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.