Well in to 2017 that we now are, I decided to have a look back through what happened in 2016. There were so many lovely moments that sometimes only a phone can capture. Precious memories, facial expressions that make you smile, and ones that make you remember the good points that the year gone buy held.
Oooh it seems like forever since I sat down and wrote about our adventures, when in reality it has only been five days.
What an end to the Summer Holidays we had and I don’t seem to have stopped since. I must admit it is really nice to have the kids back in to a routine and Penny too for that matter. The two mornings a week she goes to Nursery have become routine so quick, we are used to having a little bit of free time (as yet we are to plan something with those few hours other than housework). It has been great for her as she has come on leaps and bounds. Within two days she wanted to use the potty and toilet like the other children. Bye bye nappies. We are still rocking one on a night but other than that they have gone the journey.
I really must tell you about our holiday, it seems a million years ago, but as I haven’t shared our adventures in Scotland it seems like a good place to start……
After having Caitlin and Liam for the Bank Holiday weekend and being super busy getting ready we got up on the Monday to packed cars and all ready to go. The aim was to get up and leave for 1030 but we were far to eager. Having got up, packed the chilled and frozen food, tidied up and hoovered, we were all just sat around waiting to go. So we left at 945, with the aim of stopping a couple of times on the way up to our Haven home for five days.
The journey up was fairly smooth, we got held up in roadworks just outside Morpeth and as we got past them we had a toilet stop. Berwick saw us stop for our lunch at McDonald’s and we let Louie stretch his legs as well as his vocal cords. We were on target for a 3pm arrival but the time we set off from Berwick and we weren’t far out when we arrived in Port Seton.
Haven, Seton Sands is a mainly flat park and is in the picture-perfect countryside close to Edinburgh (just a 30 minute drive away). Cross the road at the bottom of the park and you’ll find a sand and rock pool beach.
Having visited another Haven site a few years ago I wasn’t expecting very much but was blown away from the moment we pulled in to the car park. The Seton Sands site is smaller than other sites I have visited and very personal. The staff were friendly from the outset and everything felt very relaxed. We stayed in the Deluxe accommodation and the caravans all had plenty of outside space, you didn’t feel like you were on top of the caravan next door and there was plenty of space to park up both of the cars outside the caravan.
The caravan was sizeable and the kids all had plenty of space. Mark and I found our bed and with the exception of the lack of bedding for our bed we were 100% satisfied with our accommodation. We both came away saying we would always pay that little bit extra from now on to make sure that we got the bigger van with more outside space and privacy.
A caravan holiday for me is made when you can lie down on that corner couch and just stare out at the sky. Dream away and relax…Perfection is gained if there is rain to make the caravan seem ultra cosy but in our case the sun was blazing down and it was hotter than Spain…..(who goes to Scotland for sunshine?).
We spent the night relaxed, playing cards and filling our faces as we had Zoo tickets booked for the Tuesday.
After a not so comfortable night (a double bed is not a super king size bed and it being a camp bed the mattress wasn’t the best), although we didn’t expect it to be, we got up and got ready for Edinburgh Zoo.
A few years ago we went up and did Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Zoo and loved it. Libby wasn’t of an age to remember it and Liam and Caitlin had never been, so I was really excited to see how they reacted to being there.
For those of you that are unfamiliar with Edinburgh Zoo, it is very central and on a big hill and when booking you have to book a time slot to view the pandas. We were booked in for 1030 and made it…just.
Last time we visited we were allowed to go in to the sleeping area for the pandas. This time however the Zoo think that the female is pregnant so the indoors section is closed. We were told that they were currently sleeping and we would be luck to see them.
We made our way round to the male enclosure. The kids were loving looking for them and just as we were about to give up hope we were told to quietly walk around to the female section as she was out. Talk about lucky, she brushed right up against the window and the kids all got a good look at her. Caitlin got an amazing photo of her (I will try and get a copy of it to share with you)
From there, the Zoo went from strength to strength. We were lucky to have such good weather and I think that played a part in how lucky we were to see so many animals. I know a few people who have been this year and said they were disappointed as quite a few of the animals had not been out.
The kids were fascinated with the animals and Penny met her “new best friends” or so she said when she saw all the monkeys. Libby fell in love with the meerkats and so did Caitlin.
