**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...
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!
Levante Beach Resort, like the name suggests, is situated on a beach! LL clearly was exceptionally overwhelmed by her first sight of the sea.
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.
I love love love this photo of my three favourites walking together.
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.
I can't believe that's my little girl on a wind surf. Amazing!
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.
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.
LL has always been a Mummy's girl but she wouldn't leave Daddy's side on holiday.
She loved going down to the beach and throwing stones into the sea. Simple pleasures.
Cuddles with my big girl.
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!
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.
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! :)