Holiday time is nearly here…

We are excited to be going on holiday in a few weeks time, especially the kids.  Every day this week they have asked if we are leaving today.  I am seriously starting to regret telling them.  Note to self: in future tell them just a few days before.

Holiday Time!

The plan is to look out the suitcases the week before we go on holiday.  The plan is to pack a little bit each day.  Being fully prepared and not panic pack.

Who am I kidding…we will – as usual – leave it all to the last minute.  Probably still packing one hour AFTER we are meant to have left the house.

The Car

A few things that I will definitely be packing for the car journey:

  • iPads: very important for keeping boys entertained
  • Headphones:  hugely important for parents sanity
  • iPads chargers: made the mistake of not having these handy before ***shudders***
  • Change of clothes:  The boys will almost certainly spill juice all over themselves at some point.
  • Food:  Essential due to Bob L saying “I am really hungry” every ten minutes.  I am sure he has hollow legs.
  • Bob D’s special blanket and Bob L’s puppy and bear:   very important… must not leave at home or whole holiday will be a disaster!!!

We will hopefully be sorted for a peaceful car journey. However, I am guessing that I will probably have to sit in the back of the car to stop them fighting at some point.

A different kind of holiday

The type of holiday we have has changed a bit since two became four.

In years gone by we would quickly pack a bag, hop on a plane and spend the week relaxing and drinking cocktails.

I think it is safe to say that our holidays are now less like this:

And more like this:

But, I can honestly say I would not have it any other way.  Family holidays are memories that I treasure from my childhood.  These holidays are something that the boys will remember for years to come.  It is so nice to have time away from normal family life, not having to worry about packing school bags or being late for kindergarten.

I also love that the boy’s are old enough now to get the concept of going on holiday.  They understand what that means now.  I love they are excited about it.

I remember as a little girl counting down the sleeps until our holiday.  This is a tradition that I have started with the boy’s.

Stay tuned to hear all about our week away.  I am pretty certain it will provide an abundance of blogging material!!!

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44 Comments

  1. 10th July 2016 / 10:36 pm

    I really loved this post and it reminded me of my own holidays. We go on holiday to Center Parcs on the 18th July and we can’t wait. I’m driving a hired mini bus – I’ve never driven a mini bus before so it will be an adventure. Everything will be very last minute for us too! Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #AnythingGoes linky.

    Janet

    • Double the Monkey Business
      26th July 2016 / 9:20 pm

      Hope you had a wonderful time xxx

  2. 6th July 2016 / 6:12 pm

    Ouuu have a fabulous time. I’m sure your soooo excited. Even though holidays tend to be home from home I find a different environment so refreshing. Have fun and thanks for linking up #FabFridayPost

    • Double the Monkey Business
      26th July 2016 / 9:27 pm

      Anything away from normal day-to-day life is always nice 🙂 x

  3. 6th July 2016 / 11:04 am

    I hope you have a brilliant holiday Yvonne, and I’m looking forward to hearing all about where you went and what you got up to. Like you we used to look having a week in the sun relaxing and sleeping. We recently went to Spain, and did get to relax and sleep more than we would do carrying out our usual routine in London. Holidays are about being together as a family, ditching the routine, and enjoying a new environment. I hope you all have a great trip away, and thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      26th July 2016 / 9:29 pm

      Part One coming up on the blog this week! x

  4. 6th July 2016 / 7:23 am

    Ah, I’m so envious. We definitely don’t go on enough holidays as a family but hopefully that will change once #2 arrives and is a little older! Hope you have a fab time. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  5. 5th July 2016 / 8:44 pm

    Love the gifs! I am also a lover of the snacks as a survival tip for holidays with tots. Everytime we leave the apartment I shove a handful of snacks into the rucksack just in case. I emptied it out half way through our holiday last week and counted 17 fruit sticks and 12 packs of yogurt raisins?
    Hope you have a brilliant time and I’ll look forward to reading all about it! Thanks for linking with #fartglitter x

  6. 5th July 2016 / 8:28 pm

    LOVE holidays but totally empathise with your post! I also one day would love to go on that relaxing cocktail drinking holiday again one day! Have fun x #fartglitter

  7. 5th July 2016 / 12:33 pm

    I love the GIFs!!! And I’m definitely with you on the essentials-iPads and earphones are definitely a must! And yes, endless snacks and drinks too!! We are just finding that holidays are getting easier, and actually, quite fun…! The last 3 years they’ve just been a disaster, and we’ve ended up just miserably existing in a place that doesn’t have half of the essentials we have at home!! I’ll be really interested to hear how you get on, and I hope you have a fabulous time!!
    #bigpinklink

  8. 4th July 2016 / 9:06 pm

    Hope you have a great holiday – a holiday with kids is definitely a different experience! #MarvMondays

  9. 4th July 2016 / 8:37 pm

    Haha, love it! Hope it all goes well for you, we are yet to brave a family holiday! I imagine when we do, my packing method will be very similar to yours – late!
    #bigpinklink

