Blogging Trips

During April to say November we are always off somewhere in
the car, its our busy blogging time with lots of events to attend and big
distances to cover. We have been
fortunate this year with lots of great places to visit, Hatton
Adventure World
, Shrek’s
and Ripley’s
Believe It or Not
to name but a few and the schedule shows no sign of
slowing until we reach our usual cut off point (a break for the winter when the
road conditions might be more problematic!).

But its not all rainbows and fairy dust heck no, the boys
can be hard work travelling for such a length of time, we live in the middle of
nowhere so everywhere seems to mean a considerable car journey! They get royally fed up with being cooped up
in the car, the grumbles start, the sibling fighting escalates and poor hubbie
and I slowly lose our (what’s left) of our sanity! We debate why exactly we are bothering when all they do is whine
but then we arrive at our destination and have yet another fabulous day out and
create more beautiful family memories together we remember why we actually do

We always have those hard travel sweets stocked in the car
as they can be a handy motivator for the kids to behave – not that sweets
should be used in this way normally, but on a six hour journey it can be
desperate measures! The last thing you
need on top of irritable kids is car troubles, so make sure you do your basic
maintenance, top up on water, oil, windscreen washer and whatever you do make
sure you have car
breakdown cover
in place.

I try and split the journey into more manageable
chunks, so we all have a little silver lining along the way, whether it’s a
service station break to top-up on cake or a park to stretch their legs! At certain points if it gets particularly
bad and we really cannot face another round of guess the animal then I hand
them my mobile and the pair of them share game time to pass more of the journey

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