Over a year ago, I was bursting at the seams. I'd booked us a mid-week holiday in Center Parcs for a very nice price. Just shows how time flies, because we've now been and gone on that holiday, and we had lots of fun. It was Winter Wonderland theme, and therefore very Christmassy. Every cabin had a wreath hanging outside its door, footpaths and areas were decorated with pretty, white fairy lights. The Plaza was especially picturesque.
|Outside The Plaza|
We managed to go swimming practically every day - well, Daddy took Ben late on Thursday, while I put Kieran to bed (and told him Daddy and Ben had just gone for a walk, not daring to mention the S word). We'd done the Spa that afternoon, while the boys had enjoyed the Merry Berry Ball - Kieran winning 'Pass The Parcel'. He refused to have his picture taken afterwards - he was so tired. But we caught him on film anyway - albeit a bit grumpy. He just can't resist having his face painted!
|Our very own Rudolf.|
We were extremely lucky with the weather - although cold (it was the middle of November) we had great frosty, dry weather. Clear skies - we needed our sunglasses more here, than in the Isle of Wight in August. The rain kept away, so it enabled us to be out and about during the day and the early evening. With a couple of layers on we were lovely and comfortable, and the promise of a log fire in the evening, to make us extra toasty.
|How many nuts can I carry?|
|Santa's Woodland Workshop by night|
What I particularly like is that the car gets left behind in the car park, so with a (nearly) six year old on a bike, you had little fear of him getting hurt - unless he falls into a ditch just outside our lodge, trying to race Daddy! Ah-hem!
You can hire the bikes or bring your own, but afterwards when we returned ours, we were allowed to keep our bike locks - which pleased Ben as he wanted to buy one (for his new bike that he's getting for his birthday).
The kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Initially they were wondering where the beach was - they associate holiday with the sea! They loved all the swimming and cycling, and gradually we wore them out. They kept getting up at the crack of dawn - not helped by sharing a room, they are real chatterboxes - but Friday morning, it was Sod's Law we had to wake them up!
Anyway, we've come back refreshed and revitalised... and ready for Christmas.