Mickey-ing around

Wow well as the title suggests we have been to Disneyland Paris 😀

This was part of hubby’s big birthday celebrations and we have been saving for quite a while for this holiday. If you read this blog regularly you will know that we don’t have a lot of money so in order to afford this holiday I signed up to an agency and have spent a year doing extra shifts, working nights and weekends while hubby was at home with the kids. It was hard work but so worth it.

Before I show you my holiday photos let’s get 2 things clear

1. Paris is cold in January!!!!! I wore leggings under my jeans, a t shirt, a jumper, a hoodie and a coat and I was still cold!!! Rule number one – pack your thermals!!

2. You will do a LOT of walking! And I mean a lot! I am slightly disappointed in myself for not packing a pedometer. I bet I walked 3-4miles everyday if not more! Wear trainers or walking boots. Don’t even think about heels or those shoes you bought last week! Rule number 2 – pack for comfort not fashion!

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We decided to drive and catch the ferry over. Big mistake! Well no actually it wasn’t, more like bad timing. Our first crossing was soooo rough, I couldn’t get up out of my chair. There were people being sick everywhere!! Thankfully it was a late crossing so the kiddies slept on chairs and didn’t notice a thing!

We stayed in the Santa Fe hotel which is the cheapest of all the Disney hotels. But do you know what? It was awesome!! Our room had a Cars theme and as D loves Lightening McQueen and Mater (his fave) he absolutely loved it. Little lady was also impressed by the bunk beds! To be honest if I had known how easily pleased they would be we could have saved a fortune 😉

A friend had very kindly given me 2 sketchbooks. You know the ring bound, hard back type? She advised me to let the kids decorate them and take them to collect autographs in. I am so glad I did. The Disney equivalent were approx 8Euros and were much much smaller. Another bit of advice here. Take a normal pen for the Princesses to use but a Sharpie or other thick pen for the “gloved” characters as they may struggle with a normal, thinner pen.

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If you have girls then let them wear their princess outfits. Little Lady had a few for Christmas as we had asked various family members to buy her some. This helped us as Little Lady didn’t look at the (overpriced) costumes in the shops plus any character who saw the princess costume automatically bowed/curtsied to her. All the staff/ cast members (as they are called) addressed Little Lady as “Princess” which she absolutely loved. It made her feel so special!

Going in January meant that queues for the rides were virtually non-existant. 🙂 The longest we queued for a ride was 10 minutes, although saying that we did queue twice for the Princess Pavilion and the queues there were 45minutes to an hour! It was inside and warm though 😉

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We took food with us to the park in a backpack. We had heard from a lot of people that picnics are not allowed inside the park. We took food, everyday, in bags that were searched, everyday and not one comment was made. There are loads of benches/low walls to sit on to eat your picnic. There are also water fountains so take a bottle and fill it up. We took 3 water bottles with us. One for the kids to share, one for hubby and I, and one with pure undiluted blackcurrant squash in. We then added the squash to the water bottles as and when we needed to.

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We treated ourselves (and the kiddies obviously 😉 ) to a character lunch in Cafe Mickey. At over £90 for the 4 of us it wasn’t cheap but it was worth it. We booked our lunch for 2pm as the cafe closes at 3pm. Hubby and I could chose a starter and a main and the kiddies got starters, mains and a dessert. We hadn’t even had our mains at 3pm and yet we didn’t feel rushed to finish at all. There was 6 characters in total and each one came round to the table and spent time with the kids. They were happy to have photos and sign autographs. D has been terrified of characters for a good few years but he is much better now, despite refusing to look at Spiderman.

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Haha! Yes D is wearing odd socks. Loooooong story!!

However, he really took a shine to Mickey and loved him sitting next to us. He gave him kisses and everything. D was so taken by him, it was lovely.

Would we go again? Yes. Little Lady already has a piggy bank started to save for next time. Personally I want a bit of a break from the extra shifts for a bit before I start again for another holiday. But we’ll see. We all had such a fantastic time. Have you ever been?

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Sunny days

The weather has been glorious here over the last week. We have been so lucky. I do hope this isn’t our summer though.

Little lady has been asking to go for a bike ride since forever. Well it feels like anyway. Hubby had a few days off last weekend so as the weather was nice we packed up a picnic and got the bikes out. Well actually only hubby and little lady got their bikes out. Turns out we are missing the bit that hooks baby D’s baby carrier onto my bike 😦 so I walked while pushing baby D in the pushchair.

We decided to go down the cycle path that runs from our village to the next. It’s quiet and away from the road so little lady was pretty safe to ride her bike.

We had a lovely time although I didn’t see much of little lady and hubby on the way as they zoomed off ahead of us slow coaches.

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There he is just behind little lady who you can’t see.

Baby D enjoyed stopping to look at the little streams that ran alongside the path and I enjoyed seeing the bluebells out. Although not very many, still pretty don’t you think?

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One we got to the end, just under 2.5m from where we started, we crossed over the road and had a picnic in the field.

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We played some games. Tag is a special favourite although I’m sure there are many other names for it.

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We called in a park, where both little lady and baby D had fun on the swings and the roundabout before making our way slowly – on tired legs – home.

I hope you are enjoying this weather too.