Can a long weekend be classed as a holiday?

If the answer is yes then I have booked a holiday for three nights in May to our usual place.

Yes I know people slag Pontins and camber sands off big time especially the accommodation but you get what you pay for..

If they pay 45 pounds for a 3 night break for 6 and go for the popular or classic  then the chalet you get is going to be pretty dire,  If you pay more and go for club accommodation then hey it’s lovely and for the last three years that is what we have done they have not long refurbished them all so I have never been able to fault anything, usually I go for the upstairs  club two bed.

One with bunk beds  in one bedroom and the other bedroom  has two single beds which  we push together and sitting room that has a sleep sofa which we don’t use  so we keep it as a sitting room with the sofa and digital tv, then of course you have the rest of the chalet which is a fitted kitchen, dinning room and sliding doors to out on the balcony, but this time I went for club ground floor, I’m hoping I have gone for the usual  sleeping arrangements in the bedrooms, but the pc froze before I could  check I do know it’s two bedrooms and sitting room so three bed altogether, I’m not sure if I booked two single beds and bunks or two sets of bunk beds  or one room with a single bed and the other bunk beds, oh well if I did we can always sleep on the bed sofa .

The good thing is the boys know their way around they have been 5 or 6 times before and as both can swim they can go to the pool on their own, which means relax time for us and there is a beautiful beach there as well which we take the metal detectors to the dunes,  Even when the weather  is  bad you can walk for  miles along the sandy beaches or stay indoors while the kids are off to the swimming pool and enjoy a nice glass of wine.

As long as I remember to take a  bottle opener and a corkscrew with us we are happy and the boys love their weekend of freedom . 

Even better is the fact that the blue cross price http://www.pontins.com/offers-late-deals/2014-holidays/   price was halved for us because we were such loyal customers over the last few years so we went again for the club class http://www.pontins.com/holiday-parks/camber-sands-holiday-park/accommodation/
It may not be much but to us it’s a holiday .  not told the boys yet I will leave it as a surprise until we get them in the car after school when we leave straight from school to go there

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The promised update:

Ok I must start off  with the pictures of Vickie during her head shave for red nose day…  I’m not sure of the exact amount she raised…  but the just giving site says its
£432.10  although I have a feeling its a lot more than that because there were some who donated directly via her.

hair it is (pun….. get it get it get it 🙂 … going going gone……

before

before

this long?

this long?

and away we go

and away we go

I love this picture

I love this picture

Gone

Gone

Right the next thing boring news update was Easter……….. I made the boys a basket each and we took them out over the Easter holidays…

The baskets I made the boys and Amber for Easter

The baskets I made the boys and Amber for Easter

One trip was to Chatham Dockyards Medway Festival of Steam and Transport which was also showing off the set of the tv series call the midwife.

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On Another day out we had been to the de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre 

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Obviously I didnt take this one but its hard to give you an idea of the size of the place

Obviously I didn’t take this one but its hard to give you an idea of the size of the place


We went to Hornby make and paint days a couple of times…….  the kids love it here so it’s another of the places we have an annual ticket and keep going to over and over again

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We had a morning of cake decorating which was gratefully received by friends …………   Now I usually stick to butter frosting and or just Glacé icing  or Royal Icing when it comes to things like Christmas Cakes but for a change I used Fondant Icing and petal paste…..    This has now convinced me I really must do more because some are pretty dire :/

