I Must Confess…jetlag sucks

Hello there! It feels like ages since I’ve been around. How have you been? Anything exciting to share with me? I’m so looking forward to catching up with you all – I feel like I’ve been isolated on the other side of the world (which is partly true) for ages with so much to get my head around now I’m back home.

I will follow up with lots more details in future posts but I must confess we had THE best time over in the US. We spent a couple of days sightseeing in LA before heading to Orlando and doing the theme park thing for a fortnight, finishing up with a week cruising the Caribbean. It was sunny, hot and completely indulgent. Our dream family holiday. It was awesome.

Our 2015 USA Trip Collage

Alas, it all had to come to an end and we arrived home last Tuesday. I must confess we are all still struggling through jetlag. I knew it was going to be rough but I honestly thought it would be all done and dusted by now. But no, I’m still struggling to stay awake past 8.30pm at night and the kids are still struggling to sleep beyond 5am in the morning (however that is an improvement on their original 3am wake up calls…!)

We’ve tried naps in the day and attempted a drive-in outing to circuit break the early nights but we are all still crashing early – the kids are gone well before 7.30pm each night which explains their early morning shenanigans. With the return to school looming maybe that will be the change-up that we need to get back on track? Who knows. But I hope we find some balance to our sleeping habits very soon.

In other news, while we were having the time of our lives, drama was unfolding here at home. There was a massive storm system that settled on Newcastle and the Hunter Region which brought cyclone force winds and driving rain. We were lucky enough to escape damage but others were not so fortunate. We have spent the last week cleaning up the yard after several branches fell down, narrowly avoiding the house. I must confess I was glad we were not present throughout – sounds like a night not many people will soon forget around these parts.

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While enjoying their own holiday away from home, Evie and Mandie had to be evacuated from their boarding kennel due to flash flooding caused by the storm, forced to be ferried out by boat. By all accounts they melted everyone’s hearts while they were away and have come back leaner and cleaner than they left. My mission this week has been to start putting a little more meat on their bones again – I love having cuddly pugs!

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The other drama related to my father. He has been having ongoing issues with his stoma and ended up being rushed to Newcastle via ambulance when there were complications that threatened his breathing. After being admitted for a few days for observation he was released and has been back down our way a few times for follow up care. While it was great to see him the day after we returned I wish things had been a little easier on him and mum while I was away.

Reality has certainly set in for us since our return but we will always cherish the memories of our dream family holiday. Even if those memories feel slightly hazy through the lingering mist of jetlag…

Now before I go I need to publicly and sincerely thank Natalie, Raychael and Sanch for hosting #imustconfess while I was away. Thank you so much for keeping it going and adding your own spark and life to the linkup. And thank you to everyone who participated and supported these lovely ladies – you are the reason this linkup continues to exist and thrive.

So what do you need to confess to this week? It’s open confession time – make the most of it and get that burning issue off your chest!

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Next week’s prompt – travel fails. Share your confessions of holidays gone wrong.


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18 Responses

  1. Jetlag does suck, but a small price to pay for such a wonderful trip!! Your pics have been great! Welcome home, and where to next?
    Lydia C. Lee recently posted..A little bit of history and a lot of compassion

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Lydia. Jetlag is a small price to pay for such an amazing experience – I can say that now that I feel human again!!! We are taking stock and need to sort out the financial situation but we’d like to explore Europe with the kids for our next major holiday. But that may be a little bit down the road…

  2. Jess says:

    I’m very jealous, your trip sounds like it included a lot of thing I want to do! Harry Potter world!
    Welcome back 🙂
    Jess recently posted..The Friday Wrap 8.5.15

    • Kirsty says:

      Harry Potter world at Universal Orlando was fab. You really felt like you were in Hogsmeade and the level of detail was incredible. Plus butterbeer (it’s yum)!!!!!

  3. Ah jetlag…something I’m going to have to look forward to in a little while when I head off to the other side of the world. Although bed by 8:30 doesn’t sound too bad given my late nights at the moment! 😀
    Your trip has seemed wonderful…loved the pictures. And glad to hear your puggies are ok as is your dad.
    Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life recently posted..Alone

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Sanch – and thanks too for hosting while I was away. It was great to know the linkup was all sorted and I loved your prompt. I must confess that I have some shockers on my iPod (Backstreet Boys, Jeremy Jordan, Mariah Carey, Take That, just to name a few!)

  4. Wow – sounds like it was adventures all around while you were away! Hope you all recover quickly x
    Bronnie – Maid In Australia recently posted..The loneliest mothers …

    • Kirsty says:

      Yes it was adventures all round for everyone around here. I’m hopeful it’s all nice and quiet and unexciting for a while now!

  5. Tegan says:

    We got messed around so much trying to get a flight back into Australia that our jetlag was fixed the next day, as we had been away til 5am in California for 2 days waiting to hear when we could board our plane.
    Tegan xx – Permanent Procrastination
    Tegan recently posted..Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer

    • Kirsty says:

      That’s one way to sort out jet lag promptly, even though it would have sucked waiting so long to get home. I thought it was bad enough having to wait around Orlando airport for 8 hours with kids – that’s nothing compared to your experience!

  6. I can’t wait to hear more about your trip. Not sure I can claim jet lag from my trip to Melbourne, but we managed to pack so much in, in such a short amount of time, that I find myself needing a couple of days off. I’m linking up my latest brunch review post as I must confess, it published the day I left and I completely failed to promote it.

    I just might be on prompt next week.
    Raych aka Mystery Case recently posted..Casing the Menu | Brunch – The Sandbar

    • Kirsty says:

      I’m sorry I wasn’t able to come down to see you Raych – hopefully next time you are over this way or maybe I might make it over to the west one day! Thanks so much for hosting for me – awesome to have someone who completely gets the linkup to keep it going and thriving. And I loved your instagram promotion of the linkup – I would love to have a fraction of the following and engagement that you do on there!

  7. Great to have you back. Not much has happened here expect a couple of storms… you wait so long for the holiday of a life time and then before you know it it’s over.
    Natalie @ OurParallelConnection recently posted..The role of a mother – 12 top roles a mother performs everyday

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks so much for helping out while I was away Nat – I really appreciated it! Yes, it’s one of those funny things where the waiting seems endless then the holiday goes by in the blink of an eye. But it was awesome fun and we’ll always have the wonderful photos and memories to look back on x

  8. Welcome home to everyone! Your holiday looked awesome and the photos on FB were too cute. Reality sucks but on the hard days just think back to those moments where the laughter was loud and plenty and hopefully that will get you through. Hope you Dads health improves quickly. Mel xx
    Melanie Greenhalgh recently posted..My Secret Life of ………..

    • Kirsty says:

      Reality isn’t all that bad – I’m happier to be back in the groove now. But I do miss the warmth of the sun and being able to have a swim everyday!

  9. I hope you get back on top of the sleep patterns soon. Your trip looks amazing but you must be glad to be hope with your pugs and to know your house really is okay.
    Anne@GritandGiggles recently posted..Road Trip!!!!

    • Kirsty says:

      I am glad to be home – slipping back into normality has been soothing actually and there is nothing better than cuddling the pugs. The sleep patterns have been largely restored now, although the kids are still waking during the night. Bur at least they’re staying in bed beyond 5am now – yay!!!!

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