2020, new year, new goals. New memories to be made and new adventures to be taken. 2019 was such a magical year for us, we have had so many highlights.
Oscar’s 1st Birthday
What a magical day, the first ever birthday of your offspring, we had the most amazing weekend. For Oscar’s actual birthday we visited the Butterfly Farm. It rained all day, it was so hot inside the farm and he was not impressed at all. (I think he gets his squirmyness from me). It was game over when a Butterly landed right on his chin, mini meltdowns taken to an entire new level.
We then organised a birthday party for Oscar, we had all of our family and friends, we hired a soft play package and the kids absolutely loved it. Oscar wasn’t walking until the following month so he spent most of his party in the ball pit. I won’t go on with this highlight as you can catch up Oscar’s First Birthday shenanigans here.
Although this doesn’t include Lee or Oscar, it was an absolute highlight for me! Probably one if not the best weekend I’ve ever had in my entire life. My girls did so well! We spent 2 nights in Manchester and it was your typical hen party. T-shirts, whistles, blow up dolls, masks with hubby to be’s face on, fancy dress, a room full of decorations and a whole lot of alcohol. I wish you could however have one hen party a year even after the marriage.
I would absolutely recommend Manchester for a hen party. It was incredible. The best game we played by far was a game one of my bridesmaid had found online, we all had toy soldiers on a lanyard around our neck all weekend, the only rule being as soon as I blow the whistle you must stop whatever you are doing and strike the pose your army man is doing. There was plenty of inappropriate whistle blowing.
WHAT A DAY! The day I’d been waiting 10 years for and it was everything I wanted and more. It was everything I dreamed of and it went by in a flash. Months and months of preparation and gone within what felt like an hour. A day full of emotions, happiness and love.I want to do it all again. Read more here on our magical day.
First and last holiday of the 2019. Leaving Oscar for 11 nights was the absolute worst, mom guilt kicked in more than ever. I felt awful for leaving him for so long, we were lucky enough to have our parents have Oscar for the time, but god I felt awful. But what a holiday, it was nice to just spent quality time with Lee as newlyweds. We visited Santorini (bucket list check), stayed in an absolute magical resort, had dinner on our terrace in our bath robes watching the sunset and ate as much food as humanly possible. I also managed to change my passport before the honeymoon and got it dated to my new surname for the date of our marriage. Even bought us cheesy Mr & Mrs passport covers.
Last Visit to Tywyn 2019
The saddest time of the year, closing down the caravan for the winter. We have so many fond memories at the van but I’m so excited to open it up again in spring to make even more memories. We love to go down on our weekends off, although it’s a long drive, it’s worth the break away from our hometown. Long walks on the beach, eating fish & chips on the seafront and watching the sea from the living room with a cup of tea makes the perfect weekend in Winter. I cannot wait to make some more memories and obsess over Trip Advisor in 2020 when the warm weather makes an appearance.
West Midlands Safari Park Santa Safari
What a day to get you into the festive spirit. We got to drive around the safari park, watch the seal show, walk around the park and even meet Santa, oh yeah, the REAL Santa! He was fantastic, and right at the end of your trip to the North Pole you enter the Elf’s gift shop and your child gets to chose a gift from the shelves to take home. Included in the ticket also is a hot drink and mince pie which went down a treat with my freezing cold hands. Santa Safari is an absolute must! Best thing is you get a free return to visit that season, one extra weekend of family fun!
Thomas Land at Christmas
Another magical day to get you into the Christmas spirit, although it was fairly busy and we didn’t get to go on many riders due to the height restrictions, we had a blast! There were shows put on by the Fat Controller, we got to ride Percy, we walked around the zoo and Santa came to visit, again! Although we booked a time slot and queued up in the rain and cold for an hour, he was there most incredible Santa! He took so much time to talk to Oscar and give numerous fist pumps to my little dude, I didn’t feel rushed at all to get in and get out. That smile on his face is one I’ll never forget.
Oscar absolutely loves trains at the minute and he adores Thomas and friends, he loves his ‘Choo Choos’. Drayton Manor do some amazing deals online for certain days and times to visit.
Christmas Day will always be my favourite day of the year so it will forever be in my yearly highlights. It’s so much different when you have a child on Christmas, the build up, not knowing what on earth to buy a 22 month old, the stress of having to wrap presents whilst they sleep in bed completely unaware. But the fun on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning makes it all worth while. The look on his face when he saw Santa’s foot prints on the carpet was magical, although he was sad to see ‘Welfy’ go back to Santa at the North Pole.
We did the whole traditional putting out reindeer food, milk and a cookie for Santa. Hung the magic key on the tree, wore our Christmas pjs, opened our Christmas Eve boxes and hung our stockings at the end of our beds. I absolutely love the spirit and atmosphere of Christmas, it really is the most wonderful time of the year.
New Year in London
Probably the most spontaneous idea we’ve had in 2019. Sunday 29th December, we had no plans for NYE, both off work sitting on the sofa watching TV with a glass of Tesco’s Salted Caramel Irish Cream, (possibly the best Christmas drink, EVER!). Then 15 minutes later we were booking a hotel to stay in to spend NY in London. We originally wanted to go for Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland (which is incredible I may add), but we ended up walking miles and miles around London ticking off things we wanted to do and see.
First off, you can’t go to London and not see the Queen, although it was dark, we still managed to get there and take some photos. We visited Hyde Park, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, The London Eye, Westminster Abbey and most importantly, HAMLEYS! 5 floors of organised chaos, which Oscar thoroughly enjoyed. The place where dreams are made of, the staff there are absolutely fantastic! One thing I will say though is they do need more lifts for the volume of customers they have with pushchairs.
Winter Wonderland, what a place! If I can give one piece of advice, go at around 2-3pm the week of New Year. We visited the night we got there at around 6.30-7pm and the queues were absolutely insane to get inside the gates, we came back the following day at 2.30pm and we walked straight in. It was going dark so everything was lit up and it made everything look even more magical. We only did a couple of rides there because it was mainly aimed at older children, we did however visit Santa, again. Oscar of course found a train ride and yes he kicked up a huge fuss when the ride had ended and we needed to vacate the carriage. We will 100% return to Winter Wonderland.
2019 treated us pretty well as a family, I wish you all a happy and healthy 2020.
Dream it, Achieve it!
Love, Hayley x