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Butlins, Skegness–Thursday

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It was our last day on Thursday, even though Butlins do give you a few more activities to choose from on Friday morning. We had to get to Nanny’s for lunch so we left just after 9.30am on Friday morning.

I stayed home in the morning while Ant took the kids to see Thomas’s Skyline adventure. Aiden spent the day with his friend, Chloe who came for the day as a visitor.
I got everything packed up that we didn’t need so that we’d ready to leave by 10am the next morning.

I went with Ant and the girls to watch them swimming in the afternoon and got told off, well, given a stern look by a lifeguard before he phoned through and got the announcer to tell everyone that photography wasn’t allowed when he saw me trying to get pictures of the girls!

It was like a sauna in there and I had difficulty breathing until I got used to it.
They all had a great time again 🙂

 

 

After swimming, we went and had the most delicious milk shake I’ve ever had in my life! It was made from pear drops and I’ve never tasted anything like it. It was quite expensive but worth it!
We waited for Titan the robot but it turned out to be a waste of time because it got so packed when his show started that I didn’t get to see him at all. Ant tried to get to some photos but there were too many people.
We also waited around for the Titan photo shoot that was advertised in the book but when we went at the time it said, it was all closed up.

It was quite annoying, especially as it was our last day and we’d waited round for over an hour with 2 young girls, trying to keep them entertained so Aiden could have his photo taken with Titan and yet again, an advertised activity didn’t take place.

I was very pleased to get back to the apartment and get a good nights sleep before leaving the next morning.

All in all, we really enjoyed our holiday but next year, we’re planning on a more relaxing environment and we want to centre the activities on family time, where we can all do everything together and not have bored kids hanging round because they’re too small to go on the rides.

Please note: None of these posts have been sponsored by Butlins. We haven’t had any payment/free gifts from Butlins and paid for our holiday/food/entertainment in full.

Butlins, Skegness–Wednesday

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We were out early on Wednesday because KayCee and Ella wanted to go to Make and Take at The Studio. It’s a craft session running from 9-11am.
We got there around half nine and the girls were given black paper to make a Halloween card.

 

 

 

We spent about an hour there and the girls really enjoyed it. There are printed pictures to choose from when you’ve finished the days special activity and Ella chose a witches hat while KayCee chose a fairy.
After the craft session, we went to the soft play area for a while before going to the funfair to find Ant and Aiden.
A few carousel rides, trampoline jumps, dodgem crashes and tugboat rides later and we decided to go home for lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I couldn’t resist a look round the gift shop on our way back and we finished our gift shopping for friends and family.
We also picked up the photo of the kids with Bugs, Daffy and Tweety that they had taken yesterday.
After lunch, Ant took the kids swimming while I rested my foot. They had a brilliant time and all agree that Splash waterworld is brilliant!
When we arrived last Friday, the kids were given a trick or treat trail card and yesterday they followed the clues then went to pick up their prize from the Butlins help desk. They each got a bag of Haribo Halloween sweets.
They all came home for dinner and we had a relaxing evening in the apartment.

To be continued…..

Please note: None of these posts have been sponsored by Butlins. We haven’t had any payment/free gifts from Butlins and paid for our holiday/food/entertainment in full.

Butlins, Skegness–Tuesday

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I had a lazy day on Tuesday after the exertion of the previous day. We decided to take a trip to the local Co-op to stock up on food for meals. We’d planned to have various take-aways for dinner so we didn’t have to cook but after spending £60 in one day on lunch and dinner, we decided we couldn’t justify the expense any longer and we’d rather spend our holiday money on fun things!
Aiden waited at the apartment while we went shopping. He’s a typical boy and always stays at home if he can when we shop!
I treated myself to a Christmas magazine and a puzzle book and the girls had a girly magazine each that had headbands, a glove and a necklace as free gifts.
After lunch, Ant took the kids to Centre Stage to watch Sleeping Beauty pantomime. What we didn’t know was that at the start of the week, we should have gone and picked up wristbands to enable us to have a seat at shows. We knew nothing of this; the girls ended up sitting on the floor, Aiden ended up coming home because everywhere he tried to sit he got moved by a redcoat telling him he couldn’t sit there and Ant ended up standing for the most part until someone took pity on him and passed him a chair.
Ant wasn’t at all impressed and it was one of the few things that we were disappointed with.
After the panto, the kids went for a photo shoot with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Tweety. Aiden went back to the pavilion in time for the photo shoot then they all came back to the apartment for dinner.
The beach at Butlins closes at 5.30 so we decided to take the kids for an hour or so before dinner. They needed to run off some excess energy!

