Life is just one big rush at the moment. With having a wife who works long hours, two girls under four, two dogs, working a part-time job, writing a blog, running a business, trying to build an office for that business and fitting everything else in between. It’s been all work and no play for a quite a while now, and unfortunately, Olivia and Robyn have been getting the rubbish end of the stick. All I can say is, thank god for CBeebies and YouTube.
As a family we have a million things going on, too many to count sometimes and with so many plates spinning all at once it’s easy to get overwhelmed. My energy gets sapped and I have to work extra hard just to stay on top of things. I’m sure you can relate.
In fact, I wrote a blog post a couple of weeks ago about how, as a result of spending less quality time with the girls, my feelings of #DadGuilt have done through the roof. Something needs to change, and fast!
For those who regularly follow me on Instagram will know that a couple of weeks ago we decided to book a last minute trip to Center Parcs | Whinfell Forest up in Cumbria. We haven’t had a proper break away since Robyn was four months old and she’s now coming up two so, as you can probably tell we were more than ready for a little time away from everything.
Our other business has really took off this year and has completely taken over our lives. So much so that we have decided to build a dedicated outside office space for it, simply because it’s currently been run from what use to be our dining room and we can’t live this way anymore. I don’t think wanting to eat a meal at a dining table is to much to ask, do you?
I don’t care who you are or what you do, you can’t maintain working at a fast pace over a long period of time. You’ll simply burn out and this is the point we’d gotten ourselves too. As a said earlier, we were having to work extra hard to produce our best work and normal mundane tasks become twice as hard.
Choosing Center Parcs as the place to go for our break seemed like the most logical choice for us. We went a few times before we became parents and we always really enjoyed. So, since becoming a parent, it’s all about convenience. Everything is more difficult and takes so much longer with a kids. I try to take the less stressful approach where possible.
Plus, finding places to go when you’re actually on holiday which have everything you need right there makes a huge difference.
This is why I enjoy places like Center Parcs as you have everything you need onsite. You literally drive there and park up, then have no reason to leave. Well, until the end of your break. I don’t think they want non-paying guests sleeping rough in the forests.
It almost gives the impression that you’re having different holidays on the same holiday, just without the hassle of travelling, if that makes sense.
Having this short weekend break away was exactly what we needed as family. It was a chance to see a new place, have different experiences and just escape the mundane routine of everyday life. It gave us a chance to step back appreciate the simply things in life, like walking in the wood because your girls are on a bear hunt and laughing at them laughing because they went fast down a water slide.
Sure we all have to deal with the day to day grind and we all get blogged down with things that, at the time seem far more important to us but the true is, they’re not. Spending time making memories with those around you is.
I view somewhere like Center Parcs as a place for us to go and spend a few days of quality family time doing stuff together, with only the occasional argument believe it or not. I also find that there’s something great about being in the (relative) wilderness with the ones you love. You’re able to just enjoy the simpler things without the distractions of everyday life. The poor phone signal in the woods helps with this!
What do you think? Is time away from everything important to you? Or do you love the hustle and bustle of daily life? Let me know in the comments below
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