Thursday, July 27, 2006

thinking back




Before we went to Canada, I wondered if perhaps we'd bitten off more than we could chew (so to speak). I know that these days, hip and happening parents go trekking in the Himalayas with their 3 week old babies, but I have never been hip and happening. I thought Fatty and I were adventurous whenever we ventured out of the house with our first child. I thought we were extremely bold when we took our infant son and two-year-old daughter on a domestic flight to visit their grandparents. So to take a trip overseas - let's just say it was a big step for Fatty and me.

It's been a real confidence boost to see that, with some careful planning, and a lot of plain good luck, too - we managed it. We managed it, and we really enjoyed it (So there is life after children!).

One of the best things about the holiday, for me, was working together with Fatty. We are very different sorts of people, who often go about things in quite different ways, yet we worked in parallel to make the holiday run smoothly. Sometimes, tangled up in the details of day-to-day living, I fret over our disparities. I forget that we're a good team. We complement each other - yin and yang.

It was good to spend time with our kids, too. They were amazingly tolerant of all the tedious things about travel, and they were full of joy and vigour when it came to sightseeing. We talked, and walked, we ate and laughed. We had running jokes that continued the entire trip. We were just a regular, happy family on holidays, but I felt like the queen of the world. I woke up smiling every day.

Now life has returned to its usual pattern, but I am renewed. It's been brilliant to travel in Canada. Best of all, I did it with my sweeties.

16 comments:

Alice said...

What a holiday to remember, and your children surely will remember it. It would be good to talk about it from time to time as the months go by, not only to keep the memories fresh but also to see if recollections of the trip change with time. Maybe things that seemed mere details at the time may take on a larger life in retrospect, and vise versa.

susan said...

It is a lot of work to plan out a trip like that, and it sounds like you both did a great job. Nothing like getting away from it all for renewal of spirit! Hope it lasts a long time. Great pictures!

HORIZON said...

You have a lovely family by the sound of it Jelly. Every marriage needs a break and throttle- works better l think- you both compliment each other. Think that pic is great too. :)
Take care

shellyC said...

So gald you had such a wonderful holiday. I think it is great to go somewhere where no one is the "expert"...somewhere totally new for everyone!! Makes it fun! So where are you going next year??

Motherkitty said...

This trip will be one your family will always remember and talk about over the years. Sounds like even with all the details, that everyone had a wonderful time. Your pictures are lovely, as usual, and we so enjoy hearing about your adventures. (We are, of course, very happy you are back.)

cmhl said...

good for you!!!

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Reading your post this morning is so uplifting to me...I'm reminded of the times I have traveled with my family and the joy I felt everyday just sharing the experiences with them.

This trip was a perfect family vacation and children make wonderful traveling companions. They see the small things that we as adults often miss and we share in their joys and discoveries. Believe me the children will not forget this trip or any of the trips you take them on...they will remember with fondness & laughter all of your adventures. I'm sure since this trip went so well that you will plan others, and this will not be your last trip but only the first of many more to come.

You & Fatty compiment each other and this trip just affirmed once more.

DayByDay4-2Day said...

Are you forgetting to tell us something? It couldn't have been that perfect.

jellyhead said...

daybyday, you're right - it wasn't perfect (is life EVER perfect?!). But there were no major glitches, there were no major tantrums, and we had heaps of fun. That's perfect enough for me!

TUFFENUF said...

I love to travel with the family. Even if some things go wrong, it is all part of the adventure. Your kids are lucky to have such good parents!

Kerri said...

I'm so pleased to hear that you had such a fulilling and fun time with your family Jelly. Your kids will always treasure the memories, I'm sure. It's nice to work as a team :) Good for you!
It's lovely reading your thoughts again...always interesting and always uplifting!
Love your pictures! Picture perfect :)

Val said...

Things would be pretty boring if you both were too similar. The old adage, "Variety is the spice of life" comes to mind.

John Cowart said...

Sounds as though your trip did just exactly what vacations are supposed to do. That's great.

Franny said...

AWWW!

(Hey, thats Moraine Lake and the Three Sisters! So cool!)

Its a lot of work, as I learned on my vacation, but so worth it. The kids will remember that they had the coolest parents in the world.

doubleknot said...

Nice pictures. Isn't it wonderful to have a nice vacation.
Glad the kids had fun too.

manababies said...

I am realizing the same thing too, during this short jaunt we are currently on. That second photo is just so cute, with the little hats your sweeties are wearing.