Nostalgia: At the seaside

Last weekend myself and mr DC were on auntie and uncle duty for the day. Four kids for the whole day, obviously going out was the only option. We decided to head for the beach.

After quite a bit organisation with cars, car seats and children we ended up in Herne Bay. I have to say I don’t like the actual beach, but the whole seaside experience; you can’t beat it. We used to go as kids all the time, and visiting as an adult brings back so many happy memories.

I remember crabbing being a firm favourite past time if we ever went to the seaside. Buying a bucket, net and bait, super excited to try and get some crabs to look at in our buckets. A little competition between my brother and I at how many crabs we could get. Then the excitement of throwing them back in the water to be free.

We saw so many little children watching in awe of their daddy trying to get a crab to put in their bucket. Our 4 went from bucket to bucket seeing how many crabs each person had.

Then there are the traditional seaside rides; the Helter Skelter, those trampoline things, bumper cars and obviously the classic carousel ride. It’s amazing that these rides still fill little kids with excitement. We did 3 rides whilst at the seaside; the Helter Skelter, bumper cars in boat form and the carrousel ride.

We couldn’t go to the seaside without getting fish and chips, so we found a spot to sit all the children and got take away fish and chips. Mr DC made them all ‘plates’ out of the chip paper, which they all found very funny. We even managed a little paddle in the sea.

My favourite part of the day was seeing how much enjoyment the children got from the traditional old school entertainment that I used to enjoy as a child. I hope the traditions if the seaside long continue.

P.s it confirm we won’t be having four children in the future šŸ™ˆšŸ™ˆ

 

My Inability to Travel

Having been back from our first family holiday for a few days, I now feel ready to talk about our travelling journey

I don’t travel well, I know it, Mr DC knows it, in fact everyone knows it…. I … do… not… travel… well! end of story.

I do blame my mum for this trait, as she also doesn’t travel well. It is not pin pointed to a particular mode of transport, in fact I have been known to get sick travelling to Bluewater Shopping CentreĀ (20 minutes journey from our house)

Anyway our holiday started at 3am, as we left for the airport, already I’m feeling that ‘travel sick’ feeling on the journey to the airport. Fuzzy head, tight throat, anxious tummy. Due to some confusion with our flights and check in, we were in a complete rush to get to the gate, which made me an emotional sicky wreck (really attractive right now as you can imagine) Mr DC managed the luggage, the children and me! I had made multiple trips to the toilet by this point. Our hotel was 60 minutes from the airport, which we booked a private taxi. There is no way I can manage the tour operated coach journeys. If I can I generally sit in the front when travelling, so I let Mr DC fit the babies in the back and I sorted myself out in the front with the driver. I hate the feeling I get when I travel, IĀ try and sit as still as possibleĀ but my head, my eyes all feel horrible!

But we arrived, it took me a good hour to feel normal again, now to enjoy our holiday….

The day before we return I start getting the anxious feeling knowing we will be doing the whole travelling thing soon. The journey home was slight better although still horrendous. Our taxi was due to pick us up at 715, it turns 720 and no sign. Mr DC could seeĀ my anxiety levels were increasing, and I was on the verge of tears once again. It was all a bit of a language barrier mix up, we said 715 and they thought we said 750! Luckily one phone call to the taxi driver and he was there within a few minutes. Normal car journey and I sit as still as I can trying not to stir the sickness pot. I do pretty well, until the very last minute. As we pull up to the drop off point, the driver opens the door and I immediately throw up all over the floor. A poor cleaner passes me a plastic bag and waits with a mop until I have finished! A lovely Spanish lady offered me some water. Oh the shame!!! the rest of our journey despite a small delay actually was ok, no more sickness, and back to normal a few hours later.

I have now decided it is time I do something about my inability to travel. I know certain things that help; eating, sipping water etc but I really want to get to the bottom of this issue. I really want my children to see the world, and right now my ability or inability to travel will put a stop to that. I do not want Mop Top and Bear to be bad travellers, and as they get older I don’t want them to pick up on my anxieties and worries.

I am yet to do any research into fixing this problem, but I am thinking hypnosis?! If you have any top travelling tips feel free to comment.

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P.S I would never attempt to read whilst travelling!

Love Kelly

Pre-holiday Jitters

With the countdown of our first family holiday now well and truly into single figures, my holiday anxiety is climbing somewhat.

Before children, I thought nothing of packing a few things in a suitcase, booking a holiday online a few weeks before and off we went. Its a whole different story with two babies in tow…..Image result for travelling baby meme

I started packing about 2 months ago… nothing like being prepared right. And now our holiday is imminent I have packed up everything including the kitchen sink ready to go. I have clothes for the children to wear until Christmas, nappies coming out my ears and travelling snacks to feed approximately 50 people.

I am not the best traveller (pretty big understatement if I’m honest) but now we are taking two children on an aeroplane my anxiety levels will no doubt be through the roof come boarding time. Although I will be super anxious travelling with two littles ones, I really don’t want my nerves to rub off onto the babies. I want them to be good travellers, enjoy travelling and want to see the world. I am put off going to so many countries purely because of the length of time needed to travel to get there.

We are staying in an all inclusive resort, so once we are there we will pretty much stay put for 7 days, which is fine by me. However there are so many things that worry me despite being settled in one place. The water, balconies, the food, the people. I guess its just being away from your home comforts, away from people you know, people and things you rely on.

In the lead up to this holiday, I have read quite a bit about travelling with babies. I have found some great reads aboutĀ this topic.Ā Especially Carrie fromĀ Flying with a BabyĀ who helped with my in flight entertainmentĀ  for the babies. I also found Bridie By The Sea article about their trip to Australia really helpful. (There’s me worrying about a 2 hour flight??!?)

I was going to write my top tips for holidaying with young children, but actually I thought Id better survive this holiday first! I have a feeling I may need a holiday to get over the holiday but as long as the children are fed and have a good time that’s all that matters at the end of the day!

If you have any last minute top tips, feel free to pop a comment here.

Love Kelly xx