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Holiday Spam...

on Monday, 07 July 2014.

You may have noticed it has been a little quiet around these parts for the last week or so.  The reason for this is that we have been thousands of miles away in Rhodes on our first foreign holiday as a family of four.  We got back late Saturday night and have been drowning under a sea of dirty washing and unpacking.

I think it is going to be quite hard to put into words about just how much of an amazing time we had on our holiday to Levante Beach.  Of course we expected to have a great time, we were on holiday after all, but we had an intensely special week.  One that we will all remember for an incredibly long time.  Even as I type this I can feel tears pricking at the back of my eyes, perhaps a little of the post holiday blues that is inevitable when you return back to normality, but also because quite simply I am a little overwhelmed by just how much one holiday and place could capture my heart and define us as a family.

I kept my promise to myself and kept my phone off.  Bar going on to instagram to do the odd photo, I didn't check my emails, read my tweets or look online at anything.  I completely switched off, we all did, and we really needed to.  We relaxed, we had new experiences, we made new friends and above all we reconnected as a family.  We have come away with sunkissed noses with emerging freckles, a couple extra pounds in weight from an over indulgence of waffles in the morning, and a whole host of memories that will give us goosebumps for a long time to come.

Of course, I took SO many photos and some video too.  Apologies but this little blog is going to be overtaken by holiday spam for the next week or so but I have just so much I want to record, share and remember.  I am going through and sifting through all the photos from my 'big camera', plus I want to actually write what we got up to, but in the meantime I wanted to share some of the photos from my iPhone.  

Here is a snapshot of our holiday through the eyes of my phone...

1 swimming fun

Fun in the pool with LL who loved splashing about in her ring and a spot of relaxing (more about that in another post!)

1levante beach

The beautiful Levante Beach, looking gorgeous at sunrise.  I surprised myself by getting up and going to the gym four times, although it was so hot I didn't do that much!

1holiday clothes

We started a mini tradition of standing outside our suite and taking a photo of that evenings outfits.  Isn't it wonderful going on holiday and not having to cook or wash up for a week? 

1 bike selfies

One of the great things about Mark Warner is that a lot of the activities are included in the price.  Mr E and I went on an organised bike ride with Emma along the coast, stopping at a little bar for a diet coke in the sunshine.

1holiday clothes 1

More holiday posing- I loved the excuse to dress the girls up in little outfits that they just don't get to wear much of at home.

1 jumping in the pool

This girl grew so much in confidence over the course of the week, going from not letting go of us to swimming and jumping non stop.  We got her a Konfidence jacket just before we left and it gave her and us a bit more reassurance.  She just loved every second of swimming.

1 paddling

Paddling.

1 sharing icecreams

We had a little routine where by the girls would have an after lunch swim followed by an ice cream- their little faces were an absolute picture each time.

1 afternoon siesta

They would then have an afternoon siesta, as would Mr E occasionally too while I got to lay in the sun and read my book, which was absolute bliss.

1 water pistol

Mads loved her water pistol that Grandma bought her and LL, but we had a slight issue on the way there that we packed one of them in her Trunki and it got flagged up as we passed through security! They wouldn't let it on the plane and Mads was so upset- how stupid are we?!

1 underwater swimming

Messing around in the pool- it's a lot harder than it looks trying to take a photo underwater!

1 looking out to sea

We loved going down to the beach every evening after dinner for a paddle.

1holiday clothes 3

Our last night outfits.

1 airplane

Saying Bye Bye to Rhodes.

 

As I said, I have so many photos from my DSLR I want to share, so this blog is going to be a very sunshiny place for a little while.  A perfect way to counteract the sadness as our tans fade and life returns to normal!

