We’ve just got back from a lovely relaxing family holiday in Majorca and I’m sure you’re dying to see some of my holiday pictures aren’t you? I hope so, because I ended up taking about 500 pictures which is a lot even for me….
It wasn’t a perfect holiday by any means. The first day is a bit of a blur of tears and arguments due to the fact we had to leave home at 3am to get our 6am flight so the children were so tired when we got there and refused to have any sort of a nap as they wanted to be out and about straight away.
I discovered Master Frugal has a new-found hate of sun tan lotion which meant it was a constant battle to keep him either in the shade or covered in lotion. He understands how important it is to wear it as he’s been burnt before but he just can’t stand the feel of it and we had tears every time I had to put it on for the first couple of days. I found some factor 25 spray in the hotel supermarket on about the third day that goes on like a mist and he’s fine with that luckily so even though it’s not a high a factor as I would have liked, it meant I could spray him often with no tears. Definitely worth investing in for the Summer (if it ever comes).
I also had a few arguments with Miss Frugal as she made friends early on in the week and wanted to be playing in the pool with them all day. I felt quite safe letting her play in the pool with them as there were 2 very enthusiastic lifeguards on duty (trust me, they were in the pool more than I was) and she is quite a competent swimmer. This problem is that it was too hot for her to be out in the sun all day but it’s hard to explain that to a nine year old without her thinking I’m mean for not letting her play all day.
Despite the little stressy bits, we did have a really good time together. The world didn’t end just because we decided to turn off our mobile phones and the iPad in the departure lounge at the airport and not switch them back on again until the day before we came home.
In fact, I really enjoyed the break from it all and it’s made me realise that, even though I like to think I spend a lot of ‘quality’ time with my children, I should be turning off from the internet more often. I want to enjoy as much of them as possible while they’re young – after all, they’ll soon be grown up.
Do you limit your internet time while the children are with you?