 

It was freezing a bit cold on the sea front but it didn’t bother the kids.
Ella was down at the sea with KayCee and Ant, trying to fill her bucket so she could tip it in the hole Aiden was digging when the tide took her legs from under her. Ant was filming at the time and the camera ended up filming the inside of his pocket while he rescued her. She was fine, it didn’t bother her at all and she tried to go back in after her bucket…. Ant stopped her and rescued the bucket!

She walked home in Ant’s jumper and everyone had a nice warm shower when we got back before tucking into bonfire sausages, (a special recipe from the Co-op including apples and black treacle) mash, peas and caramelised onion gravy. It was delicious, although KayCee didn’t like the sausages, which is typical of KayCee!

To be continued……

Please note: None of these posts have been sponsored by Butlins. We haven’t had any payment/free gifts from Butlins and paid for our holiday/food/entertainment in full.

Butlins, Skegness–Monday

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We planned to go into Mablethorpe today and have a picnic on the beach. We also needed to buy presents for everyone so we all got ready, packed up our lunch and off we went.
We parked in one of the ‘all day for £2’ car parks then made our way to the beach. As soon as we moved from the protection of the buildings, the sand started to hit our faces. The wind was really strong and we soon gave up trying to get on the beach!
We sat on a bench behind the wall to the beach and got a little protection. It was quite funny seeing us all trying to enjoy our lunch while the wind took our breath away! It was almost like we me were of the mind-set that we wanted a picnic and by gad we were gonna have one, we would not be beaten by the wind!

 

 

We went to the arcades and Ella found a 2p machine that gave out tickets instead of the money and all three children got addicted to collecting tickets.
Yes, we know the prizes cost much less if you just buy them but they were having fun so we didn’t mind changing pound coins to 2 pence’s for them.
We ended up with 620 tickets so KayCee and Ella each got a Me to You pin badge and a Spongebob egg that had sour sherbet inside and Aiden got a mini bottle with blue sand and mini shells inside as well as 2 Spongebob eggs. The chap in the arcade gave Aiden a Wall-e keyring for the remaining 20 points.
Our trip to the rock shop cost us the best part of £20 but we got nearly all the presents we needed from there so that saved us a lot of walking, for which I was very grateful.
My poorly foot, back and hernia slowed my mobility drastically this holiday and I’m only able to walk short distances.
We went to a gift shop next and got a few more presents. The girls got a little fairy ornament each for my mum as she collects them and they all had a giggle at a garden gnome that was showing his bum!
We quickly ushered them to another part of the shop though when we saw that the next gnome wasn’t showing his bum, he was holding his pee pee and looking sheepish…I was a bit embarrassed if I’m honest!

As we came out of the shop, the kids saw buckets and spades so back in we went to pay for a set each.
We bought fresh doughnuts and I had a large tub of prawns on the way back to the car and I enjoyed every last one of them.

We had dinner in the apartment then decided to get wrapped up and have a walk to the funfair. I’d mentioned earlier, before I got worn out walking round Mablethorpe, that they were doing a funfair fright night from 6.30pm and seeing as we hadn’t got back from Mablethorpe in time to go swimming, we could go to the fair instead.
I was shattered after being out all day but couldn’t disappoint the kids so we had a slow walk to the fair. It’s quite a walk and we were all very disappointed to find the fair closed when we got there.
It was advertised in the ‘What’s on’ booklet so it was quite annoying to find it wasn’t actually on when they said it would be.

