The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning after opening my eyes is check my phone, more specifically my social media. I have a quick glance at instagram, or twitter, or facebook, and then I may say good morning to my husband. How bad is that? I am slightly over dramatising the scenario (only just!) but the reality is I do spend a fair portion of my time absentmindedly flicking through social media for no particular reason.
I adore having my blog, I love that facebook helps me keep in touch with old friends or that I can gain inspiration through sites like instagram, and I love that my online life has brought me so many opportunities and friendships, but I can't remember my life before my blog. Now any moment that I am not looking after the girls, seeing friends or working is taken up with the online world. Nap times are spent writing blog posts or doing my usual pointless flicking through various apps. What did I use to do with my time? My house would be a lot cleaner that's for sure.
But sometimes you just need to switch off and that's exactly what we did this weekend. We had a family weekend away to the MOST MAGICAL PLACE ever. It deserves capital letters as it really was that amazing. A remote treehouse in the middle of nowhere in Wales. No electricity, no phone signal, not even an indoor shower or toilet. Just my little family and going back to basics. It was absolutely perfect.
My photos or video will not do this treehouse justice but just imagine living high up in the trees and that is exactly what it was. There was no one around for miles, just us and A LOT of sheep. It was beautiful, peaceful yet oh so stylish. Although the weather wasn't great (The sun did come out periodically!) we went on lots of walks, ate lots of sweet treats, snuggled, read books by candlelight and played games. It was just what we all needed.
The girls were so good considering we were all sleeping in the same room, although Mads didn't go to bed until near enough 10pm on the first night. (when it is windy the trees REALLY creak!) We had a simple, lovely few days, topped off by visiting my grandparents on the way home. I am so thankful for my little family and the opportunities that we get to experience and I will treasure the memories of the past weekend.
I also proved that I am not necessarily a country girl at heart, firstly by putting my lovely PJ bottoms on a candle and setting them on fire and secondly by freaking out about needing a wee at 2 am (the toilet was outside) and waking Mr E up to come with me to hold my hand!
I didn't charge my camera and it went on to low battery while we were there, so because I wanted to save it for seeing my grandparents on the way home, I thought I hadn't taken that many photos. Turns out you can take the blogger away from social media but you can't taken the blogger away from her camera! I couldn't go completely cold turkey- I may have self combust or something. Oops... Here is our weekend in photos and a little video...
The most beautiful place ever.
Girls in bed. Candles. Wine. Sat on a treehouse balcony with an amazing view. Check.
Posing on the spiral staircase. Not an easy feat while holding two wriggly children.
You had to access the treehouse by a number of bridges which Mads thought was the best thing ever.
The 'wibbly wobbly' bridge.
We took a trip to the local seaside.
Writing your name's in a heart on the sand. Standard practice.
We stopped off at a gorgeous little sweetie shop for an ice cream. Doing the normal tourist thing and getting the lady to take a photo of us all.
Lots of snuggles were had.
The treehouse had no electricity and the hot water was powered by the fire, so we spent a lot of time lighting candles. And then a lot of time stopping LL crawling and picking them up.
Mads kept cheating at Jenga but as we love her we let her do it.
We did lots and lots of walking. Well as much as you could do when had forgotten to pack the baby carrier. Oops.
And did lots of swinging.
Plus lots of Gruffalo hunting.
Log walking was also a must.
Late afternoon sunshine is the best kind of sunshine.
This girl loved running about.
We stopped off at my Grandparents on the way home as they live on the border of Wales. I will treasure this photo of Mads and my Nana.
The obligatory family photo we take each time. :)
And here is a little video of our adventures...
Just a little note at the end to say thank you so much to Loved by Parents. We won this trip through them and I couldn't finish this post off without thanking them for giving us the opportunity for such a wonderful weekend together. They haven't asked us to write about it or mention them in any way, but I just wanted to say thanks. We have already said the treehouse may be our special family place and we will definitely be returning!