Staycation – We Tried It

Last week we had a staycation. Our family were visiting and staying in a nearby holiday park, to enjoy a holiday for themselves. Since Mr Firstooth had taken the week off, we turned it into our own little holiday, from the comforts of our own home.

If you’ve read even a couple of Firstooth blogs, you’ll know I share the bluntly honest side of our family life. Sometimes things don’t go to plan and sometimes our toddlers have their own ideas about what a ‘good day’ involves, usually lots of whingeing. So this will be no different to other posts, I will cherish the lovely moments in my memory and share with you the bittersweet joys of our week.



Lets start with the first day.

The first day would have been the travelling day of the holiday for us, but since we didn’t have anywhere to travel, I used it as an opportunity to highlight my hair. Leaving Mr Firstooth banging his head against the wall downstairs, while the tiny people fought over the Fireman Sam truck, the light saber, the horse, air that surrounded them. Everything. They were having an hour of awfulness. An awful hour. But who cares, I was too busy highlighting my hair. I even gave it a quick oil treatment.

That afternoon, once our family had arrived, we met them on the beach. From the afternoon into the evening we did have a lovely time. The weather was dry and warm, the sea was still and we even had a BBQ. The icing on this afternoon was how happy our children were. They almost had us fooled into thinking the presence of the additional family members would keep them entertained and joyful all week.

We were almost fooled. We knew better.

The second day started with heavy showers. It’s half-term, so obviously, it’s going to rain. It’s been bright sunshine right up until that very day and it’s been bright sunshine from the moment they headed home at the end of the week. It’s the sods law of British holidays. Especially in half-term.

But we’re a chirpy bunch, so we headed out onto the beach. By this time we were lucky with the weather. The heavy showers slowed to a drizzle and we only had to walk along the beach in gale-force winds. Because if we had to walk in gale-force winds and heavy showers, with toddlers, we may have just stayed home. But high winds is nothing to a Brit. We put our best shorts and flip-flops on, packed our picnic and continued with our day.

It’d be silly not to.


Strolling down the beach we all felt like our efforts and hard work deserved a break. A quick stop for our picnic lunch. We spotted the perfect location for a picnic, outdoors, yes, in amber weather warning conditions. But it was the perfect spot, to a Firstooth family member that made the decision.

Just before we reached the perfect location, which were in fact sand dunes, we stopped at a large digger, sat in front of the dunes. Having a digger obsessed son, Grandad Firstooth and I squealed with delight to my boy;


I’m not sure if I should be concerned, but my son had terrible trouble looking for the large digger, right in front of his face. His body was facing in that direction, but his head looked everywhere but.

Both of our little ones sat proudly in the arm of the digger while we all snapped pictures. The next issue we had was getting them to look at the camera. We have dozens of pictures of them sat in the digger arm. In not one of them are they looking at the camera.

Once we’d set up pitch in the sand dunes (to shield us from wind, we’re smart like that) we started diving into our picnic bags. Tasty as it was, Mr Firstooth only actually packed half a sandwich for him and I to share and crisps. He’s never packing our picnic again. As I bit into my half sandwich I wondered why it was so crunchy. Was it because this peanut butter was from LIDL? No. It was the gritty sand blowing in our direction, attaching itself to everything we ate. Because, although we sat in the dunes to shield us from the wind, we sat the wrong side. We were open to attack.

Our next stop was the little cafe on the beach. We all had teas and my hardy little man had an ice-cream. Obviously, it’s summer.

Half way through his ice-pop, he decided he didn’t want it anymore. The clouds weren’t aligned quite how he wanted them and he chose to have a strop instead. Our boy is going through something, I’m not sure what it is, but it feels like fingernails on a chalk board.

Boy handed to his dad, ice-pop handed to his sister. Everyone’s happy.

Nobody wanted to admit they were ready to leave the beach, so we all walked that way anyway. Back in the direction of the caravan and play-park.

We couldn’t leave the beach though, until our girl dropped her ice-pop. But luckily she did this pretty quickly. All down herself and Granny Firstooth. Traipsing through damp sand, across slippery pebbles, while it was drizzling, in high winds, wasn’t challenging enough. She wanted to embrace the icy cold breeze more than we were. Dragging her Grandma down with her. Granny Firstooth had on only a bikini with her shorts and flip-flops, it is June after all.


There was our second day of our staycation. The best part of this day was the weather. The weather on this day was meant to be the best all week. Oh joy. The Chinese takeaway we all had that evening was pretty great too.

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  1. June 8, 2016 / 6:46 am

    Haha you can NEVER rely on British weather but I did feel sorry for all the half termers last week as it rained. Your stories make me smile – thank god for help from the Grandparents! Bonus you got to do your hair!! Trip away next time? Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

    • firstooth
      June 10, 2016 / 4:46 pm

      I think a trip away sounds like heaven!! Thanks for hosting x

  2. June 8, 2016 / 8:41 am

    Haha this post really made me laugh. Sounds like the perfect British holiday that we have all grown up loving 🙂

    ps my kids are 8 and 10 and they still strop and drop their ice creams in case you were hoping it gets better!

    • firstooth
      June 10, 2016 / 4:41 pm

      I’m not sure whether to be relieved that it’s not just our children that do this, or disheartened that they don’t grow out of it… it was a great holiday really, it just creates for some funny situations now we have toddlers x

  3. June 8, 2016 / 8:00 pm

    Haha, this made me really laugh. Why is it that it always rains as soon as the schools break up? It really is the law and then as soon as they return back to school the sun comes out and it is boiling hot again! #bloggerclubuk

    • firstooth
      June 10, 2016 / 4:39 pm

      It is the law isn’t it!