  10. 4th July 2016 / 4:04 pm

    Ohhh! How exciting! I am the same with packing… every last minutes! Tablets and iPad are like the MUST HAVE! I think I would go insane without them! lol! I do drive yet, and my brothers takes me around everywhere. I sit on the back seat and I have to sit between Ethan and Evelyn. They are constantly at each others’ faces! lol! It is so not fun at all. I think next time we will make sure – car seats are to be provided for both of them! Looking forward to hear more about your lovely holiday! Thank you for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost x

  11. 4th July 2016 / 2:53 pm

    Ah very exciting – can’t wait to read more! I am from a family of 4 and we would often go on holiday altogether, I can’t imagine the stress my parents went through but it did create the most wonderful memories xx #anythinggoes

  12. 4th July 2016 / 10:49 am

    Oh yeah… It’s chaos time.. I mean holiday time Only two of ours get the idea but all three cause havoc once we are away. What can I say…? Good luck #marvmondays

    • Double the Monkey Business
      26th July 2016 / 9:31 pm

      ha ha thanks 🙂 x

  13. Geraldine
    4th July 2016 / 11:53 am

    Best of luck with the packing and have a great holiday! #BigPinkLink

    • Double the Monkey Business
      26th July 2016 / 9:30 pm

      thanks x

  14. 4th July 2016 / 8:22 am

    Hahaha those gifs made us chuckle. Thankfully I’m in nursery still over the summer holidays *phew* totally agree with the blogging material going up for pbloggers 😉 xx

  15. 3rd July 2016 / 9:30 pm

    Haha that sounds like me, everything is last minute, especially when it comes to packing! Packing is stressful but the holiday is always good x x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      26th July 2016 / 9:33 pm

      It is all worth it in the end x

  16. 2nd July 2016 / 3:26 pm

    We went to Corfu in May (our first abroad family holiday) and it was stressful packing and getting prepared, but so worth it in the end. I hope you have a great time! x #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Double the Monkey Business
      3rd July 2016 / 8:20 pm

      Oh yes always worth it in the end, I cant wait to be there just the getting there that is the problem ha ha! x

  17. 2nd July 2016 / 3:07 pm

    Have a great time, and look forward to hearing about how it all went! Love the two contrasting holiday “before and after” pics. #FabFridayPost

    • Double the Monkey Business
      3rd July 2016 / 8:20 pm

      ha ha, I think it sums it up nicely! x

  18. 2nd July 2016 / 2:13 pm

    Haha. Love the car part! I haven’t hit that stage with my son yet haha xxx

    • Double the Monkey Business
      3rd July 2016 / 8:20 pm

      All fun and games, worth it in the end though 🙂 x

  19. 2nd July 2016 / 12:40 pm

    I am hoping you have a fab time, though I am still chuckling at the Gremlin gif ha x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      3rd July 2016 / 8:21 pm

      ha ha I liked the gremlin gif too 🙂 x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      3rd July 2016 / 8:22 pm

      Have a lovely time 🙂 x

  20. 2nd July 2016 / 10:10 am

    Hope you have a fab holiday – car jenga is my least favourite part of going away

    • Double the Monkey Business
      3rd July 2016 / 8:23 pm

      ha ha me too, I am planning on having a glass of wine as soon as we get there to see if that washes away the stress levels ha ha! x

  21. 2nd July 2016 / 8:34 am

    ha ha, love how you describe how things have changed! We are off for our first hols abroad as a three in a short while. Mother’s usual modus operandi is to start drinking on the plane and not really stop. My presence will certainly alter things this year 😉 #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Double the Monkey Business
      3rd July 2016 / 8:23 pm

      ha ha yes that used to be the start to my holidays too! xxx

    • Double the Monkey Business
      3rd July 2016 / 8:23 pm

      ha ha yes that used to be the start to my holidays too! xxx

  22. 2nd July 2016 / 8:04 am

    Well jel. No hols for me this year. Xx

    • Double the Monkey Business
      3rd July 2016 / 8:25 pm

      Oh no! Well you always have the blogging retreat with us in January, I am very excited about it already!!!! Xxxxx

  23. 1st July 2016 / 10:37 pm

    Hope you have a great time! I think it will be really weird the first family holiday we go on – Anthony and I never even went on a weekend couples’ holiday or anything before Marianna was born. Hopefully there will be no murders committed… lol x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      3rd July 2016 / 8:29 pm

      ha ha ! we found it really weird when we went on holiday last year just the four of us as we had never done that before. It was nice though 🙂 xxx

  24. 1st July 2016 / 10:13 pm

    I’m excited for the summer holiday to begin too, even though for a change, we’re not going abroad this year. We’ve made a bucket list of things we would love to do as a family … fingers crossed the weather cooperates 😉

    • Double the Monkey Business
      3rd July 2016 / 8:30 pm

      I really hope the weather holds out for you, fingers crossed xxx

  25. 1st July 2016 / 11:07 am

    Ooohhh exciting! Look forward to reading about your holiday. I am the same, I am always packing at the last minute.

    • Double the Monkey Business
      3rd July 2016 / 8:30 pm

      Glad I am not the only one 🙂 x

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