One hard-working office professional Dad
One ever working Mum
One early rising sports man nine year old over achiever
One night-owl book loving eight year old
Often we hope for a one pot cooking method where we could just throw all the ingredients and their clothing in to a plane and come out the other end perfectly cooked, but actually finding a holiday that suits us all is hard.
MadDad - hates sitting by a pool with a book, which I LOVE!
Maxi would spend all day every day either in or around water and is ultra competitive, even getting in your swimming costume first is a "thing"
Mini finds switching off at the end of the evening hard, but he likes to try to keep up with his brother.
Me - Well I like not having to do all the cooking, cleaning, organising and everything else that I am responsible for at home.
EXPERIENCES BRING MORE HAPPINESS THAN THINGS
Since becoming a family we have all learned that we get longer lasting happiness by experiencing new things as a family and spending quality time together. We love to challenge each other and have fun. The boys are adventurous eaters and prefer to eat off the adult menu than go anywhere near a chicken nugget!
Just look at our before and after analysis
|Before Children||With Children|
|Location||South Africa||Henley on Thames|
|Transport||Airplane||Car with car seats and sick bags|
|Luggage||A case and small bag||A car stuffed full to the gills|
|Breakfast||Leisurely and taken at hotel||Cooked on a BBQ at 7am|
|Must haves||Good books and sun cream||Baby wipes, games, sun cream and clean loos|
|Lunch||People watching in a café||Sandwiches or MacDonald’s|
|Dinner||Candlelit evening meal with husband accompanied with wine||Cooked on a camping stove and washed in a communal sink accompanied with lots of wine for the adults|
|Typical meal||Seafood with sublime wines||Sausages and Beans|
|Relaxation||Spa treatment or swimming in the pool||What!|
|Shopping||Markets and local delicatessens||With children, no way just the supermarket|
|Most eventful happening||Bring photographed with baby white Bengal tigers||The children actually sleeping though the night|
|Best part of the holiday||Being bought diamond earrings by MadDad||The open air and relaxed time with the family|
|Worst part of the holiday||Being seasick on the boat to Robben island||Child being sick all over car seat|
|Best day trip||A visit to the wine reagion||A visit to Legoland|