Dreaming About The Holidays

At this time of year and with this title, you could be fooled into to thinking that this is another Christmas post. A post where I tell you how much I love the run up to the festive season and how much I look forward to the ‘holidays’ but NO! I haven’t turned all American, I’m thinking or I should say dreaming of the perfect summer holiday.

It’s fair to say that I do spend a lot of my free time planning imaginary holidays and considering different options for our actual family getaways. I’ve always been obsessed with holidays, years ago my friends used to call me “Thomas Book It” (I should mention that my maiden name was Thomas) as I would research and organise all our holidays and weekends away. Looking back I realise that my ‘perfect holiday’ requirements have changed over the years, from party holidays to romantic getaways. These days the perfect holiday has to fulfil the needs and wants of my family, which is not easy as we all have different requests.

My Perfect Holiday 
For me the perfect holiday would be luxurious, relaxing and utterly pampering. It would have beautiful sandy beaches with crystal clear waters and stunning scenery. I enjoy spa treatments, good quality food, delicious cocktails and soaking up that chilled-out atmosphere that only comes with being ‘away’.

My Husband’s Perfect Holiday
My James Bond ‘want-to-be’ husband needs to be on the go. He enjoys relaxing for a few hours but then needs to be challenged, he loves mountain biking, scuba diving or working out. For him the perfect holiday would offer all these facilities, as this is how he likes to unwind.

Lili’s Perfect Holiday (age 4)
Lili loves the water, she always has, even as a baby. So for her the perfect holiday would have lots of swimming pools and water slides. Like her dad, she likes being on the go and making new friends, so fun activities and games would keep her very happy.

Poppy’s Perfect Holiday (age 2)
Poppy is a wild, creative child, she enjoys painting and playing, singing and dancing. For her the perfect holiday would involve lots of messy play and music. I know she would love a baby disco and any family entertainment that involved singing and dancing.

So as you can see, it’s not easy to find a holiday that answers all our needs and requirements for the perfect holiday. However, if I’m being totally honest (and a little soppy) the most important thing is that we’re all together. These days, holidays are for making memories and capturing special moments. The girls are growing up so quickly and I want to enjoy this special time as much as possible. I’ve always enjoyed taking pictures, for me this is the best way of capturing a moment and making it last a lifetime. Here are a selection of my favourite holiday snaps to date…

Our Holiday Photo Album

holiday66 holiday77 holiday68 holiday67 mijas
holiday (9) holiday (2) holiday (6) holiday (11) holiday (4)
holiday_style_4 holiday_style_5
holiday (5)cardiganbay15cardiganbay8

• This post is our entry to become a Mark Warner Ambassador.

Mark Warner have asked bloggers to write a post about their perfect holiday and the winning five will go on to become their 2015 ambassadors. Have a look at their website, they have some great family packages!

Mami 2 Five



  1. December 6, 2014 / 8:11 pm

    What a beautiful post! I think it was me who coined Thomas Book-it! ha … Such a lovely post and gorgeous picts! A brilliant entry fingers crossed for you all x

    • Heledd
      December 6, 2014 / 8:31 pm

      Ha ha… I think it was you!! Thanks hon, that means so much to me xxx

  2. December 6, 2014 / 9:39 pm

    Stunning photographs; you have a beautiful family. I really hope you win and we get to see some more wonderful posts and photography – good luck guys xxxxx Jess x

    • Heledd
      December 6, 2014 / 9:41 pm

      Oh thank you!! Fingers crossed xx

  3. December 7, 2014 / 8:05 am

    I would love to be siting at that table right now overlooking the sea, instead of contemplating a rainy sunday run. Good luck with the entry. #sundaystars

    • Heledd
      December 7, 2014 / 8:08 am

      Oh me too!! That picture was taken on our honeymoon. Thank you hon xx

  4. December 7, 2014 / 9:14 am

    Gorgeous photos!!
    Hope you win and manage to find a fab holiday that suits all your needs x

    • Heledd
      December 7, 2014 / 9:24 am

      Thank you!! I hope so too xx

  5. December 7, 2014 / 4:41 pm

    What a lovely post Heledd! Makes me yearn for the summer again! We have yet to take our boys on a proper holiday. Since they were born, circumstance has ensured that the most we’ve managed to get away for is 4 days. That said, we’ve taken them to Cornwall, Wales and Scotland, so they’re well travelled! 😉 xx

  6. December 7, 2014 / 7:13 pm

    Aw gorgeous shots of lovely happy family time, you’re so right that is what it is all about 🙂 we have recently booked our summer holiday for next year (I found a great deal and couldn’t resist) and I am so looking forward to our holiday as a family of 4!! X #sundaystars

  7. December 8, 2014 / 2:35 pm

    Lovely post, I am thinking of booking a holiday for February and also need to encapsulate everyone’s needs! It’s hard isn’t it, but i think if the kids are happy, the adults are happy, it’s just finding a balance so that it’s a relaxing environment for the parents too! Love your photos x

  8. fabienne
    December 9, 2014 / 1:35 pm

    Amazing pictures, lovely family…. Can’t wait to see where you go next year x

  9. December 9, 2014 / 1:45 pm

    Your photos are beautiful and it would be lovely for you to have a family holiday, like you say whatever each of you want it is nice just to spend time together! xx

  10. December 9, 2014 / 4:00 pm

    Ah Heledd what a fab post and the most beautiful pictures, good luck you would make a fab ambassador xx

  11. December 9, 2014 / 8:32 pm

    Wow! Your girls are so well travelled 🙂 I would love a little bit of sunshine with some adventure, hubby would love something to snap at with his nikon… and Lucy is happy as long as there are ducks!

    • Heledd
      December 12, 2014 / 1:34 am

      Oh bless Lucy, ducks are not that easy to find. Maybe you can take her toy duck? Hopefully you have a beautiful holiday next year xxx

  12. Mrs H
    December 13, 2014 / 7:09 pm

    Heledd, this is such a beautiful post. I like the sound of your dream holiday. Pampering, sunshine and sea sounds perfect. I think Mr H would like that type of holiday too. Little Miss H would probably prefer a mixture of Poppy and Lili’s. I ADORE all of those photos. You have a gorgeous family. Thanks for linking up to #SundaysStars and good luck hosting tomorrow. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  13. December 14, 2014 / 8:36 pm

    Gorgeous post and fingers crossed you win! We are off to lovely Suffolk next year to a big barn conversion with the OH’s family! I can’t wait for a country holiday, it’s going to be wonderful 🙂 x

  14. December 18, 2014 / 8:56 pm

    Great post your pics are fab good luck with the competition! #sundaystars