France holiday part two: pedalos & pools and the beach!


(read part one of our Eurocamp holiday here!)

Friday

After our little trip to the supermarket to stock up on French goodies we decided to check out the pool. We'd passed it on our way in and had a glimpse at the water slides which I know Theo was dying to go on, so we changed and made our way over. The sky was looking a bit heavy so it was the perfect way to spend the afternoon.

The pool complex had this great glass roof that could be opened or closed meaning it as perfect for if the weather wasn't too warm or raining, or feel like you were still outside if the weather was nice and sunny with the roof open. Inside (if the roof was closed!) they had a large pool with lots of different steps, jets and a little jacuzzi area, this was pretty good for playing games and letting Rohan have a good kick around. There was also a dedicated baby/toddler pool which had its own dedicated little slides which were great, it was also the warmest pool. Then inside there were two different types of slides, a twisty one that went outside and in the dark then a really fast slide that three of you could go down in a row. None of the slides were that busy and each had their own plunge pool at the end. We were pretty surprised at just how fast the fast one was, but for a 7 year old, he was in his element. In addition to the inside pools there was also an outside part that had a lazy river with bridges and ramps. There is also the main bar and restaurant located by the pool, which looked pretty good.


After a few hours Rohan had had enough so we left Theo and Rob playing in the pool (honestly Theo could've stayed in all day) and walked the short way back to our home just as it decided to start to pour down. I love that cosy feeling of once you're all dry of sitting and watching the rain pour down. We sat on the decking under the canopy drinking tea and relaxing before the others returned and we started dinner.


Once we'd eaten dinner and the rain had cleared up, we decided to explore the campsite a bit more. I knew there were a few lakes and we wanted to get our bearings and ended up doing nearly a complete lap of the park. I love going out for an evening walk and it was a great way to get a feel for the place. Just past the swimming pools we found the fishing and boating lake, there was also a great play park by here where Theo played for a while. There was also a covered ping pong place, as well as extra things like trampolines, mini go cart track and other things you can pay extra for (we didn't actually get time to try any of these out, yet another reason to stay a little longer next time!)

It was so peaceful walking around the park, seeing families out together and it really felt like we were on holiday. I love how bedtime routines aren't as strict and it was great not having to worry about getting up early for school and our daily routine.


We saw that you could hire out pedalos too, so made a note to come back the next day and chose which one we wanted (I wanted the swan or flamingo but Theo chose the dragon!)

We then found the beach lake, complete with a beach side bar and restaurant too. I loved how there was the option of having this beach to go to as an alternative to the pool, and we couldn't wait to come back the next day and try it out too.


Saturday

We managed to check out the Eurocamp kids club and sent Theo off for the morning session of games. It's always a bit of a relief having a few hours break and I know it does Theo so much good to be around kids his own age for a while. They actually had kids club for all ages (from 6 months to 17!) including Rohan, but we didn't get round to doing one with him, but next time we will definitely check it out as I'm sure he'll love it. We spent a few hours just relaxing back at the holiday home having a slow morning until it was time to pick him up again. We had a little lunch back at the home before gathering up our beach things and heading to where we'd explored the evening before.


First stop though, the pedalos. The sun had been teasing and trying to come out properly all morning, and decided too just as we got out on the lake, so it was pretty hot, especially with all the pedalling! I think it was the first time Theo and I think he really enjoyed giving it a go, Rohan seemed to enjoy it too as it's pretty relaxing when you're not the one having to pedal and can just watch the water, and he looked very cute in his life jacket! We had half an hour (which Theo got a bit panicked about keeping to?!) which was actually the right amount of time for us all especially Rohan.


So next stop, the beach! I have a bit of a love hate relationship with the beach most of the time. I love being close to the water and being able to swim in the sea, but I have a slight phobia of putting my feet down, unless it's super clear. I also am not the biggest fan of the sand to have to sit on, I don't mind playing in it, but I HATE it when it get's all over your things especially if you're trying to eat.

