Staycation – The Final Days

Continuing last weeks post about our staycation, I want to share the laughs we had for the rest of that week. Although, we may not have laughed. We may have wanted to throttle our sweet little angels and bang our heads with a pebble. Only occasionally. The rest of the time we were drinking wine.

On the Tuesday we visited our nearby steam railway. The same one our son dropped pants and peed in a short while ago.


We spent the entire day beach-hopping, visiting fun-fairs, amusements, drinking hot drinks (because it was still gale-force winds with a chance of rain) and eating fish and chips. We didn’t spend much time lounging on beaches, I’m not sure why because the weather didn’t put us off the previous day. But we had plenty to cram in on this day, we had 2ps to squander and fun-fair tokens to burn.

Our toddlers aren’t that into 2p machines just yet. They enjoy holding the pot of coins, pouring them on the floor and placing each one back into their little tub. Which isn’t practical when they set up in a walkway and are having to be climbed over. They were quiet though and that’s all that matters. I think it’s fair to say us adults enjoyed the machines a lot more than the children. Grandad Firstooth chose a machine that never stopped winning. Until eventually, it did stop winning. Granny Firstooth made 16p by simply finding stray coins. It was a productive day.

When we took the kids down to the funfair our big one chose the rides he wanted to go on. He loved every second. Our small one, who has been attached to my hip throughout our staycation, decided she fancied a go too. She let us know by planking and letting off a high-pitched squeal.


We chose a ride both of our baby beasts could go on together, one that neither could push each other out of, or try to escape from. It was a train that drove round in a circle. The first two times the train went round both children had beaming smiles on their face. The third time we saw our girl coming back around, she had a picture of pure fear on her face. Terror had struck. The ride had to be stopped and our boy lost his little train buddy for the next few circles.


I had to include a compulsory train picture. The name of the train is Doctor Syn. Although when we said this to our son he said “No, no no, no. It’s not. It’s Peter” from Thomas the Tank Engine.

The Wednesday I wanted to host a Mexican night. So I spent the morning with Mr Firstooth and Granny Firstooth preparing the meal, while everyone else went to the cinema. We agreed that once their film had finished we’d all meet up at the nearby bowling alley. We’d just show up, in the middle of half-term.

Every lane was booked. No bowling for us.

That evening the Mexican was a huge hit. I was so pleased, I always get a little nervous cooking for others. What if it’s too spicy, disgusting or undercooked, is all that runs through my mind. Each dish was cleared though, so I either didn’t make enough or everyone enjoyed each bite. I hope it’s the latter.


This is the thanks you get for hosting a meal. Along with lots of wine. We must host more often, aren’t they beautiful.

Thursday would be our final full day with our visiting family, so we had to make it count right?

In the morning we tripped over the Battle Abbey, near Hastings. Aunt and Uncle Firstooth and their teens have a love of history, so this trip made complete sense for them. It sort of made sense for us at first, the kids would be able to run around. Then after a projectile vomiting incident before we arrived, we both agreed that was a sign from God that this visit wouldn’t make sense for us.

With our best efforts, we couldn’t scrub the potent cheesy smell out of our son. Our girl also decided she needed a good whinge every now and then and refused to walk. I had a whinging toddler attached to my hip and Mr Firstooth had a stinky toddler attached to his.


The best part of this is that we paid for the privilege of listening to them complain, moan and cry before everyone had enough and we left. Sometimes, we have the best intentions and our toddlers couldn’t care less. Their goal for the day is to see who can make mummy go shouty first.

After a fruitless visit to the Abbey we headed down to the beach at Hastings. This is one of our favouritte places to come as a family.

We fluked a decent parking space and wandered off to meet up with their Grandparents.

The kids had fun at the fun fair first. Another fun fair. Another small disaster to accompany it. Both kids wanted to go on the merry-go-round. So we all sat in a carriage and waited for the ride to start. Only it never started. It was as if the ride operator sensed we owned toddler terrorists and held the ride until they eventually started their meltdown. Then once I admitted defeat after trying to placate each child, the ride started. With us watching on from the sidelines.


Our boy enjoyed a few other rides before we headed down to the trampolines. Always a hit. I hardly wet myself at all too.

Then after a little frolicking on the beach we headed back for dinner, enjoying our last evening meal in their caravan.

Although the weather was rubbish, the best weather day of the week was high-winds and intermittent rain, we had a really great week. I would definitely have a stay-at-home-holiday again. Hopefully we will!

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  1. June 15, 2016 / 6:26 am

    It sounds great! Despite having to abandon the abbey (we’ve all been there) it sounds like a massive success!

  2. June 15, 2016 / 9:07 am

    Awww the good old tipping coins on the floor trick! I remember those days. I have a pic somewhere of my daughter crying on the merry go round at Hastings when she was two! Mexican night sounds awesome, I never host meals but if I did I think I would choose Mexican. Lovely blog, Sarah #WhateverTheWeather

  3. June 15, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    Awww, what a fab post – sounds like you were very busy! Gorgeous photos and thanks for linking up#bestandworst

    • firstooth
      June 16, 2016 / 9:56 pm

      Thanks for hosting!

