It’s no secret I love my summers back home with my kids. I love sharing every aspect of my homeland, culture, family, friends and all that I did growing up with them, each and every summer. We have just landed on the West Coast of America, greeted with the amazing hot sunshine that summer brings. Each year, we make so many memories together here and my kids get to live the summer life that I had growing up and for that I will forever be grateful for.
It’s been a tough few months for the LTM household for numerous reasons and I couldn’t wait to come back home where I can live a slower pace of life, a simpler life and heal all those wounds with family around. There really is nothing better than come home. The welcome, the love, the support, the comfort that home provides and so many more bonuses are always waiting for me with open arms. I have only been home a few days (minus the horrible jetlag this time for me and the kids) I instantly feel a little better about everything. It really is the best medicine and I am sure the kids’ laughter and sunshine help too.
They come alive too. They love that we aren’t constantly rushing in the car to go somewhere. We are silly and run around in the woods exploring. We swim in the rivers, lakes, and pool to cool off. The sun is always shining when we wake up, basking us with it’s rays. That vitamin d really does warm the soul too. The fresh air does the kids so much good too. There seems to be less bickering by them and a lot less shouting by me. That was one of my goals to learn how to speak to my children again and stop immediately shouting for them to stop it or be nice or whatever it is that has them crying. I think when you are rushing around and busy all the time your patient levels drop drastically or at least they do for me. I really am so aware of that lately and want to fix that before we go back to England.
This summer is really about seeing as much family and friends as possible, having fun in the sun, and really paying extra special attention to them both as much as I can. I want to play with them more, get down to their level and teach them more. I want to experience more with them than ever before. They are only little once and it’s so important to take advantage of the time we have here.
So it might be a little quieter on my blog while we enjoy each other but don’t worry we will be popping in and out on the blog sharing our adventures and especially when we return too. Our instagram will be flooded with holiday spam each and every day so do pop over and say hello. Don’t forget check out where our USA summer adventures have taken us this year over there too.
If you don’t live where you grew up you will know that amazing feeling as an expat of coming home. Or even if you aren’t an expat and just moved a few hours away. There is something so amazing about being back where all your memories began as a child.
Ah lovely I am always jealous of your summers back home – you are so right about the sunshine, everything is so much brighter and so much easier. Enjoy your summer and your time with your family xxx
Oh thanks hunny that’s lovely to hear. Glad no one hates me for my holiday spamming too. lol Family is the best medicine and just what I needed at the moment.
Hayley McLean says
Ah I totally relate. I only live 250 miles away from home which I know is nothing in USA terms but you know what its like here – that feels like forever and we only get to visit home twice a year (the car journey with 3 kids under 3 is NO FUN!) but when i`m home that feeling of just belonging and the calm that comes with it is wonderful.
Have a wonderful summer, you all deserve it. xx
It’s worth the trip though isn’t it? Yes I can totally understand about all that. It’s hard to road trip it with very little ones. When they are it will get easier. You have a wonderful summer too. Thanks lovely.
Have a wonderful summer jenny – I cannot wait to hear all about it. It looks like the children are loving it already x
Chloe: Picture Taker Memory Maker says
I’m so jealous that you get six whole weeks of sunshine. It’s pouring with rain here as I type this but your gorgeous, smiley, sunshiney photos are cheering me up after a day stuck indoors with bickering children. Whereabouts in the US are you? I’m desperate to explore America and am making notes of places I definitely want to visit. Looking forward to hearing more about your summer over the next few weeks x
Glad we can share it at least online if we can’t jar it up and bring it back with us. I love our time here in the summer. So fun and so great to be with family. It’s hard without them the rest of the year. We are on west coast. Oh yes I have so much to share when I get back home for sure. Wifi is really bad here on the mountain and we lose power a lot so its not so easy to share things while I am away.
Rosie M. Jordan says
There are many places to go in life, but you just have to return home. You feel so wonderful to come back home and take part in activities with family because the family is best medicine. You have a wonderful summer, thanks for sharing and I’m looking forward to hearing about your adventures.
Oh yes having both world experiences is the best of it all and we are so grateful for both families and time with both cultures. I wouldn’t want it any other way. Glad you are enjoying our adventures, means a lot.