Letters to him & her ~ #16

letters to my children France editionhim

Buba, we headed off to France this past weekend, and in typical fashion you became very ill. It’s your rotten luck that we always end up at the hospital or doctors with you while we are vacationing abroad. I wish you had a stronger immune system, better luck and less things that keep knocking you down. I will say this, you must have been in horrible pain with a throat infection and not being able to eat the entire time we were there but you still were a trooper. You still found some way to smile once or twice during the day when the medicine kicked in. You still attempted to get up on that horse and ride it at the park. You tried with all your might to play with your friends, and their toys; even if you had to lay down every half hour or so on the couch, too weak to play. I hate that I couldn’t help you and make your holiday better. For the first time ever, I scooped you up in the middle of the night and cuddled you all night while you shook and whimpered through your fevers. It just showed me you can’t plan anything perfectly you just got to deal with what’s right then and there no matter where you are. You were brave with the French doctors and became more yourself again just in time to come home but you got to run around outside and make the most of the last hour or so before we left, that’s what I will remember. I hope that’s what you will remember too! Squealing with laughter, a smile on your face with good friends and family around you.

letters to my children France editionher

Missy Moo, you took France by storm and made one great holiday for yourself. I really enjoyed watching you play with the two older girls, keeping up with them in your stride. You pranced around in your dresses and were running wild through the gardens of our friend’s house. The sun seemed to make you giddy more than normal. I have never heard you laugh so hard, seen you be so happy, and watch you play so hard in your entire little life. It was a pleasure this past weekend traveling with you. Even though we stick to routines at home some of that had to go out the window and you coped so perfectly with it all. You showed concern for your sick brother but you were not your normal jealous self about sharing mommy this time. It was like you knew he really needed mommy cuddles this weekend. You played independently while the older girls were at school. I love watching you exploring and play make believe with the toys in the garden. There was so much space outdoors for you to run and be free and it looks like that’s the kind of thing you need. You are a kindred spirit, wild and free. 

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120 thoughts on “Letters to him & her ~ #16”

  1. So sorry to hear that Buba was ill, I hope he is on the mend now. It’s nice to hear that Missy Moo understood that he needed a little extra mummy time.

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  2. I loved what you said about not being able to plan for every eventually and just having to deal with what’s in front of you in the moment. I’m trying to accept that more now that I’m a parent. xxx

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    • It was hard for me too at first and not in line with my personality but I have changed so much since having children it’s just comes as par for the course. lol Thanks.

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  3. Lovely letters! Great idea too. Such a shame you lad was poorly! Always the worst timing but sounds like he gave having fun his best shot! It must have been a proud moment watching your little girl seem so grown up! Hope the holiday was fab despite this! Xxx #sharewithme

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    • It was a very proud moment but a sad one too Sarah, I really couldn’t believe how much it looked like she changed. It almost made me cry. Where has my baby gone? Then of course my first born is always sick and usually on vacation we end up at doctors or hospitals, just our luck and his. We always make memories in the end though. Love writing to them each week.

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  4. So sorry to hear that Bubba was unwell while you were in France but glad he managed to enjoy some moments here and there and hope he is feeling much better now. Missy Moo sounds like she really enjoyed it and seemed to realise how much Bubba needed your cuddles.

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    • She was brilliant on our holiday and really came into her own personality too. It was adorable. B is a lot better now thank you. We are used to it with his bubble boyness, he gets sick a lot and has other ailments that always make it harder for him than others. Bless.

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  5. Aww bless them both your poor lovely boy, glad he is a lot better now and you all had a good time despite the bugs. Horrid timing, but it is sods law isn’t it? Missy Moo sounds so lovely letting her big brother have much needed cuddles x

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    • I think it was the older girls to play with and the new environment but I was impressed with her giving B the time he needed with me. He was so sick. Bless him. But on the mend now.

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    • Thank you. These are some of my favorite posts to write each week. It’s something directly to them so they know what we were up to and how are a parent I was feeling and experiencing it along with them.

