My friend and I are both single, with two kids each, so we decided to go away for a long weekend all together. We booked a campsite near to where we live because we thought the change of scene would be enough whilst still being close to home in case of emergency or forgotten items.
We left for the site on Friday evening, my uncle kindly giving me and my two a lift in his car. My friend took her own car. We were very impressed when we got to the site as the chalet was so much nicer than we expected with proper sofas and lovely oak furniture – it was hard to believe we were in a static caravan. We even had a hot tub on the decking, which the kids very much enjoyed.
As always seems to be the case on the first night away, my kids can’t sleep and we end up playing Scrabble with them until they finally give in. The next day we had booked the kids in for the Tarzan Trail which they were excited about. They all seemed to enjoy it to start until one by one their anxiety took over and they took turns to give up. I was very proud of them though, they were all so brave. I don’t think I could have done it at their age.
Next up we all went canoeing on the lake at the park. I was really looking forward to this, however I had not counted on the fact that my kids had done kayaking a couple of weeks previous and my daughter was very much wanting to be in charge. This caused a little friction between us but I think we all enjoyed it overall.
Sunday was a lot more relaxed. The sun came out and we went for a walk in the woods hunting for the playground we knew used to be there. Sadly it had been removed, but we had some fresh air and collected various sticks and acorns.
We treated ourselves to takeaway Sunday roast, delivered to our chalet (well, we were on holiday!). The roast arrived and was three meals short so we had to wait another half an hour for the other half before we could eat, but it was delicious and worth the wait. Then the dishwasher broke down – you can’t have it all!
All in all we had a lovely break, considering we were only a mile from home. The kids got on – a miracle in itself. As probably our only holiday since lockdown and for the foreseeable, it went very well. I am now a lot better at Scrabble, though I still haven’t managed to win against my friend!