Saturday, June 24, 2006

O Canada!

Ever since our children (the dear little blighters) were born, Fatty and I have taken a week's holiday here and there with our kids - almost always at the beach. We have had bucketloads of fun, but at the same time it's always been so good to come home, too. So what on earth were we thinking planning a trip involving 3 weeks and 5 days away from home, with a 25 hours worth of travel just to arrive at our destination?? I'm a little nervous about how it will all go, to say the least!

I'm also relishing the idea of four whole weeks off work. And I'm looking forward to spending time with our two sets of family friends, and doing some slow, drive-a-little, stop-a-lot exploring in beautiful Canada with Fatty and our kids.

I won't be visiting T, Mackeydoodle, or Franny. (Try to look disappointed instead of relieved, people!) I would love to sit and have chocolate cake somewhere with each of you, but with two small children in tow, we won't be travelling extensively, and won't even make it into Alberta, or anywhere near Ontario. But I will think of all my Canadian blogfriends as I travel.

Bags are packed, tickets and passports are at the ready, I have a large packet of baby wipes readily is there anything else I cannot depart without? (Maybe I should have packed sedatives. I can see how sedatives could be helpful. For me, of course. A valium or 4, and I just wouldn't care if Ben was screaming his lungs out. Pursed-lipped passengers could turn in their seats to frown, and I would smile beatifically and slur, "Peace, man. Feel the looooove!") We leave in the morning, so wish me luck!

I will try to post now and then, and will have access to the internet most places we're going, so say hello if you drop by. Take care everyone!



mackeydoodle said...

Awww Jelly, you didn't tell me where you were going:( B.C & Saskatchewan are not far from me you know!!!
I remember reading in your blog once that you were from B.C. I bet that is where you are going!!! Am I a good detective or what!!:)
My SIL & her hubby just came back from Australia 2 weeks ago. They loved it there. They said the flight took FOREVER though.
Have a great holiday eh'. :)

John Cowart said...

To travel that long and that far with small children seems like a truly Herculean project to me. I'll bet they are already saying, "Are we there yet?"

I hope you find the trip refreshing even with all its challenges. Look forward to your next posting... with photos?

Alipurr said...

have a really wonderful trip! Maybe we should help you with some cute snappy comeback for those pursed lipped onlookers. Something like, Oh yeah, you should see them at the ....or you should see them when they are....

I guess you can see I can not think of anything really funny to fill in the blanks. Nevertheless, ignore those who stare, or just stare back. Don't worry about them

Motherkitty said...

Jelly, hope you have a wonderful month off from all your cares in the world. Enjoy yourselves in Canada (my dad came from Toronto). Take lots of cool pictures to show us of all the interesting things you saw. In fact, you could do a narrative entitled, "What I did on my Winter vacation."

Your children may get tired and cranky on the long plane ride, but I'm sure overall they will enjoy the adventure of the trip. I know that you and Fatty (great parents that you are) will do your best to frown back appropriately at those accusatory passengers.

Have a relaxing, great time away from home.

Kerri said...

We did the marathon trip from Oz to CA in 1983 when our kids were 12, 8 and 2 & a half. We only had a problem with the landings, which hurt Kathy's (the youngest) ears. Chewing gum or sucking on a bottle (I think Ben is probably past that) supposedly helps.
I'm sure your kids will be fine. The excitement will probably tire them out and they'll sleep a lot (hopefully :)
The jet stream cuts off 1 & a half hours coming this way (from Sydney), making the trip 12+hrs instead of 14. That always amazed me that the plane go that much faster one way and so much slower heading into the jet stream.
Wave when you fly over the US will you Jelly? Or even if you get close, OK?
Have a wonderful vacation with Fatty and your little ones! You'll be in our thoughts and we will miss you, dear Jelly.

Mimi said...

I have done this before also. The first time with a three year old twenty one month old and with me three months pregnant. It was an international trip but we stayed with family. At the time I didnt do the cooking so it was in all a break. The second time was slightly harder and more difficult as I had a fourth child in tow but nobody in diapers but I did the cooking and not in my kitchen. This last time was the easiest even though I did the cooking because the kids did the dishes. Still I was very glad to get home at the end. I think you'll be glad you did it when it's all over.


TUFFENUF said...

Have fun and don't think of work for four weeks. That is the perfect amount of time to take a vacation. Good luck! Have a wonderful time.

Stacy said...

Just saying hello, hope you are having a wonderful time!

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

That's the perfect amount of time for a vacation...not rushed that way and when the month is up you will be eagerly ready to come back home.

Have a great time!

Val said...

Dear Jelly,
I guess you won't see this comment for a while, but I do wish you a lovely holiday. We all look forward to your blog posts/photos when you've got the time for that. Relax and enjoy!

Flossy said...

Wow! Have a great trip Jelly! I'm so envious - I'd love to go to Canada. And I bet the kids will be so great and you'll all have a fantastic time!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure you'll keep in touch. Have fun.

manababies said...

Aaaw, have a safe trip! Thank goodness for being connected throughout your trip... I'd miss you if you were absent for 4 weeks!

doubleknot said...

Have a nice vacation. I am sure the kids will enjoy it also. Get some good stories to tell.

HORIZON said...

Valium and baby wipes- what more do you need Jelly??? Am with you there girl!
Enjoy your holiday and will look for you on return- if your still alive that is- lol
Took my kids camping in Canada when they were a lot younger- had a great time- loads of fun memories.
All will be great.

shellyC said...

Have a fantastic holiday Jelly!! You would be there by now so I hope all went well. Remember EVERYONE on the plane has earphones, blindfolds and the ability to turn their music up loud enough to not be able to hear the screams of children!!! Children cannot open the doors of the plane so they are confined...let 'em run ragged!!!

Enjoy Canada it is beautiful! Hope you get to see a Bear or Moose!!