From set-back to stranded at Bluestone, Wales
There's something about a holiday that helps you to break free from the mundane daily routines and allows the kind of freedom you wish you could attain on a daily basis (without the carnage that would inevitably ensue from two children running wild). Last weekend, Martin surprised us with a getaway to Bluestone that we had no idea he'd booked; sadly Archie came down with horrible tonsillitis and we weren't sure we'd be able to make it at all. Thankfully, he started to feel much better mid-week, so we decided to make the most of a couple of days of activities and family time, but before we knew it, we were sort-of unable to actually leave. It wasn't due to the fact that we'd had the best time and didn't want to, but thanks to the beast from the east, who'd decided to arrive in full force the night before our departure.
Though our 4 nights were reduced to 2, and we encountered one of the most treacherous journeys home, due to the snow & storm (really, March?), our hearts are full and we're looking forward to returning this Summer. The last week has been incredibly intense and erratic—with everything besides family life falling behind—but I feel elated to have made more wonderful memories with this little family of ours (and also reluctant to ever leave our house again after the journey back).
To see the boys able to play together, to race around and laugh with each other (to fight over light-up swords with each other), to see the difference a year has made to their relationship (Jesse could just about roll over on our last visit) between them makes us so much eager for more adventures. From sleepy daytime naps in our arms, to late-night cosy cuddles on the sofa, I've seen the hugest value in getting away from home for a while and I'm excited to do more.
This isn't a review post and I honestly think Bluestone could've handled the situation of people having to leave in such bad weather much better, but we are grateful for the fantastic time we had. We'd already booked for Spring before the snow hit and fingers crossed, the same won't happen come June (though we are in England, so nothing's impossible) and hope in future, the company will put the safety of it's customers, arriving and departing, ahead of money.
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