to catch up.
Before I became a parent I used to dream about all the things we would do as a family and top of the list was going on a family holiday. As a child our family holidays were a really special time, my parents worked hard to give us a holiday every year and I look back with such fond memories…
For me it’s really important for us to have the time away from normal every day life, a time where the daily chores don’t get in the way of having fun and making memories. I just couldn’t wait to do this with my own little family.
We decided to have our first holiday as a family of three in the UK and somewhere that was child friendly. We had a few recommendations about a place called Bluestone in Wales and when I looked at their website, I knew this was the place for our first holiday with Alice.
I quickly booked it up for a week in June and then started making a list of all the things we would need to take with us. I think this was probably the longest list I have ever written and I love a list!
I just couldn’t believe the amount of stuff we would have to take. Alice would be ten months old when we were going and she doesn’t travel light!!
Anyone that knows me, knows I like a plan. I work best when I know what is happening and what I am doing when. This holiday was no exception, in fact I was probably worse than normal being a first time mummy and it being our first holiday.
It started with the clothes, oh my goodness there are so many super cute clothes for girls and summer clothes were no exception. Yes, I went a tad overboard! Then it was deciding what toys we would take and were practical to fit in the car. Alice was crawling at this stage, but at the point where she hadn’t realised she could crawl to another room. I loved that stage…
Food, oh my goodness the amount of food we had to take, it was basically just our normal weekly shop. And as for clothes and bits for me, well that was all a bit last minute and I didn’t have much room to pack much for me! I remember thinking oh this is what it is like to be a mum, I only take one pair of flip-flops and not three anymore.
So, the plan was to pack the car up and head off in Alice’s morning nap time and take advantage of her sleeping for some of the first part. It was going to take us about three hours and we planned to stop and feed her on the way. I remember looking in the back of the car and it so full you could just about make out Alice in the back…thinking whatever would we do if we had another one, how would we fit it all in!!
The journey went well and we arrived ready to begin our holiday. We couldn’t get into our lodge until 4.30pm, which was Alice’s dinner time and so while Andy went to get the car and bring it down to the lodge I sat outside the back door on the picnic bench feeding Alice.
But, then we were in and the lodge was really lovely. I moved a couple of things around to make it more Alice friendly and with her toys all set out, she quickly felt at home. They had thought of everything when it came to children, black out curtains in the bedrooms, stair gates, travel cots, high chairs. It was really was home from home.
Except, it didn’t have a bath and the shower cubicle door was awkward to be able to sit Alice in it and shower her. So, instead Alice had her first ever bath in the kitchen sink and she loved it!
On our first day we headed to Tenby beach, this was a place i couldn’t wait to take Alice, as this was the first beach that I ever went to as a child and it would now be the same for Alice. Yes, I know I am a bit sentimental…
Alice loved it, phew! Yes, she wanted to eat the sand, but once we got over that stage we had fun building sandcastles. But, to be honest we didn’t stay long because really there isn’t much to do on a beach with a ten month old.
Alice is a little water baby and the swimming pool was great, we spent a lot of time in there during our holiday. They had flumes too, which obviously Alice was too small for, but Andy and I took it in turn to try them out.
Whilst we were there it was my birthday, my first birthday as a mummy and I couldn’t have asked for a better place to be. With my family on holiday. We visited Saundesrfoot beach, which is the most gorgeous little beach and built some more sandcastles…
Then in the evening we gave Alice her dinner at the lodge, before we headed to the village area and they have a lovely family friendly pub in the middle and we were able to have dinner there at 5pm. It was lovely to be able to go out for dinner and Alice snacked on a few bits whilst constantly getting her giraffe to give mummy kisses.
It was the best birthday ever!
On our last day we went to Folly Farm which was close by and it is by far the best farm place I have been to. There was just so much to do. Alice loved seeing all the animals and going on all the playgrounds and tractors, with help from daddy.
We were sad to pack up the lodge and head back home, it really was the best first family holiday that we could have wished for…
Next week I will be sharing Alice’s first birthday.