November, November, November….
I feel like a constant moaner when it seems we have done some pretty lovely things this month but it’s been shadowed by grievances and struggles. We started out November with a lovely weekend getaway to Spain for half term with the kids. We caught up with friends and the weather was so kind to us. It felt good to sit by the pool while the kids giggled and swam and we soaked up as much sunshine as possible.
When we arrived home, sadly I was hit with really bad news that my Dad has cancer. Then a week later, Mr P’s Uncle, and then this week I have had to not only find out that my Grandma has lung cancer but that I had to call her to say goodbye over the phone. Something that nearly broke me in two. They say it comes in threes and these three blows are enough to knock all those amazing fun memories we just made to the back of my mind. My vision has been blurry and my heart has been aching this month. As much as I want to hide it from my kids, from the world that I share so much with, I cannot. So while I still go through the motions of getting ready for Christmas – my favorite time of year. This year, it will be hard for me and for our family.
But in true form of my Grandma and Father they are both the most positive, happy people you would ever meet. They would want me to keep sharing the amazing memories as a family we are making and documenting our life together as we go along no matter what is thrown our way. Because you never know when you won’t be able to. I am learning so much about life altogether this month. It’s a big eye opener. Life is short, life is precious, never take it for granted and don’t sweat the small stuff because it doesn’t really matter to anyone but you.
We took these photos in Spain the first week of November and I am so glad we did. We probably would have had to miss a month otherwise. It feels like a decade since these were taken, since the sun was on our backs and the kids were running around in bare feet.
It was also Thanksgiving for us, which I am desperately trying to get my video and post up for it before it’s Christmas time. We had a “friendsgiving” this year with friends around at our house for a big feast. It was so lovely sharing our holiday tradition with them and the food that they have never tasted. I love sharing Thanksgiving with the people close to us whether that’s friends or family. It doesn’t matter. Thanksgiving is about being thankful for those in your life. It was a lovely evening and the only day this month where I felt me.
The weather has perked up despite how cold it is, the blue skies have returned which makes it easier to get outside and play. The kids have been bundling up nicely with scarves, hats and gloves to still ride their scooters through the park and around our neighborhood. I think that burst of Autumn sunshine in Spain has our batteries charged for the winter ahead. The kids are so excited this year for Christmas too. We started decorating as we do after Thanksgiving every year. I think as they get older that magical spark comes in their eye when they finally understand about Santa, the Elves and the whole Christmas spirit.
MOMMY IS LOVING…
Our family trip to Spain.
Our Friendsgiving / Thanksgiving.
My kids and their laughter.
DADDY IS LOVING…
Tiger Woods playing golf again.
Teaching B to play golf.
Golf. (always a pattern).
BUBA IS LOVING…
His new squirt-able bath toys.
Decorating the Chrstimas tree.
Putting up his elf door for Elf on a Shelf to visit.
MISSY MOO IS LOVING…
Playing with kinetic sand. It’s magic!
Sitting by the lit Christmas tree in awe of it.
Playing with her dolls and singing loudly to herself.
November has been so many good and horrific things happen within it but that’s life. We must stay strong, stay positive and be real. While I am usually bouncing off the walls come the festive season, I want to say that I am on a rollercoaster so if my social media seems confusing between emotional days and happy normal ones. Bare with me! I started blogging because I felt lost in a country I was unfamiliar with and the people online have made it feel so much different in the best way possible. I feel part of a community and feel so supported online. Thank you to all my readers for that and your loyalty, it means the world to me. Blogging isn’t just about the pretty photos, perfect magazine style posts, it’s about sharing life too and all the realities that come with it.
Come share the love for the beautiful families of Me & Mine Project. Starting with our lovely host Lucy at Dear Beautiful and the rest of the team…Mummy Daddy Me, Tigerlilly Quinn, Bump-to-Baby, and Capture by Lucy.