We started to go back to the apartment when Ant remembered that he’d wanted to get a picture each of the kids from one of those machines that do pencil drawings from the photo it takes.
Ella went first but we picked the wrong style and her picture turned out really dark. KayCee went next, then Aiden and Ella had a second go so we could get a better picture. We got an extra copy of Aiden’s printed for his dad. It was £2 a go, which wasn’t too bad.

Home and bed was next on the agenda. I couldn’t stay awake at all. Ant got the kids in bed and I fell asleep on the sofa. I went to bed not long after and had one of the best nights sleep I’d had since I’d been there!

To be continued…………

Please note: None of these posts have been sponsored by Butlins. We haven’t had any payment/free gifts from Butlins and paid for our holiday/food/entertainment in full.

Butlins, Skegness–Sunday

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We all made our way to the Skyline pavilion where KayCee & Ella had their faces painted. It cost £3.99 each and was worth the money. The girls looked lovely when they were done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It didn’t last very long however because we didn’t really think things through properly; after the face paints, we went straight to a candy floss machine. It cost £1 and you watched through the glass while the machine made the candy floss then opened up the glass to get your candy floss on a stick.
Ant, Aiden, KayCee & Ella all got one then we went outside to make our way to the arcade. It was windy, both girl’s had worn their hair down and they ended up with sticky sugar all over their faces, coats and in their hair.
Of course, I hadn’t put any wipes in my bag and the only thing I had was a dry hanky, which was about as useful as a chocolate fireguard!
After a trip to the toilets, both girls were left with only half their faces painted and it turned out to be a bit of a waste of money….we won’t be making that mistake again!
While Ant and Aiden went on some rides at the fair, KayCee and Ella spent an hour in the soft play area.
The thing I like most about Butlins is being able to say yes to most things the kids want to go on because so many things are included in the price.

 

Of course, they wanted to go on things that cost money and we refused on principal because we felt the price was too high or because they could go on the same thing for free later when they went to the fair. For example, Ella wanted to go on a mini carousel that cost £1 when the huge, traditional carousel was free on the fairground and they could go on as many times as they liked.

We went in the pavilion and had a Burger King for lunch. It was ok but it wasn’t a patch on McDonalds!
I had the most delicious caramel latte from Soho coffee and I think if we ever win the lottery, I’m buying one of those machines for my home so I can have one whenever I want!
Before going back to the apartment, the girls had their photos taken with Angelina Ballerina. They both said they enjoyed it and wanted it doing but neither of them smiled when the picture was being taken!
After lunch, the girls watched a puppet show about the 75th Butlins anniversary.

 

 

For dinner we had pizza from Papa Johns. It wasn’t too expensive and the pizza was ok but it won’t be our first choice for pizza again. The special garlic sauce looked and tasted like melted butter. In fact, Ella even said, ‘it’s butter’ when she first tasted it.
The sour cream dip was ok but the pizza sauce dip turned out to be ketchup. Now I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt and allowing for the fact that they might have sent the wrong pot, however, if not and what they sent was in fact, supposed to be pizza sauce dip, I would have to say that I would not be happy to receive ketchup when I ordered pizza sauce.

All in all, we had another nice day 🙂

To be continued…..

Please note: None of these posts have been sponsored by Butlins. We haven’t had any payment/free gifts from Butlins and paid for our holiday/food/entertainment in full.

Butlins, Skegness – Saturday

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Saturday morning was set aside for a trip to Tesco. We only took enough food for Saturday morning breakfast so we had to stock up for the week. We ended up buying lots of stuff that we wouldn’t normally buy and not enough food but hey, we’re on holiday so it’s ok, right?!
We went back to the apartment to unpack and have lunch. KayCee made sandwiches for herself, Aiden and Ella. Ant and I decided not to have any because we were still full from the huge fry up I’d done for breakfast!
By this time, my back and poorly foot were causing me a lot of pain so I took painkillers and rested on the sofa while Ant took the kids to the funfair and to have a look around.
The girls went on the rides in Bob the builder’s yard and they loved being able to go on them as many times as they wanted.

 

 

 

They had a great time at the funfair but because I wasn’t able to go, Ant found it hard to keep all three entertained. Ella had to be accompanied on most rides so Aiden and KayCee had to wait then Ella had to wait while Aiden and KayCee went on rides.

