First week

7 Nov

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It’s hard to believe that this time last week we were kicking our heels in our local playground on Clapham Common, hoping that one of the children wouldn’t fall off the play house and end up in casualty.  It seems like a very long time ago.

Since then we’ve survived our first long haul flight, battled jet lag and won, and spent five days in Disneyland.  It’s been a very, very good first week.  Exhausting but good.

Disneyland was a huge hit with the children, which isn’t a great surprise.  They’ve shown amazing levels of stamina and walked for miles with very little complaint.  As long as they’ve had regular applications of Mickey shaped food, they’ve done well.  We’ve been on countless rides, many of them twice, watched two parades and three shows, a highlight being the Playhouse Disney one, really, and travelled by steam train, monorail and horse drawn tram.

Away from Disneyland we’ve been swimming most days, eaten a huge variety of vibrantly coloured cereal, done three washes and a little bit of school work every day.   All staying in a single hotel room, isn’t ideal, especially when you’re up at 5am with jetlag, but hasn’t been as bad as I’d feared.  The adults have got loads of sleep, far more than normal and the children have been very good about going to bed.  Being utterly exhausted helps on that front. As does bribery in the form of endless Disney keyrings.

For the next few weeks we’ll have a kitchen and a car, as well as proper outside space, so life will get easier.  No more meals created only from what we can buy in the hotel shop.  I really miss vegetables.

A week in Disneyland has been a surreal way to start a nine month trip, but I guess the whole concept of a nine month trip is fairly odd.  Next week will be the start of our new normal.  I’m looking forward to it.

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22 Responses to “First week”

  1. andthenallithoughtaboutwasyou 07/11/2010 at 4:43 pm #

    Am so jealous it just sounds fabulous glad you have had fun at Disney xx

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 08/11/2010 at 2:13 pm #

      Thank you!

  2. jfb57 07/11/2010 at 4:43 pm #

    Sounds great & like a holiday! Looking forward to ‘a normal week’ post!!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 08/11/2010 at 2:12 pm #

      I expect Hawaii will have its surreal moments too!

  3. Peggy 07/11/2010 at 4:49 pm #

    Oh that sounds such a great way to start a RWT!! Don’t feel it is just a holiday at the mo? It must feel so surreal 🙂

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 08/11/2010 at 1:16 am #

      It does feel surreal at the moment. I don’t know at what point it’ll feel normal, but I’ll let you know…

  4. Emma 07/11/2010 at 5:50 pm #

    If you all survived that cereal you’ll survive anything! Glad you had a great start to your travels, looking forward to your updates.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 08/11/2010 at 1:12 am #

      We must have stomachs of steel.

  5. Marylin 07/11/2010 at 7:49 pm #

    What a great way to start your trip! So glad you’re all having so much fun. 🙂 x

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 08/11/2010 at 1:12 am #

      Thank you!

  6. Lola 07/11/2010 at 8:59 pm #

    Hi there everyone!

    Glad that your first week has gone so well. Its great to see those happy smiley faces in the photos.

    We’ll keep following your weekly installments. Hope all goes well.

    Missing you all very much.

    Hugs Lola and family xx

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 08/11/2010 at 1:15 am #

      Hi Lola, lovely to hear from you. Hope you’re all well. We’re having a great time thanks. Lots of love Victoria xxx

  7. GBK Gwyneth 07/11/2010 at 10:46 pm #

    I love all those cereal photos! Too funny!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 08/11/2010 at 1:14 am #

      I’m thinking of starting a breakfasts of the world series.

  8. Paula 07/11/2010 at 11:28 pm #

    What is that crazy food you’re eating?! It’s no wonder those kids have walked for miles, it must be sugar-rush central! Are the laws on mailing fruit and veg very strict? xxx

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 08/11/2010 at 1:11 am #

      Yes, very strict. We almost got done for importing raisins. Luckily we had a friendly customs officer.

  9. TheMadHouse 07/11/2010 at 11:46 pm #

    Ha ha ha, those images of the breakfast made me laugh out loud, no wonder there was jet lag!!

    Glad Disney was fab, Maui her you come!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 08/11/2010 at 1:11 am #

      The food is truly awful. Can’t wait to go to a proper shop!

  10. Rachel 08/11/2010 at 10:35 am #

    Looking forward to pics of spam and eggs – breakfast Hawaii style! Dang corn flakes are so boring….I’m feeling quite nostalgic for cookie crisp and fruit loops.

    RTW trip mantra ‘always leave tv on kids channel when you switch it off, then you don’t even need to open eyelid when they wake early’!! Seriously, a house with other rooms will make it much easier to manage.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 08/11/2010 at 2:14 pm #

      Spam and eggs, spam sushi, spam fritters. I think food photography might become my thing.

  11. Kelly 08/11/2010 at 7:25 pm #

    Wow, I am not sure that I could manage to eat something that colour! Glad you have had a good first week.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 09/11/2010 at 6:10 am #

      It was the children who ate it. I wouldn’t have.

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