September has been a great month for our little family. For the majority of it we have been travelling around Spain and Portugal for our honeymoon. We only got back on the 25th in the evening, and then it was a whirlwind of a birthday, a wedding, a day hungover and sleepy, and then back to work and nursery. There are still suitcases and piles of clothes everywhere as I just haven’t had chance to sort it all out yet.
So we spent most of September in lovely sunshine, exploring Salamanca, Porto, Lisbon, Armacao de Pera, Seville, Madrid and Santander. It was a great few weeks, and it actually feels like September was a longer month than usual. One of the biggest highlights for us as a family was spending a few days at the beach and by the pool in Armacao. This is where Ava was at her happiest; she adored splashing in the sea with us and digging holes to sit in with her Daddy whilst the waves spilled over them. She never wanted to leave. She ate tons of ice creams, plenty of chips and just had the best time ever getting covered in sand. We loved seeing her so happy and as she was pretty difficult during the rest of the trip we were happiest here where she was easiest.
We also spent a wonderful afternoon on a red hot day in Madrid in Buen Retiro Park. We had a picnic, enjoyed some Cava (not Ava!), played about, and then went on a rowing boat on the lake, and had yet more ice creams. It was one of those perfect afternoons that we didn’t want to end.
Our photos this month are from different places on our trip. We don’t have as many as we really should, especially as we were away for a whole month; I really should have cracked the selfie stick out.
This was in Lisbon. The very kind gentlemen who offered to take this for us was talking to us as he took it – that’s why we all look a bit funny.
This was in Seville. We had a lovely day exploring the beautiful city. I asked a couple if they would mind taking our picture, and then we did the same for them. They took the one below for us too.
These were in Salamanca at the end of a very long, but lovely bike ride. It was Ava’s first time on the back of a bike and she loved it (even though she’d like you to think otherwise in this photo – little madam). I bloody would too. I’m not sure what was happening in the photo below; I think I was trying to get missgrumpypants to smile.
I know this is a really rubbish blurry photo because it was dusk – but I love it because this was during our time by the beach and we were very happy….
October for us means more dark, cold mornings on the school run, clearing the house out and getting Ava’s bedroom finished. But it hopefully also means those lovely crisp Autumnal days, with the pretty rust coloured leaves on the floor and family walks bundled up in coats and scarves. I thought I would hate to come back to cold weather after our extended summer – and it is hard suddenly making the change and trying to find where I put our winter clothes – but I am actually really looking forward to embracing Autumn and the new season. Ask me again in a month though and I may have changed my mind.