But luckily the pool had lovely grassy banks with sunshades to lay your towels down, which meant that no sand went near our belongings and the sand was just there to play on. As the whole beach and lake are man-made the sand was lovely quality too and not gritty and horrible. The water was great too, and had a good gentle slope which did actually get pretty deep right out in the middle, I don't think I could stand up (but was also a little afraid to put my feet down to test!) You were also able to take your big inflatables out on the water which was great for floating and playing games. It was also pretty big so even though there were lots of people playing and swimming it didn't feel overcrowded at all.


Theo loves being buried in the sand, so of course we had to do this. Rohan on the other hand was all about the water, and this holiday seems to have really cemented the fact that he is happiest when he's in it. He had no fear about shuffling into the water and just wanted to splash around! We do have a baby float for him but I think he wants to be free now! We just need to find him a float to put around his waist to keep him a little more upright as there was quite a lot of face plating the water going on!



It was so good to see the boys being able to finally play together in the water, they loved splashing and chasing each other (Rohan's actually pretty fast and was able to bumshuffle even in the water!)


We all were able to get in and play together, and after a while Rohan and I just sat and watched Theo been thrown in the water over and over again by Rob, much to the delight of them both. Rohan just sat giggling.

After a while we got out and treated ourselves to an ice-cream from the bar, as well as some chips and a beer whilst we dried off. They did more food too, but there wasn't much option for vegetarians (as a lot of it was rotisserie chicken!) but we did note that they did crepes too! We had such a fun afternoon hanging out at the beach, and the best part of it was that we didn't have to pack up the car after and drive home. We just walked the short way back and got ready to have a bbq!

It was a really great day, and we ended it by drinking wine and playing card games together on the decking.


I also made a little video of our days so check out that!

France holiday part two: pedalos & pools and the beach!


(read part one of our Eurocamp holiday here!)

Friday

After our little trip to the supermarket to stock up on French goodies we decided to check out the pool. We'd passed it on our way in and had a glimpse at the water slides which I know Theo was dying to go on, so we changed and made our way over. The sky was looking a bit heavy so it was the perfect way to spend the afternoon.

The pool complex had this great glass roof that could be opened or closed meaning it as perfect for if the weather wasn't too warm or raining, or feel like you were still outside if the weather was nice and sunny with the roof open. Inside (if the roof was closed!) they had a large pool with lots of different steps, jets and a little jacuzzi area, this was pretty good for playing games and letting Rohan have a good kick around. There was also a dedicated baby/toddler pool which had its own dedicated little slides which were great, it was also the warmest pool. Then inside there were two different types of slides, a twisty one that went outside and in the dark then a really fast slide that three of you could go down in a row. None of the slides were that busy and each had their own plunge pool at the end. We were pretty surprised at just how fast the fast one was, but for a 7 year old, he was in his element. In addition to the inside pools there was also an outside part that had a lazy river with bridges and ramps. There is also the main bar and restaurant located by the pool, which looked pretty good.


After a few hours Rohan had had enough so we left Theo and Rob playing in the pool (honestly Theo could've stayed in all day) and walked the short way back to our home just as it decided to start to pour down. I love that cosy feeling of once you're all dry of sitting and watching the rain pour down. We sat on the decking under the canopy drinking tea and relaxing before the others returned and we started dinner.


Once we'd eaten dinner and the rain had cleared up, we decided to explore the campsite a bit more. I knew there were a few lakes and we wanted to get our bearings and ended up doing nearly a complete lap of the park. I love going out for an evening walk and it was a great way to get a feel for the place. Just past the swimming pools we found the fishing and boating lake, there was also a great play park by here where Theo played for a while. There was also a covered ping pong place, as well as extra things like trampolines, mini go cart track and other things you can pay extra for (we didn't actually get time to try any of these out, yet another reason to stay a little longer next time!)

It was so peaceful walking around the park, seeing families out together and it really felt like we were on holiday. I love how bedtime routines aren't as strict and it was great not having to worry about getting up early for school and our daily routine.