 

Comments (71)

  • Notmyyearoff

    Notmyyearoff

    07 July 2014 at 07:46 |
    It looks like you had a really brilliant time and it looks so nice and hot too. Blissful!!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:22 |
      It was so wonderful, we are really sad to be back! ;) x
  • Jaime Oliver

    Jaime Oliver

    07 July 2014 at 07:48 |
    Aww Katie i so know what you mean about feeling sad leaving a Mark Warner holiday they really are magical in every way aren't they! its hard to explain in words but I so know that feeling

    Hope you settle back home soon x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:22 |
      I really think it is hard to explain the Mark Warner ethos to someone who hasn't been there, but it's amazing isn't it? I still feel sad almost a week later. ;) We had a fantastic time. x
  • Ryan Costello

    Ryan Costello

    07 July 2014 at 08:31 |
    Fantastic photos. Looks like you all had a great time. My first time abroad without my parents was to Rhodes. It's a beautiful place (although I suspect I saw it in a different light to you given I was 18 and in all make company lol).
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:23 |
      Haha yes I can imagine it was slightly different to our experience of Rhodes. ;) x
  • PottyMouthedMummy

    PottyMouthedMummy

    07 July 2014 at 08:36 |
    Gorgeous gorgeous pictures. So glad you had such a wonderful time.

    We've not had a proper holiday with H yet but we have vowed that next year will be the year. We're house saving but need a week of sun and family time. We have a few small trips this year.

    Well done for switching off. You were missed lots, but so much more important to make those memories with you gorgeous family xxx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:23 |
      I hope you manage to get away for a little bit, and thanks for saying I was missed! That makes my slightly down in the dumps post holiday mood slightly better. ;) xx
  • Katrina

    Katrina

    07 July 2014 at 09:26 |
    Spending time to reconnect as a family is so so important. & it always passes far too quickly! I hope you don't suffer too much with the holiday blues, & i know it won't be much consolation.....but you've been massively missed by all of us! Enjoy going through those pictures, i can't wait to hear more about it. Hugs, sunny-shiny hugs xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:24 |
      It really is, we had such a lovely time together. And thanks lovely K- lots of posts coming next week! x
  • Super Busy Mum

    Super Busy Mum

    07 July 2014 at 09:26 |
    Loved getting a glimpse of your holidays over on instagram, you take such lovely snippets so I cannot wait to see the treasures of your DSLR! xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:24 |
      Ah thank you, I have a whole week of holiday posts coming up next week, I hope I don't bore anyone too much! x
  • Emma

    Emma

    07 July 2014 at 09:27 |
    Aww it looks like you had an amazing holiday Katie! The girls looks so cute in their outfits :) xxx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:24 |
      Thanks Emma, we had a wonderful time. x
  • Katherine

    Katherine

    07 July 2014 at 09:30 |
    Wow! What a nice place. I am sure you really had a good time with your amazing family.
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:24 |
      It really was wonderful- thank you! x
  • Kerry | Ohsoamelia

    Kerry | Ohsoamelia

    07 July 2014 at 10:19 |
    Looks like you all had an amazing time! I loved your outfit posts on IG each night too :) Looking forward to reading more xx
  • Jenna

    Jenna

    07 July 2014 at 11:04 |
    Gorgeous photos. I'm green with envy! :)

    xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:25 |
      It was pretty fabulous and we are sold on Mark Warner now- we loved every minute of it. x
  • Amy - Diddle Diddle Dumpling

    Amy - Diddle Diddle Dumpling

    07 July 2014 at 11:25 |
    It looks like you had an amazing time. And well done for switching off! Not an easy thing to do but I bet it made the holiday so much more special.

    Despite the boys both have hundreds of Rhodes t-shirts (from Grandad who goes at least once every year) it's not somewhere I've ever been. From these photos though, it looks lovely.

    Can't wait to see more of your holiday snaps!

    xo
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:25 |
      It really is lovely, I recommend going! Thank you, I have a whole week of holiday posts coming up next week! x
  • Molly

    Molly

    07 July 2014 at 11:25 |
    Loving your outfits - you must have been the most stylish family there! x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:25 |
      Ah thanks Molly, I don't know about that but I do love dressing up on holiday, and love dressing the girls up even more. x
  • HELEN

    HELEN

    07 July 2014 at 11:31 |
    omg so many outfits, your suitcase must have been huge!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:26 |
      We had two huge ones... oops! x
  • LauraCYMFT

