My past couple weeks

On Monday May 9th 2011 The Seary family from Marchwood,Hampshire set out for their first ever family holiday.I booked it via the Sun newspaper’s £9.50 per person deal in January.We left home via Taxi at aprox midday and got to the train station in plenty of time.Are we mad I hear you ask? Yes,probably.A train journey with 5 children,luggage and a double buggy,really isn’t easy especially when you have to change trains at a station with no lift.Luckily a lovely member of staff helped me carry the double buggy up then down a flight of very steep stairs.I have to say the kids were brilliant,if not very excited on the journey but ocupied each other nicely.(One bonus with having a large family)

When we arrived in Weymouth,our destination(almost) we had to get 2 regular size taxi’s to accomadate us all.Upon reaching our holiday site,we picked up our keys for our log cabin at reception.The 1 and only time we ventured off site,we walked to the nearest railway station,which took over an hour to find we had just missed our train.Not wanting a day of hanging around we walked back to the site and went swimming and roller skating,which was great fun.

The site had lots to do for all ages including an indoor play centre,roller skating rink,indoor pool,ski complex,amusement acrades,childrens play area’s all around the park,bikes and go-karts for hire,a bar,restaurant,take-away,shop and launderette.

Our accomodation was lovely.When we arrived we were amazed,the woodland setting made it idylic and peaceful considering all the families.One morning I went outside to find 2 deer grazing.We saw lots of squirrels and even a couple ducks.The only downside for the holiday was our lack of transport,we’d definately consider returning when we have reliable transport big enough for our brood.

This week I’ve had a teething baby,a 2 year old and myself with a virus and a miserable 8 year old daughter to contend with(I swear she’s hormonal already) On top of that my husband’s working hours have almost doubled,which means the children have hardly seen him.Think this is the reason for my miserable 8 year old.We tend to clash a lot as she is so much like me-too much so at times.Sports seem to be her thing(unlike me),she can seem to pick up most new sports she tries quickly,she recently competed in a Cross Country competition,representing her school.She’s going to hopefully be starting tap at school as an after school activity soon.

My eldest-Jack is not sporty,the closest he gets to a sport is orienteering which he participates in via his school.He plays Chess,loves his computer and is a telly addict.I am hoping he’ll get out and about more with his friends after he starts Secondary school in September as he is currently spending all his time at home.Think I’ll have the opposite problem with my 8 year old,will struggle to keep her in as she gets older.

On Friday I had a hospital apointment for Dylan(2 years old) and Faith(4 years old) at the eye unit,unfortunately my children inherited my atrocious eye sight and need glasses as a result.Jack only needs them for computer work and reading.Amy and Faith wear them all the time and Dylan’s first pair of glasses shall be with us soon.Faith has been without glasses for a while now as she has broken her 3rd pair in just over a year.My best friend had my youngest-Ethan for the morning and off I went on the bus with Faith and Dylan.It was actually a less stressful morning than I has anticipated,I expected a tantrum of some sort but the kids were great.

My main goal for this year is to restart driving lessons.Going on a bus with 5 children and a double buggy is not an enjoyable experience.We’ve used trains a couple times recently-we even went on holiday via rail-wont be doing that again,lol.We didnt go far but we found train are ok for a day out when you have a large family but not ideal when you have a lot of luggage and a double buggy.

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