The back story to our holiday as some of you may know, last year we went to Blackpool and stayed in a hotel and Jamie didn’t eat for 3 days. Her paternal grandparents came and took her to there house so that we could continue our holiday with Joe.
This year we decided we would go abroad and Jamie didn’t want to come, she wanted to stay with her grand parents again, so we were going to take Joe. Then she changed her mind so we needed to plan!! Bendiorm was a close flight and it had an Iceand so we could feed her. Finding an apartment with aircon, wifi and an oven proved a difficult task but we got there in the end.
So we set off on our journey to Glasgow Airport. We got as far as Gretna when my hubby realised he’d forgotten his wallet!! He needed it as he’d booked the hire car using it. So rather than trail back I decided I would stay at the services with the kids while he went back for his wallet. This was the first test, Jamie wasn’t happy about it but once we got logged onto the wifi she was fine and we waited for her dad to get back with his wallet!! So lucky that we had set off the night before as if it had been the day of the flight we would have probably missed it. So he got his wallet and we set back off to the airport.
Jamie was very happy with the airport hotel and was looking forward to popping into the Wetherspoons at the airport for tea. So we checked in and headed over.
Unfortunately the Wetherspoons at the airport didn’t cook their food the same way, so she couldn’t eat her tea – but she was so excited she didn’t care. We went back to the airport hotel and logged onto Wifi and ate Quavers while the boys played pool!
The next day Jamie was more than happy to get up at 3am because she was so excited about getting on the airplane. So it was quite smooth getting from the hotel to the airport, check in and security went without a hitch!
We bought matching hats and she posed for pictures with her dad and borrowed Joe’s binoculars to look at the planes.
When we got on the plane she was obsessed by the safety instructions. She “followed the rules” no electronics during take off and landing. We had a fair few looks when we took off and she was repeatedly screaming “Oh my God, Oh my God, it’s just like being on a swing” but I found it extremely cute. I wish I could have filmed it, but … no electronics during take off or landing!
During the flight she watched Frozen on her IPad and then listened to the soundtrack on her IPod. I am so glad we downloaded those the night before. Then it was time for landing which was the same as take off and very exciting for her. We got off the plane and through passport control and baggage claim without a hiccup. We got our hire car and set off for Benidorm. We arrived … then the meltdown started
When we booked the apartment we were told that we would be in one of three apartments complexes and we would find out 10 days before. 10 days before we were told we would have to wait until 2 days before. We tried to get an address so that we could get transfers to the resort but Travel by Inspire didn’t reply and we had no idea of the address so instead we decided to book a hire car. The hire car was great and we got the same car as we have at home (Nissan Note – added bonus) but we still didn’t know where we were staying! So we headed to Benidorm and found one of the complexes, this was the place we were staying but it had nowhere for us to park. So hubby dropped me, the kids and the bags and went to find alternative arrangements at one of the other complexes. We checked into our “Air Conditioned” apartment. Yes it had air con but it was in the main room and main bedroom and the kids rooms didn’t even have a fan (also the aircon was very dated) at this Jamie went into complete meltdown.
Hubby found somewhere to park and went to Iceland to find food as by now it had been 24 hours without Jamie having a decent meal. I took the kids to the pool hoping it would help. From the moment she got into the water she was so happy and relaxed. Then hubby arrived back to tell me they didn’t sell any chicken or potato products that Jamie ate and he wasn’t sure what to do! She over heard this and burst in tears and was uncontrollable. He had managed to get Chicken Dippers and Chips so off he went to cook while I tried to console Jamie and watch Joe playing happily in the pool.
About an hour had passed and hubby came back down with the food, she took one look and was sick and then she said “does this mean I can go home now?” I nearly cried. I have never felt so helpless. I took her up to the room and on the way got a weeks worth of Wifi. She eventually calmed down in the apartment and went on her IPad and tried the chicken dippers … which she liked! After around 5 tearful hours she was calm and happy and willing to give the holiday a try. She was so tired so we went to sleep and I worried about what the next day and the following week would bring …
Here are a few photo’s to prepare you for Part 2