My previous post 'Holidaying across the generations' was all about our forthcoming holiday. It was to be our first week away with both our children and my mum.
Said holiday has now been and gone. I feel, therefore, that it is only fair to report back on how it all went...
I'll spare you from my rusty 'just getting back in the blogging saddle' writing by keeping my thoughts short and to the point:
Holiday highs: Scottish sunshine (a major and unexpected plus); long coastal walks; rock-pooling; self-catering accommodation that surpassed expectations; dining al fresco; tennis tournaments; harbour cafes; evening strolls; leisurely bike runs; views to die for. My ultimate high - and perhaps the one most closely associated with three generations holidaying together - was the flexibility of this new family arrangement. The kids bonded with their grandmother. My mum and I chatted about some of the important stuff we never normally get around to. Hubby and I squeezed in small but invaluable pockets of time to ourselves without the children. Having another adult around gave us extra wriggle room. If everyone didn't want to head out to the park, they didn't have to. We simply broke off into our preferred clusters, then regrouped later with fresh enthusiasm.
|Family holidays: Not all plain sailing|
And, in the interests of balance...
Holiday lows: Fresh-on-the-scene tween strops; summer colds (all of us); nasty fall from tree rope swing (youngest); tennis induced twisted ankle (me); hayfever sufferers x two (hubby and youngest); two very similar females who both like to be in control (no need to explain who); small people who, exhausted after the end of term, decided it was their divine right to do as little as possible to help out or tidy up after themselves.
So, would we do it all again? We sure would. I think the highs definitely outweigh the lows. To be fair, the weather and our accommodation ensured that we had the ideal conditions for family harmony. That said, I think both children and adults learned valuable lessons during the week about compromise, biting one's tongue and mucking in. I'm still plugging away with the kids on that last one though. Perhaps I'll have nailed it by the time they leave home?
Happy holidays, wherever you are and whatever you're up to.