Allowing my mind to drift, I left the December tasks and transported myself mentally to a sunnier clime. Instead of sheepskin slippers I imagined bejewelled flip flops on my feet showing toe nails painted brightly in summery shades. The woollen jumper I am wearing had no place in my imagination, and my drab winter wardrobe made way for a pretty, floaty, floral dress, coloured in a beautiful pastel shade. Coffee is replaced with Pina Colada served with a twirly straw and decorated with a flambuoyant touch. I breathe in deeply imagining the salty air at my nostrils and the kiss of the sun on my skin.
For me, it is this fantasy element of holidays that really hold me in its grip. The part where I get to step outside real life and immerse myself into something new and hold those feelings in my heart forever. I can relive moments from holidays long ago, replaying the best bits over and over as a means of escape. Daydreaming about dipping my feet into a crystal clear infinity pool and running along a golden sandy beach with my children or discovering new places, experiencing different cultures, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of somewhere new and exciting. And sharing these moments with my family as we make magical memories that each and every one of us will hold in our hearts forever. That's the beauty of holidays.
Mark Warner are looking for bloggers to become a #MarkWarnerMum and work closely with them over the following year. This is an opportunity I would love to be involved in and a chance to dream some more about holidays in the sun.
Next year is Ella's final year at home before she leaves for university and I'd love to make some really special holiday memories for her to carry with her when she leaves home. A Mark Warner's holiday offers so much for a family - even one that includes a 17 year old! And we'd love to put it to the test.
We adore spending family time together but with children of very different ages it can be tricky to keep everyone happy all of the time. This is where a family holiday at a fabulous resort with tailored activities could really make our family time away into something special, with activities for each and everyone of us making the time spent together even more appreciated.
By having the opportunity to do things independently, I think the children would treasure the time spent together even more. I can just imagine alfresco dinners where the children regale us with tales of what they have got up to during the day. They might even convince me to try something new like trying my hand at water sports!
Spending some time together with my husband Ian would be a wonderful opportunity to reconnect and fall in love all over again. Holidays in the sun have a habit of bringing out the romantic in me as I relax into the beautiful surroundings and forget all the worries of 'real life' and bask in the knowledge that my kids are safe, happy and having a wonderful time.
I would love to be an ambassador for Mark Warner and help other parents discover the joys of successful, happy and active family holidays.
So now, I'm back to reality and my Christmas list making, planning for the wintry weeks ahead. But in the back of my mind I'm still dreaming of lying on a beach in the sunshine watching the children having fun!
This is our entry for the #MarkWarnerMum blogger competition.