Wow! What a holiday. I have just come back from our family holiday in Los Angeles where we stayed in a beach house at Venice Beach. I think I am going to need another holiday just to get over that one.
Now we have done an international holiday before and that was when we just had 1 child and Luca was only 1. We did a trip to London to visit Andy’s family. The flight was a nightmare. Andy and I were seriously thinking of jumping out of the plane. I think it would have been less painful to do that! That trip was 2 years ago and I am still a little scarred from it.
I have come a long way since then and had told myself to just go with the flow for this trip. Just be in the moment. Don’t expect the kids to be quiet and sit down to watch movies the whole way. If they scream that’s ok. It won’t make me very popular but who cares. This attitude was healthy I thought and just told myself that once in LA we can recover from the flight as my mother in law will be there to help take care of the kids while we slept. There was no need to worry.
The flight from Brisbane to LA is 13 hours one way and 15 hours return. We had requested a bassinett seat on the plane but upon check-in found out we didn’t get one. Instead we got 2 extra seats! How cool is that. It worked out really well as Luca slept beautifully laying down and Alex took turns sleeping on Andy or I. Going with the flow paid off.
The jet lag was pretty bad going over there but our family over there helped with the kids and we got a little bit of sleep. The nights got a lot longer as Alex was teething and we ended up splitting up with Andy and Luca in the bedroom, Alex and I in the lounge room so that the kids stopped waking each other up. This worked out well and we started getting some more sleep.
Ok so now I want to tell you all about the best part of the holiday. The food! Now you know how much I love my food. We stayed in Venice Beach and not far from where we stayed there were heaps of amazing healthy cafes and restaurants and I ate like never before. My favourite place by far was Café Gratitude where I regularly went and had the buckwheat and flax pancakes with maple syrup and fruit salad. I washed this down with an amazing luscious smoothie of cacao, almond milk, dates and fig. OMG! So good. It was about a 30 minute walk so I also enjoyed this time to myself. Andy and the kids ate at home as they never woke up early enough to come along… suited me!
There were a couple of other places I loved which included Kreation Organics which had some fantastic juices and smoothies. Seed which was a local vegan café that had a killer Ceaser Salad which I often had for lunch. Another place which I only found on my second last day was Lemonade. This place was so funky as it was set out like a cafeteria and I had this lemongrass chicken dish with rice. OMG so good! I actually need to find a recipe for this to make at home. Will keep you posted on my discovery.
The rest of the holiday was spent Christening my son, spending time with family, relaxing by the beach, Disneyland and breastfeeding wherever I could. It was an amazing family holiday and one I will always remember as our first major holiday with both of the boys. Luca just loved Disneyland, especially when he got to meet Lightning McQueen in real life!
Now keeping fit over there with the kids was relatively easy. I know it can be hard to go and ‘exercise’ while on a family holiday but I just walked EVERYWHERE! We also hired some bikes and went riding along the beach which was so much fun. I like to keep exercise fun and it makes it much easier to actually go and do it.
Throughout the holiday I felt as though Alex grew up really quick. He started crawling while we were over there and he also started doing yoga. My goodness he is gorgeous and strong!
So that is my holiday in pictures. I hope you enjoyed it. I certainly learnt a valuable lesson while over there.
Live in the moment.
Travelling with young kids can be stressful but if you just take each moment as it comes the whole trip will be much more relaxing and enjoyable. This is something I will be incorporating more into my days.