We only arrived home this afternoon so I'm still jet lagged and up to my eyes in washing, I will compile a holiday post, for what has to be the most eventful trip we've ever had, in the next few days - boy was it eventful!
But while we were away I realised in my last post I didn't mention our last holiday (before this one) in 2011, which had a story all of it's own....
2010 was quite a trying year for us with the recession having quite an impact on the builders business and we were all a bit frazzled as we approached the autumn. The builder had a big birthday approaching so I took it upon myself to book a holiday in secret, I have a friend who's a travel agent and she helped me sort it all out. I chose a 10 day trip to the Red Sea coast of Egypt, we all love to swim in the sea, we all snorkel a lot and some enjoy diving. We'd been to the Red Sea once before when I was pregnant with Little Miss ( a holiday punctuated by my travel/pregnancy sickness - I was car sick, plane sick, coach sick and sea sick!) But we loved it there - only a 5 hour flight from the UK and it has every thing we look for in a holiday.
I arranged time off school for the children, trips, parking - everything we needed. And on the BIG birthday morning, December 1st, we presented him with the envelope - the children didn't really know what Dad's present was so there was a lot of excitement.
We were to be right next to the coral reefs so we didn't have to hire a boat to dive - unless we wanted to.
Everyone went off to school and work very excited that in only 8 weeks we'd be diving with Nemo and his friends.
Later that morning I had a 'phone call from the builder - had I heard the BBC news? What was the resort we were going to? My answers were No and Sharm El Sheik.
Do you remember the news in December 2010? It took up pages in the newspapers and was all over the internet........ 4 people had been attacked by a rogue shark in the Red Sea.... where exactly? Sharm El Sheik!! The scaremongering went on for quite a while in the UK press which didn't help.
This is par for the course with our holidays and needless to say we had a nervous time in the sea, well I did; number 2 son thought it was far more exciting potentially swimming with a man eating shark that a few colourful fishes!
Maybe we did tempt fate a bit though...... this is where we chose to dive.....
(Not our actual photo, it seems to be missing so I've borrowed this from the web.)
Anyway we did have a lovely time and as it turned out it was quite uneventful, thank God!
I'll be back soon with "Holiday Fiasco 2012"!