Best Day By Far

Trip Start Apr 13, 2014
Trip End Aug 31, 2014

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What I did
Bike ride and swim (like a mini triathelon!)

Flag of France  , Normandy,
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Today was a great day. Not because anything majorly brilliant happened or we did anything majorly exciting. It was just one of those days when you feel like a really cool family, almost perfect, everyone in a good mood, working together - me and Paul in a good mood being the best parents we can be. We got up about 7am girls watched a video while me and Paul caught up on work things (this is almost our routine now). I had more work to do than Paul so he did all the washing up from night before, filled our water bottles, and did all the washing and drying of our mountain of clothes and then to top it all off - he found the best bike ride route ever! So at about 10am we all set off on our bike ride adventure - we had a rough start with Ruby's bike being a pain again and making it impossible for her to pedal - so we managed to get all bikes around to the local patisserie - I went in and bought some of the best cakes EVER! (one was like two éclair pastries linked together with a mass of whipped cream in the middle with one side drizzled in caramel and the other drizzled in chocolate icing and then inside both there was masses of custard filling one caramel custard and one chocolate custard - I mean how do they dream these up! it was soooooooooooooooo yummy) the name of it was amusing as it was called 'The Divorce' not sure why perhaps both sides were split in half by the cream centre signifying a split in marriage? Well all I can say is Divorce sure tasted good! Anyway as me and the girls chose a plethora of patisseries for our morning snack poor old Paul was working away at Ruby's bike to try and fix it once and for all and when we returned he had triumphed - we are still not sure how he did it but he assured us he just loosened this bit and it seemed to work. So this is first part of the great day - we did not panic, argue or give up due to Ruby's bike, we worked together came up with a plan and it all sort of worked like clockwork. Outside the Patisserie was this French market and we realised we needed veg so I went over with Lil and Roo to practice my French again and the first stall was packing up and I did my best to see if we could possibly just grab some onions and a courgette to get a grumpy response back - so did not give up and went to a couple of stalls down - and this lady was also packing up her veg stall and I asked her again in broken French if we could just buy some onions and she was soooooooooo lovely that we spent about 20 mins just asking each other what this was called in French and if it was the same in English so we pretty much learned that most veg was the same name in English as it was in French and it gave us no end of amusement, We ended up buying way more veg than we needed (and now our little tiny fridge is choc full of veg). Anyway once we had eaten our goodies and stocked up on veg we set off on our bike ride and within 2 seconds princess Lilys legs has got tired (now normally this would have wound me right up and I would have got cross with her) but today it all worked out - Paul was a star and he was very patient with her and we all seemed to ride along well for the next 2 hours! yes we rode 10 K's and it took us 2 hours due to stops and 'I need a drink' and Leggy asking if we could gave snacks every 10 mins etc...but again it was not stressful it was great- all part of the adventure. Ruby was the star - it had to be said  she was brilliant - she just lead the way most of the way her little legs pedalling like the speed of light-  it was hard for us to keep up. Lily (who does not like to be second in any situation) then decided that she was too tired and hates bikes and bike riding - but we got through this and made it the 10K's to a World War 2 monument called ' Pegasus Bridge -which was the first landing site on D Day. As we were all knackered and hungry by this point (as was about 2.30 when we arrived) we had our first French lunch in a Café! It was also great - the 'garcon' was a really nice young boy who wanted to speak English to try and improve his English so we agreed we would speak French to him and he could then reply in English - which worked well. Its really nice speaking French all the time as its bringing it all back to me and I can actually hold a proper conversation (like when we had to say they had charged us one Orangina too many).. love speaking French!  Anyway we then cycled back all the way which in all honesty should have been a nightmare as it was near 4.10 and everyone was tired but it was a brilliant run home - Me and Paul had worked out how to pull Lil and Roos bikes along while we cycled so we sort of rode as a family,  with me side by side with Lil and Paul with Roo - letting them go free when they said they were ok and then when they started to whine about their legs we just took hold of the handle bars and rode in tandem -brilliant and think this may be the way we are now going to be able to bike ride long distance (hurray!). So we managed the longest bike ride our family has ever been on today and then because we felt we had not worn our selves out enough - we all went for a swim in the campsite pool (but me and Tate decided it was to cold so got our pretty sharpish - Tate is supper skinny and does not do cold very well. We then had baguettes for dinner (when in France and when its 7pm and you cannot be bothered to cook) and managed to live together another day in our little Sven. So I think the best bit about the day is that although we had whining and we had problems and things went wrong we all worked together and dealt with it really well without getting cross with the kids and I think this is why for me it was a perfect day.
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peeve on

triathletes in the making :D
also... we need cake pics as well as twiny pics !!!

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