Be In The Picture

November turned out to be a bit of a quiet month. Between our Bluestone trip in October and getting ready for our first family trip to Disneyland Paris, we didn’t get up to much. However, there were still a few pictures of me for this month’s Be in the Picture.

We had visits to the playground on our park and I managed a picture with BattleDog.

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We went dragon hunting at Castro Marim one Saturday with my parents and there was a market in town, which we visited afterwards. There were a few food stalls and one was selling churros. So, we had to have one and it was my first! They were delicious. I can see why my nephew loves them.

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We spent a few quiet weekend at home and made use fo the time by watching Disney films in preparation for our trip at the beginning of December. As we don’t have a microwave (we’ve no counter space for one), I make popcorn the old fashioned way; in a pot with oil. And we love it with films!

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We also had to try on BattleKid’s costumes for Disney to make sure none were either too small or too big. However, he wasn’t keen on a selfie with Mum.

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BattleDad and I went as far as Faro to drop our car off for its service. While we were there we decided to visit Praia de Faro and had an impromptu breakfast date. Faro beach is lovely, like many of the beaches in the Algarve.

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My last picture of the month was taken while BattleKid had a danger nap. He was exhausted after school one day, contributed by two bad night’s sleeps and was like a bag of cats when he woke up. It took my Dad bribing him to stop the 30 minute screaming match that ensued after I woke him for dinner. The trials and tribulations of parenthood.

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And there you have it, my November Be in the Picture post. December will see me complete a whole year of these posts and I’m quite proud of them. 

Be in the Picture is a way to encourage us to get in front of the camera instead of always being behind it. I’m guilty of this and by joining in with Be in the Picture, it ensures BattleKid will have pictures of me as well of himself when he grows up.

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 This week our Land Rover was in for a service, so BattleDad and I took the opportunity to visit Praia de Faro while we were in the locality. We see the sign for it every time we go to the airport but we’ve never detoured to check it out. Until this week. And I have to say it is just as beautiful as the beaches we’ve discovered in the East Algarve.
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We finally hit the beach again last week on Friday. Hubby was finished work early so we headed to the beach just after 3 for a few hours. Although it had been a hot day, there was a nice breeze at the beach.

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Can I just get to the beach now!

We all had fun jumping waves, making sandcastles, pouring water and even shared some ice creams. We’re off on holiday next week but are hoping to enjoy a lot more beach time in the cooler days of September.

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Lanzarote Day 1: 03/05/2015

After travelling to Bristol the night before (staying in a B&B nearby), and having to repack 2 suitcases into 3 as the 2 would be over the maximum allowed per piece, we had an early start at 4am! We got up, got dressed and got BattleKid up. We made our way around the corner to the airport and had to wait 45 minutes in the check-in queue due to one check-in girl taking forever! She was on and off the phone more times than actually conversing with people to get them checked in. A gentleman relieved her at the desk for our queue and he speeded up the process. With our gate showing as “Boarding” on the monitors after we got through security, BattleDad quickly got water in WHSmith for us and we made our way to our gate. Within 5 minutes of arriving there we boarded the plane and got ready to go.

We got hot water for BattleKid’s bottle, fed him and got ready for take off. The flight was 3 hours and 55 minutes and was quite a challenge with a 16 month old, newly walking toddler! We thought he would eventually drop off for a nap but he just wouldn’t give up the ghost. It was all we could do to keep him from kicking the seat in front with his wriggling and crying above acceptable levels because he didn’t want to sit still.

On the coach and ready to go!
On the coach and ready to go!

However, the flight did take us from 6ºC and heavy rain to 24ºC and sunshine. After most of the plane had disembarked when we arrived at Arrecife, we quickly got the captain’s signature for BattleKid’s Simply for Flying flight logbook and made our way to get our bags. We found our way to a lovely air-conditioned coach and as we set off for Playa Blanca, BattleKid finally dropped off to sleep. He’s such a nosey Parker sometimes despite his eyes rolling in the back of his head with tiredness and yawning while rubbing his eyes.

After two quick drop offs we arrived at the Flamingo Beach Resort. They operate a speedy check-in and in no time we were unpacking in our room. We got changed into more appropriate and cooler clothes, and head out to get our first buffet lunch, all of us quite hungry at this stage. We then put BattleKid down for a nap. BattleDad had a snooze on the sofa while I caught a few rays on our balcony while catching up on social media and then with my Mum and Dad on the phone. I have to admit I too caught a few zzz’s in the sun. It was lovely to have a little “me” time out there.

Once BattleKid woke, much more refreshed I’ll add after a 2 hour nap, we donned our swimming togs and went for a quick swim. Although the water was chilly at first, we got used to it. However, as soon as you came out of the water, the breeze caught you and gave you a bit of a chill. We would have got a few snaps and videos in the water if our underwater camera hadn’t stopped taking a charge. So the hunt would be on the next day for a replacement!

We had a shower after our swim, went for dinner and then had a nice stroll along the seafront. BattleKid was a little later than usual going to bed but he settled straight away after his bottle and slept well. Mum and Dad weren’t far behind him at 9pm as we too were shattered.

Despite a trying flight, the start of this holiday was infinitely better than last year. Our accommodation was lovely, clean and modern, and so far, touch wood, was a good start to the holiday. Long may it last we hoped!

Day 2

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This weekend was a busy one in the BattleHousehold. On Friday evening we had friends staying over and together we enjoyed a lovely meal which I had prepared ahead of time on Thursday. As we had breakfast on Saturday morning they suggested a walk together; us, BattleKid, them and their teenage kids. We eventually settled on Weston-super-Mare as it would be about equal travelling distance home for both of us, and made our way there.

We had a lovely walk along the seafront, BattleKid and I holding hands while BattleDad pushed his buggy.

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It was a lovely day, so clear that we could see Cardiff across the Severn Estuary. However, I missed my opportunity on the walk towards the pier to get a picture of it as it was too hazy on the walk back to the car to see it in the picture properly. As we got closer to the pier we came across a sand sculpture exhibition, which was quite impressive I have to say.

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We stopped for fish and chips near the pier but I’m sad to say it was very disappointing fish and chips. After lunch we headed to the pier, and BattleDad, BattleKid and I strolled hand-in-hand towards the end to give BattleKid a chance to practise his walking. He’s almost there in letting go and walking independently. He stopped along the way to take in the view.

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He was so good on our day out with our friends, even playing peek-a-boo with us all through the mesh window of his buggy! Needless-to-say the fresh air had the expected effect on him and he slept the whole way home. All-in-all we had a lovely day with our friends and enjoyed ourselves out and about as a family in the sunshine by the seaside.

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