    LauraCYMFT

    07 July 2014 at 12:50 |
    Looks like a fantastic place to visit. I love going on holiday, It's so nice to get away from the routine at home and enjoy some fun in the sun. Gorgeous photos as always x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:28 |
      Thanks lovely, it was amazing. It feels like it never happened though, I keep looking at the photos. x
  • Little Miss Alba

    Little Miss Alba

    07 July 2014 at 12:58 |
    The iPhone pics look amazing so really looking forward to seeing the whole holiday captured over the next week. Glad you had an amazing time! Holidays are just the best Ax
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:29 |
      Thanks lovely, it was amazing. x
  • Louise @ Birds and Lilies

    Louise @ Birds and Lilies

    07 July 2014 at 13:04 |
    Looks like you all had a wonderful time - beautiful photo's! We went on our first family holiday to Portugal last year for my sisters's wedding and it was amazing; really wish we were going abroad this year! x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:30 |
      It is lovely but works out so expensive doesn't it sometimes, that's why they are considered a luxury I guess! We love Portugal too. x
  • Hayley @hayleyfromhome

    Hayley @hayleyfromhome

    07 July 2014 at 13:17 |
    I can't wait to see you big camera photos and I'm looking forward to all your holiday spam! I think we could only dream of a holiday like this with our three so I'm going to live vicariously through your blog! I'm so pleased you had an amazing time, you've made a lot of changes this year and this must have been just what you all needed. It looks stunning and I love the pictures of you girls on your way out, a good tradition to start. xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:30 |
      Thanks Hayley, be prepared for lots more holiday spam next week- I have a whole week of posts going up! ;) x
  • Actually Mummy...

    Actually Mummy...

    07 July 2014 at 14:48 |
    This is exactly how we felt about coming home from our ski trip - SO many wonderful memories, so many firsts were made on that holiday that it was hard to come home without feeling a little bereft. Thank goodness we have our blogs to relive the experiences through!
    And how exactly did you get that underwater shot??
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:33 |
      Taking photos underwater is a lot harder than it looks. I don't think you can explain the Mark Warner experience to anyone who hasn't been on one before- it really is just amazing. x
  • Seychellesmama

    Seychellesmama

    07 July 2014 at 14:57 |
    Looks GORGEOUS so pleased you had such a wonderful time!!!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:33 |
      We had a wonderful time, thanks lovely. x
  • Kara

    Kara

    07 July 2014 at 15:39 |
    I can not tell you how much I want to do this with my babies, this looks amazing, can't wait to hear whether it was child friendly xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:45 |
      Thanks Kara, it really was amazing for childcare, I have a thorough review coming up on it next week. x
  • Jenny

    Jenny

    07 July 2014 at 16:16 |
    Oh it sounds and looks so ABSOLUTELY AMAZING katie. I know what you mean when you say you come back a little teary that the holiday was so much more than just fun in the sun. I felt this way when I got back from Lanzarote, which was our first trip as a family of four abroad. Love all your outfit photos. I want to know where you shop! lol I could have used some of these for my trip. lol Beautfiul beautiful family holiday and I look forward to reading all about it and seeing more fantastic photos. You are amazing photographer.
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:44 |
      Aw thanks Jenny, I think being in the sun and spending quality time as a family is magical. And thanks for the lovely comment about my photographs. x
  • Michelle

    Michelle

    07 July 2014 at 17:46 |
    I'm glad you all had a lovely time. It's so sad on the last day of the holidays. Your photos are beautiful and has inspired us to look at holidays in the sun next year xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:44 |
      I definitely recommend looking through Mark Warner, they were absolutely incredible. And yes I am still feeling a little down in the dumps almost a week on! ;) x
  • Carie

    Carie

    07 July 2014 at 17:49 |
    Oh they're all lovely hot sunny happy photos - definitely brightened up my day and I'm looking forward to LOTS and LOTS of holiday pictures to come!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:44 |
      You will regret saying that Carie because there are literally LOADS! x
  • Stephanie

