Good Bank Holiday weekend? We spent the last two days of ours adjusting to life back home after seven glorious family filled days in Portugal. I’m a firm believer in getting away from it all and taking time out to recharge your batteries so our family break couldn’t have come at a better time as everything had been all systems sell and buy a house before we left. This is our first holiday abroad since our honeymoon to Lake Como where Sadie was just nine months old so I can’t begin to tell you the difference we saw in Sadie this time around. She absolutely loved the beach (which was an absolute contrast to Lake Como where her toes would only touch the towel) not just making sandcastles and digging but also dipping her toes in the sea and jumping the waves with daddy, cue me shouting ‘be careful’ and ‘not too far’ on rotation! She even added a couple of Portuguese phrases to her repertoire, saying obrigado (thank you) and Bon Dia (good morning) to all the hotel staff – talk about a proud parent moment, I don’t think Craig and I could have beamed any bigger.
With Sadie enjoying some quality daddy daughter time I got to lay out on my sun lounger and read a book! It probably sounds like such a basic holiday task but I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed getting lost in my novel of choice whilst catching some Vitamin D enriched rays. The me time didn’t stop there as I indulged in not one, but two spa treatments which made me realise that I need to make extra time for me and treat myself more regularly especially when it comes to my skin. I can’t tell you how often I complain about my complexion and the difference a 50 minute facial made so I’m vowing to buy one less piece of clothing a month and instead use that money on a facial – it may sound lavish but the brighter and clearer my skin is the more confident I feel so that’s wholly worth the expenditure in my book.
Now we’re home I’m concentrating on all things house related, quietly praying for minimal solicitor induced headaches and planning a second birthday party for Sadie although I can’t quite decide on a theme or get my head around cake design. Do children even need a theme for a second birthday party? Let me know in the comments.
Have you ever holidayed in Portugal? Are you good at making time for yourself?