James has been working in Swansea for a few days a week sporadically for months now and it seems set to continue for the time being. We all miss him the three days he spends in Wales and so back in March he suggested we all go together. He would still have to work but at least we could have the evening and as Ollie was off school because of a teacher training day and St. Patricks day, why not?
On Mother’s Day James got us all packed up while I went to church with the boys. Ollie was going to be singing a Mother’s Day song with the rest of the kids in front of the rest of the church. We didn’t stay for the whole of church, we skipped out early and James was waiting for us in the car park.
We told the boys that we were all going to the airport to wave Daddy off. They didn’t have a single suspicion… not when we unpacked a stack of bags out of the car including their Trunki…. not when we went through security and Nate and I were searched… not when we were sat at Burger King in the departure lounge! So we broke the news by talking about it being a shame that Daddy was away, we would miss him and it would be cool if we could come too… would they like to do that. Ollie didn’t believe us for a few minutes and once it sank in, the boys were super excited. Ollie thought our sneakiness was hilarious… and the fact that James had packed their toys and pjs already.
The boys enjoyed the plane ride and once we landed we had to go and pick up our hire car. It was so fancy, with a parking camera and everything! The drive to the hotel was a few hours and both boys coped with the journey really well. Nate slept for the most part.
Once we arrived at the hotel we got the boys bathed and into their pyjamas and we ordered room service for dinner. Rather than having a meal each, James and I ordered a bunch of starters… we had romaine lettuce chunks with humous and pitta bread, cockle popcorn, pork belly bites with a yummy chutney, goats cheese fritters and calamari!! It was so good and a perfect Mother’s Day treat. Before bed the boys were brought cookies and warm milk, something the hotel offers to everyone with kids and such a lovely treat… the cookies were chewy and warm, freshly baked. (James and I had one each too….)
The next day, James headed off to work early while the boys were still asleep. We lazed about the room for a little while before getting ready. The restaurant was just downstairs so we got breakfast. The boys had a mixture of pancakes and sausages and fruit salad while I had fruit and a croissant. It was self serve, so you could help yourself to anything.
We visited the beach that was right outside our hotel. It was clean and BIG and we found a play park there too. The boys drew in the sand and we collected a lot of stones and shells and only left when it got too cold and windy. The three of us arrived back at the hotel room to find that the maid had tucked their Paw Patrol pups into bed. The boys thought it was super funny.
After our trip to the beach we decided to go and get lunch in the tallest building in Swansea. The views were amazing but it was a shame it was so cloudy!!
Before James was due home we headed to the hotel swimming pool for a while. It was nice, small but warm and had a tiny kids bit too. It was totally deserted though, we had the entire thing to ourselves. Nate cried when we had to leave, he was having such a blast.
James got home in good time to take us all for dinner. He has been there a lot and so knows where is good to go. He took us to The Smoke Haus, a really cool, laid back BBQ place. We stuffed ourselves silly with ribs and deep fried corn on the cob and fries. When we got back to the hotel, the boys went to sleep and James and I watched tv shows on the laptop.
On Tuesday morning we got breakfast delivered to our room after James went to work. It was amazing! They brought us croissants and danish pastries, cereal, yoghurt, fruit juice, meat and cheese! The boys thought it was a great idea and loved eating their breakfast in their fancy hotel bed while watching tv. Those croissants though, oh my!! So very very good. With time to kill before James arrived back and we had to leave for the airport, we went for a walk around the marina to look at the boats and then we had lunch in the hotel restaurant.
We decided that last minute, spontaneous family trips are FUN!!