We had southern fried chicken for dinner. We bought it at Tesco but it was a bit too spicy for the girls. They ended up scraping the coating off and just eating the chicken.
Ant washed the dishes, for which I was very appreciative. I’d mentioned a few weeks earlier that I did more when I was on holiday because we never have a dishwasher and I always have dishes to wash every day so it was lovely not to have any dishes to wash!

To be continued……….

Please note: None of these posts have been sponsored by Butlins. We haven’t had any payment/free gifts from Butlins and paid for our holiday/food/entertainment in full.

Wonderful week at Butlins, Skegness – Friday

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As the title says, our half term week at Butlins, Skegness was wonderful.
We arrived some time after 4pm last Friday and went to check in. Ant does the check in while I wait in the car with the kids and unlike last year, (we went to Haven) we were only waiting a few minutes. It was excellent!

We found our apartment quite easily and were pleasantly surprised when we went inside. We were in a standard second floor apartment and expected it to be a lot smaller than what it was.
It was very clean and and had lovely, comfy, squashy sofas! Every place we’ve stayed in before, be it caravan or cottage, have always had hard, uncomfortable sofas but not this time!
There was a lake out the front and loads of ducks roamed around.

There were a few little niggles in the apartment, like the sink in the bathroom wasn’t fitted properly and moved about a bit, as did one of taps on the sink but it didn’t detract from our overall experience.
In the kitchen, there were adequate utensils, pots and pans and something even more impressive, it had a tin opener that actually worked better than ours at home! (You can probably tell from this statement that tin openers are usually old and useless in holiday homes/caravans in our experience!).

We decided to have fish and chips for dinner on our first night. Ant fetched our order from Finnigan’s.
The chips were lovely but I can’t say the same for the fish. The batter was soggy and I ended up scraping it off and just eating the fish, as did Aiden.
The girls had a child’s meal with chips and fish fingers and Ant had Sausage, chips and gravy. It came to £23 and we’ve decided we’re going to a chippie on the sea front next time we want chips!

The kids all wanted to sleep in the same room on the first night so we put KayCee’s mattress on the floor in the middle of the 2 beds in one of the twin rooms and they all slept well.
Ant and I on the other hand had a terrible first nights sleep. The double bed was very hard and I was awake more than I was a sleep. I ended up trying the sofa in the middle of the night but although it’s great to sit on, it really isn’t very good to sleep on. I ended up propped up with pillows trying to ease the pain in my back.
Ant said he woke every hour because the bed was too hard and we were both shattered on Saturday.

To be continued……

Please note: None of these posts have been sponsored by Butlins. We haven’t had any payment/free gifts from Butlins and paid for our holiday/food/entertainment in full.

2nd Weigh in

If you’ve read my post….Okay, so it’s not a tumor, you’ll know that I have to lose a lot of weight to be able to have an operation to sort out a hernia.

Well we had a wonderful week at Butlins and I have some ready to publish once I’ve added all the photos so I’ll be back with those later.
This morning though, it’s all about my diet over the last week.

We had quite a few takeaways during the week but I was determined not to get out of control. For instance, when we went to Burger King, I had a child size meal instead of a super sized adult meal.
I did have a few treats during the week; the caramel coffee from Soho Coffee Co. was delicious, as were the fresh prawns and hot doughnuts but my favourite indulgence came in the form of a pear drop milkshake from the shake place in the Skyline Pavilion. Ant fetched it for me and he said they made it with real pear drops! It was the most wonderful milkshake I’ve ever tasted in my life! I don’t even want to think about the calories it contained so I’m not going to!
I haven’t been tracking my calories because we only had limited Internet and to be honest, it was lovely to leave the laptop alone for most of the week.

When I weighed myself this morning, I was very pleased to only have a 2lb gain. I was aiming to stay the same but I can cope with 2lb. I’ve been on holidays before where I’ve put on half a stone in a week so I feel pretty good about the result this week.

I’m now back to tracking and will here next week with a weight loss result!

Thanks to all who are supporting me with this 🙂 xx