Family Holidays and How They Are Changing

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.

Family Holidays and How They Are changing

Family Holidays and How They Are changing

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.

Our Day At Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

Our Day At Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

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.

Family Holidays and How They Are changing

Family Holidays and How They Are changing

Family Holidays and How They Are changing

Family Holidays and How They Are changing

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.

Family Holidays and How They Are changing

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.

 

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18 Comments

  1. 20th September 2016 / 10:40 pm

    I think it says a lot about how amazing your holidays are that Jack is still going with you at 16, even if you suspect he might not in the future. I think he’ll find it hard being left at home … he’d have more fun on holiday, I’m sure!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      21st September 2016 / 8:47 pm

      You are so right we always do things that are a bit different so he will be mad to stay at home. I just wanted him to want to travel with us for a couple more years x

  2. 21st September 2016 / 12:07 pm

    Hi Sarah, cherished moments! We don’t get to travel too often, I think because of where we live we don’t get so much of an urge… And also when we do it tends to be to the UK or South Africa to visit family, so it’s rarely a laid back affair (not with my husbands family anyway!). This winter we are hoping to get to the mainland to do some walking, and I know our daughter will not want to come. It’s a sign that things are changing here too, but at least we won’t have to worry about whose going to look after the dogs!

    Love your photos as always.

    xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      21st September 2016 / 8:51 pm

      Ha ha you are so right there, Toby will love staying home with Jack. It feel like the end of an era x

  3. 21st September 2016 / 12:33 pm

    Ah Sarah, this has made me a little emotional! You have such lovely boys, I think it’s amazing Jack still comes with you at 16…I even stayed at home while my parents and brother went to Florida at that age! It’s amazing how much of the world you have shown them and he’ll come round again when he’s older…my mum and brother went to Lithuania together this year and had a great time. You must have so many happy memories of holidays over the years, I bet he’ll still want to come along on a few 🙂 xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      21st September 2016 / 8:52 pm

      Ah thanks Hayley that is such a lovely thing to say, I suppose I am lucky he is still willing to travel with us, I don’t think he will do every trip next year but hopefully he will do some of them x

  4. 21st September 2016 / 11:55 pm

    LOVING those flip flops – Sarah it made me so sad when you said ‘you are on borrowed time’ – you are a very cool mum and your boys will always want to go on your fabulous holidays with you 🙂
    Gorgeous photos xXx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      27th September 2016 / 8:29 pm

      Ah thanks Katie that is so lovely of you to say, I am not sure Jack is thinking I am cool at the moment ha ha x

  5. 23rd September 2016 / 2:53 pm

    I love that term you’ve coined there – ‘Dubai Spam’ Totally feel the same but it really was so incredible – we keep reliving those memories talking about them all the time. I just want to be back there now! Very fabulous outfits too – sadly we have no such relationship with Joules and hence felt like the scruffy relatives in our regular clothes. x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      27th September 2016 / 9:01 pm

      Ah you all looked fab in your pics Rebecca I love you floral dress, and yes it was incredible we had such an amazing time x

  6. 23rd September 2016 / 10:58 pm

    Your post really got me too! We have three little ones and since having our first six years ago have continued to travel as it’s our biggest passion. Holidays are certainly different these days, but it’s crazy to think that one day our little ones won’t want to come with us anymore. Like you say, it’s seems like that time is so far away. Your post has reminded me to treasure all our holiday moments with our little ones and the pure quality that we get to have on holiday. Jemma #MyCapturedMoment

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      27th September 2016 / 9:07 pm

      Ah thank you Jemma, it really flies I am hoping we will get another year out of Jack but I will have to book something he really wants to do x

  7. 25th September 2016 / 9:55 pm

    I’m pretty sure that deep down Jack won’t want to miss out on those fabulous holidays either!! But I guess that day will come and I hate to even think it but it will also come to us one day…. *shuddering at the thought.

    Your photos of Dubai have really made me want to go back with the girls. I’d love to stay at the Atlantis!!

    Thank you so much for linking up to #MyCapturedMoment xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      28th September 2016 / 9:53 pm

      Ah thanks Heledd, I don’t think he will in fact I asked him tonight if he wanted me to book him a flight for Greece next Easter and he said yes hoorah, and I loved Atlantis go for it x

  8. 29th September 2016 / 1:33 pm

    Aw – I bet he’ll be happy to go away with you for a while yet, especially with all the amazing adventures you’re having. Just think, in a decade or two you may well all be going away with grandkids – it’s a long way off, but it’ll come round soon enough (I for one am looking forward to that stage as much as I’m enjoying having our little two on hols with us!) xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      2nd October 2016 / 9:21 am

      Ha ha scary thought Nell, I so love traveling with the boys I really just want it to continue x

  9. 11th October 2016 / 5:51 pm

    As you can imagine this post totally resonates with me. I can see on the horizon that our holidays will change too, yet I still have a long list of family holidays I still want to go on. I have no idea how I will cope when he opts to go on a lads holiday (all of the horrors) instead of a luxury holiday with us. Though part of me is looking forward to new travel adventures when they both fly the nest. Just think how much cheaper holidays will be then. See you in Sandals in a few years time x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      11th October 2016 / 10:40 pm

      Ha ha yes Sandal here we come, but I too am dreading those moments x

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