Fanfare….after almost 4 years, we’ve had our first family holiday.
This might not sound like much, because after all lots of people don’t get to go on holiday due to money, illness, or any other reason. But in our life it’s a really important thing.
The OH used to go on holiday, under duress mostly, once a year with me before N was born. Our last holiday together was when I was almost 8 months pregnant and we went away for a few days to Edinburgh. But since N was born, he’s not been willing to leave the farm and go away. So instead, I’ve taken N on numerous road trips around the UK visiting friends and family. It’s not for want of trying, he’s just a nightmare to get away from the farm.
For me, I really wanted him to come on a proper family holiday, so it was something that N would recognise that we’ve done together. Because his dad always works, it’s so unusual for us to do anything altogether. The odd family occasion, meal out, friends’ barbecue or party, and that’s it. We all needed a proper holiday, and especially so the OH could see what it’s really like with N full time, and understand what it is he likes to do and experience. For N, he just wanted to go on holiday with his dad coming as well.
So last week, I got him away from the farm for a few days break to Dorset. Of course, I had to do the last minute booking, getting everything organised and the like. But we went away as a family. My friends and colleagues were as excited as I was, having known what the OH is like. To be honest, I half thought he’d cancel at the last minute, but he didn’t, and N was so pleased to have his dad with him all the time.
We stayed in a lovely cottage in Swanage.
I could get really fit from living in a place like that. 3 storey house, and really quite hilly walking round there, as well as daily walks on and around the beachfront. I like to get out and about all the time on holiday, seeing lots of new places, while the OH likes to rest when he gets away. With N, I had to relax a bit, so mornings were spent walking and exploring, while afternoons were generally chilling out, watching films and napping in the cottage before heading out again for food.
We were lucky with the weather, as the skies did look heavy and grey a lot, but we only got caught in the rain once on our way back to the cottage.
It really was lovely to be out and about as a proper family unit, which we so rarely have.
I didn’t quite achieve my final goal which was to get our first proper family photo. This is as close as I got thanks to the OH hating being in photos.
Do you get many family photos? What’s been your favourite family holiday?