This summer, we made the most of our short time here and planned days out, water park visits, swimming in lakes, rivers, ponds and pools, and we have visit as many family and friends that we could. Some years we get a chance to see everyone and some years it’s harder to organize and get us all together. This year was one of those years for numerous circumstances we missed a lot of close family which makes us sad but it also makes me excited for next year already to make up for lost time this time.
The kids have grown twice their size and changed so much this summer, like they do each summer. Their hair is blonder and the fresh air and chilled out living has made them calmer and happier too. We are returning with clothes that don’t fit us and tanned bodies. We soaked up as much sunshine that is humanly possible to bring back with us and hoping it last all winter.
MOMMY IS LOVING…
Family and friends around her for summer.
Swimming and sunshine everyday.
Time with her kiddos without distractions.
Reading in the sun.
B IS LOVING…
Diving for rings at the bottom of the pool.
A Paw Patrol birthday party.
Playing with his Seattle friends that came to visit.
Grandma and Papa’s new puppy, Dexter.
MM IS LOVING…
Swimming without armbands.
Coloring for hours.
Learning to write her name.
Grandma and Papa’s new puppy, Dexter.
GRANDMA IS LOVING…
Us visiting for the summer, of course.
Her new puppy, Dexter.
Bonding with her grandkids and teaching them baking.
Making new memories with her daughter.
This month’s Me & Mine is hard because Daddy is missing. I hate when we aren’t a family of four for a whole month. It seems way too long but this is how it is being an expat so we cope with it. As a family of three this summer we have made some amazing memories together. There are moments this summer that I feel will stay with me forever. I have so much to share in the next few weeks once I get settled back in the UK. The kids have been teaching me a lot lately about life and how I want it to go for the future for us all. There will be some major changes coming soon that I am both excited for and nervous for but know they need to happen.
I can’t believe B is in Year One in a week and then it soon will be MM. We only have a year left together, one on one, before she starts school so I really want to make the most of it for us. Life is so short I think I lived last year way too fast, too full, and too busy. What’s life if we rush it? I really want to make our time together while the kids are growing more special by living at a slower pace. I don’t think we ever stop when we are in England and when we get to America each year it’s so amazing to slow down. The kids seem to be happier and have more fun when life is slow. I think sometimes we have all these plans but it’s better to let them go out the window and be spontaneous and lazy together in the summer. It’s a time for them to have a break from all that rushing around too. I am so excited for our new routine that I have sorted when we return. No more classes every day but have one busy day for swimming lessons and gymnastics/soccer. That makes it a less packed rushed week schedule for us all. I love that. Not sure why I didn’t do that sooner.
Our trip to America always leaves us sad to say goodbye but grateful to have this time here with family. It makes us appreciate life more and regroup for the things that matter most that may have slipped our minds while we have been rushing around. I don’t know if it’s just being home that makes me want to be a better person, a better version of me or if it’s the positivity of my family surrounding me but I love the feeling I go back to England with. I always have motivation and plans for a better future for our family.
We have Grandma joining us this month for our Me & Mine project. There is nothing better than being with my mother. We have so much fun together. That’s the best part of our summers here to be able to spend so much time with her when I can’t throughout the year. I love our summer memories, we make together. It’s amazing to see the kids bond with her as much as it is to keep bonding with her, myself. I wish we lived closer where we could always have time together throughout the year but being an expat you have to make the most of what you get. I try to stockpile, my own Mom time, as much as possible when we visit. We laugh about splitting her time between being Grandma and being my Mom. There is time for Grandma and kids to play and bond but I also love having her all to myself too. I am not afraid to admit it. The kids adore her and she goes along with our crazy family adventures and days out with us whenever we go. I couldn’t ask for a better mother and grandma to my children ever.