So… I wouldn’t call the 5 hour drive from Portsmouth to Cornwall a dream journey. Our original plan was to leave at 8am and get there for midday. However by the time we faffed around getting everyone and everything in the car, dropped the cat off at the cattery and returned my Asos order off at the post office it was 9:30 and little did we know that Spence had already drunk his entire journeys drink supply.
I had such big plans for the journey- Coen would sleep for the majority of it, Spence would quietly read his Where’s Wally book, I would chill out, we would stop somewhere cute for lunch. Nope nope nope!
Within about 7 seconds, Coen had pulled off the window blind and started hitting everyone with it, he constantly kept throwing his comforter around the car and would then cry that he didn’t have his comforter and as soon as you gave it back to him, he would immediately throw it!
Within 20 mins, Spence needed a wee, surprisingly. We stopped at the first services we found which had a queue from the toilet almost to the door of the shop! The whole ordeal added 20 mins onto our journey.
Everything I had brought to relieve the kids boredom didn’t work or resulted in arguments. Spence couldn’t be bothered to find Wally, Coen chucked his book on the floor. The iPad didn’t work out, they both just argued over it and Coen broke the headphones. Another half hour later and we had pulled over so Spence could wee, again!
I spent the first 2 hours looking backwards to either break up fights or constantly retrieve things that Coen had thrown but then immediately decided that he wanted. And of course, Spence asked how long we had left on the journey…every. two. minutes.
Then miraculously, Coen finally fell asleep, Spence quietly sat watching the iPad, i could finally face the front and have a conversation with Mark and we even listened to part of a podcast!
Due to all our pit stops and the 3pm England game approaching, we stopped and grabbed a quick subway for lunch then got straight back on the road, finally arriving at our lodge with 20 mins to spare before the game!!