You might just see ordinary snaps of a family of five here. I see possibly our last trip to our family home in America. A place where I grew up, I got married at, my eldest two children took their very first steps at. A home I have so many memories both in childhood and in adulthood here. After the passing of my Dad the house my parents lived in will have to sell. It’s so hard to be here without him this year. It feels like something missing, a hole in the routines and memories being made. While he will forever be in our hearts as will this place, it’s hard to say goodbye to both this year. So we are documenting it as best we can to look back on. We aren’t venturing out for days out, theme parks and nearby city visits like we normally do. We are staying home, soaking it up and spending quality time together.
I wanted for our Me & Mine photos this month to showcase the place where we spend our summers in the garden. Playing around in the garden, in the river, in the pool and in front of the house. It’s views are breath taking. I hope my children remember a little of their summers here. We are excited for the next adventure with Grandma. We will still visit every summer and spend the time with my mom and our extended family in the area. It will just be a slightly different kind of holiday for us in the coming years.
DADDY IS LOVING…
Golf with Buba in the sunshine.
Hanging out with his brother in law (my brother).
Swimming in the lake.
MOMMY IS LOVING…
Introducing baby to the family.
Making summer memories in America.
BUBA IS LOVING…
Jumping off the dock at the lake.
Learning how to cut firework with his uncle.
Being asked to be ring bearer at his uncle’s wedding.
MISSY MOO IS LOVING…
Playing barbie dolls with her bestie Kin (my best friend’s daughter).
Being asked to be flower girl at her uncle’s wedding.
Having a sleepover with her cousins.
BABY IS LOVING…
His first swimming experience.
Cuddles from his extended family.
Being spoiled rotten by his siblings.
We still have a month left of our vacation here. Daddy leaves in two days along with my siblings and then it’s just Grandma and the kids and I. We have a few things planned for us to do together. A whole lot of cousins coming to visit and play here too. We are soaking as much of just being with each other as we can this year. With a new baby boy in tow, it’s great just getting to grips with being a family of five. Taking that extra step back from everything and enjoying each other fully. I can tell the kids are better for the extra attention and the fresh air in the great outdoors.
I will have plenty of videos to share with you when we get back as wifi is very limited here to get them up while we are visiting. It’s been such an honor over the years to grow up here, bring my kids back each summer to make memories with them too. At 5 and almost 7 years old, I hope they will have some kind of memories of this place. If not, at least we have enough photos and videos to help them remember along the way.
It’s been an extremely emotional month and coming home a tough journey. We had my Dad’s celebration of life party the first week we were here and it was one of the hardest things I had to get through. My family has been changed forever losing him. I have been changing forever losing him. Now, we will build a new routine and a new family life with his memory in our hearts.