Monday 27 April 2015

My Holiday Memories

Post in collaboration with @covered_mag


The best holiday I have ever been on, has to have been my honeymoon to Orlando, in Florida. 

We got married in March 2011 but due to the job my husband Andy was doing at the time we decided to wait and take our honeymoon in the September, so we would also be away for Andy's birthday.

We had planned many trips and days out before we went as we were only going to be there for ten days so we knew we had to make the most of the time we had. We decided to buy all our disney parks and universal studios tickets once we were out in the USA. The only things that were pre booked were Sea World and our big day out for Andy's birthday - Discovery Cove.

I had seen Discovery Cove on an American reality programme the year before, so when we decided to go to Orlando for our honeymoon, we knew it would probably be a once in a life time experience to spend the day at the all inclusive park and swim with the Dolphins!

I have to admit yes it was an expensive trip at over four hundred dollars, but as I have said Discovery Cove is an all inclusive park meaning for the price you pay, you get all drinks and snacks plus your breakfast and lunch at the park. It also included a fourteen day unlimited access to Sea World as part of the price.

On the day of our trip we arrived at the park for about eight am. We checked in and got our id passes which told us what time and where to go for our dolphin swim. Also included on the day was your locker, towels, mask and snorkel and either wetsuit or vest. We both opted for the best. You also got suntan lotion which was safe for the Dolphins.

Our swim was definitely the most amazing experience of my life and I'm sure it was Andy's too. For me being able to kiss a dolphin, feed it fish and then swim with it was just out of this world. 

Once we had done our swim we chose to spend the rest of the day relaxing on their man made beaches and swimming in the beautiful water. 

If I could go back and do this all over again I would do it tomorrow. This is definitely my best holiday memory ever.

Thursday 9 April 2015

A new family routine

So we now have a new family routine thanks to Andy's work shifts changing.

Week One he works 12:30 till 20:30 Monday to Friday and is off on a Saturday and Sunday.
Week Two he has two 10:00 till 18:00 and two 09:00 till 18:00 Monday to Thursday off on a Friday and then 09:00 till 14:00 on a Saturday.

Last week was his first week one so it wasn't too much different to what it was before for James but this week being the first of the week twos, so Andy has been getting home when James has been having his bath and bed time. 

Needless to say James has been acting up at bed time and not wanting to go to sleep as he knew daddy was home early. We normally try to alternate who puts him to bed when we are both home. But the last few nights he's just wanted daddy and it has taken both of us to get him down. So his normal bedtime of between six and seven has been after half eight the last few nights but of course he's still been waking up between six and seven! 

Next week it is going to change even more as we move out of our rented house and into my parents house while we wait to complete on our house. Then Andy is going to be leaving early and getting back late no matter which shift week he is going to be on.

Roll on moving into our house and trying to get James into a normal bedtime routine.