Hey! Long time 🙂 So I’ve been meaning to blog about our trip but I’ve been flat on my back, sick and bed bound, since last week Tuesday and just haven’t had the energy to do anything much other than try and recover. But last night when I got in to bed, the words were all floating around in my head and I thought I’d better blog about the trip before it becomes a very distant memory, so here goes. Pull up a cuppa and enjoy the read…
Our first family trip away. Boy was it busy! But good busy you know. From day 1, leaving the house before 8am to catch our flight…it was just go go go straight away….and I loved it. The boys were real stars. Riley had his moments, but you know, he’s two and saying nooooooo a million times a day to just about every question, suggestion or instruction is pretty normal for his age (well, as far as I’m concerned). The crying for a toy in just about every shop we walked into was slightly annoying, I must admit, but again…I still think pretty normal for his age! He did battle a bit at bedtime at night. I mean let’s face it, it’s the first time he’s ever slept out of his house other than at my mum’s, so it must have been scary, but we took it in out stride because well…we were on holiday 🙂 Out of the 7nights we were away, he shared a bed with us for 3 of the nights, but we managed!!
So the trip didn’t start too great – I hired the cheapest car (as one does when trying to maximize one’s holiday spending money!!) not even giving the boot space vs our luggage a single thought. When we were shown our rental vehicle, the hubster was less than amused. With two car seats, we couldn’t even load the bags on the backseat and so I had to “upgrade” the car. So I left the boys in the car park munching away on lunch and quickly made my way back to the rental company only to discover…they had no.more.cars available. At this stage, I was like – give me a Merc, I don’t care about the cost. I.just.need.a.car!!!!! As luck would have it, 2minutes later, somebody dropped off a Ford Fiesta and we grabbed it up…still slightly small, but we made do. Then it was off to explore the mother city and she greeted us with the most amazing weather. Knowing full well that the weather forecast wasn’t to remain this way for too long, we headed straight down to the Seapoint promenade, a street away from our living quarters for the first two days, and the boys had a ball playing in the park, throwing stones into the waves and picking shells to take home for their teachers. We then headed off to the Waterfront and the boys enjoyed a really delightful ride on the Hamley’s train, and of course we had a ride on the wheel. We ended the evening in front of the tv with take-out.
The following day was really adventurous with me braving the cable car with two small children alone. The hubster is petrified of heights and never ventured up there is all the years we lived in Cape Town, but I was determined to go up myself – something I last did as a child – and I wanted the boys, especially Ethan, to experience it as well. Riley was petrified going up in the cable car and he almost died when the dassies encroached on our little picnic on top of the mountain, but otherwise, it really was an amazing experience. I saw little bits of Ethan’s adventurous side come out as he climbed and hopped across the rocks, and my nerves were properly shot by the time we left, but it was totally worth it!!
The next few evenings and days were spent with family and friends. At every place we stayed, the boys had kids around their ages, so they were pretty much occupied while mum and dad relaxed and caught up with our nearests and dearests. A long drive to Robertson through the Huguenot tunnel (boy did it bring back memories of our annual Cape Town holidays!!!), a family picnic at a lovely place in Paarl, and a few braais were pretty much all we did over the long weekend.
Then we were on our own again on the Monday afternoon and the weather turned pretty cold and rainy, but we weren’t worried as we had Netflix babyyyyy!!! The kids also had some really cool toys in the place where we stayed for our last two nights, so they were happily entertained. On Tuesday morning, we woke up to rain, so off we traipsed to the aquarium. Ethan loved it, but Riley was scared by just about everything!! Afterwards, we had lunch at Royale Eatery in Long Street, an old favorite of ours, and then while the kids napped in the car, we took a drive to Muizenburg/Fish Hoek side. We even saw a whale jump right out of the ocean…pity the kids slept through that 😦
Wednesday morning was pack up and go, but not before a quick shop around Access Park for takkies for the Howe boys and a few pretty scarves for mum 🙂
Overall, the holiday was amazing and what struck me most this time was how I never felt tired – like sleep tired – even when we got home! It was a jam packed holiday, but we got to do and see everything we wanted to, and that to me really made it great!!!
Till next time Cape Town xxx