Pieces of Me

Last minute surprise

We do planning in our house. We do long, extensive schedules that forecast our lives for six months, twelve even. The planning reassures me that we are ‘in control.’ Holidays are no exception. We love getting away and love planning for our getaways. Holidays are essential in our family. However, impromptu holidays are not.

Melbourne, the first Tuesday in November, and the nation stops to watch a horse race. The city falls into the full swing of long weekend mode. Long weekends once were a reason to idle around the house, rest and relax. Now long weekends herald a sense of panic. A sense of dread. What are we going to do with the kids for that long?! A long weekend at this time of year would most likely be one where I would be working, glued to my laptop for four days. A reality I wasn’t keen on living.

Out of the blue, three days before the long weekend, hubby suggested we take a family holiday. Initially it sounded like a great idea, but the weekend was only three days away! Barely enough time to think about juggling my work load, let alone planning the trip itself! Truly out of character, in light of letting go, I just went with it. Within the space of time it took me to wash up after dinner, the trip was booked and an excitement had settled in.

Three days out from a long weekend didn’t give us too many options. We didn’t want to travel too far from home, we couldn’t wait and search for travel deals to snap up five star hotels at incredibly discounted rates, we couldn’t be inflexible. This holiday was different.

As it turns out, different was good. It was actually very good. We spent four days resting, relaxing and connecting. We stayed in a great little family holiday park, surrounded by caravans, cabins and campsites. The park was overflowing with activities and facilities for the kids. Hence the park was also overflowing with kids. While we had lots of little trips out into the town, enjoying some of the great tourist attractions there, we also enjoyed spending time in the park itself.

So five-star had lost out to 18 rounds of family mini golf. Five-star had lost out to an enormous jumping pillow, where it was just as much fun watching, as it was jumping. Five-star had lost out, to a weekend of kids fun.

I enjoy my creature comforts and sometimes those comforts are best served five-star, albeit at a discounted rate. So five-star has not lost the battle completely. But next time we have a few days to spare, a few days where we want to get away – then a holiday park where the kids are the focus, will no longer be at the bottom of our list.

  • Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo

    I would love to do that. Just decide and go! How fun and exciting!

    And jumping pillows are full of awesome. I hope you partook in a little pillow jumping.

  • Langdowns

    Did you do some jumping?
    I would probably wet myself ..

    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

  • LydiaCLee

    That jumping pillow looks great!! I’d be in (on) that, for sure!

  • Sophie Allen

    Seriously, you can never compete with a giant jumping pillow and putt putt. We went away a few weeks ago to a park with these same things and the boys had a ball!

  • Simone Scoullar

    I would love to drop everything and take a four day weekend to a place like that. It looks like it was great quality family time.

  • Rebecca Thompson

    Yes, I am a 5 star girl all the way. I love to have things organised and in their place, but there is something about spontaneity that makes things really exciting.
    There really is something about watching your kids have so much fun…it fills you with joy too.
    via FYBF

  • Melissa Mitchell

    Sounds like bliss to me – a perfect family reconnecting holiday. Where’d you go?

  • Sounds like you had a great weekend, and that jumping pillow looks awesome!

  • I love 5 star – but our budget doesn’t allow it (sad but true). And that is why we took up camping which was soooo against everything I thought I could deal with. And you know what? We get a lot more holidays away, the kids get to be outdoors with nature and everyone still has a great time without going into debt for it! Though not a big fan of holiday parks, they do offer some great activities for the kids.

    Annie (via FYBF)

  • Alicia O’Brien

    Sounds like it was just what you needed, it’s so nice to get away to recharge the batteries with the family.

  • I’m a huge fan of these kinds of holidays, and love a bit of spontaneity.
    Having said that, I won’t turn down 5 stars either! 🙂

  • I remember a holiday where we went to a holiday park at Tweed Heads. We stayed in a cabin by a lake. The focus was very much on families and kids and it was the most amazing holiday. Lots of activities for kids, movie nights at the pool. Fantastic for families with young children 🙂

  • Danya Banya

    I love 5 stars. Hell I used to sell 5 stars. But sometimes less stars and more kid-friendly is good too.

  • I glad you gave into spontaneity, I love to plan (maybe not as far ahead as you) and can find last minute changes very hard. Sounds like a lovely way to spend a holiday with the family

  • Rita

    I found that last minutes trips are always the best ones. But I understand you need to do a lot of planning with kids. I’m glad you had a good time!

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