Family Holiday in Turkey 2016 (IC Hotels Santai Family Resort)

It all feels like a dream now. No wonder, I am proper late with this post (what’s new ha ha). Nevertheless, our holiday in Turkey (back in September) was great. Probably that’s why it went so fast. We would have happily stayed for at least another week. But, oh well, all good things come to an end…

Family Holiday in Turkey 2016 (IC Santai Family Resort)

We booked our Turkey holiday about 4-5 months prior the actual trip and it seemed we had ages to wait!

I am not even gonna talk about holiday shopping and packing today. Trust me, it is a nightmare to pack yourself + 3 kids for a week. I am tend to think I might need EVERYTHING when it comes to packing. I would probably take the whole entire house if I could. But then there is a very limited space in luggages (even though we bought 20kg extra suitcase and had 1 hand luggage each). So at the end I had to somehow make those important packing decisions and to only pick the stuff that we could definitely not survive without.

So finally, the morning of so much waited 16th of September has come. We were finally off to the airport!!!

Family Holiday in Turkey 2016 (IC Santai Family Resort)

And then I had to face my least favourite part of our holiday – the flight. I am TERRIFIED of flying! I don’t even know why, I cannot explain, and I understand, that I am being silly here. But I just can’t help- am frightened when it comes to plane journeys. I was preparing myself for this since it was booked, but I was still feeling very tense, even lightheaded a bit.

But no choice, hey. If I wanted to get to Turkey, I had to board this damn plane. I don’t suppose I could drive there or take a train, huh? So I did board a plane at the end.

Family Holiday in Turkey 2016 (IC Santai Family Resort)

At the beginning of the flight I was not too bad actually. I thought I was holding myself together. But once I felt a slightest turbulence, that was it – I was about to cry and I didn’t even care about that sunny Turkey no more. Nearly 5 hours on the plane seemed like ages to me.

Now, believe me or not, I found a solution there. Maybe not ideal solution for a mother of 3, but, hey, it really did help and that was all that mattered! So here is my secret medicine if you are scared of flying: Continue reading Family Holiday in Turkey 2016 (IC Hotels Santai Family Resort)

Hot Day @ Barmouth Wales

 I am very late with this post, but really wanted to share!

Hot Day @ Barmouth Wales We don’t get treated very often with the nice weather here, in England. Therefore, 19th of July, when the weather temperatures jumped up all of a sudden, Edward took a day off work and we decided to visit Barmouth sandy beaches in Wales!

Barmouth is 2.5 hours drive from our home, I’ve heard it is beautiful, but we haven’t been there before.

 Due to Luka going to her school trip to Alton Towers resort that day, it was only four of us going – Edward, Harry, Daniella and I.

Hot Day @ Barmouth Wales

Driving to Barmouth was pretty impressive itself! Wales is beyond beautiful! The greenness, hills, sheep, farm houses – it was rather great!

Hot Day @ Barmouth Wales

Even though Harry got a little bit annoyed towards the end of our journey, but it was so worth a wait. The town of Barmouth is cozy, full of restaurants, quirky shops. Plenty attractions for children and most importantly, has its extraordinary seaside! We were finally there!

Hot Day @ Barmouth Wales

Hot Day @ Barmouth Wales

We spent nearly the entire day on the beach. Children enjoyed the sand and the water, which was actually so clear (but pretty cold). I was trying to get some tan on my fair colour skin while Edward was trying not to get tanned ha ha. 🙂 We had fish & Chips for lunch – was GOOD! Continue reading Hot Day @ Barmouth Wales

Grandparents Visiting & Trentham Monkey Forest

Grandparents Visiting & Trentham Monkey Forest*VIDEO BELOW*

Last weekend we had Edward’s parents visiting for Harry’s first birthday. They travelled by train from London on Saturday and stayed over in our house for a night. Kids were over the moon to have grandparents around and not to forget- they brought a huge and tasty personalised birthday cake for Harry!

13607940_10208708931494949_1669205814_nOn Sunday morning, while Edward and I were making breakfast for everyone, we were shocked as through the kitchen window we saw Edward’s brother Jim approaching! We didn’t have a clue he was coming and it was not even 9 am! Jim arrived here by car, leaving London at 5am! What a lovely surprise! 🙂

The weather on Sunday was beautiful, therefore we had decided to visit Trentham Monkey Forest.

The price to enter Trentham Monkey Forest is £8 for adults and £6 for children (3-14 years old). The place is lovely – cafe, playgrounds, picnic area, walking paths. If the weather is nice, could easily spend the whole day there with children!

Grandparents Visiting & Trentham Monkey ForestWe didn’t know what to expect at the beginning, we thought we will have to look for monkeys hiding from us, so when we saw the very first monkey sleeping high up in the tree, we started taking pictures immediately! But only few meters away, there were so many of them! They can walk free wherever they want, and they are not scared of people at all. Monkeys eat, play, fight with each other. It was amazing to watch!

