Holidays are a time for creating memories – and of course we want to capture some of those memories on camera. We love looking back at photos from our family holidays, so when Holiday Gems asked us to share one of our favourite holiday snaps, it was hard to pick just one.
We took this photograph in 2015. Izzy was 4 and it was our first trip to Albufeira in Portugal – and to the amazing Zoomarine.
Our family are huge fans of all things Lego, so we were really excited to spend a few days at Legoland Windsor during the Easter holidays. It was our second trip to the theme park, and we’ve picked up a few tips and tricks to share with any families who are thinking about visiting.
We first visited last May, and we only told the kids we were going to stay in Slough for a few days. Honestly, I don’t think anyone has ever been so happy about going to Slough; it’s all we heard about for weeks! They had no idea what was nearby, or why we were really going there. When we got there, after an 8 hour drive, we headed straight to Legoland to pick up our tickets. As the girls saw the Lego minifigure models dotted around the side of the road, it started to dawn on them where we were going and there were wide eyes and loud screams all round! Of course second time round they were wise to us, so we couldn’t keep it a secret – but their reaction was just as wonderful to see. Here are our top tips to get the most out of your visit to Legoland.
At the beginning of December we visited Center Parcs at Whinfell Forest in Cumbria. It was our third visit to the Winter Wonderland and it’s always a lovely way to start our Christmas celebrations.
It was a shame that the day before we went the girls both started to feel ill, with temperatures over 40 degrees, so they were both pretty tired and off their food for the first few days. They didnt let it stop them having fun and joining in. The In-laws joined us there as they have in previous years – it gives the kids chance to see them near Christmas as they live a few hours drive away. It also meant we had babysitters too!
We have recently been to Albufeira in Portugal for a family holiday. The break (ha! like holidaying with children can be called a break!) was a welcome one – I was definitely in need of a change of scenery. My husband booked this holiday when Clara was just a few days old. At that point looking through holiday brochures was really the last thing on my mind, and as I’d yet to leave the house with two kids the thought of leaving the country was unfathomable. But fast forward a year, with my return to work imminent, the trip couldn’t have come at a better time.
1. Meeting a dolphin
We went to Zoomarine, not far from Albufeira. There was so much to do, including some rides, a dinosaur attraction, aquarium, water park and slides and 4D cinema. And of course the main attractions – the dolphin, sea lion and tropical bird shows. We didn’t even get chance to go to the water park, we just ran out of time. Clara loved the sea lion show, clapping and cheering every time they did tricks. The dolphin show was Izzy’s favourite and afterwards she got to meet one of the dolphins. She said it felt like plastic as she stroked it’s nose and posed for a photo.
We wanted a lightweight pushchair to take on holiday with us next month and for those times when it is just a hassle using the big pram. We had a bright green Zeta Vooom Stroller for Izzy and loved it – when it didn’t survive being stored in the cold, damp garage for the past year we decided to buy a new one for Clara. This time in bright red.
Clara was being really clingy through the week and wouldn’t nap – which I now know is due to teething as two new teeth have cut through the gums in the past couple of days! I thought I would unwrap the pushchair and give it a try. Within minutes she was asleep! So now it is temporarily living in the kitchen and is my best friend at nap time. In fact, she is in there at the moment and I think she would be asleep by now if Izzy didn’t keep sticking her head in the pram.