We might be on holiday, but schedules, meetings, events and tasks still fill our daily routine. Let me take you through a day in the life of the McCullys in the great land of art, cuisine and afternoon naps - France.
Wednesday 14 December 2016 - the last day of school!
Up at 7:30. First things first; Sarah checks emails and the global news, I check in on DT (Donald Trump - Sad), Maddy updates her Instagram, Asia checks her ponies and Camille facetimes someone.
At 8am Sarah called the first meeting of the day. Every day at breakfast we discuss the days “schedule”. Today, like every weekday during our school holidays, the girls were each required to complete an educational task. Sarah wanted a meeting in the bedroom at 10am. Lunch was confirmed at a nearby village at 1pm. I locked in my run at 4pm and the girls negotiated a movie at 5pm...all this decided on and agreed by 9am...good stuff!
The first task of the day began straight after breakfast. The girls are in charge of doing ALL the dishes! This was a great idea we invented on the boat. We establish a roster, breakfast, lunch and dinner - this works well for three girls. If the dishes for a meal are not completed by the time the next dishes are available, then that person is responsible for doing both lots of dishes. I smile when I see our girls running to do dishes...who would have thought.
I was looking forward to the 10am bedroom meeting. Especially when I was told to lock the door! As anticipated, it was time to wrap the Christmas presents and prepare for Christmas Day. What fun.
With dishes done, education out of the way and secret meetings complete, it was time to celebrate the end of school and head for lunch. This was shaping up to be our longest walk in a while. We now had to walk across the river, down the road and along to the next village. Estimated time 1hr 30 min...each way! As agreed at breakfast, all parties had to be ready and dressed in warm clothes by 11:30, sharp. Meels (Camille) had to do her hair! See photo of our walk (note the turkey looking very plump!).
The walk was easy (no complaints) and the lunch was great. The Vietnamese restaurant was superb at serving up traditional French meals with a hint of Vietnamese cooking. We had, and the girls loved, duck pate, roast pork and rabbit stew...even Maddy tried the rabbit. See photo.
Finally, it was time for me to cook dinner, spaghetti Bolognese. I'm getting the hang of this cooking. But more impressive is Camille's dishwashing. We all head to bed (about 8pm) and leave Camille to do the dishes. See photo.
So that was Wednesday 14 December.
One last thing. You might have noticed that there was one member of the family with nothing to do. Well this is normal, the Boss calls this "down time". See photo below.
We're an ordinary family of 5 dreaming, planning and now beginning our adventure around the Mediterranean (and further afield), having an awesome time! Look out for our boat and come and say hi.