Dreaming of holidays
If you ever catch me glassy eyed, it could be one of a several reasons.
A child singing as they skip down the street. (I'm gooey over those simple things!)
I'm upset - feel free to offer cake as a solution.
A stray eyelash has invaded my personal visual space (& feels like a porcupine)
or I'm dreaming about holidays.
If it's unclear which, look deep into my eyes and if you see the glimmer of
How it's changed!
I first went abroad when I was 16 and the thing I most remember is my hand-me-down swimming costume that had a threadbare backside! It was only discovered after I'd commented on how friendly the locals were...😲
My next holiday was 5 years later at 21 (Thank you now-husband) you may think the delay was due to the transparent costume trauma but no, I was just skint!
When our girls were little, we squeezed family holidays in but
like most, we didn't benefit from the fruits of a money tree!
(Quick interruption - did you know that money plants are a thing?! We have one & although it doesn't blossom into crisp 20's, it seems only right to give it major TLC! You know, just in case...anyway click here if you don't believe me!)
Back to my point - holidays were really expensive and pretty intense to organise but now just a couple of clicks and you're off to Corfu! Last year we genuinely got a flight to Corfu for the same price of a 'friends night in' bag of shopping, £38.
If that's not enough to incite an addiction...
Can you get addicted to holidays?
So are holidays addictive? - Discuss.
(To be honest, this is simply me justifying holidays)
Appreciation & Meaning
My love for holidays doesn't mean I don't love the simple things in life, I do which is why Simply Sarah exists. It's important to appreciate what we have but that doesn't mean ignore the bigger things, like the amazing world we live in!
I'm lucky to have been to some gorgeous places and truly appreciate all of my experiences.
Scrap that! I didn't appreciate the holiday that was cancelled the night before, leaving us to tell the kids first thing - Talk about emotional roller coaster! 😒
What I mean is, holidays hold meaning, special times and memories and you know what? I'd rather have that than actual stuff.
Places I've been
So I'm about to go glassy eyed about holidays! I'm going to share the things and people I appreciated for each one.
Put the kettle on and settle in for a brief glassy eyed moment...
Barcelona - An amazing city break to celebrate life and friendship following a personal battle my good friend had won. An extraordinary city with fabulous architecture, we explored, we admired and most importantly, we did it together. 💗
Rhodes - Our fave! This gorgeous Greek island has given us so much. Our first holiday together (He paid for everything & still reminds me!) New friends. Our honeymoon. Gyros (yum) and a bit of tourist Greek. (If you know me personally, you'll know this is a short description, I can go on about Rhodes forever! 😆
Majorca - The place of family holidays, kids clubs and cheesy entertainment.
Our little girlies, amazed by their in flight meals, giggling as they buried each other in the sand and their sparkly eyes taking in the show's while they stayed up late! And returning years later with them and their own children!😀
Canada - One hell of a whirlwind weekend (Yes I did say weekend!) when we put a smile on a friends face, a great weekend of friendship.
And, drum roll please, we got to tick off Niagara Falls because that's where they live! I'm not kidding! Well not in the actual falls obviously, that would be...well wet, but in Ontario. We had such a special Halloween there too. We got invited to go trick or treating with our friends family and it was like something from a family movie!
France - I've always wanted to go, hilariously just to have the opportunity to use my school days French! Oui!
Not only did I get to speak French to the French, (And have them understand-Woo!) but we also discovered that we could share a villa with friends and survive it! Not only did we survive but had a great time together and I also swam in the pool every day. 'That's normal' you might say, but this was my first holiday of being able to swim and that is bloody brilliant!
Centre Parcs, Whinfell Forest - A long weekend away with our girls and the littlies which involved waking up to the excited giggles of a 3 year old and a baby who knew no different but smiled anyway. It was a special weekend of BBQ's, forest walks and time with our kidders.💕
Italy - When friends invite you to their son's christening in Italy, you can't not go!
We loved celebrating their special day and I swear I got an addiction to prosciutto!
(Nips to fridge to pinch a slice. Or two. Really.)
After years of promising ourselves an adventure, we used the Christening as a nudge to travel Europe!
(Thank you friends!)
Celebrating with friends led us to Rome and Florence, and then the Greek islands. It was the first time either of us had travelled, and we actually returned still married! 😮
Previous to this, a perk of my husband working away a lot was that he earned enough hotel points for a free weekend in Venice! (He works away a lot, I miss him, I also have temporary control of the remote control 😉)
Anyway, Venice is beautiful, as is the gelato but a real treat because it's pretty pricey!
