Our first day back in the UK was an ordinary one. The sky was dry so we did, what we would do, on any other normal Saturday morning and took a walk to a few of our local parks for a little parking hopping.
It was great being back home and having all of us together again doing what we love most, spending time together. We are lucky to be surround by more than a handful of parks within walking distance so we like to park hop. It’s our thing!
Saying goodbye is never easy to family and friends back home. I always find that I am a little down and maybe, just possibly snappy too the first week I return. Its hard not to want it all just around the corner. I would love to have my mom at arms length for both the kids sake and mine or to have many of my best friends whom have the same age kids as me down the road for playdates and celebrations. Being an expat is hard but after kids I have found it increasingly moreso and mostly for them and not me missing out. What has helped the most is just getting back to our normal routines doing the great things we always do together however big or small. We enjoyed our first day back with a morning at the parks, a long walk, naptime, then headed to dinner just the four of us at Lucianos. It was a blessing not to have to cook the first night and just listening to Buba tell Daddy of all our Seattle adventures and watching Daddy get used to his new toddler daughter, no longer a baby as when we left the UK!
The kids have really changed since we left in June; both taller, wiser, older looking. Missy Moo can now talk and walk and best of all she is finally getting hair. So sick of being asked if she is a boy or being told you have two adorable boys!
As they ran around the park, enjoying their old territory I watched and reflected on all that has happened in the last two months, feeling sad that its over but ever, ever so grateful that it all happened. We made so many great new memories with my friends and family, ones I will never forget!
I couldn’t have asked for a better day, full of our ordinary moments together as a family. Being away from my own family I know how important it is to cherish every moment even if it’s not a huge milestone of life because life is really too short.