I’ve been feeling restless recently. There’s lots of things that have been niggling at me and just don’t feel right. I don’t know if it’s just me that feels like this sometimes, but I just find myself wanting to pause the never ending conveyor belt of life for a few days. I feel like I need some breathing space. I feel like as a family, we need some time to just be together, away from the stresses of normal life. So on Monday, I told Carl to book next week off work and I’m trying my hardest to sort out a little holiday for us. We won’t be going abroad, the kids don’t have passports for a start, plus I need to build up slowly to a flight with 3 children in tow. I don’t know exactly where we are going yet or for how long. In fact we haven’t booked anything yet. I have a few ideas in the pipeline but nothing confirmed at the moment. But whether we are in a full board hotel for the week, or in a seaside B&B for a couple of nights, or even in a drafty static caravan on a holiday park, it doesn’t really matter as long as we get that family time that I’m desperately craving. My list this week is all about why a little break is so needed for us right now.
5 reasons why we really need a little family holiday like right now
- I feel like I hardly get to spend any time with Carl at the moment. Having three children in four years would test any relationship, and to be honest I think we’re doing quite well considering. But, being outnumbered by little ones does mean that we’re kind of preoccupied with their needs most of the time, and barely have a minute to think about each other. Add to that, since I’ve started blogging there’s often a laptop between us in the evenings and I’m feeling a little disconnected and I’m sure he is too. I’d love to have a few days at least to try and put that right.
- Mabel has been quite emotional this week. She was poorly last week so it was understandable that she was having mood swings, but this week I’m at a loss to what’s causing them. I had to stay at pre-school with her for an hour this morning because she absolutely broke her heart when I tried to leave. All I know is that when Mabel is like this there’s always something going on in her little head, and spending some good quality time with Mummy and Daddy will hopefully help her to get over whatever it is, or at least hopefully I can get to the bottom of it.
- Greta has slowly been going backwards with Potty training for about three months now but this week I have realised she’s actually doing every single wee on the floor. The other night Mabel was even heard shouting ‘Greta’s wee’d on my quiche Daddy!’. Poos she has no trouble with, but she has just decided she wont do a wee on the potty. I’ve decided to put her in pull ups for a few days to take the pressure off, and then start potty training again from scratch after that. A little holiday with both me and Carl around to help her would be the perfect time to go for it I think.
- Both girls are having way too much screen time, Greta is obsessed by Peppa Pig at the moment and has many a tantrum because I have turned it off. Mabel loves watching YouTube videos on my iPad. So much so that I’m worried she’s kind of become addicted to it. I know it sounds ridiculous, but even if I let her have half an hour iPad time, her behaviour is so much worse for the rest of the day. She sneaks around and takes the iPad when I’ve told her no. It’s got to stop in all honesty it’s become too much. I’m hoping that a week of cold turkey will do the trick to break the cycle, and a holiday is the perfect distraction to make it as easy as possible for her and us.
- Come September, Mabel will be starting school and it will be so much harder (almost impossible infact) to have any spontaneous little trips away. I really want to make the most of this freedom to go where we like when we like, before we sign up to be governed by the school calendar for the next 20 odd years.
So hopefully, tomorrow I can tell you that we’ve made some more concrete plans! What do you think? Do you think a little holiday can solve all our problems? It will at least make them more bearable right? Am I mad, or do other people have crazy ideas like this too?
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