Rather than boring you with what and who we saw, here are some pictures of our day…
The Penguins, could have spent all day watching them….
The walk through Wallabe section, Horse’s in Pyjamas, Koala and Meerkat…
Seriously, how big are these birds?
Ants….amazing to see them carrying leaves across our heads…(the smallest thing)
Monkeys, monkeys and more monkeys …..
The very handsome Lion…
One thing I would say for anyone fancying going is to make sure you take a packed lunch with you. The drinks and food on sight are very expensive and for all I had taken a packed lunch, it cost us nearly £20 for 8 bottles of pop.
When we got back we had some tea and had a walked over to the Clubhouse and again it was lovely, the amusement arcade was small and everything was clean, bright and welcoming. The entertainment staff were great with the kids. We were all very tired so decided to go back to the caravan and spend the day on site on the Wednesday.
Wednesday and Thursday were spent on site. We vowed we wouldn’t spend much time on the site but the kids wanted to explore, they wanted to go swimming, visit the beach, go to the park and spend time at the clubhouse and arcades.
The kids had a fantastic time over the two days collecting shells, splodging in the water and playing at the park. We went over to the clubhouse on the nights, after having takeaway for tea, Mark got himself taken up on stage to take part in the shows twice. The big ones both met girls and swapped numbers with them, so that was them sorted.
Back to the takeaway for the minute we had Fish and Chips one night and on the Thursday night we were keen to try. Now for anyone of you that should happen to be visiting Seton Sands, please try Carlos….simply the best Kebab I have ever tasted.. (After a few glasses of wine on the Wednesday night Mark and I had a hankering that needed to be filled).
All to soon Friday was upon us and it was time to come home. I won’t lie coming home wasn’t something I wanted to do at this point. I was so relaxed but needs must. We set off home and stopped along the way where we had stopped on the way up.
As you are all aware I have been advised to try the Erivedge Treatment. Anyone who likes my Facebook page will also be aware of the dilemma I faced a few weeks ago, however for those of you that don’t here is the dilemma I faced….
After deciding on a start date to commence the Erivedge Treatment I received to letters in the post. One was the confirmation from the Northern Centre for Cancer Care to confirm that I was indeed embarking on the Erivedge Treatment and the other was from the University Hospital of North Durham with a date for surgery to remove the BCC’s I currently have.
Now the dilemma comes from the fact that I want to get rid of the BCC’s I currently have, yes the Erivedge course may get rid of them but it could be months. When I get a BCC my mind takes over and I am not settled until it is gone. Here I am with 6+ and I have the opportunity to get rid of them, but I also have the opportunity to keep them at bay.
After consulting my Gorlins friends I decided that I would ask the team at the Freeman Hospital if they would be happy for me to have the surgery to remove the growths I currently have and then embark on the journey they are offering as a preventative rather than a cure.
Phone call made I awaited a reply and to my great relief my Oncologist is more than happy for me to do this.
Decision made I also decided that if I am going to start from scratch with no BCC’s it is vitally important that I uncover the areas that are hiding at least two BCC’s and get rid of this hair. As you all know the chances of me losing it when I start the treatment are high so I figure lets do this thing properly. Hair off before my pre consult for surgery and fingers crossed all the BCC’s are removed in one fell swoop.
How am I feeling? Well I am relieved to not be in two minds of which direction to take. I have been given the chance to take both options and that’s great. Not looking forward to the surgery, but then who would be? Also, I am apprehensive about the next new step. I am not a fan of new things, creature of habit springs to mind. All I can do is go with the flow and not worry about things I can’t control.
Anyway on a happier note, what have I got coming up over the next week for you to read about?
We have been so busy with days here, there and everywhere. Here are a few teasers for you:
Impromptu Family Day….
Libby’s First Football Match…..
The Journey Across the Border….
Kids in the Kitchen…..
Nothing beats a cup of tea….
I also have a few books to review for you, I will hopefully have an update on my college adventure for you (what a nightmare that is proving to be, yet again), a list of hospital visits and some exciting things coming up this week to also tell you about.
Thank you for reading and I do hope you enjoy what I have to come over the next few days….