  4. June 15, 2016 / 4:55 pm

    Mine always thought that grownups had given the wrong names to things too! I feel your pain with the projectile vomiting, we had an attempt to throw up out of the window on the highway during our last road trip, with, well the laws of physics and the amount the window would roll down not in our favor….

    • firstooth
      June 15, 2016 / 9:52 pm

      Oh gosh! I can imagine the horror cleaning that up!

  5. June 15, 2016 / 6:03 pm

    Love the clear and bright photos! Sounds like a fun staycation and looks like one too judging from the smiles in the photos =) #whatevertheweather

    • firstooth
      June 15, 2016 / 9:51 pm

      Thank you. It was lovely

  6. June 15, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    Sounds very exciting! That steam train looks amazing! #whatevertheweather

    • firstooth
      June 15, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      It’s beautiful isn’t it x

  7. Geraldine
    June 18, 2016 / 7:00 am

    Do you know this brings me back. Your stay cation reminds me of the holidays my mum and dad would organise for us when we were kids and we absolutely loved then with amazing memories, your giving your kids beautiful memories with holidays like these. Love the photos of happy smiley faces #justanotherlinky

  8. June 18, 2016 / 11:53 pm

    Such a lot you packed into your holiday and I’m pleased you enjoyed it despite a very British weather pattten. #KCACOLS

    • firstooth
      June 20, 2016 / 4:44 pm

      It was a shame about the weather but we always make the best of a rainy situation!

  9. June 19, 2016 / 8:07 am

    Sounds like a fab holiday to me! I think it’ll be UK holidays all the way for us while our children are young, there’s something a bit special about them in my opinion! x #KCACOLS

    • firstooth
      June 20, 2016 / 4:46 pm

      I agree! Although I’d love to have a little skip on foreign sands, the UK has so much to offer that we may as well make the most of it. A holiday is a holiday no matter where it is x

  10. June 19, 2016 / 11:25 am

    fab staycation! we get that too with trains – they are either percy or Thomas haha! #KCACOLS

    • firstooth
      June 20, 2016 / 4:47 pm

      Lol! Everything is relatable to a cartoon when you’re a toddler

  11. June 19, 2016 / 5:21 pm

    Lol at least the merry go round, that’s the sort of thing that happens to us normally! It sounds like you had a great time despite the few hitches! Thanks for linking up to #Whatevertheweather Xx

    • firstooth
      June 20, 2016 / 4:50 pm

      Lol! It really was lovely there’s always going to be hiccups with kiddies but any holiday is a good one x

  12. June 20, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    Wow what a busy time you had! Toddlers are so unpredictable aren’t they! Those are lovely thank you flowers 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.

    • firstooth
      June 20, 2016 / 8:30 pm

      They sure are! But it keeps us on our toes. Thanks for hosting!

  13. June 21, 2016 / 9:11 am

    I love how your totally honest and that’s what we need. This has made me feel better as our days out are always filled with tantrums and let downs as we have such big intentions! Thanks for linking up to #JustAnotherLinky xx

    • firstooth
      June 21, 2016 / 5:00 pm

      Thank you. I’d love to share a flowered version of our trips, but that’s not our reality. Anyone’s reality. Of course we all have fabulous days but I think if you can’t beat a toddler meltdown, at least find the humour in it! It’ll never stop us trying though will it. Thanks for hosting xx

  14. June 21, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    Oh my dear, I had to laugh along with the description of how you chose the ride. I remember this one well. Thank you for sharing you memories with us! #KCACOLS

    • firstooth
      June 21, 2016 / 4:58 pm

      Lol! Thanks for hosting

  15. June 22, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    Seems like you managed to fit a lot in! I love the 2p machines and fortunately my kids are getting to the age where they enjoy them too! #KCACOLS

    • firstooth
      June 23, 2016 / 6:24 am

      They’re so much fun aren’t they, no matter what age we are!

  16. June 25, 2016 / 6:15 pm

    Love the photo of them in the little train, at least you managed to get that before terror struck! #KCACOLS

  17. June 27, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    Oh this did make me chuckle sorry! Travelling with kids can be wonderful but it can also be such hard work can’t it. A bit like travelling with a pair of mini dictators! Great pictures though! #KCACOLS x

    • firstooth
      June 27, 2016 / 8:03 pm

      They are a pair of dictators for sure!! Thank you x

  18. July 1, 2016 / 2:56 pm

    I love your pictures! They just capture the moment and yet look very professional! You have to give me your secret

    • firstooth
      July 5, 2016 / 6:30 am

      I’m still a beginner but once I have some secrets I will definitely share them!

  19. July 1, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    Haha! It (mostly!) all sounds great fun! What is it with toddlers & pouring items out of pots onto the floor & then putting them back in?? &, yes, I do think evil ride operators deliberately aggravate toddlers! #KCACOLS

    • firstooth
      July 5, 2016 / 6:29 am

      They do don’t they! Very annoyed when I got off and the ride started. It was as if she was waiting until I gave up lol

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