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Our Holiday to Rhodes- Part Three.

on Wednesday, 16 July 2014.

Our Mark Warner holiday in (many) photos- Part Three...

We have one more day of photos to share, followed by a thorough review of Levante Beach hotel.  Looking at these photos is making me want to back there so badly.  

Let the holiday spam commence....!

 

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I love this photo of one of the Mark Warner boats setting sail.  I could have watched them for hours, there is something so peaceful about the sea.  The watersports at Levante were amazing- we tried windsurfing, sailing and kayaking. 

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'Mummy the water is cold!'

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Contemplating.  Probably a hard decision about what ice cream to have next!

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There were three pools and of course we had to try each one.  Many many times!

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One morning while the girls were at Kids Club Mr E decided to try his hand at windsurfing in a three hour taster session.  He loved it.  (And also did it in the sea in case you were wondering!) 

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 While I sat on a sunbed, read my book and drank a lot of this!  After all I needed to test the comfiness of the sunbeds.  (They were comfy!)

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 I loved spending the evenings with this man, once the girls were in bed we used to sit out on our terrace and have a few drinks.  Bliss.

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 There was also a really lovely indoor pool that we occasionally went in when the sun was at it's hottest.  Was definitely an excuse to get our ruffle swim suit out. ;)

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 I don't know why but I love this photo- I just think the water looks really inviting.

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It certainly is.

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She may be grumpy cause she doesn't want to wear her hat but the light is so pretty!

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Having a moment in their little matching shorts.

 

(The rest of our holiday photos...)

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Our Holiday to Rhodes- Part One.

Our Holiday to Rhodes- Part Two.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Holiday to Rhodes- Part Two

on Tuesday, 15 July 2014.

Our Mark Warner holiday in (many) photos- Part Two.

 

Because you can never have too much Holiday Spam right?

 

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Two little girls watching the boats in matching boat dresses.  I know one day they may hate me for dressing them the same but at the moment I love it and so does Mads.

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Obligatory holiday sandal shot.

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We were on a half board basis meaning that we had breakfast and dinner included in the price of our holiday.  All the food was AMAZING but our favourite meal was breakfast.  Think continental- pastries, cheese and cold meats, every fruit imaginable, the most incredible range of cooked breakfasts, omlettes, yoghurt and our personal favourites- the pancakes and waffles.  D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S, we all have come back a few pounds heavier.

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By far the thing we all enjoyed the most as a family was swimming.  Our suite was a metre away from the main pool, meaning we were in and out constantly.  LL loved splashing about.

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Mads started the week being ok in the water but clinging on to us.  By the end she was jumping in and swimming on her own with the aid of her Konfidence jacket we ordered just before we left.

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Underwater selfies- they are a lot harder than they look!

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That's my little girl sailing!  On her own.  Crazy.  We are so thankful for the experiences she had with the Mini Club and she hasn't stopped talking about them since.  I loved looking up from my book and hearing them walk about the grounds in a line shouting 'We are from Mini Club- Mighty mighty Mini Club!'  It was so  wonderful to see her blossom and grow over the course of the week.

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They went really far out.  Eek. 

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These two became even closer over the course of our holiday.  When they went to the kids club in the evening they snuggled together on the same little bed and when we would pick them up they would often be cuddling each other.  It nearly made me cry each time, but that also could have been the cocktails I had drunk! ;)

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I love this photo of Mr E and his number one girl.

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The ladies.  (Note they are in Mark Warner colours- how dedicated are we?!)

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 Afternoon paddling session.

Here is the second and last of two little videos I have made about our time in Rhodes...

 

 

 

 

(The rest of our holiday photos...)

Holiday Spam

Our Holiday to Rhodes- Part One.

 

More photos coming up tomorrow! 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Holiday to Rhodes- Part One.

on Monday, 14 July 2014.

**Disclaimer- My blog is going to be a sunshiny place this week as I have a whole week of holiday posts coming up.  If it is gloomy or rainy where you are I suggest you look away now!**

 

Every time I look at a photo of our holiday, I get this sudden urge to burst into tears.  That might sound a little silly or dramatic, but I just feel so incredibly fortunate to have been able to experience such a special week with my little family- it didn't feel like just an ordinary holiday to us.  The next few posts are going to be very photo heavy, so apologies in advance but I want to remember every single little detail of it.  Our tan's may be fading, but I want to make sure that our memories don't.  I know that we will all remember it for a very long time.

We didn't know what to expect on our holiday to Rhodes.  We knew we would have a great time, after all you don't go on holiday to have a bad time, but we know from experience that holidays with little people are definitely not the same as just going as a couple.  Having been a real travel bug in my early 20's, we have only been abroad once since Mads was born.  I had visions of it being fantastic, but tiring having to constantly watch their every move in the pool, or on the beach, as well as the change of routine affecting things like sleep.

