I have been Dubai spam lately I know this!
And I promise I will cool it soon, but I do get giddy about our family travels. We have visited some amazing places. In fact when I was working full-time I lived to travel, to not be at work, and to see new places with Chris and the boys. And as a result it sort of became the norm. Today I am rambling about family holidays and how they are changing. It is not something I am totally ready for.
We have travelled well. Due to planning, organisation and air miles we have stayed in great locations and enjoyed some wonderful family holidays. As soon as the boys were born I was determined we would travel with them. We decided pretty early on that they would fit in with us, and not the other way round. And for us as a family this has worked. As soon as we left home for a trip the routine became non-existent and we went with the flow.
We have built holiday survival packs to get us through long flights. When the boys were little we let them nap in their buggies whilst we enjoyed a late evening meal. We let them have lie in’s if needed; we would take turns chilling by the pool whilst the other read a book in the room to let the babies sleep. I have never had expectations. Going with the flow I am sure, is why we have never been disappointed.
But I have a feeling it is all going to change soon, Jack is 16 next month. He has started to resist a little, wants so stay at home more. Well, I say at home that is not going to happen yet, so he packs off to his grandma’s feeling all grown up and independent ha ha.
That made Dubai all the more special
I know we are on borrowed time, and then there will be 3. Of course he will always be welcome. And I will always be happy to pay for him to come along, even when he is working. I can see Chris rolling his eyes now. But he is our first-born, a quarter of our family.
Don’t get me wrong; we will still go on to have great adventures. I am sure there will be many he does not want to miss out on. But we are coming to that time, the time of independence arghhh and I have no idea how it crept up so quickly.
When they are little you don’t think this will ever really happen, it seems a lifetime away. I know Joe is rubbing his hands together in preparation of being the only child on holiday. He is at that explorer stage, in fact he has always been. Joe went on his first holiday at 6 weeks old, and ever since nothing has fazed him.
He loves being included in holiday vlogs and has even hosted a few live vlogs lately. He loves the fuss and attention, which Jack is withdrawing from now. Maybe he is getting more self-conscious the older he gets.
He may not have been on camera as much, but Jack loved Dubai. It is the perfect place for families, for long drawn out evening meals with lots of laughter. Floating around the lazy river, we can even laugh about how he almost shut down the lazy river with his nosebleed. How competitive he got with his little brother on the arcade games, even though he said he wasn’t bothered.
There will be a time when there is just us!
At the rate time is speeding by it wont be far away. We keep laughing and saying we can’t wait till we can go in School Holidays just because we feel like it. Go to Sandals, just the two of us. But until that time we have many adventures to plan and enjoy. To make the most of our precious boys before they fly the nest. I just have to make sure they are memorable.
The memorable thing about travel is not always the location, the cruise itinerary, or the swanky hotel. It’s the having the undivided attention of my not so little family, no pressure, no work just the 4 of us relaxed together.
Thank you so much to the gorgeous people at Joules for all the lovely things you sent us for our holidays we have loved them all.