    Stephanie

    07 July 2014 at 18:51 |
    Looks like an amazing trip! I've been enjoying following the photos on IG. Can't wait to see what you got on your DSLR!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:43 |
      Thanks Stephanie, it really was amazing. x
  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    07 July 2014 at 19:53 |
    It looks like you had such an amazing time, I've loved seeing your outfit photos each night! We are off to France in a couple of months and I think I will do the same with switching my phone off, it's so important sometimes xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:43 |
      I definitely recommend doing it Jess, it feels like you will miss out on something or have loads to catch up on when you get home, but it was totally worth it. We all so needed a break and a chance to spend quality time together. x
  • Oh Little One Sweet

    Oh Little One Sweet

    07 July 2014 at 19:58 |
    Gorgeous photos Katie! Looks like you had an amazing holiday. I look forward to seeing more posts about your time in Rhodes. Can't wait to go o holiday now! x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:41 |
      Hope you have a great time wherever you are going. x
  • Karen

    Karen

    07 July 2014 at 20:04 |
    Ooooh it looks perfect, just perfect! We have never taken our lot on a sunny foreign holiday - I'm always too scared that we will pay all that money and it will be a nightmare with the kids throwing hissy fits all the time! But it looks like you had an amazing time. I'm looking forward to seeing more :) I loved all the wee snaps on IG!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:41 |
      Haha yes that is a worry, I don't think anyone could have a bad time on a Mark Warner Holiday though as the childcare and activities are just amazing. x
  • Donna

    Donna

    07 July 2014 at 21:15 |
    I was following your photos across social media and they are all gorgeous. You have such a beautiful family and I'm glad you got to have such a lovely holiday and some time out x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:40 |
      Thanks Donna, it was great and we are still pinching ourselves that we got to have such a great holiday together. x
  • Richmond Mummy

    Richmond Mummy

    07 July 2014 at 21:31 |
    Sounds like you had a wonderful time and some thoroughly deserved R&R - how lovely :-) and the pics are gorgeous. Looking forward to hearing more about it all xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:40 |
      Thanks lovely, it was amazing. x
  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure

    Bex @ The Mummy Adventure

    07 July 2014 at 21:41 |
    I am so not jealous AT all (lies). It looks so lovely out there and I love your evening outfit poses x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:39 |
      Thanks Bex, it really was a fantastic place with so many great facilities. x
  • Sharon Powell

    Sharon Powell

    08 July 2014 at 07:57 |
    Beautiful photos! Looks like you had a wonderful time x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:39 |
      Thanks we definitely did. x
  • katie

    katie

    08 July 2014 at 12:31 |
    You ought to get a family modelling gig Katie - you all look gorgeous!
    So glad you had a fabulous time, although looking through your photos did make me a bit green with envy! xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:38 |
      Haha thanks Katie, I don't think my girls would make very willing models unfortunately. Unless the photographer bribed them with sweets like I do. ;) x
  • Lauren

    Lauren

    08 July 2014 at 13:45 |
    Is it wrong that I kind of wish you were still on holiday too? Just so we could see more photos, especially the outfit ones.
    I cannot wait to see more photos!! HURRY HURRY!! xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:38 |
      haha I love you Lauren, thanks for this comment! x
  • Alex {Bump to Baby}

    Alex {Bump to Baby}

    09 July 2014 at 12:35 |
    Looks amazing! Cannot wait to see your DSLR photos :) x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:38 |
      Thanks Alex, it was so much fun, I have a whole week of holiday posts coming up next week. ;) x
  • Jennifer Coronel

    Jennifer Coronel

    09 July 2014 at 13:00 |
    This place looks like lots of fun! and your outfits were so cute!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:36 |
      Thanks Jennifer, I love to dress up a little on holiday as we never really do at home. x
  • Lucy

    Lucy

    09 July 2014 at 14:45 |
    Your holiday snaps on Instagram didn't make me in the slightest bit jealous.... Nope! Not... At... All! It all looks amazing, and I bet you just had the most fantastic time. x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 15:36 |
      We really did have such a wonderful time, and the photos don't even do it justice. Thanks lovely. x

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