I need not have worried.  Our Mark Warner holiday exceeded every single expectation we had.  We had an amazing time as a family, while also having the chance to relax and reconnect as a couple.  We had a few hours a day to ourselves while the girls went to the kids club, and my god it was perfection.  I couldn't imagine putting them in a kids club before we went but that part of the holiday was priceless to us, and it's made us fall in love with the Mark Warner ethos.  I have a thorough review of Levante Beach coming up later in the week, but in the meantime I am going to let my many, many photos do the talking...

 

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 On our first afternoon in Rhodes LL was so tired that she fell asleep sat up on the beach which she has never done before.  It was so funny that I had to take a little video of her!

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Levante Beach Resort, like the name suggests, is situated on a beach!  LL clearly was exceptionally overwhelmed by her first sight of the sea.

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Waking up and realising there was sand to play with. (and have a little taste of!)  Mads never ate sand but LL seems to find it quite tasty.

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  I love love love this photo of my three favourites walking together.

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 Mads absolutely adored going to 'Mini Club' and met lots of little friends.  They had some incredible experiences including going windsurfing.  I hid from a distance and watched her, feeling so proud of my little girl doing things she would never normally do.  Her keyworker Rachel was just lovely with her and she has been talking about her adventure's non stop since we left.

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I can't believe that's my little girl on a wind surf.  Amazing!

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I love this photo of my happy girl.  She loved the quality family time she had on holiday and turned from a baby to a toddler overnight over the course of the week, thriving on our attention.

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Every night after the girls had dinner we would walk down to the beach, it became a little part of our holiday routine.  I took so many photos while we were down there as the light was just so dreamy. 

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LL has always been a Mummy's girl but she wouldn't leave Daddy's side on holiday.

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She loved going down to the beach and throwing stones into the sea.  Simple pleasures.

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Cuddles with my big girl.

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And the small one.  Spending quality time with them all made me realise I need to put down my phone a little more.  It was really refreshing to 'switch off' for a week and I even managed to read 4 of my 6 books!

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We knew that lovely Emma and her family were going to be there at the same time as us and we had arranged to go for dinner once or twice, but the four of us ended up eating (and drinking!) together every night while the kids went and watched films in their PJs.  It was amazing to have adult only time (more about the amazing Mark Warner childcare later in the week) and we spent a really special week with the Vanstone family.  

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The sun going down on beautiful Levante Beach- it was honestly just the most peaceful location.

 

Here is the first of two little videos I have made about our time in Rhodes...

 

 

More holiday photos coming up tomorrow! :)

 

{The Ordinary Moments 14} #26 'A Whole New World.'

on Sunday, 13 July 2014.

For a long time I have seen LL as my baby.  Of course she is my baby, she is my youngest daughter and she is only seventeen months.  But she definitely is part of that so called 'second baby syndrome'- I see her as so much smaller than Mads was at her age.

Whereas Mads was saying a lot by this age, LL is still not saying a word.  Of course she babbles, and she says things which potentially could be words, but she still isn't forming anything particularly distinguishable.  She communicates and is understanding more and more each day, but for the most part she still just seems like a baby.

I am not worried about her, at nursery they say she is the most delightful little girl, and she brightens up any room with her beaming smile and happy persona.  She gives the most amazing cuddles, wants to take 'Sheepy' with her wherever she goes, and has so much love for her Mummy.  Just as I do to her.  She will pass these milestones in time, but for now we are just enjoying her being our LL.  We wouldn't change her for the world.

Last week however, one milestone was ticked off.  After months and months of cruising around the furniture, or walking with the help of her baby walker, or by holding our hands, she finally started walking unaided.  She's not hung about either, going from not doing many steps at all, to being on the go non stop.  

Of course we are so proud of our little girl.  She thinks she is the cleverest ever, and we don't like to argue.  She totters about, taking an eternity to get anywhere but we don't have the heart to hurry her up.  Her smile beams so wide and she giggles in delight if we clap her when she reaches us.  It's so sweet to see her just so damn pleased with herself.  

Yesterday we went to a local village fete and it was the first time she was properly let loose to explore.  She didn't want to stay by our picnic blanket boundary, so kept speeding off making her Daddy run after her and pick her up by her arms, swinging her back to the confines of our little space.  This obviously was the funniest thing ever.  She is still a little wobbly, falling down and getting back up again in the most unladylike manner, and is still at that terribly cute stage where old ladies will stop and watch us in the street as she pitter patters about.  Of course having an audience makes her squeal in happiness.  

It's definitely not an ordinary part of life at the moment, the whole walking thing being a bit of a novel idea for us all.  But we are aware it will all soon be just another milestone ticked off the list- a every day thing, the norm and just plain ordinary.  

So while she claps herself in sheer happiness and has a smile so wide that it makes me get tears in my eyes, we will continue to cheer, praise and celebrate our little lady getting just that little bit more grown up.  She might not be meeting her milestones as quick according to the 'average', but she's more than one in a million to us.

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So cute.

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Looking back (and carrying on) even though we shout her to stop.

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Trying to escape!

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So proud of herself.

 

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