Marbella

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Tomorrow (Saturday), my whole family, including my folks, were due to take a trip to Marbella in Spain together for a week, however late last night we noticed my 5 year old Oliver’s passport had just expired! Lesson to all, check everyone’s passports! We’re idiots!

It’s a bank holiday today (Good Friday) so the passport office is closed and even if it were open, it would take up to 8 days to reissue so too late to reschedule another holiday! Arrgh!

We thought long and hard through the night on what to do (I was up for most of it and many a tear has been shed) with my husband Peter encouraging me to still go away, taking my youngest Alexander, 2, with me, along with my folks.

This trip is a press holiday with the stunning James Villas close to where my glam Aunt Zak lives and an area we know well and although I’m going to miss my other boys like crazy I want to try and make it as fun as possible for my youngest son.

We are luckily going on another press holiday to Jamaica in May so it won’t be long until Oliver gets some beach time of his own.

Back home Peter and Oliver are going to have a boys staycation visiting all the museums and parks Oliver loves, taking a trip to Liverpool for the day (where we fly from) and just chilling out.

I’ve discussed it with Oliver who has taken it really well and said, ‘Can I get a toy fire engine while you’re away?’. He actually seems excited for undivided time with Daddy and I couldn’t help laughing when he said, ‘No Alexander to play with my toys’!

The boys were able to move their flights and we’ve booked our own holiday to Venice in the summer and Oliver still has a week off school when we all return, so I’m feeling a little bit better about everything.

So now for Marbella and the week ahead…

We’ve visited Marbs lots of times before but this will be the first time staying in a villa and not a hotel and I’m looking forward to having my folks hopefully rustle up some lovely meals for us and having the privacy of our own pool.

We’ll be back in a week on the 12th and the blog will resume soon after so fear not (I know you weren’t worried anyway, there’s lots of chocolate eggs to be eaten and Easter fun to be had) but if you fancy catching up on some of my most favourite posts while I’m away, take a look below.

Meanwhile I’m going to take a deep breath and embark on a holiday unlike any I’ve had before…

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54 Responses

  1. Susan Mann

    Looks and sounds like you had an amazing time. Bet Oliver did too with his dad x
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  2. Becky

    oh so sorry about your passport problem..life hey! Hope you have fun though xxx
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Becky, yep these things happen. We did have a lot of fun as did the boys back home, they went on holiday to Wales. Looking forward to sharing our holidays on the blog soon x

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  3. Izzie Anderton

    Oh no! An expired passport is the stuff of nightmares – I can only begin to imagine how much soul-searching went on in your house before making the decision to go with your younger son. Hope you’re OK and managing to enjoy a well-deserved break x
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Izzie a lot of soul searching did go on but we all had a good time on our individual holidays. Back now and great to be reunited. Will share on the blog soon x

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  4. Steph @MisplacedBrit

    Oh crap!
    I’d love to say expired passports has only happened to us once!! But seriously, and I can’t even call it breast-feeding brain(!) it’s happened MULTIPLE times. Thankfully alwats been able to fix it somehow but what a stress!
    You’re going to have a lovely time hun & it’s totally true, quality one on one times makes for lasting memories, so don’t even think of it as the trip the passports expired, it’s the week you got to spend with your little one. And quality dad time at home there too <3
    Huge hugs!

    Ps. I'll be on an emergency trip to UK tomorrow just to renew mine!!!

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    • honestmum

      Oh no, but this does make me feel better though chick. We have our passport appointment next week so this hopefully doesn’t happen again. Did you get yours sorted? x

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  5. Mel

    Oh no, what a sham you’ve had to leave two of your boys at home! When I was expecting Crevette, Hubby’s Passport disintegrated in the washing machine and I had to go to France on my own. I can imagine leaving them was sad for you, but I am sure you are going to make the most of your holiday anyway. Marbella is such a lovely, quaint place. I love it. Yay to James Villas for inviting you and your parents. Jamaica in May? That sounds amazing! I cannot wait to read all about it.

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    • honestmum

      Thanks darling, holiday was lovely although missed the husband and boys. Sorry to hear about your passport disintegration. Got our appointment next week in time for Jamaica, excited and feel very grateful.

