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Rollercoaster of a summer – quite literally at times

Welcome back friends. How was your summer?  If any of you are like me you will be split between the disappointment of the kids being back at school and life going back to ‘normal’ and being desperate for some normality!

As ever the summer came and went far too quickly but we did make some great memories.

The holidays started with the kids going off with their Dad for 2 1/2 weeks!  That my friends, was just too long for me.  As most of you know I’ve been used to them going off with their Dad for longish periods of time since they were really little, but the longest I’ve done is 2 weeks and that’s plenty.  The last few days were really pants.

The upside to it though was that Mr H and I got so much done to the house.  We managed to cross off about half of the ‘to do’ list (and it was a huge list).  Feeling much more organised now.  Another bonus was having them home for a few days and then all jetting off for our holiday to Vegas!

Vegas – what can I say?  Hot, mad, loud, colourful, exciting, relaxing and exhausting!

We stayed in a lovely hotel called the Vdara which I would highly recommend.  One of the things we loved about it was that there was no casino there, but it was only a short walk to the strip and all the buzz and energy so we had the best of both worlds.  The  pool was stunning and the staff were brilliant.

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Some of the highlights of the trip were

. Doing the zip wire on Freemont Street (although not the most savoury place to be with kids at that time of day)!  We launched from much further back than you can see and went under all the lit up canopy.  It was amazing.


. Going to Cowabunga water park (no photos as phones were in lockers)

. Meeting up with good friends and having Tepinyaki for the first time (all your food is cooked in front of you on the hot plate.  Such good fun)


. Riding the New York New York roller coaster at night (I screamed, a lot) I wish I had photographic evidence of this but unfortunately not!

When I say the roller coaster was one of the highlights, what I actually mean is that my daughter made me go on it even though I really didn’t want to. I was so pleased that I had done it afterwards though.

The best part about the whole holiday for me though was us being together.  No distractions from anything, just time spent together making memories.  Priceless.

Getting back into ‘normal’ life has been really hard.  Jet lag was horrible and made me feel ever so low.  What have your experiences of jet lag been like? I’m very pleased to say that it has now passed.

How were the holidays for you?  What lovely places have you been to and what have you been doing?

I’m feeling quite excited about what’s next, it’s the start of a new academic year which I find is a good time to reflect on where you are and what your doing.  Kids have started afresh so it’s the perfect time for me to do the same.  I have a couple of new things on the horizon that once I’m in the flow will be blogging about.

Whats new with you?  Starting a new job, going back to college, plans to do life differently?

I really would love to hear all about your journeys, adventures and plans for the future.  If you feel like your not very inspired by life or the future at the moment come and be inspired here and see what others are up to.  I get so much of my inspiration from other people and sometimes life is simply about getting on with the season that we are in, it doesn’t mean that other peoples lives are more exciting or that ours is boring.

I always find being happy and excited for other people puts me in a better frame of mind which I’m not saying I always manage.  A couple of weeks ago I could hardly see beyond the end of each day!

So, friends can I ask that if you have found this post interesting and or helpful in any way, that you would leave a comment.  By sharing our own experiences and highs and lows we can be such an encouragement to others.  It’s also great to hear about what other people are up to outside of our usual circles.

Cant wait to hear your comments and input.

Have a wonderful weekend

Much love


Kate x




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  • Reply Shell September 9, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Great blog Kate. So honest and down to earth. Keep em coming girl

    • Reply Kate September 10, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks Shell. What have you been up to over the summer? X

  • Reply Hannah September 17, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Oh I totally get the holiday blues! We are going away near the end of the year and I wonder if I’ll feel the same when we get back! Quality time with family and friends is the best though isn’t! I really don’t like it when the kids go back to school.

    • Reply Kate September 23, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      It really is tough when they go back but before long you I start to enjoy the routine again and having a chance to miss them x

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