By now we were in the swing of things and fully settled in to our holiday at Beaches Turks and Caicos...
I absolutely love these photos of them sitting on the pier- the sun was setting and the light was gorgeous. We went down there and it seemed that it was the perfect wedding time, there were a couple of brides on the pier having photos in their beautiful dresses. A great spot to people watch.
The beach, Grace Bay, was so gorgeous and it never felt overcrowded, even during the day. Damn that photo bomber in the background though!
What is it with small people and sand? My girls don't try to eat it but they do get it EVERYWHERE. At one point on our trip LL managed to fall flat on her face in the sand- it was everywhere, even in her eyelashes. She was ok, but was less impressed with the cold beach shower she had to have afterwards.
Happy smiles. I think I need to move by the sea, it just makes us all happy and calm.
Caught red handed putting sand in places sand should not go.
After receiving a gift from Big Elmo of a little Elmo of her very own, she proceeded to carry it around the whole entire holiday and it is now the one she cuddles at night alongside her favourite Baa. At least it matches her outfit.
They got on so well on holiday and their relationship makes me so proud- although they do fight like cat and dog- it's mainly LL who isn't as tolerant as her big sister!
The sand was the softest I have ever felt- utter perfection. We normally are pool people during the day, but Grace Bay changed our minds and we loved spending time down there.
One last photo as the sun began to set, before heading off to start our evening together.
The pool at the Italian Village where we were staying- it was such a great pool and you are allowed to swim after dark, which obviously was lots of fun for children. It definitely had the most atmosphere, with lots of music, fun and games, and was the busiest pool during the day.
There was so much entertainment for the adults and children alike- including a Sesame Street Stage show a few times a week, little dance parties which Mads and LL loved. (Gangham Style and What Does The Fox Say are the soundtracks of our holiday) bonfires with roasting marshmallows, and much more. This photo was taken when we were at the 'open air cinema' watching Madagascar 3- they even had a little popcorn machine which you got in an old fashioned bag. The girls loved it.
Watching one of the Sesame Street stage shows. I used to love Sesame Street as a child but my girl's didn't know much about it previously- although of course they knew who Elmo and the main characters were and my lovely Mum got them some Elmo PJ's and a book before we went. However they are complete converts now and we have been watching it non stop on You Tube since we got home. The Sesame Street element of our holiday was so special and we loved every minute of it.
The drink of choice on our holiday- I think we would all unanimously agree that the alcoholic and non alcoholic frozen Strawberry daquiri's were delicious and refreshing. Although having said that so were the Mojitos. Oh and the Pina Coladas.
Some sea fun with Daddy. She is a daredevil at the moment after going through a period of being a little unsure.
I love the girl's matching cossies from Heidi Klein. The little cross backs and the frills are so cute. Definite beach belles.
When you have frizzy hair like myself and my girls do- the sea makes it go even more awol!
No filter needed. The water was shockingly blue.
On the last morning of our holiday as a special treat we attended a Sesame Street character breakfast. (you pay extra for it but not much) It was the usual breakfast buffet but there were balloons everywhere, special Sesame Street plates and cutlery, and of course the Sesame Street characters. It was a great atmosphere, with lots of dancing and fun, and it again was one of the highlights of my holiday as the girls were just in awe. Here they are with Elmo and Alison's little lady too.
Mads favourite character is The Count and she was so excited to meet her idol as he hadn't been about the rest of the holiday. She literally gasped in excitement and had to show him her own Count toy, to which he proceeded to give it a cuddle. I will never forget her face as she saw him come up to her.
Mr E met his idol too- apparently according to his facebook comments after he posted this photo, a lot of men like Cookie Monster? Who would have thought it. ;)
LL is getting far too grown up- where did my baby go?
We all lead busy lives- full of ordinary times, routine, structure and occasional mundanity. But these happy smiles are what make holidays or work free time so special- the chance to spend time with the people you love most. I feel so genuinely lucky to have been given the opportunity to make these memories with my family.
Check out the rest of my posts on our holiday to Beaches below-
Our Holiday to Beaches Resort Turks and Caicos- Part Two.
Our Holiday to Beaches Resort Turks and Caicos- Part One.
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