H is for... Holidays With my Family

Today's post for #AlphaBlogBites is all about holidays. I have been on a fair few but I thought I would do an overview of some from the last few years rather than recap my entire holiday history and bore you all to tears!

My first couple of holidays with John were kind of exciting.

The first trip we made together was a two week holiday to Tenerife - it was there that he proposed to me. We visited loads of places including Loro Parque, Jungle Park and plenty of awesome restaurants.

Due to the fact that we had a lot of saving to do for the wedding that we were then planning, we didn't go on holiday again until our honeymoon, which we spent in Cyprus. After that we went to Rhodes for our first anniversary; an awesome super cheap holiday that John surprised me with by booking it a week before the flight left England!

A year late for our second anniversary we returned to Tenerife, and to the restaurant that John proposed to me in. We were fortunate enough to be able to share the holiday with my sister-in-law and her husband. We had a fabulous week reliving memories and creating new ones.

Not long after our return from Tenerife we found out we were expecting R, so we didn't plan anymore holidays until after she was born. Despite this, we still managed to get away for our third anniversary. This time, we stayed in England, and headed to the Lake District - where my grandparents own a caravan - for our first family holiday.

Having children takes a lot out of your finances, especially when you lose a second full-time income like we did when I stopped working to stay at home with R. We didn't go on another holiday until the following year.

For our fourth anniversary we made the long trip up to the Highlands in Scotland to visit my mom's family, who had not met R before our visit; and had not seen us since our wedding four years prior. We enjoyed trips to Loch Ness, farms and more. The caravan was lovely, and it was amazing to spend some special time with my family.

A few months later we were lucky enough to be able to return to my grandparent's caravan. This time around, as R was a little bit older, we were able to enjoy some trips around the Lake District, including to the South Lakes Safari Park, which had R in complete awe of the animals including the tiger which eyed her up like a nice tasty treat through the glass window.

After that, we again didn't go away until our next wedding anniversary. We spent our fifth anniversary in Dorset. We combed the beaches for shells, visited beautiful coves and enjoyed plenty of good old English rain in May. R (and probably our) favourite part of the holiday was our visit to Monkey World.

This year we have made a couple of holidays, all in England. In June we made a trip to Northumberland with my in-laws. We had a fabulous time, and thinking it was our last holiday before Little L (as we knew I was pregnant!) we made the most of it, making tonnes of trips and loads of memories. We visited Alnwick Gardens and did the fairy-tale walk, which was totally awesome.

John surprised me - just like he did for our first anniversary - with a last minute booking for our actual final holiday until Little L arrives. We stayed in a caravan park in Felixstowe for a week where we had fabulous weather and enjoyed our first proper trip to the beach, complete with wave jumping! It was the first time R had ever been in the sea, and she absolutely loved it.

So that brings us up to date... we have covered pretty much every proper holiday (visits to family excluded) that we have taken as a family over the last few years.

I can't wait to start taking new holidays and making new memories, because the next time we go away we will be travelling as a family of four.


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