The Kinnie Club

Road Trip

Ten adults, two toddlers, one baby, four cars. There were only two possibilities. This was going to be good. Or more realistically, this was going to be very, very bad. One group chat on whats app: “road trip.” And I was to blame.

After we finally got our entire luggage and all of AJ’s Lego (a three day trip and he couldn’t possibly live without it) into the car, I realised that this was it. My family were going on holiday… together. Think happy thoughts. Stay positive. Think happy thoughts. Stay positive.

As much as my family love each other and as much as my family and I live inside each other’s pockets, we also have a history of falling out with each other. Coupled with a history of holding grudges. For-a-long-time. Ten adults, two toddlers, one baby, four cars, a three day trip, two apartments = the perfect recipe for falling out.

The car trip was a game of who was where. Sending each other location updates, stopping here, stopping there – at the pub for a beer, the side of the road to settle a screaming baby, some not stopping at all. There was torrential rain, some wondered if they’d survive. Eventually destination reached: Lakes Entrance – bang! “Here we are!”

The apartments were next door to each other, so like cats and mice, in and out we went.  Bring over some wine, bring over some Maltese Twisties, where are the kids? It was late in the afternoon, some were tired and nodded off to sleep. Others already with laptops open, glued to their social media. The apprehension, hesitation and underlying worry set in again. Was this even going to work? Why did we even come?

We came because of the photos. The old photos from Christmas. The photos of nostalgic summers. Long nights. Lazy days. Summers that formed the patchwork of our childhood. I stopped worrying. I just let the Universe be.

From sitting on the couch, wondering what to do, the next minute we were all in the pool. Social media was off. Phones were left in the apartments. I had the digital SLR in hand and now it was our turn to capture the memories. To create them. To enjoy what we value most. With all our oddities and misshaped personalities, we somehow come together and make it work.

From pool to pizza. Dried off, kids in their pj’s and we all settled in for our first night. One cousin on his guitar, another trying to hold key and sing the tunes. Others kicking back with the kids on the couch. Others playing with the baby, trying to encourage her to walk. Some just kicking back with wine in hand, taking it all in. We ordered too many pizza’s. There was plenty of wine. One cousin brought out his tarot cards and everyone took their turn at a reading. A space was set aside for AJ and his Lego. I was there with my digital SLR. I was the dream catcher. The one who sat behind the lens. The one who would take the moment and create its immortality.

The first night rolled into the first morning. We woke to French toast, bacon, coffee. I absolutely love how my cousin didn’t let anyone have even one slice of toast or bacon, till it was all ready and we could all sit down to breakfast, together, to eat. The day idled away. Some of us went fishing. Some of us went on long walks. Some of us went for a bike ride along the lakes. We all went for another swim. There were more tarot readings and more Lego. That night at the pub, our table was the longest in the room. We were the loudest. It was a celebration of love and the bonds only family can share.

In my mind, I was at peace. This was meant to be. The summers will come and the summers will go. With each passing one, we vow to add another link to our chain. The destinations will change and each time there will be more of us to share these moments with.  There I will be. Digital SLR in hand creating the old photos of tomorrow.

  • Sounds like you had an amazing time. I love the book you put together!

  • Catherine RodieBlagg

    What a lovely post to start my day! My family are all in the UK – I wish we could all have a holiday together x

  • Lyndal

    It sounds fabulous – the book is also divine!! x

  • sounds love a lovely holiday!! the book looks amazing!! Great pictures!!

  • Grace

    Oh, gorgeous! How nice to be all together with family (and that you all get along, most importantly!) Love the photo book you have. Beautiful idea x

  • Wow sounds so fabulous!! I love the photo book 🙂

  • Kevin

    Well done on having the guts to get such a potential disaser on the road. Looks like the risk paid off

  • Oh What a fun thing to do! Glad it went smoothly and you all enjoyed the time together.
    And now I feel like wine and pizza….

  • BossyMummy

    That looks like magic! Such beautiful memories 🙂

  • I think there’s a lot to be said for breakfast together, one of my favourite things! But family holidays, on the other hand, usually are a recipe for disaster!

  • Jacana

    Family memories being made – brilliant and well done.

  • What a beautiful looking book and what wonderful memories 🙂

  • Natalie Clothier

    What beautiful and happy memories you have been making! It sounds like it was worth the effort to co-ordinate a whole family holiday 🙂

  • auntie georgia

    Well done Josefa.Keep it going.very interesting.beautiful memories.wish we were there.xx

  • Family & memories. Beautiful. Love Lakes Entrance. We go there every Christmas and Easter and make our own beautiful family memories to treasure x

  • thank you for the lovely, heart warming replies xxx
    we had so much fun on this trip – our next Road Trip for 2013 is already booked!
    the photobook’s are a small obsession of mine, so glad to be able to share xxx

  • Melissa Mitchell

    Lakes Entrance is so beautiful, isn’t it? I’ve only been there once, and it was 20 years ago. But I’ve never been able to forget it.

    That book – it’s amazing! How did you make it, may I ask?! I’m enthralled, I want to make some too.

    • i am a self-confessed snapfish addict!! i use other photobook printers sometimes, but snapfish is easy and they have sales every now and again which is awesome!

  • How I wish I was there with you to capture these lovely moments with you. I love reading your blog. Its the best way to keep us connected. Keeping them coming cuz xx

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