Our Holiday Moments

If you asked me to tell you some of my favourite memories from childhood, the majority would be from our holidays, the moments my Dad would wake us up at two in the morning, carry us to the car and begin the long drive to the South, the days we spent on the beach, paddling in the sea, walks down the pier eating fish and chips straight from the newspaper. The holidays we caught the ferry over the Isle of Man, how my brother turned green and my Mum got in a flap, our holidays over to France, trailing round old war museums, bribed with the promise of an ice cream.

If you asked me to tell you some of my favourite memories from my teens, they would absolutely be of our holidays. The years my parents allowed me to take a friend, the cheap wine we would drink, the boys we would kiss, the friends we would make and the tans we would return home with. They would be of the year we left college and all twelve of us went to Magaluf, the craziest, wildest two weeks we had ever had, filled with cocktails and dancing and so much laughter.

And if you asked me my favourite memories now as an adult, I would tell you, without a moments hesitation, they are of our family holidays each year, the good and the bad. The times we broke down on the motorway, three years running, the year that Harry was bitten by a spider, caught hand foot and mouth and split his head straight open. The days on the beach building sandcastles, digging holes so big we could bury Daddy in them, the look on the children’s faces as we pulled them along in their dingy, squealing with surprise when the cold water hit them. The days out at theme parks and zoos, picnics and take-aways, pool days and rainy days, so many memories that I look back on throughout the year and wish that holidays could last forever.

This year I promised myself that when we returned home from our holiday down in Dorset, I would finally, for the first time ever, order a custom photo book from Truprint so that all of our memories are in one place to look back on in years to come and remember the holiday where, for the first time as a family, the car didn’t break down, nobody got injured and actually, we had the most perfect time!

** This is a collaborative post **



  1. August 22, 2017 / 10:47 am

    Aww such a lovely collection of family holilday photos – I agree some of my fondest memories are from family holidays as a child 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      August 22, 2017 / 8:44 pm

      Thanks Helen, holidays are so special aren’t they? xx

  2. August 22, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    I think you make the best memories on holiday, whether here or abroad and it is important to have them printed so you have something precious to look back on. x

    • Laura Dove
      August 22, 2017 / 8:41 pm

      Completely agree Nadia, I can’t wait to go away again next week and make even more memories. xx

  3. August 22, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    What a sweet post! The best time is always family adventure. For this reason we decided to go with our two years old daughter on a long term travel next mai. We have done quite a lot of long term travel before her and to this with her make is even more special. She might not remember much but we will do! And with this trip we hope that we will build a solid base for her.

    • Laura Dove
      August 22, 2017 / 8:40 pm

      Ahh that’s lovely, even if she doesn’t remember you will have so many photos to keep for when she is older! Enjoy! xx

  4. August 22, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    How lovely! I always with I had my photos from when I was younger, of holidays and relatives, I will definitely be doing this for my son!

    • Laura Dove
      August 22, 2017 / 8:36 pm

      Its lovely to have them all in one place to flick through, I wish I had done it every year! xx

  5. Jen S
    August 22, 2017 / 6:21 pm

    Holidays are (almost) always fantastic family bonding times. They’re some of my favorite childhood memories too and I love coming across old photos and immediately being able to remember everything I was feeling at the time 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      August 22, 2017 / 8:36 pm

      Yes definitely! We went to Weymouth this year and I haven’t been since a child, it was crazy how much came flooding back! x

  6. August 22, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    This is a lovely post and your photo are beautiful. We still haven’t printed out our photos from our Eurotrip, really need to get them done soon.

    • Laura Dove
      August 22, 2017 / 8:35 pm

      Thanks Emma, I am terrible at getting round to printing photos! xx

  7. August 22, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    Holidays are my favourite times too, just full of fun and exploring new places

    • Laura Dove
      August 22, 2017 / 8:32 pm

      Me too, so much fun! If only they lasted longer! xx

  8. August 22, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    I totally agree, all of my favourite family memories are holiday ones. I really need to do this, so many pictures sit on my computer and its so nice to have them printed somewhere isn’t it. x

  9. August 22, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    Your holiday photos make it look like you had a fab time. I am very guilty of uploading photos and just leaving them on the computer, I rarely print anything these days, perhaps a yearly photobook is a good idea so we can look back each year at the fun bits.

    • Laura Dove
      August 23, 2017 / 9:13 pm

      Yes that’s a great idea. A yearly annual would be great to look back on. x

  10. August 23, 2017 / 2:45 am

    Agree with you 100% . Love making memories, especially on holiday. Beautiful photos x

    • Laura Dove
      August 23, 2017 / 9:10 pm

      Thank you Kira. xx

  11. August 23, 2017 / 5:49 am

    I think if I look back on my childhood, holidays spent home or visiting other family members are what I remember the most.
    Loving your pictures, capturing true essence of family fun

    • Laura Dove
      August 23, 2017 / 9:10 pm

      Thank you Anosa, holidays are amazing aren’t they? xx

  12. August 23, 2017 / 7:42 am

    Wow gorgeous photos. I love getting mine printed! I’m photo obsessed loved this blog post x x

    • Laura Dove
      August 23, 2017 / 9:10 pm

      Thank you Rebecca! xx

  13. August 23, 2017 / 8:11 am

    I want to make a photo book of our holiday to Disney

    • Laura Dove
      August 23, 2017 / 9:09 pm

      Ahh we did from Disney! It’s the last photo book I made! xx

  14. August 23, 2017 / 8:38 am

    I think having photos printed is such a special thing that seems to have been lost to digital images. I think there is something warm and wonderful about printed photos hung on the walls or in frames by the bed.

