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.
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.
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!
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.
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