I'm on a big count down in my head for our holiday next week. It's just a weekend away in Wales to any one else, but to us it's our first family holiday - just us and the kids - EVER! Sure we've been away with them before but we've always stayed with family. Even going to France to see my Dad doesn't feel like a holiday because it's just visiting my Dad. Only we have to take a plane to get there.
THIS is a HOLIDAY!
I've been list writing. A sure sign that I am excited and nervous about getting things right, Hubby hates my lists but without them we'd forget something (relatively) important like socks for the kids, or phone chargers, or the booking reference for the holiday it self!
Today's important list was the Holiday Shopping List. I drove hubby crazy this morning trying to tap his brain for "Do you know where this is? Do we still have that? Will we need the other?" but I don't want to buy something we already have, or pass by something we actually need! I don't actually have many shopping days left (just today and tomorrow) and with the weather being baking hot like it is I don't want to try and drag the kids round the shops for everything all in one day. It's too hot. It's not fair on them and it's too stressful for me. I need to be able to go back out for anything we don't find today.
We didn't do too badly. We bought more sun cream and after-sun, more shorts for the kids (1-2 pairs each is usually more then enough in the UK and they don't always get worn every year) and coordinated t-shirts (coz I'm like that) and a little frock for me to wear over my swim suit. And we got more books from the library. But I couldn't find any arm bands (water wings) for the kids anywhere! Hubby wouldn't let me buy him some swim shorts, he wants to choose his own tomorrow, so maybe we can find some arm bands then.... (thinks about googling local stores and calling them for stock levels)
My next list is my Packing List because without that someone will end up with twice as many socks and no under pants. Seriously, this has happened to us before. So excuse me while I go and write it, and start to put away these new clothes before the kids cover them in non-holiday muck!