Last week we had a very lovely family holiday. We didn’t go anywhere glamorous or exotic but we still had a wonderful time. We stayed in some lovely self-catering accommodation in Corton, a small village in between Lowestoft, Suffolk, and Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. It was a lovely place, and I shall write more about it in a separate post.
For the holiday itself the accommodation was in a great spot as there was lots of things to see and do. There was some beautiful beaches, and in particular we loved the beach at Gorleston, which was just south of Great Yarmouth. There was pristine golden sand and it was just a beautiful place. Monkey absolutely loved playing in the sand and digging with his bucket and spade so we went back a few times!
He wasn’t such a fan of the sea, being as cold as it was, but us grown ups had a paddle!
Hubby’s younger brother joined us for the first few days of the holiday and Monkey very much enjoyed his time with his uncle!
It also gave us a lovely opportunity to get a couple of shots of us as a family – which really doesn’t happen very often! (Thanks Simon!)
We had a couple of greyer, wetter days but there was places to go in nearby Great Yarmouth so it didn’t spoil our fun at all. I’ll go into more detail about the places we visited in other posts, otherwise this post would be veeeery long! There was a lovely pool on site too so we had some fun swimming around, and for the most part we were the only ones in there, as it was pretty quiet during the week.
It was a lovely relaxed week for the most part, although it seems the terrible twos may have arrived as Monkey’s tantrums have seriously increased, both in frequency and ferociousness. We had to actually give him time outs for the first time ever! We need to sort out some consistent discipline so that will be a post for a future date I am sure. (As you may have guessed the little break from my blog has given me a lot to write about.) Despite the tantrums though we did have a lot of lovely family time together and we have come home with renewed energy to get some jobs done over the summer, before our new family member arrives later in the year!
Looks like you had a wonderful time, tantrums aside! Great to get some sunny days, too. Glad it’s refreshed and renewed you and you are feeling good 🙂
Thanks Jocelyn, it really was lovely and we are definitely feeling better for it, even with the tantrums! xx
Oh what a beautiful family vacation together. So glad you enjoy it and loving all the beautiful photos from it too. What a magic moment indeed my lovely. You deserved it. #magicmoments
Thank you lovely, we very much enjoyed the rest and are definitely feeling more invigorated now! xx
Looks like you had a fab time x
This looks like a lovely holiday, super pictures x
Sounds lovely. Norfolk is on my list of places to visit, it sounds just like our sort of spot. And it’s great to get a family snap or two isn’t it-they’re so hard to do!
It is so hard so we very much appreciate the help in getting a couple of nice snaps 🙂 Norfolk is great with the kids actually, lots to see and do 🙂
Fantastic. It looks like you all had an amazing time. I don’t think you can beat the British seaside and days with the bucket and spade.
What a gorgeous beach, and the perfect weather too! Looks like you had a fab holiday and time together #magicmoments
Looks like a great British holiday, perfect with little ones and the weather on your side too, always a bonus, don’t forget to add to Country Kids too.
