Family Holiday – The Outward Journey
Yippee! its time for our family holiday!! Packing done and we are on our way………
so………. after 1 hour at check in and another 45 minutes at security time was tight and Charlie already had a wet spot. With a big accident about to happen and only one change of clothes (and never one to miss an opportunity) we managed to get a slight advance In the queue so we could get him to the loo just in time.
Then unable to make contact with the rest of our party (trust me it was no party) Charlie and I decided the most important thing to do was to get the emergency items that had been forgotten /or were needed
Granny needed toothpaste, I needed champagne and the children needed breakfast. Ever the martyr we headed for the Priority lounge. Armed with 5 mini chocolate croissants (for the kids – I ate 4) 5 regular croissants (that nobody ate) and 4 sausage buns, we made a dash for the plane (yes they were calling our names) Finally we met with everyone else and weighed down with food and toothpaste we decided to buy a bottle of champers on the plane to make up for the earlier rush and for a while all was good.
We got the Trunki’s open and the children played happily with the sticker book, honked through the raisins, gorged on the chocolate bar and then inhaled the fruit roll ups. I then had a rare moment where I turned on my old and trusty Kindle. Unused for 5 years it opened to: Getting to yes- The art of negotiation. (The last time I read this I was employed and child free) I managed a whole 5 pages of my newly downloaded book. Anyway Sitting next to Aryella it was never going to last, with a flick of a wrist and the kick of her leg my glass of champagne was thrown neatly into my new Stan smiths (thanks for reminding me I needed a new pair @mercer7! The sausage bap was tipped ketchup side down on my beautiful but thankfully wipe clean Joy backpack carryon and I had avocado in my hair.
Don’t you just love holidays?!
- Leave enough time for check in – this new security alert with no DVD’s, Phones, Kindles or Ipads on some flights is causing big delays
- Have a secret Stash of chocolate for adults. One kinder bar is not enough for 5 hours on a flight.
- Always pack 3 of the same things into each child’s bag. Even if you have 2 boys and 1 girl – they will all want the grab claw
- Grab claws are not suitable on a plane
- Sticker books are great and will last all of 10 minutes on a 5 hour flight.
- One packet of wet wipes may not be enough.
- Don’t stay up till 3 am drinking the night before the night before (hubby) as it doesn’t make for a pleasant journey and it was definitely you at fault not me
- Buy each child a keepemquiet box and you might just make it – along with the £50 spent filling those Trunki’s
- Remember to pack a separate set of everything for the return journey as they will rifle through their toys faster than wildfire
The Journey home with no DVDs or IPads.
Having raided the all-inclusive buffet we headed for the airport armed with the equivalent of two chickens, 4 melons, two baguettes and enough baklava for a lifetime I felt confident we wouldn’t need anything else for the journey. However I hadn’t calculated for the fact they refused to eat lunch so promptly after arriving at the airport they rifled through the lot. We then spent the best part of £45 on some stale ‘Upper Crust’ bread and two slices of pizza that was the wrong side of fresh.
We headed for our gate which with our flight being called repeatedly with over an hour to go. We soon discovered why as we embarked on our 4th Security check – not sure what we could have bought in duty free to warrant this but still it went on. They sent Miffy and Rabbit through the scanner twice and we even had to remove our socks. The lithium batteries we had been so pleased to charge and pack were swiftly removed and not even allowed in our hold luggage. One thing that did make it through was my trusty phone case with built in battery. Yes my phone looks like a brick but it still managed to hide in plain sight its lithium innards by its bulky and ugly exterior.
Thank the lord I had my trusty Joy with me all the way. I had pockets for everything and with it on my bag my hands were free to try and keep control of my 3 little cherubs.
So onto the plane – and the 5 hour DVD free flight. Armed with retro toys we stuck stickers, drew pictures, read books and ate raisins, lollipops and popcorn and then we took off! It was all fairly bearable until the overtired little darlings crashed from their sugar rush, lack of a midday nap and therefore turned into feral animals.
Eventually I managed to get Aryella to sleep by lying with her and whispering a story in her ear involving a 3 legged horse name Fred and some fairy dust – I was winging it but it was actually quite nice and the first time I have ever done it.
I have to admit we were all a little frazzled by the time we got home. We had a lovely family holiday but as I write this on the plane just before we land, I cannot tell to how excited I am to go to Ibiza in July without the kids.