how we RETURN HOME to rest

2 Jan

First things first:

Happy New Year!!

After a crazy week away, we have (finally) returned home. HOME SWEET HOME. How very, fascinatingly true!

Don’t get me wrong. I love (d) going away, changing scenery, leaving the routine behind and enjoying the country side. Vacationing with N. was my favorite thing to do. I recharged my batteries, I rested, I relaxed and when we did return home we both got slightly depressed that our vacation had come to an end.

Five years later a few things have changed.  

When we DO decide to leave our perfectly safe and sound home for a few days in the countryside we have to endure the following:

  • With an almost (10 days to go) three year old girl and a five and something year old boy one must calculate the realistic time that the actual journey will take. Let’s say you want to get to a place which took you about 3 1/2 hours to get while still in the ‘just fell in love’ dreamy and kid-less land you must now calculate at least 6 hours (be prepared to stop 10 times for either pipi/ kaka/ hunger/ car sickness or …the list is endless)
  • packing and unpacking takes at least twice as long as before. I pack Yianni’s & Iliana’s clothes, toys and sleeping utensils, baby phones, water bottles, snacks for the road, food for when we get there, cameras, phones, sunglasses, swim/snow gear (depending on the season) the majority of their cold/flu medication etc. N. does all the dirty work. He manages to fit everything into our car. I officially declare this a new talent.
  • By the time the kids get used to the new environment, we must leave.
  • vacationing with in laws should not really fit into the category of vacationing.

Today we returned home and I am genuinely happy.




12 Responses to “how we RETURN HOME to rest”

  1. fiammisday January 3, 2013 at 12:11 am #

    So funny!!! 😄😄

  2. nothingbythebook January 3, 2013 at 12:27 am #

    I always think it’s one of the loveliest things about going away. The happiness and reminder of what home is. And it’s good to go away to just be reminded of what we take for granted when we’re “home.” Welcome “home.” (And happy New Year!)

    • wonderlandbytatu January 3, 2013 at 10:16 am #

      Yes, that is so true. I was telling N. the same thing last night. Creating a bit of distance always helps in reminding you what you DO really have and seldom appreciate!
      Happy 2013 to you and your family!

  3. Ice Beautiful January 3, 2013 at 12:45 am #

    Happy New Year! I still can manage quite well traveling with one kid – we did lots of traveling last summer just two of us – me and my daughter (by the way I was not unpacking in the new places – just keeping different stuff in different suitcases/bags). With two there are lots of “inflectional” things start, so you must count that everything that happening will be at least four times more frequent . . . It is good to hear that you are safe home. I hope you had some fun in your trip.

    • wonderlandbytatu January 3, 2013 at 10:18 am #

      Yes, we had a little bit of everything on our trip (fun included)!
      I must admit with one child, things are indeed easier. Traveling in the summer is a bit easier as well
      Happy New Year to the three of you!

  4. memyselfandkids January 3, 2013 at 1:56 am #

    A parent’s vacation -sure isn’t the same. You got that right!
    Well, at least you have home sweet home. That’s cool.

    • wonderlandbytatu January 3, 2013 at 10:19 am #

      Yes, I do have home, sweet home and I appreciate it more each time I am gone for a few days.
      I hope you enjoyed your time with your family
      Happy New Year!

  5. ramblingsfromamum January 3, 2013 at 2:32 am #

    Happy New Year T and welcome back to the throng!
    Aah yes holidays with little ones…such a …no I can’t say joy.. can’t say that at all lol. Loved the pics…relax and breathe now back in your own surroundings 🙂 xx

    • wonderlandbytatu January 3, 2013 at 10:21 am #

      The truth is things have gotten a little bit easier now that Iliana is almost 3.
      I am glad to be back at home.

      • ramblingsfromamum January 3, 2013 at 10:38 am #

        Life, my lovely will only get better and better. 🙂

        I start work next Monday so I won’t be on here as much (brain drain) will occur. I have sat at the computer writing today since 11am it’s now almost 7pm. I think I walked away for perhaps an hour in total 😦 Get me back to work! So I can stop writing lol xx

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