We saw that you could hire out pedalos too, so made a note to come back the next day and chose which one we wanted (I wanted the swan or flamingo but Theo chose the dragon!)

We then found the beach lake, complete with a beach side bar and restaurant too. I loved how there was the option of having this beach to go to as an alternative to the pool, and we couldn't wait to come back the next day and try it out too.


Saturday

We managed to check out the Eurocamp kids club and sent Theo off for the morning session of games. It's always a bit of a relief having a few hours break and I know it does Theo so much good to be around kids his own age for a while. They actually had kids club for all ages (from 6 months to 17!) including Rohan, but we didn't get round to doing one with him, but next time we will definitely check it out as I'm sure he'll love it. We spent a few hours just relaxing back at the holiday home having a slow morning until it was time to pick him up again. We had a little lunch back at the home before gathering up our beach things and heading to where we'd explored the evening before.


First stop though, the pedalos. The sun had been teasing and trying to come out properly all morning, and decided too just as we got out on the lake, so it was pretty hot, especially with all the pedalling! I think it was the first time Theo and I think he really enjoyed giving it a go, Rohan seemed to enjoy it too as it's pretty relaxing when you're not the one having to pedal and can just watch the water, and he looked very cute in his life jacket! We had half an hour (which Theo got a bit panicked about keeping to?!) which was actually the right amount of time for us all especially Rohan.


So next stop, the beach! I have a bit of a love hate relationship with the beach most of the time. I love being close to the water and being able to swim in the sea, but I have a slight phobia of putting my feet down, unless it's super clear. I also am not the biggest fan of the sand to have to sit on, I don't mind playing in it, but I HATE it when it get's all over your things especially if you're trying to eat.

But luckily the pool had lovely grassy banks with sunshades to lay your towels down, which meant that no sand went near our belongings and the sand was just there to play on. As the whole beach and lake are man-made the sand was lovely quality too and not gritty and horrible. The water was great too, and had a good gentle slope which did actually get pretty deep right out in the middle, I don't think I could stand up (but was also a little afraid to put my feet down to test!) You were also able to take your big inflatables out on the water which was great for floating and playing games. It was also pretty big so even though there were lots of people playing and swimming it didn't feel overcrowded at all.


Theo loves being buried in the sand, so of course we had to do this. Rohan on the other hand was all about the water, and this holiday seems to have really cemented the fact that he is happiest when he's in it. He had no fear about shuffling into the water and just wanted to splash around! We do have a baby float for him but I think he wants to be free now! We just need to find him a float to put around his waist to keep him a little more upright as there was quite a lot of face plating the water going on!



It was so good to see the boys being able to finally play together in the water, they loved splashing and chasing each other (Rohan's actually pretty fast and was able to bumshuffle even in the water!)


We all were able to get in and play together, and after a while Rohan and I just sat and watched Theo been thrown in the water over and over again by Rob, much to the delight of them both. Rohan just sat giggling.

After a while we got out and treated ourselves to an ice-cream from the bar, as well as some chips and a beer whilst we dried off. They did more food too, but there wasn't much option for vegetarians (as a lot of it was rotisserie chicken!) but we did note that they did crepes too! We had such a fun afternoon hanging out at the beach, and the best part of it was that we didn't have to pack up the car after and drive home. We just walked the short way back and got ready to have a bbq!

It was a really great day, and we ended it by drinking wine and playing card games together on the decking.


I also made a little video of our days so check out that!

dockside adventure

We had such a lovely weekend full of outings and enjoying lots of time together as a family. Recently it seems as though we spend our time just going through our daily tasks and obligations, working through the motions without really stopping to enjoy each others company. I don't know if it's the time of year (but I'm going to go ahead and blame it on it anyway) and because the days are shorter, but it just seems as though once the sun has disappeared then we all seem to shut down and hibernation sets in.

