I am at my most content when spending quality time with my family, going off on adventures together and making happy memories. Being on holiday together, with very limited internet connection, was blissful. It is so easy to get distracted by social media and the blogosphere, and whilst I love it, it has a tendency to take me away from my family and shift my focus away from the little moments. The lack of internet connection forced me to take a proper break and step away from the computer, from the blog and be completely present in the moment.
One of the biggest gifts the break gave me was sleep. Instead of sitting up and writing a blog post, I enjoyed snuggling up with my girls as they both drifted off to sleep and gave in to it myself. The huge bed in the cottage we rented became a family bed for the week – and we slept better for it, all four of us snuggled up together.
As well as being all about enjoying the little moments as a family, our recent holiday has also been all about completing challenges. Our incentive for visiting the Isle of Man was to find the final Olympic gold postbox and complete the challenge that we started nearly three years ago.
The end of the holiday saw us complete a much more recent challenge – to visit all the Shaun the Sheep sculptures that have been appearing in London and Bristol this year. We found all 50 London ones back in May, and 65 of the 70 Bristol ones earlier this month on a weekend away. Naturally we couldn’t resist travelling home via Bristol to find the last five and finish the challenge.
Two challenges completed and whilst no doubt we’ll find ourselves another challenge to take on board, for now, it’s time to just relax and enjoy the rest of the summer.