13 July 2012

We're all going on a summer holiday!

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Despite the persistent rain showers trying to convince us otherwise, summer (I use the term loosely) is in fact upon us and our annual family holiday is finally in sniffing distance.....yipee!

I say 'yipee' but if your house is anything like mine, the long-awaited 2 week break does not come without a few stresses and strains.  On occasion, I admit to wondering whether in fact, it would be easier to stay at home - we have a perfectly lovely house, beautiful garden, own mod cons, comfy beds - why do we feel the need to go anywhere? This of course is confirmed as a ridiculous idea, when we finally reach the last week of term, desperately in need of a break and longing to escape the dreary UK weather.

Our annual holiday is the OH's sole opportunity of the year, in which to fully unwind; to say that the decision-making process comes charged with a certain amount of pressure, would be an understatement.  Over the years, we have put together a holiday request list which looks something like this:

1.  opportunity to acquire a sun tan
2.  some 'family time'
3.  safety so the kids can have freedom
4.  some 'couple time'
5.  relaxation

As our children are getting older (youngest almost 8 and the eldest 12) we added an additional item to our holiday list this year - 6. sightseeing/activities.

Having researched every vacation opportunity known to man, we opted for something a little different - a cruise and stay.  In 10 days time we will be flying to Turkey, cruising around Turkey and Greece for 7 days, then staying in an all-inclusive hotel for the remaining 7 days.  This way we get a certain amount of  sight-seeing with plenty of relaxation thrown in!

As the months have gone by, we have started to get excited about our impending holiday - looking at YouTube clips of the ship, studying maps of our destinations, but lately I have noticed a smidgen of anxiety creeping in, reasons as follows:

1) DD2 is generally an anxious child (see my post on Separation Anxiety here) but when discovering that her class topic this term was The Titanic, I knew we would have problems!  Many evenings have been spent reassuring her that such disasters never happen these days *cough* (we booked before the Costa Concordia tragedy) and if in the event of an emergency, there would definitely be adequate lifeboats for a quick escape etc.  I thought that we had made progress, until last night.  The OH returned home from work with some walkie-talkies that we are intending to use on the ship, to keep track of their whereabouts. The kids leapt on these in great delight and began playing with them.  Minutes later, DD2 was seen madly running around the house, walkie-talkie in hand, shouting...."the ship is sinking!" at the top of her voice. I have told her in no uncertain terms that she CANNOT be shouting such words into the walkie-talkies once on board the ship!

2) I have never been a good traveller and do in fact suffer quite badly from motion sickness. The OH assured me that a cruise liner will  in no way compare to the Dover to Le Havre ferry crossing.  Being willing  to trust his very limited knowledge of the cruising world (he has never been on one), we booked it.  I will obviously arrive armed with plenty of Stugeron, just in case!

3) Anybody else with more than 2 children will understand our frustration in finding that family rooms for 5 do not exist.   Since being forced to book two separate cabins, I have lost count of the number of dreams I have had about the children being locked in their room and us not being able to get them out....all whilst the ship is sinking, obviously.

Of course, deep-down I know we are going to have an amazing time.  We are hugely blessed to even be going on holiday, let alone having the opportunity to explore other parts of the world and to be spending 2 weeks in the glorious sunshine.  Until yesterday, I was feeling quite on top of things, all holiday preparations were nicely underway. Then I read a tweet by Chrissie at mediocre mum, who mentioned that she needed to rush through a passport renewal as her daughter's passport expires within 6 months of her returning from their trip....*penny drops*.....a few frantic phone calls later, we discover that Turkey also demands a minimum of 6 months on the expiry date of a passport. What?!   Our holiday preparations now include a 6 hour round trip to Peterborough tomorrow and a rather unfortunate £109.50 dent in our holiday spending money!

I have set this post up as a Linky. Please grab my badge and add your summer holiday related posts below - anything from packing nightmares tips to excitement over holiday plans.  Don't forget to let us know how it went by linking up on your return....I am sure we will all have plenty of tales to tell!


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24 comments:

  1. What a fab post. Sounds like you will have an amazing time. I know exactly where you are coming from with all the worrying because I'm a worrier myself!

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    1. I don't know why we worry cos it always turns out well in the end...I'm with you on the sleeping front though, that's a worry of mine that I try to put on the backburner so didn't mention it! Thanks for your comment :)

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  2. Oooh how exciting I love the run up and organising of a holiday (and then being away of course!!)....I say that but actually we were in a similar situation to you recently my daughters 5 year passport had ran out so sent it off in plenty of time, yet we ended up having to upgrade it because with a week to go it still had not been completed! Just remember it will soon just be sun, sea and relaxation on the horizon! Enjoy!!!!

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    1. I hope so! Until that passport is in my hand, I'm not going to relax....he is currently on the 4 hour wait in Peterborough!

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  3. Ohh poo, I hope you gte the passports sorted today. Your holiday sounds amazing. Mich x

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    1. Thanks Mich. I'm really looking forward to getting away and enjoying some sunshine, the UK can be so depressing at times. The good news is that we got the passport yay!

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  4. It will all be worth it - even when we got back after a nightmare two day camping trip during which it rained for the majority of the time, we had very little sleep and the kids missed the Tv, I will remember those little idyllic moments inbetween forever!! Have a great holiday!

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    1. Ha Ha, I have had more than a few camping trip nightmares in the rain! The kids love it though, so i do think back fondly. I am sure any holiday in the sunshine will be absolutely bliss. Thank you for commenting.

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  5. I have added my post to this blog and will have lots of other posts to add about this holiday. Is it okay to add more than one.Happy holidays.

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    1. Of course it's ok! The more the merrier....looking forward to reading some more of your posts. Thanks for linking up and commenting.

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  6. I'd love to go on a cruise but I'd also have all of the worries that you've just mentioned and more probably. I hope you have a fabulous time x

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    1. I will definitely let you know how we all get on.....thanks for commenting Gina.

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  7. Enjoyed your post! Hope you have a great holiday. Sounds fab. I'm contemplating a cruise next year so please make sure you write a follow up blog so I can see how it goes x

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    1. Will definitely keep you posted! Thanks for commenting :)

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  8. Hi, I enjoyed this post you linked in to Claire Justine. Have a great holiday. I have linked in a post about the artist Klimt. Have a super week.

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    1. Thank you. Will go and check yours out now!

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  9. What a funny post! Can you imagine having anyone roar past shouting 'the ship is sinking!' Chaos. Have a fantastic time x

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  10. I think it might be chaos with my 3 involve....let's hope not!

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  11. What an amazing holiday for your children to be going on. I'm sure it's something they'll remember for the rest of the lives. I think the boat experience will be really different and exciting for them. Have a super time. x

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    1. Thank so much! Looking forward to it really ;) Off to the chemist to sort out some seasick pills!

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  13. So GUTTED - my linky subscription expired so anyone who linked up here has been lost :( I have now paid and so will update it again on my after-holiday post!

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