A holiday to Manchester does not probably fill anyone with feelings of sun sea and sand but for us, and particularly me, a holiday is a stress release….a time where I don’t have to pick up dirty washing and wash clothes, where tidying up is just not necessary and where cooking and cleaning are done by someone else because when I’m at home, as a mother, I never get to rest. There’s always some job, something I have to do and I can’t ever just….sit. Relax. Chill! As a full time teacher I work hard and the first term is the hardest and so a break at this time of year is essential, I feel.
The holiday was created because of the boys’ love of Horrible Histories; the gruesome show for children which encourages the learning of history through gory, crude and quite gross facts about moments in time. A theatrical Christmas special was/is on tour throughout the UK and when I saw it was in Manchester I just couldn’t resist the opportunity to take the boys. At first we were going for one night in a simple and cheap hotel but it soon became quite the prestigious trip as we ended up going for four days, staying in a luxurious 4/5 star hotel with a swimming pool (because of the boys new found love of swimming) and booking quite a few “days out”! But it was worth every bit as it became a true “holiday” away.
The hotel was GRAND – it had a swimming pool, gym, sauna, steam room, Spa and three restaurants… we had wonderful breakfasts every day – and I spoilt myself with poached egg and smoked salmon on brown bread which was to die for!
Realistically, the boys would have just stayed in the swimming pool ALL day but after a few hours a day, mark and I were ready to get out but I’m so glad I booked a hotel with a pool as it meant afternoon entertainment and fun was sorted every day and technically free which kept spends controlled ….within reason. The boys adored playing ball and doing lengths with us… Owen had a few overly confident moments – one particularly where he jumped in and his rubber ring came off and I had to grab him (as the pool was deep with no shallow area) however, he just laughed it off and it did not phase him at all.
Another fun evening activity was that we took a board game – I took children’s monopoly…it’s a fabulous fun and friendly game specifically tailored for children and adults who do not take gaming seriously!!! You can purchase things like a sweet shop and a cinema and money and rent is all simplified…the end is far quicker too (for all those who do not like the game for the endless hours it can waste coming to an end) if one can’t pay that’s it. Over. The winner is the one at that point with the most money! Simples! We loved sitting down on an evening and just enjoying each other’s company – magical.
Over the four days we participated in lots of activities including a Man United tour of the grounds and museum, sea life centre visit and Trafford Centre Shopping and the brilliant Horrible Histories live Xmas show at the theatre.
All in all it made Xmas special and stress free getting away to enjoy quality time as a family. We get on so well and smile so much together ♡♡♡ true love.
Xmas day was at Nanas after a chilled out morning opening toys and taking Rocky for a good winter’s walk. All this week, post Xmas, has been visiting friends and having games evenings at Nanas including trivial pursuit family edition. It has been a fun Xmas 2016 and it has set our minds and focus for 2017.
Tonight I created my own story for the boys of our 2016 as a family. We talked about our best bits and our achievements… we had plenty to discuss and it was lovely to reminisce. One thing that was obvious was that the memories that have stuck were holidays but not necessarily days out (although they are wonderful). It’s the holidays and the days out when on holiday that seem to stick firm in their minds. This has confirmed to both of us – holidays and amazing planned trips are the way forward… yes keep up with the days out but really 2017 is holidays, holidays, holidays…. I work full time and have had a fabulous pay rise this year so I’m going to put it to good use…will I work full time again in September? I’m not sure what the answer is to that but I’m not going to slow down with building memories … we shall see what 2017 brings but I’m excited with our plans which are already forming! Happy new year – let’s hope 2017 brings peace, love, health and happiness ♡
It’s been amazing 2016 – THANK YOU…welcome 2017 and…