The skies are a bit grey at the moment and Autumn has definitely set in. To say that this first half-term has been stressful is a bit of an understatement. We did not anticipate that Ella would have the difficulty she has had settling into her Year 1 classroom. I’ve been worrying about her every day which makes staying positive more of a challenge than ever. Sammy and I have had wonderful days together while Ella is at school but at nearly-two, Sam is very FULL ON. Grabbing time to do jobs around the house is hard to find. Grabbing time to make money is even harder. In fact, it’s non-existant. Which brings the added stress of having nothing that is MINE and stretched finances. I am still waiting to hear from the hospital about an operation that should have been done and dusted by now. My rage is barely in check with this one.
The end of the first half-term is in sight. A mere 11 days and we will be off on a HOLIDAY! A Canvas Holiday to be specific! I actually have to think back REALLY hard to when our last holiday was…bear with me while I do…Ah ha! Do you know when our last holiday as a family was?? Well, as a family of THREE, our last holiday was September of 2011 when I was pregnant with Sam and we had a rather splendid excursion to Tenerife. We have gone away on the odd journey here and there, adventures to London for the day and a brilliant short-weekend in Southampton on the Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas in July. Yes, I did go on the holiday of a lifetime with Royal Caribbean in February but it was a press trip and my family couldn’t join me. We have yet to go on a holiday as a family of four. Sam has not yet been out of the UK. Mark is stressed to the eyeballs and I could just about melt into a puddle for all of the pent up frustration I have going at the moment. We need a break!
Next weekend we will drive to Dover, board a ferry, cross the English Channel, arrive in Calais and meander over to Normandy to the Yelloh! Village la Vallee thanks to Canvas Holidays. We will be staying in a 3 bed Mobile Home (yes, it’s Canvas Holidays but the end of October is no time to spend in a tent) for 5 nights and I am so bloomin’ excited about this. It’s the final week of the season for Yelloh! Village la Vallee so I imagine the site will be quieter than normal however we are definitely looking forward to the heated indoor pool and childrens play areas on site. We will be 900m from the beach and 15km from Caen which is where I spent 4 months of my life back in 2008 before coming to live with Mark in England. I will be so happy to return and show my family the lovely town where Mummy lived. I am also hoping to squeeze in a trip to Giverny to see Monet’s home and gardens.
But mainly what I am looking forward to is time. Time together as a family, without distraction, frustration or stress. Time to be patient, enjoy each other, build sand castles, drink wine and tea (not together mind you), eat some comforting food, laugh and have fun. We need this break terribly. After this holiday I’ll be renewed and refreshed to tackle the next 7 weeks leading up to Christmas.
It would appear that WiFi (or as the French say, “wee fee”) is available in parts of the camp ground but my goal will be to turn off as much as possible. Will you miss me? I’ll pop in and share some pictures and anecdotes along the journey of course. I could NEVER be disconnected entirely. But I plan to focus on the family. I’ll take thousands of pictures and bring back dutiful reports but for approximately 5 days, I will be considerably more quiet than usual. Don’t miss me too much!
**Disclosure: We have been invited to visit Canvas Holidays Yelloh! Village la Vallee for review purposes. Our accomodation and ferry passage has been paid for. My opinions and review are mine and mine alone and have not been influenced by anyone. **