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  6. Sarah Christie

    What a nightmare Vicky but they will have a great time having Dad and Son time. Have a wonderful break knowing you have Venice to look forward to too. I would have made the same decision as you xx
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    • honestmum

      Thanks darling, we had a lovely time away and it’s so wonderful to now all be back together. The boys back home went to Wales and had an amazing adventure x

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  7. Sian

    Nightmare re: passport! Sounds like you are making the best of it though – holiday sounds wonderful! Lovely for the boys to get individual attention too.
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  8. Mama and More aka Zaz

    Oh my goodness, Vicki, what a drama on the night before! Well done you for making the best of it, and Oliver and his daddy will have a wonderful time together, and it will give Alexander some precious mummy time too! I hope you all have an amazing time, enjoy it sweetheart! I’m taking my girl to Paris (Eurodisney) next week, and leaving Mini behind – I just thought it would be too heart-rending for him to watch his sis go on rides he’s too little for, so he’s having boy time, and we’re having girl-time! Can’t wait to see your fab pics! Much love xxx
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    • honestmum

      Thanks darling, hope Paris is wonderful. Mum and I used to have girly holidays in Paris lots pre-kids, my 2nd wedding dress was from there too so lots of amazing memories of fittings and galleries, gorgeous food and shopping. I can’t wait to read about your time together. We had a lovely holiday away as did the boys back home so it all worked out well in the end x

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  9. Elizabeth (Wander Mum)

    Gosh, that is a lesson – so easy to forget about their passports. Have a great time away! It will be lovely to spend some time with your youngest. Of course you will miss Peter and Oliver like crazy but sounds like there are lots of dad -son bonding to be enjoyed while you are away. Enjoy the sun! Look forward to hearing all about it. Xx

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    • honestmum

      Thanks sweetie, we had a lot of fun as did my husband and eldest in Wales. Looking forward to sharing on the blog soon x

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  10. Lisa@intotheglade

    Awwww!! What a shame, there is a lesson there to be had by us all, I always forget that theirs are just for five years. So glad you are all able to make the best of it though! Have a wonderful time xx

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    • honestmum

      Thanks sweetie, I know, in my head it was 10 years. The boys are having fun as are we. Lovely getting time just with A x
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  11. brummymummyof2

    Have an amazing holiday chick! Sometimes it’s really nice to just to spend some quality time with one child. I love my date days with my girl. Rest and Relax and hopefully see you soon! x
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    • honestmum

      Thanks darling, todsy has been lovely, missing them but you are so right, wonderful giving A my undivided attention and hanging out with my folks, mwah x
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  12. Babes about Town

    Have a great time lovely, Oliver’s in very capable hands and there’s nothing like having his own boys’ adventure with daddy. I think Michelle’s right, you should get them to write their own post about their staycation too 🙂 Lots of love and catch you when you’re back xoxo
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    • honestmum

      Thanks hun, I’d said that to Peter when I left so great minds huh. They are having a fab time. Today has been lush and although really missing my other boys, lovely getting A all to myself and so nice hanging out with my folks and also my Aunt who lives here x
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  13. angela

    Oh no! Hope you all enjoy yourselves (home and away) Oliver is such a cutie, it’s lovely to hear how he has taken it and that he is looking forward to Daddy time. X
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    • honestmum

      Thanks lovely, they are having a fab time and we have loved our first day. I wish we could all be together but making the best of it x
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  14. TheBoyandMe

    Oh no, what an absolute disaster! But he’ll have a wonderful time with daddy and you can have some quality time with Alexander. Have a good time with your parents too.

    Check you out with all the swizzy holidays, you lucky lady!
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    • HonestMum

      Thanks lovely, we’re having a fab time as our the boys back home, they’ve been to Liverpool, Southport and are I’m Anglesea for the next few days x
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  15. Brighton Mama @ Our Seaside Baby

    Oh Vicki, I feel your pain! I would have been up all night too! But a great compromise and how sweet that Oliver is excited about his week with his daddy! And you’ll all be going on another holiday soon, to Jamaica – oooo, not jealous at all, haha! Have a lovely week away and look forward to reading all about it when you’re back. Enjoy the sunshine 🙂 xx
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    • honestmum

      Hehe, thanks sweetpea, really enjoying it and looking forward to the whole family reuniting on Saturday x
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  16. kiran

    Oh gosh, what drama. He will love the undivided daddy time though and it’s great he will still have a week off when you get back. How special for you and A too. Have a wonderful week beautiful xx

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    • honestmum

      Thanks gorgeous, so glad he’s not back to school when we get back. Lovely giving A my undivided attention and my boys back home are having a fab time. They’ve been at the beach in Southport today xx
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  17. Notmyyearoff

    Bless your big boy, he sounds really excited about but all his adventures he’s going to have with Daddy. I hope you have a really fantastic time. You just made me check all the expiry dates on our passports!

