Friday, 28 September 2012

The Perfect Holiday for a Toddler

We recently went on our first family holiday, and had a whale of a time!  Money has been so tight since I stopped working that we had to abandon all thought of getting away last year.  Things were still looking a bit tricky money-wise this year, but we were determined to go.

It is sometimes difficult to remember the important things in life as an adult, and even more difficult to remember what is important for a two year old.  So while Steve and I were worrying about whether we could afford to go here or there, or to do this or that, Lara's requirements and expectations were far simpler.

Of course, it turns out that Lara's idea of the perfect holiday didn't require much money, just lots of fun, her family, and some imagination.  Here are the essential elements of the perfect holiday, according to a two year old:

Sand to dig in, even on a cold, dark early Autumn day



A carousel to ride on



Buttons to press and dancing to do!  (No gambling was done in the making of this video)



Random town signs to roll down - thanks Morecambe!


Puddles to jump in, preferably muddy and very, very deep!









Mud sculptures to make - this is Peppa Pig, complete with grass arms and legs:


Watching classic films for the first time


Sheep to chat to - or be ignored by!  Horses to feed




Picnics with Peppa and spotting Grampy Rabbit's Lighthouse



Lots and lots of ice cream





Piers to walk on and benches to sit on




Seeing people you don't see often enough - Mummy & Daddy heartily agree with this one, and also wonder if Uncle Paul has a portrait in his attic Dorian Gray style.



Berries to forage, even if they weren't always ripe!





Mini-beasts and plants to study



Rainbows to catch




A sister to play with



Long walks to go on, even if you end up being carried!





Somewhere new and exciting to 'live'



Finishing the day slightly grubby, exhausted, but very happy!




 And the rest of us?  We just went along for the ride!




And the giggles, and the cuddles, and the fun!


Although some of us found it all too much - ssshh...


Thank you people of Lancashire, especially Cockerham Sands and Blackpool, for our lovely holiday.

Oh, and the end result of all this oop northness + liberal watching of Cloudbabies, is that Lara now says "in't it" - with proper accent and everything!  Hilarious.



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9 comments :

  1. Lovely photos! Sounds like you had a good time! X

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  2. Aww looks like you all had a fab time hun! Love all the photo's especially the ones of you and the girls! 3 beautiful faces and their eyes are so beautiful! x

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  3. What a lovely post full of magical photographs. My childhood holidays (every other year as it's all we could afford) were always spent in a caravan and on the beach, we'd maybe have one 'day out' to somewhere that cost money. The memories of my holidays are filled with happiness and beach playing, not of money being spent.

    Popping over from Country Kids linky

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  4. Wonderful post and beautiful photos. Some lovely memories there. We always say that fun doesn't have to cost a penny and my son's favourite activities involve very little money being spent.

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  5. Great photos of a wonderful holiday, of course this is all the best things in life for a 2 year old! Well done all of you for making it happen and thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

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  6. Wow, looks like she had a blast!

    Linking from Coombe Mill's linky

    http://adventuresofayorkshiremummy.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. Lovely photos. Looks like you had a fantastic time

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