    • Laura Dove
      August 23, 2017 / 9:07 pm

      Yes definitely. I used to love getting our photos back in the post! xx

  15. August 23, 2017 / 8:52 am

    Some of my favourite memories are from holiday as well, I really need to get my photos printed. I love looking through the photo albums from my childhood x

    • Laura Dove
      August 23, 2017 / 9:06 pm

      Me too! It was lovely going back and seeing the places I saw as a child in Dorset! xx

  16. August 23, 2017 / 8:53 am

    such a lovely post, I wish we could get away! curse you lack of transport!

    • Laura Dove
      August 23, 2017 / 9:05 pm

      Ahh coach holiday maybe? xx

  17. August 23, 2017 / 9:06 am

    Holidays are so important as a family! We’re hopefully going to have our first next year! This is such a lovely post! Loved your pics from Dorset and the top holiday moments! <3

    • Laura Dove
      August 23, 2017 / 9:05 pm

      Thanks Lucie! We had a great time. xx

  18. August 23, 2017 / 10:41 am

    I am one of those people who still prints photos and I love having the memories from trips away x

    • Laura Dove
      August 23, 2017 / 9:04 pm

      Ahh I need to do more of that! xx

  19. August 23, 2017 / 11:15 am

    A Beautiful collection of photos and nothing can beat snapping up memories like this. Which is mainly the reason I take so many! ha x

    • Laura Dove
      August 23, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      Haha me too, I never stop! xx

  20. August 23, 2017 / 11:46 am

    Many find memories of family holidays. Wish we could afford to get the kids on a plane somewhere abroad. They are itching to experience it. I have driven to France twice which the kids loved. Love the photo book idea!!

    • Laura Dove
      August 23, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      We have only ever had UK holidays with the children but I love that. There are so many gorgeous places to visit in our own country. xx

  21. Kayleigh Watkins
    August 23, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    Beautiful photos of you all xXx

    • Laura Dove
      August 23, 2017 / 8:58 pm

      Thanks lovely. xx

  22. August 23, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    Absolutely! Travel creates memories that last lifetime. It’s a best gift we can give to our kids. I too have fond memories of family holidays. Photo book and personalised canvas print ideas are great!

    • Laura Dove
      August 23, 2017 / 8:58 pm

      I agree, we try to make our holidays as memorable as possible. xx

  23. August 23, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    Family holidays are always the bestest. Memories of family holidays are to be cherished forever and it looks that you had fun with your family on holidays.

    • Laura Dove
      August 23, 2017 / 8:57 pm

      Thanks lovely, we had a great time. xx

  24. August 23, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    I take so many photos while on holiday that I need to always carry extra storage. Some amazing moments have been captured in this post. Looks like loads of family fun.

    • Laura Dove
      August 23, 2017 / 8:57 pm

      Haha yes me too! Thousands usually! xx

    • Laura Dove
      August 23, 2017 / 8:56 pm

      Me too! The best times of my life! xx

  25. August 23, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    What a fab collection of memories. We use TruPrint every year to make a year book full of memories. I’ve just been organising my 2017 photos and I have so many to choose from!

    • Laura Dove
      August 23, 2017 / 8:55 pm

      Oh you’re so organised!! I need to take a leaf out of your book! xx

  26. August 23, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    Lovely idea. We never take enough photos on holiday in the first place, but I would love to have the ones we do take printed out. It’s so fun to look back on an reminisce.

    • Laura Dove
      August 23, 2017 / 8:53 pm

      I agree, I need to do this for every holiday! xx

  27. August 23, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    I really need to do this, and actually get round to putting our photos somewhere non-electronic that we can look at them x

    • Laura Dove
      August 23, 2017 / 8:51 pm

      I think we are all guilty of forgetting to do this, it’s so easy though! xx

  28. August 23, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    What beautiful photos from your time away. It is lovely when yu finally sit down to go over your trip and photos you have taken. It always reminds me of the special time we had as a family and reaffirms all the memories we made. xx

    • Laura Dove
      August 23, 2017 / 10:44 pm

      Me too, I always get really sentimental looking back on our holidays, they just go way too fast. xx

  29. August 23, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    What a lovely post full of nostalgia and great memories. Some fab pictures there of your lovely family. I think all of the best memories in childhood and the teens are from the summer holidays!

