We don’t do the whole “You must buy me this, I must buy you that, our marriage and future happiness depends on Valentine’s Day” thing. We just don’t.
Instead we have a family Valentine’s Day, because we love each other you see. We spend lots of time together, we play games and we do nice things for each other. There are goodies and special / favourite foods and it is all a great fun day (or in our case weekend!). Any excuse to tell people you love them is ok by me.
You can see what we got up to below.
What did you do for St Val’s?
My fabulously nutty little sister Lauren took part in our family Valentine’s – I got some surprise goodies (she knows me so well – there was BOVRIL!) and the boys did cards etc for “Eedie Lauren”
There were surprise little gift bags for Roy and the boys (we don’t do big gifts etc so I was ticked when Roy bought me oodles of stationery (another who understands my role as Queen Stationery Tart) and some gorgeous flowers.
I might have gone slightly overboard with favourite foods – there was slow cooked lasagna, white choc and strawberry cake and more…..
Above all though there was lots of laughter, messing about, chilling and games.
Needless to say, we thoroughly enjoyed our family St Valentine’s Day.
We’ve looked at all of the options for our 2014 holiday and have decided that as we are surrounded by beautiful countryside and amazing coastlines here in the UK which we haven’t yet explored that home territories it is. We are very much an outdoorsy family in that we can’t wait to don our hiking boots, pack a picnic and get up onto our North Yorkshire Moors or hit the Forestry Commission trails. The joy of having boys is that they love to be outside, climbing, rolling mud and generally just adventuring. As it turns out there are a great number of places around the UK we can go to and enjoy these activities without ever having to get onto a plane.
Looking at the Owners Direct website there are a vast number of accommodations available in the UK (and abroad if we decided to take the plunge next year) and already I’ve narrowed it down to at least seven possible sites
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely agree that camping should be the authentic adventurers sleeping place of choice (and we have some camping weekends in the diary already) but for our main holiday I’ll be looking forward to hot showers and soft beds at the end of a busy day so having a pretty cottage waiting for us with all the mod cons appeals to me!
Roy fancies Wales. South Wales especially and trekking as well as horse riding with Kieran. Now horse riding is not an option for me (the last time I went horse riding was on our honeymoon eleven years ago and I ended up in hospital with an allergic reaction to something horsey – it wasn’t pretty, or particularly romantic!) so Taylor and I would either find somewhere else to visit (and looking at the areas around the cottages we are looking at there would be plenty) or we’d use the time to just chill out while the big boys did their stuff.
Wales sounds fabulous and is definitely on our hit list however I’ve been looking at family holidays in and around Cornwall. We have spectacular beaches up here in North Yorkshire with Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay, Staithes and Flamborough Head (a favourite) to name a few however I have it on good authority that Cornwall’s seaside towns offer the very best ice cream, homemade “proper” Cornish pasties and of course slightly warmer beaches!
There are so many family friendly holiday options available and I have my eye on the 5* luxury self-catering barn conversion with views over the Kensey Valley at the moment. The barn looks amazing and self-catering doesn’t bother me in the slightest. I love to cook, even on holiday so having a break from it and choosing full-board somewhere doesn’t really appeal. With this option we can pack picnics for when our and cook whenever we are back / hungry and of course it isn’t a hardship to prepare food in a stunningly gorgeous kitchen.
There will be many coins tossed and a few thumb wars played out while we decided where exactly we are going (Cornwall!) however wherever we go I’m happy with the idea of another staycation and exploring a new area with my adventurers sounds perfect to me.
What have you got planned this summer?
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