Monday, July 2, 2012

Kid free zone

No I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth I just sent my kids ½ way around the world.

With only my parents living here in Belgium our kids are basically growing up without any family/cousins around. It’s really sad since having your cousins around is important. And because plane tickets tend to be rather expensive, especially during the holiday season. So the kids have not been to South Africa for nearly 4 years.

The previous times they went to visit in South Africa they flew over with either Himself, or my mom or a good family friend. This year they flew un-accompanied.

Rather than putting them on the plane here in Brussels and then have them change over in Amsterdam we opted to drive them to Amsterdam and let them get on the plane there. Meaning they get on the plane there and get off in Johannesburg.

We got up at 4 on Friday morning to drive them to Amsterdam. As you can imagine they were super excited and once we checked in their bags we had to hang around for about 2 hours. So every 10 minutes one of them would ask if it was time to go yet.

About ½ hour before they left

And you know what, when we were saying goodbye it was us trying to wipe away tears not the kids!

We spoke to them for about 2 minutes, on Friday night after they got home with my in-laws. Then we skyped them again on Saturday and Tiger didn’t even want to talk to us. Cat said we were being annoying calling them.

That’s what you get when you raise your kids to be independent.

1st picture of the cousins together in nearly 4 years


  1. Those darn independent kids, lol. As long as they're having fun and you know they're safe... right?

    Have a good Monday!

  2. aww so sweet!! so glad they got there safely.

  3. I know they're having a great time!!! You and Himself get to enjoy some alone time now... ;o)

    Okay...I feel slightly more connected to you now. When we traveled to India, we actually had to make a connection in Amsterdam! So I've been to an airport near you! ;o) It's actually a pretty nice airport. We had a layover so we went to the free library and checked out the art museum. Sadly, there was no time for the casino...

  4. You are very brave, sending your kids off alone! I am certain that if I did that, I would get a call from the airline, saying that my children hijacked the plane!

  5. They look like they are having a blast!!! I know it must have been hard to see them off - hope you and hubby have a nice little break with your quiet house.