Making sure we go on our family walk once a week has been great but it's important that we don't just waste away the rest of the weekend. Rob has recently been working a little over time on Saturday mornings, meaning that our family time is once again cut a little short. So this weekend we decided, without any real plan in mind to spend a little more time together, outside of the house, enjoying each others company.

Theo and I pottered around the house in the morning, playing and cleaning then scooted to the bus into town. I took the plunge and decided to go out all day without the pushchair. We don't tend to use it much anymore, but I feel that when we go out all day to somewhere like the centre of town, I need it. The last time we went for a little outing to town I took it but Theo ended up walking the whole way out of his own choice and I felt lumbered with the pushchair we didn't need. So I bit the bullet and took away my safety net and ventured out without it! This meant that we were free to sit at the top of the bus and were lucky enough to get a seat right at the front, much to Theo's delight!
We met with Rob and made our way slowly along the harbour. We had no real plan, or anywhere to get to, which meant we were free to take our time meandering around the cobbled streets and enjoying the Saturday busy atmosphere. We walked along the train tracks, viewing all historic boats at the dockside and even taking a peek inside the steam crane that was open for the day. We walked a little further and ducked into The Buttery for some chips just has the rain lashed down. The clouds quickly parted and we decided to take a trip on the little ferry that runs along the river, a first time for both Theo and myself!


The docks so far have never ceased to be entertaining for us. We visit them often and each time we find something new to look, be it visiting the mshed, looking at the cranes and boats or visiting the SS Great Britain.

After the ferry we made our way to Millennium Square for some perfect scooting ground, where we watched some live Olympics on the big screen, soaked up the last of the afternoon sun and somehow managed to get ourselves persuaded into treating Theo to a ride, but look at the joy in his face - how could we deny him!

We took the bus back home, stopping on the way to do some shopping at the local greengrocers before heading home for a well deserved cup of tea. Theo managed to stay on his feet for the whole day, without any requests for us to carry him and no nap - a success for our first trip sans pushchair!

So a lovely Saturday spent together! 

dockside adventure

We had such a lovely weekend full of outings and enjoying lots of time together as a family. Recently it seems as though we spend our time just going through our daily tasks and obligations, working through the motions without really stopping to enjoy each others company. I don't know if it's the time of year (but I'm going to go ahead and blame it on it anyway) and because the days are shorter, but it just seems as though once the sun has disappeared then we all seem to shut down and hibernation sets in.

Making sure we go on our family walk once a week has been great but it's important that we don't just waste away the rest of the weekend. Rob has recently been working a little over time on Saturday mornings, meaning that our family time is once again cut a little short. So this weekend we decided, without any real plan in mind to spend a little more time together, outside of the house, enjoying each others company.

Theo and I pottered around the house in the morning, playing and cleaning then scooted to the bus into town. I took the plunge and decided to go out all day without the pushchair. We don't tend to use it much anymore, but I feel that when we go out all day to somewhere like the centre of town, I need it. The last time we went for a little outing to town I took it but Theo ended up walking the whole way out of his own choice and I felt lumbered with the pushchair we didn't need. So I bit the bullet and took away my safety net and ventured out without it! This meant that we were free to sit at the top of the bus and were lucky enough to get a seat right at the front, much to Theo's delight!
We met with Rob and made our way slowly along the harbour. We had no real plan, or anywhere to get to, which meant we were free to take our time meandering around the cobbled streets and enjoying the Saturday busy atmosphere. We walked along the train tracks, viewing all historic boats at the dockside and even taking a peek inside the steam crane that was open for the day. We walked a little further and ducked into The Buttery for some chips just has the rain lashed down. The clouds quickly parted and we decided to take a trip on the little ferry that runs along the river, a first time for both Theo and myself!


The docks so far have never ceased to be entertaining for us. We visit them often and each time we find something new to look, be it visiting the mshed, looking at the cranes and boats or visiting the SS Great Britain.

After the ferry we made our way to Millennium Square for some perfect scooting ground, where we watched some live Olympics on the big screen, soaked up the last of the afternoon sun and somehow managed to get ourselves persuaded into treating Theo to a ride, but look at the joy in his face - how could we deny him!

