When Travel and Adventure Becomes Ordinary

I started writing my Ordinary Moments post for this week about our midweek trip to the forest and halfway through I realised that although it’s one of the things we love doing it hasn’t been ordinary for our way of life recently

I sit writing this from an airport waiting for my flight to Brussels and it kind of sums up life right now. So very full of travel and adventure. This week I’m away with work but this evening I’m hoping to do a bit of exploration of a place I’ve never been to before

I won’t lie and say I’m not anxious because I am, it’s the first time I’m going to Europe in 8 years (!) and I don’t speak a word of the language  so I have a bit of travel anxiety. I figure if I can navigate New York on my own and drive from Canada to Rochester on my own I’m pretty sure I can manage a few hours in a city!

This saying just flashed up on the screen next to me-  “The world is a book and those who do not travel  read only one page” – St. Augustine

It really sums up the last few months.  I’ve always loved exploring and finding new areas, whether it’s near or afar, and J has inherited my love of a good adventure and exploration

The past 6 weeks have been bonkers for us as a family, one thing after another, one adventure after another and it’s given is so many amazing memories although the ordinary walks need to feature a bit more. Last night I was saying to the hubster it was Js first night at home on a Saturday for 6 weeks and it’s been a jam packed summer of travel and adventure

While our plan next year is to save and not go abroad, I’m looking forward to exploring much more of our beautiful country. For now though, here’s to my little European adventure and a look back on our 6 weeks of ordinary life

The Ordinary Moments

Tent Life {Ordinary Moments 13/8/17}

I write this whilst laying on an inflatable mattress surrounded by fabric walls and a fabric ceiling. For the third time in as many weeks we are camping!

J loved it so much at Camp Bestival she asked to go again as soon as we got back, and as we had been given a new tent by someone at work and needed to test it we thought ‘why not?’ 

Last weekend the hubster took her to a local campsite and this weekend I took her to mum and dads back garden as I wanted to see how confident and comfortable I was with her camping on my own

Both times we’ve put the tent up together and both times it’s gone fine, especially as we had no instructions! Each weekend the other adult has returned home for a good nights sleep and the other has had BBQ’s, tent parties and nights snuggled with J


She has adored every part of it and has been so excited each time we’ve told her – in fact next week I think she’ll be upset as it won’t be coming out again! With the success of it over the past few weeks we’ve decided to bite the bullet and go camping for a week as our main holiday next year

We figured if we can survive the constant rain at Camp Bestival (and a child who enjoyed running and spinning in the mud) then we can do a week in the classic unpredictable British summertime, come rain or shine

I love that you can strip it all back, sleep in a tent, have a BBQ and it makes for a great adventure for her (and us) even if it’s as simple as in my mum and dads back garden – it’s something every kid loves doing isn’t it?

The Ordinary Moments

Our Weekend at Camp Bestival 2017

Last year we visited Camp Bestival for the first time, J was 3 and we weren’t sure if it would be a good weekend for her or not. It was – she loved every part of it – the camping, the music, the kids activities and the rides – she was a festival convert and has since spent the year asking when she could go back

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Stuck in the Mud {Living Arrows 31/7/17}

I’ve been a bit quiet here recently but I have a good excuse! After spending 2 weeks in Florida we spent a few days recovering and washing before then heading straight off to a very wet and muddy Camp Bestival. Despite a few hiccups (tent collapsing on the first night to name one) we had a brilliant weekend

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Me and Mine {July 2017}

Okay so it’s been just over a month since my last Me and Mine post and July came and went in a flash. It wasn’t one without adventure – in fact we had the most adventure we’ve had all year and that’s why this post is late – but I’m definitely looking forward to a rest in August

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A Princess for a Day {Living Arrows – 17/7/17}

We are into our second week of our holiday in Florida and it has been amazing. We’ve had the perfect blend of days at the park, pool fun and water park days, with the odd character meal thrown in

On Saturday we started the day with a princess breakfast at Epcot, J was so excited and kept wanting them to come over to have her photo taken with them and a cuddle as we are a lovely breakfast and learned a bit about Norway from our host

We then met up with my family at Magic Kingdom and the big event that had been planned by my mum and dad – a visit to Bibbidy Bobbity Boutique for a princess experience

We weren’t sure how it would go as she was a little tired but she enjoyed every second of her transformation and princess treatment from her fairy godmother in training and enjoyed every second. I could talk for ages about the day and how it will be etched in my mind forever, but that’s for another post. Today it’s about my little Belle for the day

Heroes {Living Arrows 10/7/17}

We are currently on a family holiday in Florida, it’s J’s second visit and my sixth. We love everything about Disney and on our first day we visited Magic Kingdom (you can’t not!) and straight away J and I spotted Chip n Dale. She knows they’re my favourite and we ran over to them squealing with excitement

This time round she’s much more understanding, it’s familiar this time around and she is buzzing. I love that this opportunity has been given to her and that she’s excited every day. 

Another Year Older

As I’ve got older my birthday has become less about me and more about my family. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very lucky and the hubster and my family often do something to treat me and make me feel special, but the last few years I’ve watched J get more and more excited, and we end up doing something as a family unit and spending quality time together rather than us heading out for adult based activities

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Party Hats and Party Poppers {Living Arrows 3/7/17}

This little girl  simply made my birthday last week. Watching her getting so excited in the run up to it, constantly reminding herself (and me) that it was a surprise and anything else to do with it was just adorable to watch. Early on in the week she asked what we would be doing for it and when i simply said “I don’t know, it’s up to your daddy” she decided there and then that a teddy bear picnic would be the best way to celebrate it

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A Month of Adventures {June 2017}

June is such a short month but with lots of birthdays and celebrations it always passes by  in a blur but I feel like it was exceptionally fast this year – did we even have a June? We made a conscious decision to stay close to home as July is full of adventures far away in   tents and villas but I’m not complaining as it’s much needed

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