We have been so lucky to get so many chances to be away from home lately,
and we have all been loving all these amazing summer adventures we've shared..
Our weekend in Alton Towers,
our week at Bluestone,
a long weekend in Scarborough,
and even just lovely long days at the seaside,
they've all given us a real taste for getting away,
of escaping the every day and enjoying some holiday time.
With all the paraphernalia associated with holidaying with little ones,
'staycationing' has been just perfect for us this year.
It's just so lovely to have your own little home away from home,
with all the creature comforts that make life with children that bit easier,
but without the daily grind of chores and errands and general life getting in the way.
This past weekend we had another little jaunt away from home, but we stayed local.
My Nan owns a static caravan on the coast not too far from us at Mersea Island,
and she kindly let us have it for the weekend,
so that we could enjoy another little mini break.
And enjoy it we did.
Mersea Island is such a quaint and lovely little place.
It's simple and unspoiled,
it's full of rustic, natural charm,
a real traditional seasidy place,
with all things water at it's heart.
And we are so lucky to have it so close by,
we've already spent so many lovely summer days there this year.
It is joined to the mainland by a strood bridge
which is often covered by water at high tide,
cutting off the island from mainland Essex.
And driving across that strood it always feels like we've left all our worries behind.
Mersea is packed full of charm and perfect for adventures,
we all absolutely love it.
We really enjoyed the time to just connect as a four,
to stop and smell the roses more,
to watch our children play,
to have more chances to play along with them,
to throw routines out the window a bit
and just enjoy one another's company.
That's what all these lovely little holidays have been all about
and we've loved every second.
This summer has really cemented for us,
how many wonderful and beautiful holiday spots there are to explore in our lovely country.
Sunny tropical climes are all good and well,
and there are lots we want to tick off our lists as a family in the future,
but we have had some utterly perfect days together over the last few months
and we didn't need to go far to have them.
Days packed full of memories which we'll remember forever.