10 weeks after having a baby and with the whirlwind that is our normal, we were desperately in need of a break and very grateful for the foresight that made be book a break to Centre Parcs back when I was only 4 months pregnant. It is expensive but its easily one of my favourite places to escape to in the UK... really comfortable living space, no cars so a feeling of closed in safety for the children to ride their bikes, peace and quiet even though there are so many people, as many activities as you'd want, swimming for free as much the kids can convince us to go, and good food.
From the play areas, to walking around the lake, the place is beautiful and it gave me a chance to really soak up the autumn sun and go a slower for a week.
Ayla and I finally got back in a bath. For most people not a highlight of a holiday but the kids had two a day everyday we were there, and it's definitely one of the things we miss the most in this house and has me wishing we could go back in January.
We could only borrow a bike rack for 2, so Gabe spend a lot of time on his scooter, but having someone to stay relatively at my pace was nice, especially with his constant jabber.
A little friend was made.
Fires and movies were watched with plenty of treats and hot chocolate.
And most of all time slowed down enough for connection.