Cornwall - The last in my list.
I can't believe it took me until 2017 to discover beautiful Cornwall!
Since when did beaches like this exist in the UK?! The sun shines, the sea is blue and it's simply beautiful.
For us it was a bit like being in the Lake District, but warmer. Much warmer. Exotic even.
Just do it
Each of those trips were meaningful and not taken for granted at all.
We spent time with special people and created special memories and that's important.
We didn't travel when we were younger because we were too busy being parents.
(Yes we started young 🙄)But you know what I've learned over the years?
The world is a big place and we're only on this earth once.
My advice? just do it!
My name is Sarah and I have an addiction to holidays.
Where are the months going?!
Apparently when time passes more quickly it means you're getting old, I refuse to believe that! April is here and that means lots of exciting things to look forward to. But for now, let me share my March with you. 🙂
The joy of hibernation
Okay so that's too much of a 'glass half full' title!
There's no simple pleasure about living in a germ den for a week! Though if I'm looking for a positive, I'm definitely appreciative for not catching the lergy that my husband was omitting! It wasn't just man flu, it was actual flu, not eating, lolling on the sofa, proper flu! 😯
We lived in an oven for a week, yes he had the heating on 24/7 and I hung around in a vest top, that's saying something for a woolly jumper, chunky slipper kinda girl! My pleas of 'let's open a window and let some air run through' was greeted with a choking fit from the shivering, croaking being that was my husband. I'd like to say I had a quiet week due to his sore throat and raw chest but his coughing saw to that! Once I'd grasped that it wasn't just man flu,😏 I did become more sympathetic so don't judge me too quickly!
In sickness & in health (& all that jazz)
A definite simple pleasure was playing Florence Nightingale to my germ ridden husband, I was a star of a supportive wife supporting him in various ways:
An absolute pleasure! I get to be a mum and celebrate it!
I remember when my daughter was little and I'd be presented with a cake that 31 kiddies had fingered at school.
('Oh I'll enjoy that with my bedtime brew darling...when I can secretly dispose of the finger printed, fluff contaminated, deliciousness whilst you sleep!) 😲
The special times haven't stopped but have simply changed, I got truly spoiled.
If there's ever a day to justify chocolate it's Mother's day so I was more than willing to accompany my daughter to the famous Choccobar where she treated me to a yummy pre-movie hot chocolate. The Greatest Showman left me feeling like I wanted to dance in the street, but I wouldn't have subjected the public to that! And a delicious meal at Rastellis was a perfect, pasta filled end to the day.
Family and food, good times. 😀
Views glorious views!
I love writing but my joy doesn't necessarily spread to other people, and whilst I'm busy being creative in my virtual life I'm well aware that other people are living their real life! (I do have one as well, honest!) I look at my blog as a simple 'grab a brew and read a magazine article' sort of pleasure and I hope I'm entertaining and inspiring with it.
This month has seen my view stats go up, up and up! (Whoop!) 🤩 a real month of appreciation. I'll be honest I was tempted to screenshot my stats page and frame it with neon lights to share with the entire universe. Short of the neon lights and not knowing the entire universe, I did screen shot it and share it on social media!
What? it was proud moment!
(Please feel free to like, subscribe and share!) 😉
Life's too short not to spend time with those you love, I know it's a bit of a juggle sometimes but I highly recommend postponing the chores and spending time instead! 😉(Any excuse!)
I love to catch up with people and that often involves lunches and coffee dates and March has been no different.
Sometimes it's nice to catch up with a friend and remember that it's not just you doing this or going through that. It's amazing to live in a world where we can video call friends in a different country and hear all about their adventures.
(Certain to persuade you into booking a holiday!)
And who doesn't appreciate the hugs, the smiles and the laughing that comes with getting together and sharing lives.
(Cheesy I know, but true)
The filled month of March
Well there you have it, March, the month that began with the plumber, (the infuriating dripping tap has gone!) the dentist (Usual expensive check up) and the flu (As described above) is complete and I patiently await more evidence of Spring! 🤨
Although germ filled, it's also been treat filled and blog view filled and I've appreciated every moment!
How was your March? Comment below to tell us what simple things you enjoyed last month.
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