July is always a weird month for me. As a professional wedding photographer, July is the start of my busiest time of the year and what a year it has been. 2015 has broken the record and it’s the busiest year I’ve ever been since I became a pro ten years ago.
Yet, this is also the month when everyone is preparing for their summer holidays. I, on the other hand, have to focus and prepare myself for all the lovely brides who booked me a year or so ago.
Well, even though I have lots of work in hand, my wife managed to book a holiday to Ibiza, Spain for a week. Well, I guess we all deserve a mini break away before I get very bogged down at work. It’s been a while since I had a break, and the my last trip away that wasn’t associated with work was last October! So yes, I guessed I needed a recharge, with my kids 😀
It’s also Ashton and Annabelle’s first trip in 2015 too. Anyway, Ibiza, here we came, along with the Sam’s family this time so we had some talking buddies.
Unlike a year ago when we had our long haul flight to Hong Kong, both Ashton and Annabelle were absolutely fine this time round. They were more occupied by watching videos on our phone than anything else. But this was a relatively short flight so I guess we couldn’t compare. Ashton was very excited to be on a plane and couldn’t stop smiling while Annabelle was munching snacks! Blessed 🙂
I hadn’t been to Ibiza either and despite it’s fame on clubbing and dancing, this island also had a lighter and more family friendly side. All the resorts are located on the north side of the island and they are miles away from the noisy areas so we were not too bothered by the energetic bunch.
When the taxi dropped us off the hotel, I couldn’t help but to wow at the scene. One word – beautiful!! The water was clear and blue. It was simply amazing! And it was toasty hot. At 36 degree celius, the best way to keep cool is have a dip in the water either at the beach or pool.
On our first day, Ashton and Annabelle were not too sure about what was going on and they refused going into the sea. They preferred to stay dry and played with the sand instead. But soon they started to dip their little feet in the nice warm sea water and within a few minutes, they both went in. But it was Annabelle who took the biggest step and she went all the way until the water was at her neck level! She loved it. Ashton was just the opposite and wanted to be held, so we did. He wouldn’t mind playing in the shallower depth but would refuse to as far as his sister.
There were lots of fishes in the water too and they would swim all the way up to the shallow end so we could see them. Annabelle found it very funny and fascinating. She refused to leave and often asked for some bread to feed them. Because of these little fishes, Ashton slowly warmed up as he saw how Annabelle loved playing in the water. He too joined in too.
That’s pretty much all we do everyday and because it was a full board holiday so we could enjoy unlimited amount of food and drinks. So it was nice. But what’s also nice was that everyday Ashton and Annabelle would be so happy and then so tired after playing all day, they both ended up sleeping very well.
That’s all changed until they both got some kind of stomach bugs. We spent one day out in downtown Ibiza where we wanted to explore a little. Ibiza is known for night lives for young people. Clubbers and drinkers alike are regular. But during the day, it’s like any other European cities. Civilised and packed with workers, shoppers and tourists.
Just when we thought we could have a little adventure in the city, both Asthon and Annabelle caught some kind of stomach bugs. They started with runny diarrhea and then vomiting. That’s when our day out became a nightmare. We took a taxi back to our hotel after lunch as a short wonder around the block. Then Ashton and Annabelle both threw up in the taxi. Lucky the driver were very helpful and even got a roll of tissue from the boot. We did owe him a big thank.
Despite the nasty bug, both Ashton and Annabelle didn’t look too bad whenthey still want to play and eat!! We didn’t see any horrible symptoms like anything we’d seen before so we just let them continue, just that we had to keep changing their dirty nappies.
We continued going to the beach everyday and fed fishes, chilling out around the pool and enjoying some food. On the forth day, the forest behind our hotel caught fire due to extreme heat and dry weather. So bad that we lost power for a good half a day. We also saw planes flew by us and collected sea water to put out the fire too!
The day before we left, we had a short boat trip out around the island. It was nothing too special but the kids seemed to enjoy it however.
After our week long holiday, it’s time to go home. Our kids were on the plane again. But this time, we were all exhausted before we even boarded the plane and all of us felt asleep soon after the plane took off.
About a week after we got back from Ibiza, Ashton started having some spots on his arms. Then within the next couple of days, the spots had spreaded to his arms and face. We knew by then that he had chicken pox. Oh dear… for the next couple of weeks, we were like living in hell. My wife and I were really hurt, hurt by the fact that there was nothing we could do to help to ease the itching to our son. He was suffering and couldn’t sleep. It was a nightmare. The last thing we as parents wanted was seeing our children suffer.
By now, you probably would have guessed what I am about to say. Yes, we have a twins and it means that whatever one of them is ill, the other will follow pretty soon. Yup, just when Ashton was getting better. It’s Annabelle’s turn.
Next month, Annabelle’s horrible chicken pox and yes, nothing more but that’s enough already!!!!!! Arggggggh.
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