09 September 2014

Ship Ahoy! - Magical Moments








The ferry trip across the English Channel from France to end our fantastic Eurocamp adventure was a little rocky, to say the least. It was quite a windy and wet day so I expected the sea to be less calm than our initial crossing to Calais but still, it was a little worse than I had hoped for.
Me and the sea usually results in sickness so I wasn't looking forward to it, although I had prepared for the worst with a few nappy sacks in my pocket just in case much to everyone's amusement!

When travelling abroad we generally fly so this was a new experience for us as a family. I had travelled by boat once or twice with my parents as a child but never as a parent myself (bar a few
short glass bottom rides while on holiday which don't really count) so I didn't know what to expect and how the Mini Mes would react. It quickly became clear that Minxy shares my fear of the sea and she really wasn't keen on the movement at all. She started to look a little pale so I decided for her and myself the best option was to remain on the open deck as it was, despite the cold, a quiet location for us if we did become unwell. The queues for the loo were on the large side too which didn't help.

Jamster and the Mr decided to join us after picking up some fab giant Tic Tac boxes and huge quantities of chocolates in the shop onboard and they too both soon noticed that Minxy wasn't happy with the current situation. So Jamster took it upon himself to try and distract her in numerous ways to make her feel better....

He shared his magazine with her and stickers,
He showed her the Lego poster that was this editions centrefold and went into great detail about his own Lego creations,
they discussed Guardians of the Galaxy,
 and soon the pair of them were both zipped up inside my coat together, giggling away, attempting to squish into one seat.

He was distracting her really nicely and it was such a thoughtful thing to do, especially without my mention or encouragement and the fact I wasn't feeling too great either. It was one less thing for me to worry about. It was genuinely a really precious moment to see him help his older sister to feel more comfortable throughout our 90 minute journey.

You know when you feel all warm and gooey inside while you witness something special and a smile appears on your face. That.

She was soon cheerful enough to scoff a sandwich and half of my chips!




Have you had any magical moments this week?






19 comments :

  1. Love the nappy sack idea, I get sea sick even in a paddle boat! Looks like they had a great time!

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  2. I l;ove going to france, but have to go on the tunnel, we have done far too many trips with me being sick!

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  3. What a fabulous blog post, we love France and have been a couple of times. Thanks for sharing xxx

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  4. So want to go over with the kids, do want to go now .x

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  5. That's so lovely. I get terrible sea sickness too so generally avoid ferries, so I feel your pain!!

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  6. Oh that sounds so fun! I'd love to take a ride through the English channel. I'm scared i'd get sick too, haha. I hope you guys are having a great day!

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  7. This will be us in 2016, when we move to France! Great post x

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  8. Sounds like lots of fun was had. I keep saying I want to take my boys on a boat so hopefully we can take the trip drom Dover to Calais next year x

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  9. Sounds like the trip was fun! Nappy sacks is a good idea...small and handy to keep on you!

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  10. Ahh lovely post! Sounds like you had such a good time!! Loving the linky too! I may have to join in :)

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  11. Aw what a fab post, it sounds as though you had an amazing time x

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  12. I've had some terrible crossings into Dover. One night the waves were so high we couldn't dock at Dover and got stuck outside the port on a rolling boat!

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  13. I'm not a fan of sailing it has to be said - bless Jamster for helping his sister! x

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  14. that's a great photo - sounds like you had a great time

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  15. I have to admit the train across to France is better than the boat imo. We have only recently discovered nappy sicks for travel sickness- such a great idea.

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  16. Nappy sacks are a brilliant idea.Its so nice to see that your son was so caring towards his sister.

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  17. oh wow i would love to take the kids on a ferry i think i was about 14 last time i went on one! lol (love the nappy bag idea)

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments (sorry im late getting round)

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  18. Fab post! I'd love to go on the ferrie but get terrible sea sickness x

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  19. it all adds to the adventure, fun times!

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