A daily photo-blog of my life as an American transplanted in the UK.
Wednesday, 27 July 2011
Y3 - 300/365: A Jolly Holiday
Finally, the day has arrived!! Today we had what we would consider to be our first family holiday, despite it being only a day-trip, to the seaside. With our local SureStart programme, we paid for seats on a coach bus to take us to Weston-Super-Mare in North Somerset. I had heard mixed reviews and there was speculation about the weather, but overall it turned out to be a very pleasant day.
The first thing I noticed as we exited the bus was loud, squeaky voices in the air. They were strangely familiar and it wasn't until I saw the striped setup that I soon realised it was Punch & Judy (a popular puppet show in England). We stopped briefly to watch but soon moved on.
Matt was soon in heaven as we walked the length of the Grand Pier and went inside the open arcade! Every kind of game you can imagine, plus a second floor filled with fun houses and soft-play areas! Matt quickly tried winning a George pig for Ryan, but The Claw prevailed.
I was informed before the trip, by our new neighbours' mother that we'd be lucky to see the sea. I was confused by this until she explained how the tide stays out a really long time.
Sure enough, looking out over the back of the pier the sea seemed to not start for miles and we could clearly see both islands of Steep Holm and Flat Holm.
We wandered to the shops across the road so Matt could find relief with a new pair of shades. I happened to notice a cute "cheeky" monkey hat and after showing Matt it was only £2.50, he agreed.
We stopped at the fountain for a bite to eat and then it was Ryan's first chance to get out and do a little exploring on his own...
The fountain was a HUGE hit, but short-lived as some bigger kids were running around and splashing a little too much for my taste.
It wasn't long before we decided to carry on and then Ryan decided he was ready to try out some sand...so down to the beach we went.
Just look at his first proper steps on the beach!
He's even clapping himself about it!!
He knows all about what a bucket and spade do...
...so he got right to work filling the bucket!
Here's a video of how Ryan got on in the sand.
Even throwing the sand is exciting!!
At this point I could see the sea had come in a considerable amount so dediced to take Ryan down to check it out. It was a bit tricky getting the video though because he wanted so badly to let go of my hand and go running into the water!
No two ways about it...he LOVED it!! Daddy took a pic on our way back as well.
Before leaving we decided it might be fun for Ryan to have a visit/ride on a donkey...
...however, Ryan did not share this same enthusiasm!
It wasn't long on the trip home until he was asleep. Long day for this kiddo!
After two and a half years in a long-distance relationship, I packed my life of 29 years into 21 boxes and moved to England to marry and be with my husband, Matt. Now I'm reveling in the youth of my 30s in Great Britain, supply-teaching in primary schools near Birmingham and enjoying newlywed life, being a mommy, and all the surprises they bring!