We took the bus back home, stopping on the way to do some shopping at the local greengrocers before heading home for a well deserved cup of tea. Theo managed to stay on his feet for the whole day, without any requests for us to carry him and no nap - a success for our first trip sans pushchair!

So a lovely Saturday spent together! 

active family month; week three: get sporty


This week's active family challenge was all about getting sporty, and having a good dose of sporting competition. Seeing as Theo is only two it is a bit tricky to actually get him to play sports with rules or against other people, but in the spirit of things I decided to try and organise a little toddler sports day.

Bank holiday weekend seemed like the perfect time to get together, and luckily we were blessed with beautiful sunshine all day on Sunday. I arranged with a few friends to meet at the playing fields by our houses, to bring some equipment or games and a picnic. I didn't really have any real plan of how the day should go, or what activities they could attempt, as I've never organised anything like this before or know how much a bunch of slightly wild two year old boys would be able participate in. So I lay a few objects such as hoops and bean bags, a tunnel, a goal, some ride on toys, some ball pit balls and a paddling pool out, and after the initial excitement of seeing each other wore off they did get on with some activities.

Some balls and bean bags were thrown in hoops, some goals were scored, and the tunnel was crawled through. I don't think there was really an element of competition in it, as thats not really a word two year olds can understand yet! But they had fun and we made it up as we went along! The best activity was probably using the large sheet I brought along to bounce all the balls on top of, sing songs under and making a giant swing out of. We climbed the hill, ran around and rolled back down again. Rob became I giant green worm and chased them all around. They definitely all got involved, and at the end of the day it may not have been very regimented or organised, but we were all out in the sunshine enjoying a good run around. I'm happy to have encouraged a few other families to join us in our active week too, and it's always fun see our friends and best of all it was all free!

Here's a little video of our day!


sports day from Abigail Oliver on Vimeo.



What did you all get up to this bank holiday weekend? I hope the weather was lovely for you, and you all got to spend some time with your families! Did you get up to anything active or sporty? Or fancy having your own mini sports day?

active family month; week three: get sporty


This week's active family challenge was all about getting sporty, and having a good dose of sporting competition. Seeing as Theo is only two it is a bit tricky to actually get him to play sports with rules or against other people, but in the spirit of things I decided to try and organise a little toddler sports day.

Bank holiday weekend seemed like the perfect time to get together, and luckily we were blessed with beautiful sunshine all day on Sunday. I arranged with a few friends to meet at the playing fields by our houses, to bring some equipment or games and a picnic. I didn't really have any real plan of how the day should go, or what activities they could attempt, as I've never organised anything like this before or know how much a bunch of slightly wild two year old boys would be able participate in. So I lay a few objects such as hoops and bean bags, a tunnel, a goal, some ride on toys, some ball pit balls and a paddling pool out, and after the initial excitement of seeing each other wore off they did get on with some activities.

Some balls and bean bags were thrown in hoops, some goals were scored, and the tunnel was crawled through. I don't think there was really an element of competition in it, as thats not really a word two year olds can understand yet! But they had fun and we made it up as we went along! The best activity was probably using the large sheet I brought along to bounce all the balls on top of, sing songs under and making a giant swing out of. We climbed the hill, ran around and rolled back down again. Rob became I giant green worm and chased them all around. They definitely all got involved, and at the end of the day it may not have been very regimented or organised, but we were all out in the sunshine enjoying a good run around. I'm happy to have encouraged a few other families to join us in our active week too, and it's always fun see our friends and best of all it was all free!

Here's a little video of our day!


sports day from Abigail Oliver on Vimeo.



What did you all get up to this bank holiday weekend? I hope the weather was lovely for you, and you all got to spend some time with your families! Did you get up to anything active or sporty? Or fancy having your own mini sports day?