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    • Oh yes we still made the very most of it all while we were in France. Who wouldn’t? It’s a beautiful country. And it was easier as we were staying with lovely friends.

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  6. Such a shame that bubba was ill, hope he’s back to his usual self now. Still sounds like you managed to create some great memories.

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    • Thank you Stacey, it is a shame but typical. He has the short end of the stick every time when we travel bless him. Oh yes lots of great memories with great friends.

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    • He was for the most part keeping up with us all. Normally he would just lay on the couch and not move or speak to anyone. So I was very proud of him for sucking it up and we all made the most of it and had a great time. Thank you.

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  7. Oh how unlucky, mine are always ill and that is one thing that makes me worried about going abroad. Glad the French doctors were ok. Missy moo sounds like such a character bless her. beautiful letters. Thanks for hosting xx

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    • Thanks Katy. Oh dear I can go on for days of how many illnesses one of us has had abroad. Goes with the territory of getting on a plane. It’s not as bad as you think. We have been in most doctors and hospitals in four different countries in the last two years and they are all brilliant with expats.

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  8. Oh that’s not good, being ill on holiday sucks – especially when you’re little – hope Buba is recovering; love the thought of Missy Moo prancing around in her dresses too, quite the little girl πŸ™‚ #sharewithme

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  9. What beautiful letters to your little ones. Shame about the illness but what wonderful kids you have there that you managed to make the best of the situation. Cutie picts as always xxx #sharewithme

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    • Thank you. I write to them every Monday with a capture photo as they grow and change so much at this age and document adventures we go on and milestones they reach at a time they may not remember themselves. Each year I put them all into a book for them to keep.

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  10. So sorry about Buba. One of our children is ALWAYS ill on holiday, I think it’s the law. Hope you managed to have fun anyway. That photo of Missy Moo is gorgeous! Great styling with the flower, colours so vibrant and her eyes…! Thanks for hosting, lovely. xx

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    • For once if you would believe I didn’t style that photo the waiter gave her the cocktail umbrella to stop screaming in the restaurant. hahaha So I snapped it up. lol Thanks hunny. B is on the mend and fine now that we are home. Typical isn’t it? We usually have an ill one on vacations too.

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  11. Poor Bubba! He’s such a trooper though for keeping up with your family even when we was ill. Glad to know he’s feeling better. Sounds like Missy Moo enjoyed her time, and was so supportive of her brother during his illness. Nothing like a little sis looking out for her brother. Thanks so much for sharing, Jenny. These letters are beautiful!

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  12. Oh poor little Buba what a miserable holiday for him (and you!). Glad to hear that Missy Moo made up for her brother’s lack of energy! I hope that you somehow managed a good holiday anyway Jenny. x

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    • Oh yes we really did manage a great holiday with friends and can’t wait to share it in a few days with all of you. B really stepped up and tried his best to play bless him.

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  13. Aww poor Buba. Not nice when they’re ill at the best of times. Even worse when you’re on holiday. I hope he’s feeling better. Lovely pictures! x

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    • Thank you it really does suck when they get sick on holiday and it usually is Buba. He drew the short straw when it came to good immune system bless him.

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  14. Aaaw Jenny, sounds like such a mixed holiday for you all. Sorry that Buba was ill, but great that MM had a fabulous time. It’s so hard being a parent, especially if you have more than one and are trying to balance everyone’s moods and feelings i.e. someone being ill vs someone who’s on top of the world! x

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    • It seems to be the pattern lately with mixed holidays. But we always make the most of what we can, when we can. I think we all still had a great time. It was definitely a challenge to be hyper and exciting with one child and be sympathetic to the other one. Like playing jeckal and hyde.

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  15. Aww what a gorgeous post. Sorry to hear your little man was poorly on holiday but it sounds like he dealt with it brilliantly. And little lady – I can just se her running like the wind, hair blowing back! Lovely πŸ™‚ Hope you had a wonderful time. #sharewithme

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    • Thanks Lisa, they are challenging but worth it to say the least. It was hard to run and be hyper and happy with one child and be sympathetic and cuddling the other. lol We still had a great time though.