    • Laura Dove
      August 23, 2017 / 10:43 pm

      Thank you. Childhood holidays were just the best, I remember the weather was WAY better than it is these days…maybe my memories are hazy! xx

  30. Samantha Postlethwaite
    August 24, 2017 / 12:03 am

    Totally agree, childhood holidays were my best memories too. We never went abroad like all my friends but we always had the best time! Some really lovely photos xxx

    • Laura Dove
      August 24, 2017 / 6:11 pm

      Yes our holidays were mostly in the UK until I was in my teens, we do the same with our kids now. x

  31. August 24, 2017 / 2:14 am

    Those were some of the beautiful family pictures. I have to agree, my favorite childhood memories are from the travels and staying at my grandparents’ place. This photo book looks like a great idea to keep those memories visually alive.

    • Laura Dove
      August 24, 2017 / 6:09 pm

      Thank you, family holidays are so special. xx

  32. August 24, 2017 / 6:36 am

    Those are some great moments! We’ve had our fair share of amusing memories, including breaking down on motorways as well 😀

    • Laura Dove
      August 24, 2017 / 6:08 pm

      Haha I’m glad it’s not just us! xx

  33. August 24, 2017 / 6:40 am

    What lovely pictures, looks like you’ve had a lovely time. We’re far too guilty of not getting pictures printed

    • Laura Dove
      August 24, 2017 / 6:07 pm

      I’ve ordered our book today! Feel like I’ve accomplished something! xx

  34. August 24, 2017 / 7:30 am

    Aw what a lovely way to store memories!! I can’t believe you broke down 3 years in a row, bless you !! x

    • Laura Dove
      August 24, 2017 / 6:03 pm

      Hah yes! We got a new car this year…!! xx

  35. August 24, 2017 / 10:00 am

    Many memories are in holiday photos aren’t they? I have so many happy memories from family holidays

    • Laura Dove
      August 24, 2017 / 5:59 pm

      Most of my best memories are on holiday! xx

  36. August 24, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    Having photos really is one of my treasures. Indeed truprint can make it possible. Happy moments to cherished forever documented by photos.

    • Laura Dove
      August 24, 2017 / 5:55 pm

      Mine too, I love looking back years later! xx

  37. August 24, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    What a beautiful post . I love the way how you describe every great moment of your holiday when you were child . Also you have wonderful holidays foto collection .
    Beautiful life

    • Laura Dove
      August 24, 2017 / 5:54 pm

      Thank you, we have another to look forward to next week! Yay! xx

  38. August 24, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    What a great post. The photos look lovey. I agree some of the best memories are from family holiday. I’d love an photobook with ours to look through.

    • Laura Dove
      August 24, 2017 / 5:53 pm

      Thank you Melanie. xx

  39. August 24, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    Ahh. My mummy went to Magaluf of a girls holiday too in the 90’s they headed to BCM and Bananas and had a whale of a time – she still has photos from that. She loves taking photos too 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      August 24, 2017 / 5:52 pm

      Haha yes! BCM’s, that’s a blast from the past!! xx

  40. August 25, 2017 / 8:39 am

    Lovely collection of family pictures. I agree the best memories are from family holidays.

    • Laura Dove
      August 25, 2017 / 5:39 pm

      Definitely, even better when the sun is shining! xx

  41. August 25, 2017 / 9:00 am

    Holidays are made for making memories. I’m useless at actually turning my photographs into lifelong memories. I need to do it more x

    • Laura Dove
      August 25, 2017 / 5:39 pm

      I know, me too. I’ve made a real effort to do it this year! xx

  42. August 25, 2017 / 4:34 pm

    What a lovely way of writing, absolutely adorable!

    • Laura Dove
      August 25, 2017 / 5:31 pm

      Thanks Rani. xx

  43. August 28, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    Such lovely photos and memories, holidays are the best times.

    • Laura Dove
      August 28, 2017 / 9:13 pm

      They really are the best, we are off again tomorrow! xx

  44. Elizabeth O
    August 29, 2017 / 7:47 am

    What a lovely photo and memories to keep. I agree, that the best holiday to spend is with our loving families.

    • Laura Dove
      September 3, 2017 / 2:24 pm

      Thank you Elizabeth. xx

  45. August 31, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    Such fab photos hon and lovely that you have created a photo book out of them something to treasure and look back on for years to come! Xxx

    • Laura Dove
      September 3, 2017 / 1:57 pm

      Thank you! xxx

  46. BienAmie Mabanta
    September 2, 2017 / 9:16 am

    Wow! your pictures look stunning! I agree that holidays spent with the family are always memorable. I’m looking forward to spending more with my one-year-old and my husband. We’re also planning some vacation getaways. Printing photos is an awesome idea. It keeps memories alive somehow. I’ll be having some pictures printed soon too! 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      September 3, 2017 / 1:43 pm

      Thank you so much. xx

  47. September 25, 2017 / 5:08 pm

    I dont know what it is about the holidays, but suddenly everyone makes an attempt to get along and all the things that might be bothering you the rest of the year suddenly don’t matter. That and my family is huge so it’s one of the only times a year we can get most of us together.

    • Laura Dove
      September 25, 2017 / 11:06 pm

      I think everyone is happier when the sun is shining! xx

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