Them ones with little babies I loved the most! How adorable is that! It is obvious, they care for their children so much! Monkeys are really great mothers, they really are!

Check out our video- vlogging by Luka this time – and see it yourself! Next time if you are unsure where to go, jut go Trentham Monkey Forest, it was 100% worth a visit! Trentham Monkey Forest website is HERE.

Let me know what you think in the comments below. x

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Weekend @ Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park | Haven Holiday

Following My Birthday post, I am now sharing our lovely experience – weekend (Friday to Monday) break to Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park (Haven Holiday), which was gifted to me by my wonderful (sometimes) cousin. 🙂 He with the family has also joined us for a trip.

Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday ParkDriving to Devon took us approximately 4 hours. It actually doesn’t feel as long, as it sounds. Daniella slept in the car for about an hour and Harry had a very short 20 minutes nap. Despite Harry (11 months old) was mostly awake throughout the journey, he was totally brilliant. Our baby was looking around, playing with his toys, having a laugh with his sister – he was such a good boy!

I actually start to really enjoy our long family journeys/ road trips. It is a perfect time to spend some quality time with each other- to talk, to sing, to play games. Yes, we sing and play games while we are all in the car for several hours. It’s really fun and time flies by! While on the way to Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park, we played words guessing game (Hangman) and we actually had so much laugh. Then we were all getting crazy once Justin Timberlake’s song – Can’t Stop the Feeling started playing on the radio (that song really makes me dance!). Music was as loud as it possibly could be in the car and we were all dancing, jumping, screaming in the car trying to be cooler than each other! Edward was driving, but even he was trying to show off his dance moves ha ha.

Once we entered Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park at around 6pm on Friday, we were quite amused – it looked like a proper holiday resort!  I’ve never been to a caravan holiday in England before, it was totally different from what I’ve imagined. We all got even more excited  and after collecting the keys were off to find our caravan, where we were going to stay together with my cousin’s family.

Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park

Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park

I was so pleasantly surprised again! Our caravan had a sea view and was really modern and cosy! There was a kitchen together with a living room, 3 bedrooms- 2 twins and 1 double, a toilet and a shower. It was really spacious enough for our 2 families. We unpacked our stuff and went for a little walk to look around. And it was great!

Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park

Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park

Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park

That evening we made BBQ dinner next to our caravan, loads of snacks and some drinks. We enjoyed every minute of it.

Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park

Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park

Day after, in the morning, we went to resort’s indoor swimming pools – kids were over the moon. In the afternoon, we had decided to visit Kingswear, which was approximately 1 hour drive away from Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park and then the plan was to take a ferry to Dartmouth – my cousin has promised, that the town is really pretty. Pretty was not the right word to describe it, to be honest. It was beyond amazing! Kingswear and Dartmouth are perhaps the most beautiful places I have ever been to in England! The town, the views, the sea – it really takes your breath away. I was probably walking with my mouth widely open with the amazement it’s just indescribable. Incredibly beautiful place. I fell in love. 🙂 Continue reading Weekend @ Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park | Haven Holiday

Mini Lithuanian Break: Family & Friends

If you are expecting to see some sightseeing photos from our Mini Break in Lithuania, you are looking at the wrong post. 🙂 This time, we only stayed there for the few days and, as you might know, the main reason for the whole trip was my Grandma’s birthday. Therefore, 95% of our time there we spent with my family and the other 5% with friends.

Let’s talk photos today. A picture below was taken on our very first day of our Lithuanian break, soon after we arrived to my Grandma’s house.  Edward’s face says it all – it’s been a long day. Our flight was at around 6.30am, therefore we were all up since 2.30am.

This terrace of my Grandmother holds so many memories. My sisters and I used to always play there as kids. However, the windows were not always there. it used to be as a huge balcony before. I remember us, kids, sitting there, on the edge of the balcony with our legs hanging out. The thought of it terrifies me now! It’s on the second floor, I can’t even think of what could have happened if we slipped or something!

Mini Lithuanian Break: Family & Friends

Mini Lithuanian Break: Family & Friends

Next photo below is from one of our many lunches out. I really miss the food from Lithuania (not necessarily Lithuanian food, but made by Lithuanians). For example, pizzas are somewhat different there and I love them so much! Edward enjoys it a lot too. I am very glad he does. 🙂

Mini Lithuanian Break: Family & Friends

Below- Edward and Daniella at the main shopping centre named Akropolis in Kaunas city. We always go there when we are visiting Lithuania. There is everything in one place – lots of clothes and shoe stores, cinema, restaurants and cafes, bowling, ice ring, food store, pharmacy and loads more. It’s kind of Lithuanian Westfield, ha ha. 🙂
Mini Lithuanian Break: Family & Friends

Continue reading Mini Lithuanian Break: Family & Friends