  4. June 9, 2016 / 9:29 pm

    Aw sounds like a lovely day – love how kids sometimes don’t see what’s right in front of them! My daughter’s the same with ice lollies a the moment – she wants one, has a taste and then throws the rest on the floor! They can be so odd sometimes 🙂 #bestandworst

    • firstooth
      June 11, 2016 / 5:37 am

      They’re crazy little things x

  5. June 10, 2016 / 9:00 am

    Why is it we always have these great ideas and think days out will be wonderful and then end up wondering why the hell we bothered? The amounts of hot chocolates I’ve bought the big one for her to say “it’s too hot” or “I’ve had enough” after three sips! Still better to get outdoors that be caged up indoors and end up going more crazy!! #effitfriday

    • firstooth
      June 11, 2016 / 5:36 am

      I say ‘I don’t know why I bother’ regularly. These kids know which buttons to push!

  6. June 10, 2016 / 2:45 pm

    this really did make me laugh! days out with kids are never idyllic are they? Chinese sounds well deserved x #effitfriday

    • firstooth
      June 11, 2016 / 5:35 am

      There’s always a few bumps in the road x

  7. June 11, 2016 / 11:14 am

    Lovely photos and moments captured. We too are just staying here in the UK for the holidays! Always so many places to discover and enjoy =) #whatevertheweather

  8. June 11, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    The joys of the British weather! I loved reading this, I like that you don’t gloss over the bad parts. The dropping of the ice pop is just one of those things you know will happen before they even have them
    Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK 🙂

  9. June 12, 2016 / 2:25 pm

    Wind, rain and a grin-and-bear it attitude – sounds like a British summer holiday to me! #KCACOLS

  10. June 13, 2016 / 6:08 am

    British weather is always rubbish when it’s the school holidays. Looks like you have two very ‘playful’ little toddlers on your hands!
    Cannot wait to hear the rest of your staycation!

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    Rachel xx

  11. June 13, 2016 / 7:42 am

    I love you and your families perseverance! I dont think I quite know anything like it. First legoland, now your staycation. If nothing more your children will know resilience 😉 plus, when those perfect holidays eventually arrive (they will right?!) imagine just how much you’ll all enhoy them ;-). Thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays and well done on being our featured post last week! Emily

  12. June 13, 2016 / 9:01 am

    What a lovely idea to have a staycation and make the most of the outdoors, despite the lovely British weather..typical! And great that you got to do your hair – a little pampering is always good for you! 🙂

  13. June 13, 2016 / 11:25 am

    Lots of lovely outdoor fun on your staycation, what a beautiful beach #MarvMondays

  14. June 13, 2016 / 1:51 pm

    Oh I do love the way your write – never fail to make me smile – love the little addition of the oil treatment – why not – important information! Do you like the way I’m focusing on the positive for you. Love the photos – adorable! and love the closing paragraph – can not wait to hear about day 2 but glad the weather was meant to be good and the takeaway good! #marvmondays

  15. June 13, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    You can always count on the weather ruining any sort of plans in the UK. Whenever we go and visit family in Devon we always plan to visit the beach, and it nearly always rains the whole time we are there! At least you got some fresh air, and a decent takeaway.x #MarvMondays

  16. June 14, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    How lovely to be able to enjoy some time at home. Sometimes it’s just what we need, with no clock-watching, in our own space, enjoying each other 🙂 #kcacols

  17. June 15, 2016 / 7:06 am

    Lol, that sounds like a typical holiday, wet weather at the beach! At least you had help from grandparents! Thanks for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

  18. June 15, 2016 / 2:22 pm

    The air around them…the hour of awfulness…I even put some oil in. Oh my God. Only had to walk…in gale force winds…the half sandwich. Heaven help me. Hilarious. #MarvMondays Ooh and I see my #BlogStars has linked at the end of this comment and er…guess who’s in it with their overnight stay at Lego Land post?! 🙂

    • firstooth
      June 15, 2016 / 9:54 pm

      Thank you! That’s so kind of you I’m popping over to read!! Thanks lovely x

  19. June 15, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    Ha brilliant…. Such a British staycation! I would have been SO miserable on that second day… You did so well! Xx #KCACOLS

    • firstooth
      June 15, 2016 / 9:53 pm

      Thanks! It was a little deflating but when everyone is bouncing around trying to enjoy themselves it’s much more fun x

  20. June 15, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    Oh I’m sorry, but I love this!!! We have our staycation coming up next week which is forecast thunderstorms. We only have summer gear having lived in Dubai for so long…..

    • firstooth
      June 15, 2016 / 9:51 pm

      Ha thank you! Oh no!! Sods law is hitting us Brits hard this year weather wise. Normally you’d be able to wear your Dubai clothes but it’s so unpredictable you may need to pop down to the shops and stock up on waterproofs!

  21. June 16, 2016 / 12:28 pm

    I do love a staycation because I’m too lazy to travel but obviously the British weather gets in the way #MarvMondays

  22. June 16, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    Sounds like the usual rainy holiday for Britain 🙁 I love the idea of going away to some sunshine, but always find it easier for things when we are at home; sleeping mainly xxx #MarvMondays

  23. June 17, 2016 / 12:29 pm

    Staycations are something I am going to try. The money saved on travel and accomodatiom can be spent in fun days out and activities! Looks like you had a lovely time 🙂 #kcacols

    • firstooth
      June 17, 2016 / 9:16 pm

      It’s definitely worth doing you just need to look at your home and your area in a different light x

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