Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

21 October 2009

Some more Holiday Survival Tips

While "The One to Whom I Will Look" was quietly unfolding we had a week away on holidays.
Here's a peek.

This patch of forest was one block away from where we stayed.

As well as forests, there were many beautiful beaches. We went for a swim most afternoons here.

Well, the boys splashed around in the ocean, my husband went in once and otherwise we adults stood at the water's edge, ankle deep, watching the boys...the ocean, straight off the Antarctic in October is no place for me!

We took the boys to a farm for some up close and personal time with all sorts of groovy farm animals.

And one afternoon we walked along a skinny bush track down a valley into the most amazing karri forest. I gave the boys the camera to keep them amused while I just stood there, breathed deeply and marvelled at God's creation.

This trip away helped me to further refine my top ten tips for surviving school holidays, with particulare reference to trips away.

So here are five additional holiday tips when travelling away from home.

1. If booking a holiday house on the computer, don't be tricked by photos on the internet. Some clever photography could potentially make what is in actual fact an average house look amazing!

2. If the holiday house you have chosen has bottled gas for cooking, heating and keeping the showers hot, check that the spare bottle actually has gas in it when you arrive. Give yourself plenty of time to work out a contingency plan before all the gas runs out (on the weekend), especially if the spare bottle is empty and especially if you know the owners of the house are overseas!

3. If you have room in the car (and we did because for the first time in six years we didn't pack a portacot, pram or stroller in the boot!) take your favourite kitchen knives, tea pot, coffee pot and mugs for happy food preparation and lovely moments with good tea and coffee in just the right cup. Holiday house cups are notoriously chunky and that just won't do!!

4. Bring pre-cooked meals. A bit before you leave on holiday, when you cook a lasagna, cook two and freeze one. And a curry. And a meal's worth of bolognese sauce. And a casserole. Take them all with you (frozen and in a good esky) and then you don't have to worry about cooking while you are away. (I didn't actually do this but a friend of mine who has also been on holidays recently did - and if you aren't travelling too far I think this has merit.)

5. And the big budgetting tip...When having lunch at the country town bakery just buy one sausage roll for the two small boys to share. If they eat it all and are still hungry (leaving space for the meringues - and a even an enormous meringue doesn't take up that much room) you can always buy a second sausage roll. Buying them a sausage roll each up front means that you effectively throw away a whole sausage roll between the two of them if a parent doesn't want to eat the leftovers. (And there isn't much to commend a half eaten, cold sausage roll - even to the most seasoned of parents.)


Sharon said...

I love that tip number five. Another helpful idea is to buy the tear apart loaves (and just eat them straight, without any butter or anything) rather than the similar small rolls. I can feed all my kids with a $5 tear-apart loaf but individual rolls would probably cost twice as much and then there is the time they all spend choosing which flavour topping they want to be added in! Of course, on holidays you have the time to give them leisure to choose.

~ Sharon

Meredith said...

That's a great idea. The thing that made this particular lunch expensive, as it turned out, wasa buying drinks as well, which we don't usually do. But against the extreme cost of a handful of bakery items and drinks, it seemed outrageous to then throw half eaten sausage rolls in the bin. Live and learn.