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And then we had a quick trip to Pontins at Camber…….  I had it well planned I packed school uniforms with me so they would have a clean one , I collected the boys from school, we drove straight to Pontins……… spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday night there and drove back early Monday morning in time to get the boys to school… I timed it perfectly… we had them outside the school gates at 8.40 🙂
After having such rainy or cold weather….. we had a fantastic weekend it was lovely and warm and yep I got sunburnt…  I do confess we go club.. which is kinda like as close to first class as you are going to get at pontins.. with the free breakfast and bottle of wine , free electric, tv , newspapers , welcome packs blah blah blah.. I have no idea what the Popular or Classic flats are like , some of them looked quite dire…………  we stayed in one ten years ago when I was pregnant with Alex and it really was pathetic and grubby and they don’t look like they have changed much since…   Hence why we go club….
To be fair I didn’t take many pictures this time as I took loads last time we went and we are going again this year……… ok I was having fun……… I didn’t want to miss out standing behind the camera 😆
Not only that we spent 50% of the time in the pool , One slightly worrying moment when Alex ran off and went on the big inflatable Aqua Course which starts at the deep end and goes all the way to the shallow end about 3ft deep , Alex leaps on and at the first bit falls off right into the water about 7 ft deep……..  at this point I seriously wonder how good his swimming is lol but he bob’s up to the top and off he swims front crawl to the side of the pool. joins the queue and starts again only this time he completes the course and joined the queue again… over and over… I think after the 5th go he got bored with it..

the boys playing in the indoor sports hall.

the boys playing in the indoor sports hall.

The boys on the quad bike we hired  (of course we got discount with our posh club flat lol)

The boys on the quad bike we hired (of course we got discount with our posh club flat lol)

The view right from the top of the dunes..

The view right from the top of the dunes..

Doesn't everyone

Doesn’t everyone

the sea from the top of the dunes

the sea from the top of the dunes

another picture on the dunes with the windfarm in the background

another picture on the dunes with the wind farm in the background

Doesn't everyone take their laptop with them.

Doesn’t everyone take their laptop with them.

Alex in the play area

Alex in the play area

Ali in the sanded play area.. with the rather dire  commoners chalets behind him lol

Ali in the sanded play area.. with the rather dire commoners chalets behind him lol

playing on the famous sand dunes

playing on the famous sand dunes

in the evening....... three nights and they were exhausted....

in the evening……. three nights and they were exhausted….

In between All these activities as such of course Allan still does his recycle round collecting cardboard for the scouts and doing his leader training ….

here he is getting invested into the scouts as cub leader

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And last but not least yesterday we went to the District Scout Inspection, Formal Service and St George’s Day Fete  where The Sittingbourne and Milton District Scout Group had invited the Mayor to jointly inspect the Scouts with the District Commissioner, at Bexon Lane Scout Camp  All the troops were asked to wear full uniform with school /smart/ uniform trousers and school shoes or their scouting hiking boots (cleaned up of course lol)  sadly a few let us down but with a little maneuvering the *scruffy* ones were put in the middle

It was Allans first Official Duty as a Scout leader and to top the day off Alex was chosen as flag bearer  all in all a lovely day.. and the smash a plate stand that we manned afterwards went well, and to top off the day we had lovely sunshine all day despite the weather forecast.

Allan In his uniform...  I have to confess when I said I had a thing for men in uniform this wasn't quite what I had in mind.

Allan In his uniform…
I have to confess when I said I had a thing for men in uniform this wasn’t quite what I had in mind.

Alex ready with the flag strap on

Alex ready with the flag strap on

Ali killing time before the parade

Ali killing time before the parade

Alex and Ali queuing up ready to join the parade

Alex and Ali queuing up ready to join the parade

Alex with the flag and the cubs and allan trying to get them all in a straight line ready for inspection

Alex with the flag and the cubs and Allan trying to get them all in a straight line ready for inspection

Allan in his bib and tucker so to speak

Allan in his bib and tucker so to speak

the Mayor of Swale (in yellow) starting off the parade

the Mayor of Swale (in yellow) starting off the parade

 

And  That is it for now………….. Phew………………  Hopefully I can keep up to date in future but that’s not a promise lol

Good Friends Good Coffee Good Life.

 

What happens when you put friends, Especially when you haven’t seen them for 5 weeks and who usually only have time to catch up on facebook together.

A four hour Chat-Fest Thats what.

I haven’t had a good chat with Mary for quite a while, we do get together on our own as well as the usual coffee met ups.

