What WAS I thinking?!?

1430507872716.14I love the idea of going on holiday…

I get excited when booking the holiday….

In the months and weeks leading up to our holiday I day dream about how relaxing, fun and special our holiday will be…

Then the day arrives when I have to PACK for the whole family….

That’s when I think to myself, what WAS I thinking?!? :/

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Easter Hope Festival

We had a fantastic time in Lancaster today celebrating Easter at the Hope Festival in Dalton Square. We drove past the square before finding somewhere to park and our daughter was so excited to see all the tents and balloons and asked if we could go to the ‘Easter Party’!

Mark Stevens Band

Mark Stevens Band

It was a perfect day to be out in the sun shine and there was so much to see and do. As soon as we arrived Mairi was offered a balloon (to be honest I think that was the only reason she wanted to go!) and as it was lunchtime we queued up for the barbecue listening to the live band as we waited.

Singing along to the band as we waited for our burgers.

Singing along to the band as we waited for our burgers.

There was a puppet show for the children as well as face painting and Henna Tattoos.  Mairi wasn’t interested in face painting but enjoyed the puppet show and the chocolate cake!

Enjoying the puppet show (even if the sun is in her eyes!)

Enjoying the puppet show (even if the sun is in her eyes!)

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Thank you to all the Lancaster churches for putting on such a fantastic event yet again – we’re looking forward to next year already!

 

Daddy’s Sport Relief Challenge

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Since yesterday’s post about my husband’s Military Obstacle Course challenge, I realised I hadn’t written about his mini triathlon from a couple of weeks ago. I like to write about things like this more for our own personal family record, but I’m more than happy for others to read too!

Ordinarily when thinking about a triathlon you would think: swim, bike and run – all day; but for some reason this triathlon was: swim, rowing machine and run – and just a mini version. Jonathan wasn’t quite as keen on the rowing machine as he would have been on a bike, but nevertheless he knew that it would be a good challenge leading up to ‘Born Survivor’ and it was all for a good cause too – Sport Relief 2014.

Come on, Daddy! Faster! Faster

Come on, Daddy! Faster! Faster

Mairi was excited about seeing Daddy in a race. We had to pre-warn her that she wouldn’t be doing any swimming. She recognises the local University Sport’s Centre as ‘The Swimming House’ and she absolutely LOVES swimming! So I was continually saying to her at home before leaving that we were going to ‘The Swimming House’ but it’s Daddy’s turn to go swimming and that she would get her turn another day – it seemed to do the trick!

The challenge started with a 400 metre swim. He got ready on the starting line with 5 of his other friends that he trains with every week. He didn’t get the best start but looked strong in the water. I tried to get a video of Mairi cheering him on. She kept saying, “Come on, Daddy!!! Faster! Faster!!” She was so cute and excited about seeing Daddy swim, but as soon as I turned the video on, typically she became camera shy!

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Jonathan was third out of the pool, narrowly beaten by one of his friends who does open water swimming and another who is a PE teacher. He wasn’t looking forward to the 2000 metre row, but I think he did really well keeping to his third place position when he’d finished the row to start the 1500 metre run.

Yay! Second place!

Yay! Second place!

He’s been doing a lot of running lately and managed to overtake the open water swimmer taking second place and finishing strongly with a sprint finish. Mairi and I were very proud of him and celebrated by buying some cakes from the Sport Relief cake stall – ironically!!

Well done, Daddy!

Well done, Daddy!

 

 

All things work together for good…

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I’ve said it once before and I’ll say it again, it can take a miracle to get our family on a holiday and this one is no exception. I am currently sat here in our tent on a lovely mild summer’s evening looking forward to a long weekend in Lincolnshire with other families from our church.

This was completely unexpected as less than a week ago our family holiday was cut short and it didn’t look like we were going to be able to get away at all this summer. But due to unforeseen circumstances another family in our church were unable to make it to the ‘One Event’ and blessed us with their tickets.

It could be so easy to look at a lot of the negatives from this week, but the fact is there are so many positives too!

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My daughter dancing with new friends she's made already!

We are so blessed to be here. It wasn’t the holiday we had planned or expected…I’m sure it’ll be so much better!

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Happy Glampers!

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It is nothing short of miraculous that we are finally on holiday! Not only because holidays always seem to be at the bottom of our ‘to do’ lists, but also because we’re so last minute with booking anything I’m stunned we actually managed to find a NICE campsite with availability.

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True to form we only started packing this morning for our two week family holiday tour of the UK (okay I’m exaggerating… just Staffordshire, Suffolk and Norfolk!) But we still managed to leave on time! Well, half an hour after we planned to leave which is as close to on time as we tend to get. And we would have been on time if my daughter hadn’t decided to have a wee in the middle of the living  room floor minutes before leaving!

It was a good journey down to our first campsite. I spent most of the time on my mobile trying to find a campsite for the third part of our holiday (I told you we’re last minute! )

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When we pulled up to the campsite my daughter was beside herself with excitement seeing all the tents. She’d been counting the sleeps until she was going to get to sleep in our new tent and it was her first time camping.

When we arrived the plan was for Daddy to put up the tent whilst Mummy and daughter went to the play park, but our little ‘helper’ had other ideas!

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Spag Bol was on the menu for tonight. ‘Keep it quick, simple, easy but REAL’ is my motto for camping food.

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Now that the toddler has finally gone to sleep (two hours later than normal!) I think we’ll start to plan what we want to do in lovely Staffordshire. ..did I just say ‘plan’?!?

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