I don’t think little kids actually enjoy travelling, generally speaking. The routines are off, everything is different (different beds, different food, different environment) and kids don’t find that invigorating and exciting until they are probably tween or teenagers. Traveling internationally with kids is not for the faint of heart, but overall, our trip was fantastic. There were definitely some rough parts but overall it was worth it.
Which is just too bad for my kids, because we intend to keep dragging them around to various places, and I trust that when they are older they will look back on it and think it was a grand adventure. Like so many things in childhood that our parents make us do, they turn out to be good decisions.
But I love this hilarious photo of Lila on the plan prior to take off. Just scarfing down chips, wearing her jammies, and rockin’ with her penguin headphones:
Something I learned from this trip- no more red eye flights with small children. It’s just too hard on everyone. I think Lila slept for a total of an hour on the flight to England, and James for about 3 hours. I think Guy got about an hour’s sleep, and I got about half an hour. Who wants to start a vacation like that? I’ll be looking into how to break up the flight so that we can fly during the day next time.
We got to spend some great quality family time in England:
Then we flew from Bristol to Barcelona:
Some close friends were getting married in Spain- the couple that introduced Guy and I! They have been together a very long time and decided it was time to make it official. I went to the bachelorette party, Guy went to the bachelor party, we had a few days to explore the city and then we went to Girona for the wedding. It was … breathtaking. Hands down the most beautiful, most fun wedding I’ve ever been to! Including my own, but I have a theory that when it’s your own wedding, it can be hard to relax and enjoy since you are in the eye of the storm.
They rented a villa in the countryside, complete with it’s own salt water pool. The views were spectacular, and the whole thing was nothing short of magical. We put Lila and James to bed in the evening in the main house, and then danced all night under the stars with our friends. There were other kids too- all the parents took turns checking on them all night long.
Something fun we did with Lila was we gave her my old digital camera, a point-and-shoot that is about 8 years old but has always been pretty reliable. It was fascinating to look through her pictures and see the trip from her perspective. There were loads of photos, many of them blurry because she had smudged the lens and I wasn’t always remembering to clean it off. Also a huge number of photos of toys. Here are my top pics from her shots:
The blue bunny is on a pair of leggings we got for her in England, and she was absolutely fascinated. I would check on her and find that she was just staring at her pants (there are a variety of woodland animals on them). Not a single photo of any of the sights. I wonder how old she will be before that part of the trip begins to interest her?