Bristol adventures: a trip to the farm

I spent the whole weekend working again, so on Friday we made sure that we made the most of our only day together. We ran a few errands before heading to Grimsbury farm, over where we used to live. We've visited a few times before, but this was the first time this year and we went to see what animals were there and enjoy the Spring weather. I always enjoy going to this farm, as it's only a little way out of the city but you kind of feel like you are in the countryside and there's tons of space to run around.


We had fun talking about all the animals, naming and making their noises. We fed the guinea pigs and I fell head over heels with the rabbits again (one day, one day I will have a little rabbit!) We missed the cafe again, but just played in the park instead. So here's to more family afternoon trips out for free, and hoping the weather remains lovely for the rest of the summer....c'mon I can hope can't I?!

Bristol adventures: a trip to the farm

I spent the whole weekend working again, so on Friday we made sure that we made the most of our only day together. We ran a few errands before heading to Grimsbury farm, over where we used to live. We've visited a few times before, but this was the first time this year and we went to see what animals were there and enjoy the Spring weather. I always enjoy going to this farm, as it's only a little way out of the city but you kind of feel like you are in the countryside and there's tons of space to run around.


We had fun talking about all the animals, naming and making their noises. We fed the guinea pigs and I fell head over heels with the rabbits again (one day, one day I will have a little rabbit!) We missed the cafe again, but just played in the park instead. So here's to more family afternoon trips out for free, and hoping the weather remains lovely for the rest of the summer....c'mon I can hope can't I?!

the great British summer

So hi! We're back from our holiday, back to cloudy old England. It's a shame we missed the glorious weather (we had nice weather too, but you always sort of want it to be rubbish at home when you go away so you can be extra smug, but not this time!) and there is nothing better than a sunny, hot British summers day.

As we flew into England I watched the patchwork fields come into view, with the rambling country villages with beautiful stone houses, surrounded by woodlands and my heart gladdened. As much as I love going on holiday or visiting new places, there is nothing better than coming home.

I hope the summer will continue to be a good one (it's been too long!) and we can enjoy more time outside in the garden or out as a little family. That is one of the main reasons I'm so glad that I decided not to take the Zoo job, the thought of working every weekend this summer and not spending them with Rob, or going on little adventures to visit family and friends made me really sad. There will be plenty of time in the future for a job, but for now it's family time!

Here are a few photos from before our holiday enjoying the sunshine in the garden!


Theo and I had great fun playing in the late afternoon sunshine, getting pretty much every garden toy we own out. This includes two paddling pools, a climbing frame and slide, ball pool balls, the tipi, the ride on car (all of which thankfully are either second hand finds or homemade!) We only have a teensy garden, but I think we make the most of it!

So now we're back from our holiday I'm ready for the summer to roll on! (please come back sun!)

Will update and share photos from our holiday soon!





the great British summer

So hi! We're back from our holiday, back to cloudy old England. It's a shame we missed the glorious weather (we had nice weather too, but you always sort of want it to be rubbish at home when you go away so you can be extra smug, but not this time!) and there is nothing better than a sunny, hot British summers day.

As we flew into England I watched the patchwork fields come into view, with the rambling country villages with beautiful stone houses, surrounded by woodlands and my heart gladdened. As much as I love going on holiday or visiting new places, there is nothing better than coming home.

I hope the summer will continue to be a good one (it's been too long!) and we can enjoy more time outside in the garden or out as a little family. That is one of the main reasons I'm so glad that I decided not to take the Zoo job, the thought of working every weekend this summer and not spending them with Rob, or going on little adventures to visit family and friends made me really sad. There will be plenty of time in the future for a job, but for now it's family time!

Here are a few photos from before our holiday enjoying the sunshine in the garden!


Theo and I had great fun playing in the late afternoon sunshine, getting pretty much every garden toy we own out. This includes two paddling pools, a climbing frame and slide, ball pool balls, the tipi, the ride on car (all of which thankfully are either second hand finds or homemade!) We only have a teensy garden, but I think we make the most of it!

So now we're back from our holiday I'm ready for the summer to roll on! (please come back sun!)

Will update and share photos from our holiday soon!