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    • honestmum

      Hehe, I will never make this mistake again x
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  18. Potty Mouthed Mummy

    oh no!!! Oliver is such a sweetie, bless his mature attitude. Bet he’s going to have a blast with daddy all to himself. Hope you still have a ball lovely xxx
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    • honestmum

      Thanks sweetie, he’s really loving it and it’s been fun in Marbs today too xx
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  19. Fiona @ Free Range Chick

    Honey I so, so, so feel your pain. BUT, as I said on Fb, there are many positives to take from this situation, and you’ve got some family hols to look forward to later in the year.

    I reckon you should leave Oliver in charge of Honest Mum while you’re away – ‘Honest Son’?

    I’m sure you’re gonna have an amazing time (my passport is valid, by the way). Will be dipping into the blog while you’re gone. It has been a few days since I’ve been over here properly, and I’ve missed so much! xxx
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    • honestmum

      Thanks sweetie, you are so right. Had loveky full day of fun with my family here today, missing boys like mad but been amazing hearing about their adventure on Southport beach today. Much love xx
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  20. Laura's Lovely Blog

    I would have cried too! But it sounds like you have come up with a nice solution. Have a wonderful break x
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    • honestmum

      Thanks darling, it’s been lovely today and although I wish we were altogether, it’s nice to give Alexander all my attention xx
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  21. Donna

    Oh how frustrating for you about the passport issue. Hope you have a lovely holiday, I can only imagine how beautiful it will be. And hope Oliver had a fab time at home with dad as well xx
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Donna, it’s beautiful here. We love Marbella and come often so feels like a home from home. My Aunt lives 5 minutes from the villa so lovely to be close to her and my folks are with me too. So impressed with the villa, just stunning. Can’t wait to see husband and eldest in a week to swap noyes on our adventures. Happy Easter x
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    • honestmum

      Thanks darling, they’ve loved their Liverpool and Southport trip and are having lots of fun. We have enjoyed our first day away today xx
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  22. Michelle Reeves (bod for tea)

    Weirdly the same thing happened to us last year on our amazing press trip with the Jamrs Villas team! We did a road trip into Europe and didn’t realise until we were on the way back… eek! I just know you’re going to have the most amazing time. The villas are lovely – just like home from home but with sunshine and your own pool and you can really relax which I find I never really do in hotels. Can’t waot to hear all about it – you should get Peter to pen a post about his boyz holiday too!! Xxx
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    • honestmum

      That is insane, can’t believe it happened to us both. Thanks again hun for recommending us to James Villas, the villa is utterly beautiful and it’s 5 minutes from my Aunt’s. Boys back home are having a fab time. Speak soon x
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    • honestmum

      Thanks and now I’m here we are really enjoying it. Missing my husband and eldest but they are having a fab time on a little UK break. Really looking forward to seeing them soon and for the Jamaica trip x
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  23. Mirka @kahanka

    Darling, have just seen your tweet and am crying for you. I know how much you were looking for a family holiday. This is just such a shame. On the other hand, I think you will have a great time with your mum and dad, and Am sure that Pete will have a great time with Oliver too. We fly all the time as you know so checking passports is something I do on a regular basis. Well another lesson learnt, and think about Jamaica xxxxx Can I come? Have a great holiday, will be thinking of you in Tenerife!
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    • honestmum

      Totally big lesson and only just ran out. I can’t believe I didn’t remember from going away in September. Will all be sorted for May at least and boys are having fab time in the UK. They’ve had a little break in Liverpool and Southport and we’ve really enjoyed our first day. Have a fab holiday hun xx
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  24. Leigh - Headspace Perspective

    Oh no Vicki bless you, what a pain! I’m glad your family has come to a compromise, but it’s a shame one son and your husband have to stay home. I’m sure they’ll have a great time getting up to all sorts of boy adventures…and he’ll get his fire engine, too. Hope you have a well-deserved lovely break in Marbella xx
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    • honestmum

      Thanks darling, so small in the grand scheme of things and they are loving their quality time together back home. Thsnks for your lovely comment xx
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