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Planning for Bluestone

Our trip to Bluestone national park is just 8 days away and I have to say that I am very excited, but also nervous about the weather.

As we are in the UK It will probably be very cold but there will also be a risk of snow over the next week.
It is quite a long drive down to Pembrokeshire on mostly A roads, so I am really hoping that the roads will be clear because although I have been driving for over 8 years I still don’t feel very comfortable driving in ice and snow.

I have been sat writing (very long) lists of all we will need for our trip, and I have split it into 3 categories, Clothes, Food and Extra’s.

Clothes

I am only going to write things that I think we will need to take for C on here as D and I should know what to pack by know and I always think I will miss something that a toddler will need.

Vests x 5
PJ’s x 2
Pants x 7
Tops x 7
Jacket (fleece/hoodie) x 2
Coat
Puddle suit
Wellies
Boots x 2
socks x lots
Tights x 2
denim pinafore

Clothes wise is there anything else that I will need for a nearly 2 year old? 

Food

As the holiday is self catered, D is a fussy eater and I am on Slimming World I am planning on taking food so that we can cook for ourselves. I know that we will be out doing activities, swimming and playing a lot of the time so will probably eat out a bit but to some on some money I am taking food. There isn’t a large supermarket close by so it’s easier to take things with us.

Pasta
Cheese
Milk
Bread
Coke zero
Water
Juice
Coffee
Sugar
Eggs
Bacon
Mushrooms
Weetabix
Fruit
Tins- Beans/spaghetti/ emergency toddler faves
Frozen – turkey dinosaurs/curly fries – for D.
store cupboard – Oil/cooking spray, salt, stock cubes,

What other food would you take?

Extra’s

This is all  the other things that aren’t clothes but we will need,

Toiletries
Towels
Nappies and wipes
Plates/bowls/cutlery for C
Sippy cup/ bottle for C
Washing up things – Dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, brush, tea towel.
Entertainment – toys, DVD’s, Laptop etc
Toddler bedding
Umbrella

Anything else I’ve missed?

I really hope that this will all fit in our little Golf.

We aren’t taking a buggy/pram with us as I think that it will get little use as C likes to walk and it will save on space in the car, I will however be taking my MGG carrier just in case she gets tired.

All about Bluestone

If you don’t know about bluestone national park resort it is a holiday resort situated in Pembrokeshire, south-west Wales. Close to Oakwood park theme park and about 20 minutes drive from Tenby.
Bluestone has self catered holiday lodges in varying sizes from little studios for 2 up, large connected lodges that sleep 8 and Bunkhouses that sleep 14 people!
We will be staying in a Ramsey “upside down living” lodge which sleep up to 4 people.
The Ramsey lodges have sleeping downstairs and a large open plan living area upstairs, so that you can take advantage of the spectacular views.

We have stayed in a Ramsey lodge on our last visit and I have to say the view was fantastic.
I can’t wait to tell you all about this trip!

My rough plan for 2014

This is just a list of things that I would like to do this year,

  • Apply to University and hopefully get a place
  • Save as much money as possible
    • Budget, make a spreadsheet and keep track of spending
  • Enter and win some competitions – I’d love to get £2014 worth of prizes but I doubt it will happen.
  • Get organised for Christmas earlier- Try and get bargains
  • Celebrate Baby C’s 1st birthday with our family and friends – hoping to have a cake smash!
  • Bake more cake and work on other things like bread and pastry
  • Work on my cake decorating skills and make Sarah’s wedding cake look beautiful.
  • Sell more on eBay and declutter.
  • Try to set aside some time for me and Dan, as well as have some family time.
  • Make more of an effort to see friends and family.
  • Spend less time on facebook/ the internet.
  • Blog everyday (sort of goes against the previous one doesnt it lol)
  • Spend more time outside.

This isn’t a list of resolutions its just an aim, I probably won’t do all these things this year, I’ll probably change my mind and think of different things that I want to do as well or instead of them. I just want to try and if I don’t try I wont achieve anything.

Planning a Christening

I never thought it would be too difficult to organise a christening but i can’t believe all the things that need doing

first i needed to arrange a date with the church, eventually settled on the 14th July, which doesnt give us alot of time to plan. It wouldnt be so bad if we had a small family, then we could just invite people back to the house, but with a list of family and close friends pushing 90 its a no…. so we needed to look for a function room.

Finding a function room at relatively short notice (shown by every place I contacted asking “you mean for this year?”) that will fit that many people, that is available, and that has disabled access…. not easy! But I eventually found one 😀 

Then there is the catering, the decorations, entertainment, the cake, Baby C’s dress and the invitations.

I’ve got photo’s of Baby C to put on the invites and have bought the cards to make the invites, just need to find the time to make them now and quickly as i need people to RSVP.

I contacted a caterer so as soon as I put a deposit down then that will be arranged ( just need to give them numbers a week before)

I need balloons for the tables but not sure what other decorations i’d need. Banners? pictures? I’m really not sure, I also need to figure out how many balloon clusters I need but I’m not sure how many tables there are.

Entertainment…. for a christening? is it needed? i’m not sure….. maybe a CD of some general music? might let OH sort that.

The cake! well OH’s mum is sorting it, she is paying the person who did a 21st cake for OH’s sister to make one and 100 cupcakes ( my diet is going out on the window on that day!)

The dress 😀 Well Baby C will be wearing the very dress I wore for my christening 24 years ago, I just need to clean a stain off it. 

I HOPE that is all I need to plan. If anyone can think of anything else please let me know!