August is a very funny month for us, while we spent ninety percent of it in the states as the last bit of our summer vacation there we have had a week back in the UK too. Sadly, we missed Daddy so much the month of August with us being gone and unfortunately him working in London the week we returned and having to be in Germany until August 31st, literally meant we saw Daddy for three days of this month. So here we are again having family portraits without him. It feels weird having two whole months without a big piece of our family of four but it’s helped knowing no other summer will we ever go this long apart. This year was a one off and we will never be apart from Mr P for more than two weeks like we have done in the past. I am glad for that, it’s been so hard being so far away from each other for so long on so many different levels.
Even though we love Daddy dearly we still have made the most of our last month of summer together, just me and the tots. We have had grand adventures of playing in the wheat fields during harvest time, hiking to the waterfalls with friends that came to visit, celebrating B’s fourth birthday, and a little Mommy getaway to Las Vegas even while the tots stayed with Grandma and Papa. I don’t know who loved this month more the kids or Mommy.
Together we loved the hot weather, swimming, fresh air, extended family around us, friends coming to visit, Las Vegas trip/a weekend of spoiled from Grandma, traveling back to the UK, our home, seeing Daddy and Granny in the UK, and so many adventures in between to remember forever. It’s been a summer of a lifetime.
B spent this last month asking when he could go to school and wear his uniform but also asking more questions about having two homes in two countries. He is very curious of his international family and I love that about him. He has become so confident over the summer, it’s almost gone the opposite and now comes out cocky at times. Someone once told me forget the terrible twos its the voracious fours I should consider. I think I can see that now. He is some much taller than last month. He is reminding more and more of Mr P now as he gets older from his facial features to his attitude and personality.
MM spent this last month changing into a little girl, growing long hair, talking full conversations from almost nothing, her voice has changed, her independence is constantly growing. I love how much she loves to explore and figure things out. She really is a curious little minx. She is still the easiest toddler ever when I consider the difference between my two which isn’t much. I have been blessed with an easy baby stage, toddler stage so I can only imagine I am due for a horrendous stage here soon. I am bracing myself. Otherwise we have a blast together and she is quite the entertainer when she wants to be. Her swimming has improved so much we are very excited to start our lessons again and see how far she has come in the big pool. She is constantly asking to go swimming or play outside. I love that she could care less about the tv or a movie still. This month I have seen her change in so many ways its blown my mind. She grew a whole inch and a quarter in two months. Is that even remotely possible? We measured her the day we got to my parents and the day we were leaving it was mind blowing. What a little girl she has become over the summer.
I am so proud of both of my tots this month, they traveled so well across the world and really helped me out. After a three hour car ride, three plane changes, lost luggages, and an hour car ride back to our uk house it was a fair long journey home. They kept it together, no tantrums, no fights, only one poo incident due to turbulence and not being able to get to the toilet and the rest of the time, slept. I couldn’t ask for better toddler travelers if I tried. They were amazing and made me feel so proud. It’s a great feeling when people all around you are complimenting how great they are being on a plane and how brave I am being for traveling solo with them. I would fly anywhere with my two by myself.It has been a big change for us to learn to live in our house again. The kids have been sharing a bedroom with me (not a bed haha) but they have had to adjust to eight hour time difference, their own rooms and our routines here in the UK. We live a lot faster pace lifestyle here in the UK and it’s been exhausting trying to get used to that again. MM has started nursery twice a week. The first day was horrendous, she had to be pried from my arms and screamed so hard and then I called from the car park and she was fine. Typical, to make me feel bad but when I picked her up she was showing me around her new nursery room. It was lovely. B starts school next week so our routines will change again. Then it will be music class, swimming, spanish lessons, working, and doing the school run and nursery pick ups and that all sounds like chaos to me at the moment.
We bid August a farewell goodbye, a month that holds so many memories, adventures, traveling, and family for us. We can’t wait to be reunited with Daddy next month for our monthly captures and feel whole again. I am sending you to the lovely Alex from Bump-to-Baby who is now a beautiful family of four too.