I remember being sat with my dear old Nan, I was 10, it was a beautiful day and the sun was streaming though the windows into her flat. She had a footstool by her chair, and whenever I visited that is where I sat, as close to her as I could possibly get, snuggled up chatting about life.
I remember it like it was yesterday, her looking at me with her beautiful smile and laughing. “So you are not going to get married, have children or ever have a washing machine? No, I replied, never, ever,” I was adamant.
It was a conversation we often had. My Nan had adored my Granddad, couldn’t imagine life without her family and found my outlook on life amusing. No wonder she was laughing, she knew my big adventure had only just started. And that is what I want to share today, why I think life is one big adventure. And how Chris and I became family adventure junkies.
Always craving that next moment, the big moments, firsts steps, teeth, trips on airplanes, holidays. Or experiencing the little moments in life, the boys getting sand in their toes for the first time, eating breakfast together on a lazy Sunday and watching the boys splashing in a pool.
That for me is what adventure is all about. Creating special family moments, those little moments in big places. It could be landing in the Grand Canyon, skiing down a mountain, learning to sail. Or all stood in awe looking off the top of Rockefella Centre. All big moments for us, huge in fact, but tiny in the grand scheme of things. These breathtaking places, full of people all making memories, all part of one big adventure.
That is why I love our holiday postcards; they have become such a huge part of my blog, a way to share our memories daily. The little moments that you often forget when you arrive home.
Sometimes they come back to you, a song or a smell will trigger it, maybe a week, a month or years later. Over the rainbow will always remind me of that moment with my Nan, I think because we once watched The Wizard Of Oz with her as she babysat on Christmas Eve. And now that song is attached to my Nan forever, a little memory file.
And like little memory files, we will always have postcards of the moments we have shared, forever immortalised. That feeling we felt when we arrived at the airport, when the boys learnt a new skill, when they pulled their sun loungers into the sea and sat with the waves lapping against their bodies as they roared with laughter.
The day we mixed cocktails together, or went on a quad bike safari, ooh or landed in a helicopter in the Grand Canyon, and sailed into New York at sunrise on the QM2. These moments would be nothing without my crazy bunch, and that is why my postcards are precious, you only have one shot at catching that feeling. And the reward is the overwhelming feeling of love it gives me, every-time I look back at these gorgeous moments.
What I didn’t bargain for is this crazy pair. They both made grand entrances into the world, demanding a full crash team waiting for their first world appearance. And they started as they meant to go on, fearless, taking on life adventures with courage and vigour. No matter what life has thrown at this incredible duo they rose to the challenge, made us proud, so proud some days I could weep. Jack has displayed bravery not many children his age would need to muster. And Joe, well I sometimes wish he showed a little less bravery, and a little more caution.
There is no activity they would shy away from, for our wonderful boys life is an adventure and a wonderful world to be conquered. And who knew when I was sat all those years ago with my Nan this would be my adventure, my life.
What is our perfect holiday? It is being on an adventure together, somewhere in this wonderful world, my little family and I. Sharing dreams, memories and laughter.
We would love to be Mark Warner Adventure Junkie Ambassadors and share our little moments in big places with Mark Warner this year. Adventures we can immortalise forever on holiday postcards, beautiful #MarkWarnerMoments to inspire families to get out a make their very own adventures.
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