Holidays with Friends {The Ordinary Moments}

Although as a family we have weekends away quite often and at least one proper holiday each year we have never had a holiday with friends. We have days out with friends or go and visit friends for a couple of days but we have never been away with friends, somewhere we can all switch off and relax whilst having quality time together.

Holidays with Friends {The Ordinary Moments}

Last week the children and I went to Butlins with my lovely friend Sarah and her children – who LP and Little Man have literally known since birth as Sarah and I met at antenatal classes. The break had been planned for months and we were all so looking forward to it – especially as the weather forecast was looking amazing after the first day of rain.

Holidays with Friends {The Ordinary Moments}

LP and Little Man loved having so much time with their friends. There’s nothing like being able to see your best friends last thing at night and again first thing in the morning and they loved being able to share every part of the holiday with them.

Holidays with Friends {The Ordinary Moments}

The four of them were so perfect together. They ate together, went on rides together, swam together and helped each other. They just loved being together and we were all really sad when the break came to an end.

Holidays with Friends {The Ordinary Moments}

It was so nice to see that the children’s dynamic didn’t change when they were together so much and that, at the end of the break, they hadn’t got bored of each other’s company – they could have easily spent another week together.

Holidays with Friends {The Ordinary Moments}

LP and Little Man are so close to their friends and it’s a friendship that I want to protect, cultivate and watch grow as the years go by. They have been this group of four for nearly three years and they are so at ease together, so happy together and really they just love each other.

Holidays with Friends {The Ordinary Moments}

I hope that we can make this holiday into a tradition, spending time with our closest friends each year in a different setting, enjoying time together and just sitting back to appreciate these friendships of ours. They are a pretty special thing and holidaying together really reinforced that.

If you have an ordinary moment this week, come and link up with myself and Katie – we love reading your posts each week.

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  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. We have a tradition with our friends in York and every year we spend Easter with them, taking it in turns for them to visit Hampshire or us to go to them. We also try to do a Center Parcs break every year with friends and their children across the country. The kids love it and J is always so excited – it’s our best traditions and I’d recommend doing it. It really does look like you all had a wonderful break x

  2. Looks like you had an amazing time!

    We love breaks with friends and their children. It’s always great fun for the kids, though I come back feeling like I could do with another holiday just to recover!

  3. Ahhhh I love this…. very emotional day=very emotional mummy. You summarised a perfect holiday, perfectly xxx

  4. Aww what fantastic photos. It looks like you had an awesome time. I’ve not done a holiday with friends, only my sister in law and her kids. I think it’s great to go away with other kids though, they love it all the more. xx

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