On one hand, it looks like yesterday and however, it looks like a lifetime in the past, Junior and Mini ESLT (now 8 and practically 5) joined the group. They’ve grown and developed into two lovely, strong-willed, unbiased and actually loving little women who full our household and maintain us laughing and studying each single day. Attachments are absolutely shaped and we merely can not bear in mind life earlier than them (and so they actually don’t need to discuss it). After all, some days make you need to down a bottle of wine, that’s parenting however on the entire, we as a household have hit an ideal stride and lengthy might it proceed, properly no less than till the teenage years – we’ll cross that bridge when we’ve too!
Journey during the last 12 months has by our requirements been fairly none existent. One motive for that’s that we now have school-age youngsters. When you too have school-age youngsters you’ll know the astronomical costs journey corporations cost for the pleasure. It’s ridiculous. Gone are these £20 return flights to a random Italian metropolis. Now it’s a bazillion pound to spend per week with one million different households and their children.
Nonetheless, we’re in a fortunate place that we each have decent-paying jobs and had been nonetheless in a position to escape the on a regular basis a few instances over the previous 12 months.
Final summer season we headed out on a street journey incorporating Cornwall, Cardiff, Southampton and The Midlands. It was 12 weeks of nice enjoyable and minimal rain, which within the UK is a large bonus. We received to go to seashores and farms, spend time with Nanna and Grandad (Mr ESLT’s mum and stepdad) and hit up Peppa Pig World, Warwick Citadel and Drayton Manor. The UK is gorgeous and we’re glad that we had the chance. It proved to Mr ESLT and I that really, you don’t want to flee to some far-flung land to have a good time. Very often it’s about who you might be with and never the place you might be (though that normally helps).
Mr ESLT and I additionally had our first night time away from the youngsters! Sure, after 2 and a half years, we received the chance to flee to a neighbouring metropolis to have fun Mr ESLT’s birthday (thanks Grandma and Grandpa). It’s wonderful how a lot we used to take easy issues like that as a right. A minimum of as soon as a month we’d head someplace to drink an excessive amount of, eat good meals and loosen up in a luxurious lodge. Due to this fact, we took the chance to take pleasure in each second and be Vicky and Chris for the night fairly than mummy and daddy. We would have liked it, greater than we realised and hope to have the ability to do it once more very quickly.
We additionally FINALLY received the child’s on a aircraft and visited Disneyland Paris. This journey had initially been deliberate for August 2020 however as everyone knows Rona came over. Due to this fact we rescheduled for the primary week of the Easter holidays over the Thirtieth-anniversary celebrations. Evidently, it was packed! However we made it work. We stayed on the Newport Bay Lodge which is simply a 10-minute stroll from the parks, which was supreme for little legs. We took Mini ESLT’s buggy for when she received drained (this was important). Vicky’s cousin (27) additionally got here with us which was nice because it meant an additional pair of grownup fingers. All of us cherished it and are already planning our return journey.
Unfortuanlry the principle motive for our restricted journey over the previous 12 months is the truth that Mr ESLT has been unwell. After a few years of forwards and backwards to a number of docs and plenty of misdiagnoses, he lastly received identified with a uncommon type of blood most cancers a few months in the past. It was a protracted course of to get to the place he’s for the time being, due to this fact we didn’t need to make too many plans as after all Mr ESLT’s is way extra necessary than journey!
Initially regarded as tonsilitis it morphed rapidly into sleep apnea and finally acid reflux disorder, of which it was none. After failed biopsies and choosing personal healthcare, Mr ESLT had a lump the scale of a satsuma faraway from his throat 2 weeks earlier than Christmas. Additional assessments and scans insued. The ultimate analysis was reached 3 years after his first go to to his GP following a visit to the Nationwide Amyloid Centre on the Royal Free Hospital in London – solitary extramedullary plasmacytoma. Solely 25 – 30 individuals within the UK are identified with one of these most cancers per 12 months.
He begins 4 weeks of radiotherapy subsequent Monday.
So, what does the longer term maintain for Workforce ESLT? Hopefully loads of great stuff. Following Mr ESLT’s therapy we hope to attract a line below the previous three years and dwell lengthy wholesome lives.
We even have some journey plans. Mr ESLT’s mum has employed a stunning bar for the primary week of the summer season holidays which co-incindes with the final week of Mr ESLT’s restoration time. Due to this fact, he’ll get to loosen up in lovely environment and the youngsters can have a good time with their grandparents.
We then have a visit to go to Mr ESLT’s mum and stepdad in Cardiff later in the summertime holidays. We’re holding this a shock for the youngsters. Hopefully Mr ESLT is feeling extra like himself and we are able to have a few days out however the children will simply like to see their grandparents.
We’ve two journeys to the UAE deliberate.
The primary one is to Dubai in the course of the October half time period. This journey was initially deliberate for earlier this 12 months however due to every part occurring with Mr ESLT we wished to postpone till a time when he may loosen up extra following therapy. We can not watch for some enjoyable within the solar as a household.
The second is to Abu Dhabi for Vicky’s fortieth birthday (Jesus the place have the years gone) subsequent Could. Having visited Abu Dhabi earlier than for a luxurious vacation, this one might be very totally different. This time, we’re staying on Yas Island and we plan to go to all of the theme parks there which we hope the youngsters will love.
We hope your 12 months has been thrilling, particularly after the earlier two years when Rona restricted us all. Right here’s to the subsequent 12 months as a HEALTHY household of 4……