We did so well getting back into the normal routine in the first week back at school, then last week it all went out the window.
Luckily it went out the window in the best possible way.
We were invited to go to Bluestone for a week as part of their blogger programme, and we jumped at the chance. It was a very last minute thing, so Steve and I decided to surprise the children and not tell them about it until we were on our way.
So we picked them up from school on Monday, with the car all packed up with our things. What was so lovely is that they were both just really excited to have their daddy pick them up from school, which hardly ever happens. Then they were confused by why their toys and blankets were in the car. And then when we told them halfway there where we going they were beyond excited.
We’ve been to Bluestone a few times now and it is one of our favourite places, full of loads of amazing family memories.
The weather wasn’t the best while we were there this time but we managed to avoid most of the heavy rain, and spent most of our time in the pool, the adventure centre and the new Serendome.
That’s where I took this week’s photos.
The dome is described as being like a big umbrella, so it’s like being outside but under cover. Which means that you still need to wrap up warm in the winter months.
Nerys and Rhys both loved it in there, running around and exploring the different areas. We went in a few times, at different times of the day, and were always surprised by how quiet it felt. There are several different areas to play in and explore, so no one spot ever felt crowded.
I’ll be writing more about our trip soon so you can read more about the Serendome and the winter lights festival that we also got to see while we were there.
We all had an amazing week though, and Steve and I won serious cool parent points by surprising the children and taking them away.
I think we’re also now all ready to jump back in and crack on with things, which I wasn’t quite ready to do in the first week back after the school holidays.
So for us, it feels like the new year starts now, after a total break from reality. And I now completely understand why so many people go away, or at least start booking holidays, right at the start of the year!