Bucket List 2020.

I wanted to start the year off on the right foot this January and make a good start on planning. For me I like planning, I like knowing what’s happening, where we are going etc. Admittedly I don’t always see these things through but the intention is always there. I’m not particularly impulsive, I’m an overthinker, an over analyser so being prepared suits me well. I take this with pretty much all aspects of my life. Sometimes its helpful sometimes its not. Hey Ho!

I’ve done a little digging into last Januarys list for this year here in Bucket List For 2019 and even further back in Bucket list 2018. I know straight away there are some things we are not including this year and one of those is Centre Parcs. It is just too far out of our price range during school holidays. I’m gutted about that, H keeps asking to go back and we would love too, its just not realistic at this moment in time. Hopefully that may change. Fingers crossed.

Bucket list 2020

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A Look Back At 2019.

I always start these posts with something along the lines of ‘what a year it’s been’ and again with this year it’s been no different. This is even more significant in a sense as it’s also the end of a decade, and if I look back at that there was a massive change for my life.

At the start of the decade we got engaged. After that it was moving out, marriage, moving house and 3 babies. That’s quite a personal achievement so I cant ignore what a monumental life change that has happened over the past decade.

January and February

As I now look back to the beginning of last year it looked like a year of change, starting with our Announcement And First Trimester Update and I also attempted to delve deeper into my feelings about the blog in Why I Took Some Time Away From The Blog.

I’m not 100% convinced that I feel totally better with it but I’m getting there, and I’m looking forward to working on it and using 2020 to move forward. And hopefully gain some much needed clarity, more on that another time though.

Bucket List and Hopes For 2019

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Audley End Miniature Railway Pirate And Mermaid Event.

A few months ago we visited Audley End Miniature Railway this is the third time we have been. We thought about going again in the summer for the summer festival which we did last time but I had a quick look at half term and they were doing a Pirate and Mermaid event. If you would like to read about the summer festival you can read it in A Day At Audley End Railway.

As this was a different event we thought we would go and see how it differed.

We have noticed in the past that lots of children go dressed in fancy dress when they visit and it really creates a lovely atmosphere. So this time I couldn’t resist but got them both costumes to wear, I thought they would look quite cute in their his and hers pirate costumes, and to be fair they did. We did take spare clothes with us incase it got sticky hot, as the costume material isn’t the most comfortable when its hot.

Audley End Entrance 19 (1)

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A Day At Watermouth Family Theme Park and Castle

Our final day of our Devon holiday Chris had looked into going to a theme park. This was the one he chose, something about it drew him in. You can read more about the whole holiday here in Woolacombe Bay Devon, Mini Break. to see what else we got up too.

We had picked up  a leaflet for it while in the caravan park and it got my attention.

Its described online on their site as;

‘In this stunning location overlooking the picturesque Watermouth Cove, Watermouth Family Theme Park and Castle offers a unique and magical experience with entertainment for all ages.’  – Watermouthcastle.com

There was a similar description in their leaflet too, something about the word ‘unique’ intrigued me. We’ve done a few family theme parks so we have a general idea what to expect, so What was making it unique?

Watermouth Castle is located just outside Ilfracombe and was 20 minutes from Woolacombe Bay itself. It opened at 10.30 am and we aimed to get there right on time. Which we did and we still had a short queue to get through the door.

Watermouth Castle

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Woolacombe Bay Devon, Mini Break.

A little while ago we took our last family holiday as a family of four. Trying to find where to go proved a challenge to start with but we stumbled across the idea of North Devon. Having been somewhere I used to go as a child and not been back there for a number of years. After a few positive recommendations we selected to stay with Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks.

Woolacombe Bay has a selection of 4 sites to choose from all within walking distance from each other. All with slightly different facilities on offer, we narrowed it down to the Twitchen House location purely because it offered us the best caravan location for what we wanted.

Twitchen House

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10 Tips For Starting Reception.

Some of you may have gotten the long-awaited for news of which school your child has been accepted in to. Believe me when I say it’s both a relief and a reality check once you do know.

Suddenly it’s all very, very, real, not only that it’s suddenly not that far away.

So now what?

Is your child as ready as they can be for starting school?

I wrote a post last year just as we were preparing H for school, it was based more on the learning activities we were doing with him at home, to prepare him for that environment. You can read that in School Preparation for a 4 year old.

10 Tips for Starting school

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Bucket List For 2019

At this time of year we go into planing mode, trying to arrange our annual leave dates over the coming year. Unlike last year we have a challenge of  school holidays to contend with. We escaped that last year as H didn’t start school until September so we still had full reign of most of the year, it’s been a challenge to say the least.

Trying to plan family holidays that are restricted to half term is difficult, it really is shocking how much extra you have to pay  for anything in half term. We are going to have to be so much more selective.

I’ve had a look over last years Bucket list 2018 and at some of the places we managed to visit, and  those we didn’t. With that in mind I’ve selected a few we are hoping to visit again.


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