So we are off on a weeks holiday soon and I have to admit I cannot wait. I feel so ready for a break and I'm fairly sure that Alfie will too, after all this will be his first half term away! The last few weeks since Alfie started school have whooshed by and judging by his attitude and whining at home he is also ready for some time off. We not going abroad or anything like that this time but heading to North Yorkshire for my Dads 70th (not actually his birthday till November but we are school parents now ya know!). North Yorkshire will always hold a special place in my heart, it's where I used to visit every year with the parents as a child and I have so many wonderful memories but we stopped going a few years ago and I'm really looking forward to heading back with the kids and showing them a place I love and had tons of childhood memories. It's actually been what feels like a very long time since I've holidayed in the UK and I all of a sudden feel out of my comfort zone? I'm so used to preparing for a holiday abroad and it feels new and exciting to go away in the UK. Where we used to stay was basic to say the least and way before the times I would care about wifi and missing strictly or x factor (priorities) so when me and my Mum started looking for options I was definitely putting wifi at the top of the list to be in the property! Also to be near a pub, we used to stay in a remote farmhouse which was ok but it was about as far away from civilisation you can get. Anyways, as always I digress.
So I am a massive over packer, UK or abroad you can guarantee I will pack stuff that is unlikely to make it out of the suitcase and when back at home it's a case of 'ahhh I forgot I packed that'. It drives my husband mad. This year when we went to France I really tried hard to not over pack, (I meant it's not like we were going to a 3rd world country) and I think I did pretty well, after all I kept telling myself the less I took the more wine we could bring back! Packing for 1 week away is likely to be a challenge, I start out with all good intentions but then the 'what ifs' creep into my mind.
|Just a small selection of clothes!
What if it's warm/cold?
What if it rains?
What if I need wellies/flip flops/heels/flats/boots etc?
What if I need a fan?
What if I need this/that/the other?
I'm sure you get the picture, my mind works overtime and end up packing the kitchen sink. Hilariously my parents do actually take 'the kitchen sink' - my Dad once bought my Mum a miniature version of a sink as they also always pack a ton (seriously my Dad packs more shoes than me) and they take it with them wherever they go.
So I will try pack sensibly. The kids will have their Trunki each and anything extra will go into mine and Adi's small cases, we will take a small toy box with a variety of toys. Alfie will no doubt try and take as many toys as possible and with us being in the UK I won't mind as much, we may even take his train track as I know that would keep him occupied.
We've got lots of things planned, we're going to Flamingo Land, York, Whitby and the steam train museum amongst other things so it'll be a fairly packed week without a doubt! I'm taking the week off blogging, linky and linking and generally just going to have a fab week away with the kids and my parents. I'm also very much looking forward to having a pub within a few feet from the house and grandparents to babysit!
Anyone else really looking forward to half term?