An Olympic Weekend In London

Hi everyone! I hope you have been enjoying a lovely weekend?

If you have been reading my blog you will know that I decided to start keeping a bit of an online diary of our family life here on the blog. You can read about what made me make that decision here if you haven’t already.

If you have been following me on Facebook, you will know that I decided on a bit of a last minute, impromptu trip to London last weekend (like you do!) with my Mum and the two kids in tow. I’ve been documenting our summer holidays over on Facebook in a combination of a mini-blog and the 100 days of happiness challenge that has been floating around social media recently so if you would like to keep up with my impulsive travels this summer don’t forget to come on over and ‘like’ my page (shameless plug!)

Anyway, lets get to it….

Dear Diary,

We set off on Friday morning and arrived about ten hours later! I naively thought that driving down the M6 and across the M25 motorways during the middle of the day would mean that the roads were quieter than normal. I hadn’t really banked on the fact that the world and his dog would be making their way down the M6 with me!

After only 40 minutes on the road, we dutifully stopped at the first of FIVE (yep!) service stations to feed Sophie. An hour later we set off again, thinking we would get at least another hour down the road. Zak however, had other ideas…

We were back on the road for just ten minutes when a sheepish little voice in the back chirps up “Mum I need a wee!”

Through gritted teeth I calmly replied “why didn’t you go ten minute’s ago?” “Because I didn’t need it then!” *Deep breaths* Kids hey!

Second service station stop it is then. I won’t bore you with the details but this sort of set the theme for the journey.

The traffic was absolutely abysmal and there were so many idiots on the road that I literally nearly lost my shit and my life several times. Seriously. Get.Off.The.Road.You.Wankers  What is with the M25 and undertaking people?! Seriously. Stop it.

Anyhoo we did arrive in one piece at my sisters house where I then spent a good thirty minutes wrestling with the travel cot. WTAF is wrong with those things?! Or is it just me?! I won though and Sophie dutifully went straight to sleep inside it. She probably thought she better had after watching the performance of cursing, sweating and crying that went on to erect it!

The rest of the weekend was fab though and we enjoyed searingly hot temperatures (for England, lets not get carried away here), good food, good company and lots of belly laughs.

On Sunday we even managed a trip into the city to the Olympic village where we were able to swim in the Olympic pool complex. And by that, I mean the kids swam and we supped away at Costa Lotta coffee whilst putting the world to rights. Winning all round I’d say!

It was ridiculously busy, especially as we had out-clevered ourselves and managed to coordinate our visit to the city at the same time as 80,000 West Ham fans and their Juventus rivals. Yes..anyway the less said about that the better.

All in all a really lovely weekend. Here are a few pictures that I snapped with my trusty iPhone.

London Collage of our weekend

How was your weekend? I’d love to hear about it so leave a comment below


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  1. August 10, 2016 / 07:48

    Oh no, your account is making me dread the car journey we will be making in a couple of weeks. We will be making a visit to family down south and then driving up north to visit more family and friends. My girls aren’t used to long car journeys as you are never in a car for longer than 10 minutes on Jersey! Eeeeks.
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  2. August 10, 2016 / 11:16

    So much sympathy for you lovely – we have these struggles too! My stepson is always needing to stop for a wee…ok so the last time I probably shouldn’t have bought him cranberry juice just as we set off…but 4 stops in an 1.5 hour trip to London! Gah. Also the travel cots – these should surely come with a disclaimer that they are impossible to set up, so frustrating. And don’t get me started on the M25 *head in hand*. Loving this diary style and looking forward to reading more xx
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  3. August 10, 2016 / 13:04

    Oh five service stations! That’s exactly what puts me off taking our brood anywhere too far away. Well done for managing it, and very impressed they got to have a swim in the Olympic pool.

  4. August 10, 2016 / 15:31

    Much love for your use of “Anyhoo” and “Costa Lotta”! You sound like you were exceptionally more patient than I would have been. My family live two hours away and i hope beyond hope that both children sleep most of the way but then of course they’re riled to buggery when they wake up and don’t go to bed properly. #privatejetgoals

  5. August 10, 2016 / 15:41

    Aww at least it turned out ok in the end lovely but I remember those car journeys well – now I’m lucky if I hear a peep when they’re sat in the back with headphones on and they can’t hear a word you say – that can be equally frustrating sometimes!!

  6. Julia
    August 13, 2016 / 14:26

    Yes it was a really great weekend!

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