Once you have kids, your whole world revolves around them. Every last second of your day has to fit around them – not that we don’t love it, but it is sure nice when we do get the opportunity to make the most of quality adult time without the kids. Being a couple. By quality time, I don’t just mean the hour or two you have once the kids have gone up to bed with a glass of wine sat on the sofa in front of whatever drivel happens to be on television. Quite honestly, I’m just happy to turn Peppa Pig off for another day. What I mean is for one or two days without any parental responsibilities (well, as much as possible) with just the two of us.
Having kids is a beautiful and rewarding experience. The only problem with being a parent all the time is that you start to see your partner as “Dad” or “Mum” instead of husband and wife. You need to focus on your relationship in order to have a healthy relationship. To do that, you need to continue to put effort into your relationship as a couple. This applies to nuclear, and non-traditional families alike. You need to put the effort into the romance in order to have that romance continue. Your children won’t always be children, after all, and you have the rest of your lives together after your children move out and have children of their own. A grownup getaway is the answer!
I loved the little snippet of Italy we got on our holiday a couple of years ago, it really wet my appetite for the good foods and sights. One of my holiday goals is to rent a home in Italy and explore the countryside, beaches and as many sights as we can. So here is my list of the top 10 family-friendly things to do when we get to visit the wonderful Country, that’s shaped like a boot…
Picture this: beautiful stone cottage, warm & toastie, welcome box on the table full of goodies, hot tub bubbling in the distance. That was what greeted us when we turned up to our little staycation recently. It was amazing. We arrived late on a Friday night after a long drive and it was so welcomed. We then spent the rest of the weekend tending to animals, exploring, adventures and socialising. If you are looking for a family holiday in the UK this year then this is the place for you, North Hayne Farm Cottages, in Devon.
Picking that next great vacation destination carries with it a fair amount of stress as there are plenty of factors to consider. Sometimes, it’s best to focus on what a destination has to offer in terms of attractions, and for many people, those attractions can be museums. Now, if you just so happen to be a recent grad of a military history degree program, then you can narrow down your options further. Why not pick a destination that is home to one of the world’s top military museums. This will help bring your MMH program to life and really enhance your appreciation for all you’ve learned.
Working while traveling with the family may seem like a great and exciting thing to do, but it is not without its challenges. Between the many tourist attractions and the kids to take care of, work can quickly take the backseat and become forgotten. It won’t take long before your productivity level plummets.
Whether it’s a road trip, long car journeys to visit family or friends, or heading out on an exciting caravan holiday can be a real nightmare. We drove down to Devon recently for a weekend, we had to be prepared for the children to be bored as it was a 4 hour journey both ways. From the endless chorus of ‘are we there yet?’ to the dreaded ‘I feel sick’, complaints and arguments are commonplace within the confines of the car.
This weekend we had so much fun at Undley farm near Lakenheath. Admittedly, it was quite a drive but it was worth it as the children had so much fun. I have wanted to go pumpkin picking for such a long time, but we have never made it. So this year I made an effort to make sure we went. Especially because a field of Pumpkins makes a great photo!
The most important thing when it comes to travelling with a newborn is safety and comfort (for them, not you). If you have a comfortable baby, chances are you will have a much more enjoyable ride. We travelled a lot when the children were newborns, including a holiday to Ibiza when Isla was just a few weeks old.
We’ve had our fair share of illnesses this school term. It started with the good ole sickness bug and has just ended with both children having their turn with Chicken Pox. Both completely immobilising for quite different reasons. Before Noah had chicken pox I had absolutely no idea that you are prevented from flying. We booked our holiday to Greece 3 weeks before we left and Noah came down with Chicken Pox 7 days before we flew!