This is very much holiday with family. We aren't doing the usual 'holiday' things like going to the beach or splashing about in a swimming pool (as much as we would all love to be in a pool right now with this insane heat). It's a home away from home holiday, spending quality time with Mr F, my mum, one of my sisters and her boyfriend. It's about enjoying relaxing breakfasts together, eating bowl after bowl of crunchy chocolate cereal, the type where it's so sugary but so good, even at 8 in the morning. Even LO has been eating it, well just because he's on holiday. We sit and munch on amazing croissants and drink lots of French coffee.
It's about going to the local Hypermarché together each day, filling the trolley 'accidentally' with lots of French pastries and sugary treats, Bugle crisps and Macaroons. We have had lots of impromptu picnics in the garden and in a wildlife park, surrounded by the most gorgeous peacocks and I can definitely say I have had my quota of exercise for the week, as we have enjoyed so many lovely family walks together.
Doing all these things again as a family is like stepping back in time to the ordinary moments of my past as a teenager. Spending time with my youngest sister, sticking
metallic flash tattoos on each other, taking silly selfies, sharing clothes again, enjoying my mamas cooking, going on walks with our family dog, all things which used to just be part and parcel or everyday life when we were younger, but now, are a real treat, and not something we would be able to enjoy on one of out 'conventional' family holidays with just the three of us. Sure, a family holiday in this sense can have its intense moments, but you just have to take a step back and realise how lucky we all are to be able to spend this quality time together.