For Amy’s birthday, I decided to take her and Austin on a family holiday away to sunny Wales. Time for us to relax (as much as you can relax with a stroppy toddler) and spend time together as a family. Our busy work schedules mean that short breaks like this are hard to come by, so we were going to savour every second. I chose Rhyl, in Wales as it was a short distance away (again with the stroppy toddler in mind) and it was a reasonable price for what I could afford. As expected, the trip had it’s surprises. It usually does when the Yules are in town.
We stayed at Lyons Robin Hood Holiday Park which was right next to the seafront. The pictures looked nice, and it didn’t disappoint. It was a welcoming holiday park with plenty to do for the kids.
It didn’t take long however for our first mishap to happen. Checking in is usually the easiest part of the holiday. Not for us. We managed to forget to take the key from the reception, only realising once we had drove halfway across the site. We drove back, to find that the key had gone missing. Not a great start. It was an awkward wait in reception for the staff to search desperately for a spare key.
Once we had finally checked in successfully, we started to enjoy our time. The majority of the holiday was spent in arcades pretending to play on all the machines. Austin was particularly attached to the car racing games. Trying to drag him away from them was impossible. We must have looked like such terrible parents making our little boy cry so much. We did manage to spend a small fortune on the cars outside the arcades that move up and down for a ridiculously short amount of time. The 2p machines were also a hit with Austin, even if he was only interested in moving the coins from one place to another.
We did also manage to get Austin onto another beach. A recent trip to Formby made us realise that he wasn’t a big fan of the sand. A nearby funfair was a pretty good persuasion for him though. He was soon demanding to go on the rides that would have sent me into bankruptcy if I’d have paid for them all. I did take Austin on a boat ride which he seemed to enjoy, even if his face said differently.
The walk onto the beach took a little more persuading. I literally had to jump from a great height just to get us onto the sand. Once he realised that there were stones that you could throw into the sea, he soon warmed up to the idea. I have always been a lover of the beach, and so I wanted Austin to at least have the chance to experience it for himself. I think once he is older and he experiences all of the fun things you can do on a beach, he will be a fan too.
It was such a nice change to be able to spend time together as a family without the worry of getting back home for something, or having to go to work the next day. We had a whole day where we didn’t have a care in the world. Just the excitement of making new memories for our family. It makes you realise just how little time you actually get when you are living such hectic lives. Time runs away with you, and before you know it, months have passed.
It’s so important to have the time to reconnect with each other and give each other your full attention. The break did Austin a lot of good too. He spent the majority of the holiday laughing. As a parent, you really can’t ask for more than that.
I would highly recommend the Robin Hood Holiday Park. There was plenty to do there, plus it was right next to the beach. I think we will be visiting again in the next couple of years. Going abroad may have to wait until after the wedding.