But with the boys being on summer holidays I haven’t had a chance to do the ladies that coffee at all. When we got back from holiday was when Mary went away camping on her summer break… Then disaster struck… she got ill and I mean ill… they had a ready cooked chicken from Tesco’s close to their camp site and all got the trots and sickness… Mary who had eaten the most chicken got it the worst……. Now bearing in mind they came home early from holiday because of everyone being ill and I knew this from the moment she got back as she let me know, its the first time she was up to someone coming to see her and its over a week and a half later.. When I saw her today she looked terrible… I could see how ill she had been see how much weight she had lost… and what really peeves me off the most is that none of her other so called friends had even asked how she is.

 

you really do find out who your friends are in times of sickness I just feel bad for Mary I really do… I love my boys to bits but I have to say I am looking forward to when they go back to school so we can resume our regular coffee meet ups where we can put the world to rights .

 

4 weeks left of the summer holidays wow time is flying fast.

Really Fast, We have been away and come back, Earlier than planned but in a way its a blessing in disguise,   I don’t know how many more late nights the boys could have lasted as they were both exhausted.
The weather was fantastic.. we got caught in one five min rain shower…

ok torrential rain shower where we got soaked through but once we had nipped in the chippy, had something to eat and then gone to the amusement park we soon dried off..

The boys loved every second of their mini holiday from the moment we got there to the trip home where they fell asleep exhausted in the car…..

surprisingly they loved the sooty and sweep show… of course they loved the big space show… (the geeky side of them) and the circus….  went swimming every day which we have had to promise to carry on at least once a week. as well as loads of other stuff…

When we got home we got the wardrobes over from Jo’s that I had bought off her,  one for our room and one for Ambers, 
and then discovered that our one didn’t fit in our room so we moved a chest of draws into ambers room and a book case……  the other book case ended up on the top landing.
we still have loads of books to stack on the shelves.. and of course all the cook books.  but hey we will get this house sorted one day.  Yes he is even a hoarder of books… thankfully he has agreed that I can get rid of some.

Anyway my peace had been disturbed as Alex has now woken up…

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“I’m Melting . . . . I’m Melting . . . . I’m too fat for this weather”

 

ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!! When it’s too hot to take the boys out of the house to go and play in the park in the middle of the day . . . . You know its hot… come on this is Kent we are used to the heat. hell it was 101 degree’s the summer I was pregnant with Alex… we are used to the sun, but the humidity its never been this bad. It can be overcast outside but still hot, muggy and humid..  the other day I was cooking a roast dinner.. (yes more fool me) and I was melting. ok I know if I lost a whole load of weight I would be more conformable and the diet has gone for a Burton at the moment.. will blog about that another time but even the kids are hot, sweaty and irritable.

I know we have had a rubbish summer really, a few nice days before the Easter holidays and then rain… and I mean rain, Seriously as soon as they brought in the hosepipe ban because of the drought.. it has poured down there have been floods everywhere, thankfully none near us… but rain has stopped a lot of play.

anyway, the day after the kids broke up from school for the summer holidays the sun came out.. ok we have had rain here and there but its been hot and humid… we went to chatham dockyard and the next day to a fun day and despite me smothering the kids in sunblock and myself I am the one who got burned… they are fine… I am still agony or itching like made… and the weather is still hot and humid… its too hot at the moment to take the kids out to the park in the day time. I don’t want them getting heatstroke so we are taking them out early evening time when it has cooled down.

we have the ceiling fan going constantly in the front room and the smaller fans going on in the bedrooms.. so sleep which is not one of the things I am really good at even at the best of times is getting harder and harder… I will wake up too hot… turn the fan on… wake up an hour later.. too cold or the noise is driving me mad and turn it off.. and this seems to go on until about 6am then I can sleep.

I cant wait until we go on holiday and get some fresh sea air.. and you know what the forecast is for while we are away hot but with …. yep bloody rain..