being good, not perfect.
being good, not perfect.
So here I am, approximately six months since my last post. I have been keeping up my Instagram, but lost the motivation and drive to find the time to write entries. My website payment is due tomorrow so it was make or break. Do I love this blog enough to pay for another year? Will I commit to finding the time to write? I mean I have an endless supply of material to write about because you know… Life… So, it would be a damn waste not to make the most of it, right? YEAH I’LL KEEP WITH IT!
It's no secret that I have arthritis, although some people may just not know. It's of the psoriatic kind, which means I have arthritis and psoriasis on my scalp and pustule psoriasis on my footsies. It's a bundle of joy. I'm on medication that for the most part has kept it in check, until now.
As previously stated in my 'switch off' post, I am prone to some serious social media zombie action. I had been cutting down my usage, but more often than not it would come creeping back in. I wanted to rid myself of the beast all together, well for a month anyway. So this is a post that I will update as the month progresses to track how I feel. So here we go...
We top and tailed our trip to Japan with Tokyo, flying in and out of Narita airport. Don't underestimate the sheer magnitude of this city. It's insane. And no, you won't fit everything in! It would take a lifetime of trips to reach every corner of this city. But if you are traveling with your family here are some Tokyo highlights for us and our 2.5 yr old!
During a recent three week trip to Japan with our 2.5 yr old, we spent a whopping 9 days in Kyoto. We wanted to spend an extended period of time in one place to give us the sense that we were actually on holidays and not just trying to pack in sight seeing and touristy things in our everyday. And Kyoto was just that!
So day 5 was a travel day for us and due to the kiddo getting his grump on middayish, we decided to leg it out of Tokyo relatively early to avoid having to travel with crazy.
We arrived in Odawara and decided to get to some greenery, so headed to Odawara Castle. We didn't know what else was around here, only that there were a few gardens, and we just needed space for the kid to be a kid outside of his pram. So we walked over from the station (about 10 mins) with big ol' faithful (our suitcase) and found the Castle.
So my excellent partner encouraged me to get out and have some time to myself so I could feel like I was really traveling (without the pressure of having to make sure the fam bam was in check an everyone was fed etc etc), so I went on one of the day I had planned for us in Tokyo, sans partner and child. It was just an area exploration really and heres what I got up to!
Day 3. The day I unravelled. KIDDING. But it was a close call...
I said to my parter today - 'This is just a parenting challenge disguised as a family holiday, isn't it?'
Day two in Tokyo! We started the day with full bellies and a better night sleep and set off to visit Tsukiji Fish Market and to explored Asakusa!
We all felt groggy and a little grumpy this morning. We woke up in new surroundings and in a country we had never been before, after a full day of transit yesterday with our 2.5 year old which was utterly exhausting.
So. I don't know about your kid, but mine gets on the verge of a meltdown if he is hungry. This means that we end up carrying snacks with us wherever we go, which is actually fine because it's also somethings that entertains him on say a 45 min tram ride into the city or in the car running errands and we know it's also taking the hangry edge off! So when thinking about being in transit for 15 hours, I wanted to be as prepared as I could be. Pretty much everything that we are taking is sugar free so we don't have to deal with the repercussions of a sugar fed toddler in a confined space with a bunch of people we don't know, and I know he loves everything that we are taking as most of the snacks are occasional 'treats' for him. He will be in heaven.
Firstly may I say that I am very aware that this is incredibly ambitious! I don't have expectations that we will get all or any of it done, but in a perfect world with a keen and well behaved toddler that sleeps in his pram and is up for all the adventures, this would be the ideal itinerary for our first trip to Japan. We also want down time days where we can just chill and hang out with no pressure to see anything. This will be an integral part of our time away, but something that I find hard to imagine at this point given the sheer magnitude of amazing things to see and do in Japan!!
As this is the first long haul flight with a toddler I have done a lot of research into ideas and fun things to do on the plane to keep him occupied on the trip. Below is a break down of our activity pack for the kiddo to keep him entertained, some stuff from home and some new things. Nothing that holds so much attachment that he would cry if we misplaced it on the plane or in transit, and it's a good collection of things to keep him occupied in the hotel room as well as at restaurants when eating out!
I know it's starting to get colder, but this is an all year round treat for us! We try really hard for the most part not to do the sugars. We do it for ourselves, and for the kiddo because if we don’t try, we would eat all of the sugar all the time!
It's Easter! So in the tradition of collecting a basket full of chocolate and making yourself sick before you've even had breakfast, what do you do when your kid doesn't quite understand about chocolate and how damn wonderful it actually is? You simply avoid! For the most part...
There have been so many moment when trying to get the kid to eat the food that we make him, that have ended up with me vibing Napoleon Dynamite, although I wouldn't call my son a fat lard, and my son isn't a Llama.
Our kid isn't the pickiest of eaters, but he definitely has his moments! All I seem to be doing when it comes to food is trying to make sure he has enough veggies in a day. Sound familiar?
I am always on the search for ways to get my toddler to eat veggies. If I put a salad in front of him I'd expect nothing less than 'I no want it Mumia'. He just doesn't go for fresh veg. He does enjoy a few cooked dishes but generally fresh veg is out of the question.
I always forget that fruit is fricken delicious. When I think of fruit I instantly think of the old apples/bananas/oranges that were so overdone as a kid - BORING. If I want a sweet treat, my first instinct is ice-cream or a dounut (obvs) but we are trying to be as 'healthy' as we can at the moment so these sweet bundles of 'food therapy' are way out of the question.
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