Easter Sun Fun

Happy Holidays, everyone.

For some, I hope you have had a lovely two weeks, for others, enjoy one more week of the Easter hols. For us, it’s a weird one. My 2 step sons are staying with us for a week, however Ethan is back to school on Monday but Connor still has another week off. Despite the schools only being a 10 minute drive from each other, the different school holiday dates have made it a bit tricky for us, this year. Nevertheless we have tried to cram in as much as possible, to make the time off, one to cherish.

And hasn’t this week’s weather been stunning. T-shirts, sunglasses, suncream, washing on the line, and oh how pleased my feet were to see some flipflops. It’s been truly glorious.

Here is the first week of our holiday, with just some of my favourite pictures:

We were really fortunate to be given a chalet at Pontins for a few nights. You can imagine, Harley was in his absolute element; staying away from home, staying up late at the Disco! There were so many activities for him to do. He tried skateboarding down full size ramps and up jumps, for the first time and loved it:

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He beat me at the Crazy Golf; we all went swimming (such a lovely, warm pool, perfect for Lola) and went on the Go Karts but I think Daddy secretly had the most fun!

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It was so lovely to spend some time together, just doing things for the kids. And the best bit, it didn’t cost us a penny but Harley will remember it forever. And you know what, so will I.

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We have also enjoyed the stunning weather, down the beach. We are spoilt for choice with our beautiful beaches here but as always, it confirms why we live here.

I love this photo of them together:

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and this one, mid fall!

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We also spent a lovely day at Moors Valley Country Park. It’s such a brilliant place for the whole family. The boys love doing the Adventure Trail walk, which is perfect as it encourages them to have a long walk through the forest, whilst stopping off at various play zones and wooden climbing frames. Ethan is 11 and Harley is 4, there’s not many places that we can go where all of the boys have so much fun, but this is one of them.

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We had a picnic on the wooden toadstools and yes, I too question what I was thinking letting Harley go out in white shorts!

But I do secretly love seeing grubby hands and muddy knees … it’s a sign of innocent childhood fun, in my mind.

Here’s to another week of fun, next week. Let’s hope the sun continues to shine.

I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to.

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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Alphabet Photography ~E

E is for… Enrichment

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Many children’s favourite book is ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson. This is a book that we tend to read over and over and over and over ….

Harley would often ask me whether the Gruffalo was real and what would we do if we met him? Without wanting to scare the living daylights out of the poor boy at the prospect of meeting this creature with purple prickles, a poisonous wart and sharp claws, it’s nice to keep some element of creativity and imagination when they are still young enough for it to potentially be believable.

This week we went to Moors Valley Country Park and when looking for a picnic spot, the boys found something peaking through the trees! How wonderful to see a spectacular Gruffalo hiding in the forest. Harley and Bailey recited lines from the book which described the Gruffalo, checking all the features were really there.

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The first thing Harley said when we got home was “Daddy, daddy, I saw the Gruffalo today!” We read the book at bedtime, followed by ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ and he went to bed with his cuddly toy Gruffalo.

When a book or a character in it, can quite literally come to life, it’s a magical way to enrich learning and I personally think that’s invaluable.

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