It was really lovely, ooh yes will do! xx
What a gorgeous beach! Nothing quite like the feeling of sand between your toes 🙂
Looks and sounds like you had a fab and relaxing time Caroline! Such lovely weather too, what a week to go away xx #magicmoments
Oh wow it sounds like you had the most wonderful time, what beautiful photos too. It’s a lovely part of the world suffolk (my inlaws live there) as is Norfolk. What a great break, thank you for sharing with #whatsthestory
Looks like such a beautiful place! Love all the family pics, and I understand about the tantrums. It gets worse when you’re travelling to a new place. But I’m sure the little guy’s doing better back home! #magicmoments
You’re absolutely right, he coped so well in many ways but the tantrums were definitely a lot worse and have thankfully calmed down now we are home! xx
Ah lovely holiday Caroline! I am starting to get excited about our holiday to Norfolk next Saturday now!! We are also staying in a holiday cottage up in Overstrand near Cromer on the North Norfolk coast and there’s going to be so many great things to do!! I really need to get organised now. As to the tantrums, hmm, EJ has mini ones – I find they can generally be distracted out of them at this age. Its only when JJ’s gotten a bit older that he’s been properly sent to time out! That pool looks inviting… X #what’sthestory
Thanks Sam it was fab, but you should definitely be getting excited, hopefully you will have some gorgeous weather too. Thankfully monkey’s tantrums have subsided a little since we have come home, though when he does have one it is definitely louder than before!! xx
Lovely photos Caroline, looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time. Fab to have a relaxing break and looks like you had some lovely weather for it too x #WhatstheStory
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Looks like a lovely holiday, great beach fun. #WhatstheStory
One thing that I noticed in your blog is how close you are to your relatives. Your brother always visit your son & now his Uncle on the other side joined in. Can I confess that I envy you? My husband has got a brother but my son doesnt know him and he lives 20-30 minutes away from us. He never visit and well I know I am not supposed to be saying this here. But I just want to say that you are blessed w/ great relatives =) #magicmoments
Aww I can understand how you feel, we really are so lucky and growing up we didn’t really have any close relatives either so we totally get how lucky Monkey is that he has so many doting uncles around. Hope he doesn’t get too spoilt by all the attention 😉 xx
What a fab holiday by the seaside. Lucas’s favourite place is the beach and it looks like you had an awesome time 🙂 #magicmoments #whatsthestory
It was fab and Lucas would love that beach, the sand was perfect for all sorts of building! xx
wow looks like you had a great time, you were so lucky to have some sunny days. holidays are just amazing, i never want to come home! #LetKidsbeKids
Oh I know, after the wet week the week before I was convinced it was going to a wash out but yay we had sunshine! xx
Popping back, thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids
Looks like you had a wonderful break. We went to Great Yarmouth a few years ago and it was lovely. Nothing beats playing on the beach #letskidsbekids
Thank you it was lovely and lots of fun on the beach! 🙂 xx
We always went to Great Yarmouth when I was a child. Its great down there, can’t beat a bit of beach playtime. #LetKidsBeKids
It’s a fab place to go isn’t it, we really enjoyed ourselves so would definitely go back another year 🙂 xx
Looks like you had a great family holiday that you needed, I love the sand castles, my two would have stomped on them as quick as they were built! We have entered a willful phase with Little 2 as well!! #letkidsbekids
It was so lovely and very restorative! haha yep Monkey does that too, it was after he was distracted (eating) that daddy managed to make a few, and then we persuaded Monkey to count them rather than stomp on them hehe 🙂 xx
Sounds like you had a lovely time! I think there’s a lot to be said about staying in the UK for a holiday. Thanks for linking up. #FamilyFriday
Thank you we did! I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would actually! Thanks for hosting 🙂 xx
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Oh! Welcome to the wonderful world of tantrumville! It IS hard to be consistent! So very energy draining… but so worth it. It looks like you had a lovely holiday despite the tantrums!! I love the look of that model village… looks fun! Thanks for linking up to #SavouringtheSeason
Lots of lovely family memories! Thanks for linking up with #familyphotofriday
Awh looks like you had a lovely time with your family 🙂 How great too that Uncle was able to join you AND take some lovely snaps!! Glad you feel refreshed #FamilyFriday
I know it was really lovely to have him there for those few days, and the family snaps were a bonus!
Sounds like a lovely holiday and I love that beach! So much sand, Faith would love that 🙂 #FamilyFriday
Looks lovely, glad you had a good time x
What lovely happy family photos. It really shows what a lovely time you had. I think we have so much to offer staying in Britain for holidays, such great places to discover.
Thank you, we did have such a lovely time and you are absolutely right, there is a lot to offer with holidays in Britain! So much to see and do! xx
Looks like you had a great holiday! We always find it great fun to have another adult or two with us when we go on holiday, makes life a little more relaxed for us and kids always enjoy a non parent to play with x #FamilyFriday
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