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  16. I love this idea of writing to your kids, will have to look back at older versions. Sounds like you had a wonderful time despite ilness. Hope he’s well now! #sharewithme

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    • Thanks Hannah, oh yes I did it all last year too and put them into a book. I write to them each week about our adventures, their milestones and things I want to say to them. Glad you liked it.

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  17. Poor little guy! As a kid I was always sick when we had a vacation or family get-together for the holidays….it never failed! I hope he ends this pattern soon, it’s no fun!

    I love this letters to your children, it’s such a wonderful way to create rich snapshots of these moments in time!

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    • Thanks darling I did a whole year of them last year and really want to put them into a book each year for both of the kids. Oh I hope his streak of holiday illnesses are over soon. lol Thanks hunny.

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  18. It’s as if the world stands still when our little ones get ill. My little boy has been through the ringer this week with possible measles.
    Glad to see the weekend wasn’t a total loss and that fun was had by all. ☺️

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    • Yes it really does seem like that sometimes doesn’t it especially on holiday makes it harder to steer away from routines for a treat when they really need those routines to get better. We still had a fabulous time and loved seeing our friends.

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  19. A real mixture of experiences for you and yours. Holidays always hold a great expectation before, but whatever the eventuality, they are usually hold such memories after.

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    • Oh yes we did make the most of it but definitely dealing with a happy, hyper excited child and a sick, moaning cuddly one at the same time is never easy. lol Thank you.

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    • Thank you Jenni. We could never plan anything without Buba getting hurt, ill, or having to see a specialist of some sorts so we should be used to it by now and more prepared. lol But we still had a great holiday. Helps we stayed with friends and not at a hotel.

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  20. Ah poor Bubba so sorry he was ill, its such a shame when that happens but like you say you just have to carry on, and bless him for trying to join in still, and glad Missy had a fab time its wonderful watching them grow isn’t it x

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  21. What a lovely post, and such a good idea! I’ve never written a letter to my kiddies, but you’ve inspired me, I might try it. It’s certainly a beautiful memory. Glad to hear Bubba is on the mend now. Bad luck for being ill on holiday, but it looks like he’s a little trooper! I’m sure there’ll be lots more family holidays to come, which he will be able to enjoy fully, and he will still remember the best bits from this one! πŸ™‚ x

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    • Oh yes do it’s so lovely to have them for the kids to read when they are older. I did it all last year and put them into a book for them to keep. Oh yes we have a few more this year to make up for it. Buba is a trooper for sure, he still made the most of it when he could. MM had the time of her life. Thank you.

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  22. Such bad luck for your little boy… I found it very touching that you held him whole night… I hope his immune system gets better as he gets older xx
    That’s great that Missy Moo was able to enjoy her holiday regardless of her brother being poorly πŸ™‚
    Thanks for hosting #sharewithme xx

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    • Yes she still made the most of every minute and the solo attention from everyone. It was the first time he has ever slept with me and I held him right taking it all in. Bless him

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    • Welcome to SWM. Glad you found it too and hope you enjoy the blog hop. Can’t wait to read them all this weekend. Kids are strongm and bounce back don’t they? Lol

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  23. Oh such a shame for Buba to be poorly while you were away – throat infections are so nasty! But sounds like he was so brave and started to recover towards the end. (All night hugs are the best medicine.) Glad Missy Moo had lots of fun though nevertheless. Lovely post #sharewithme

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    • He was great with it. We had a lovely time still and ate and drank ourselves silly. It might have been beneficial if I was the one with the throat infection to stay away from all the amazing food! lol MM always make the most of it all.

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  24. Such a lovely way to capture memories from your holiday. Sorry to hear your little boy couldn’t enjoy it as much as he should have, pesky illness! Such a horrible feeling to feel helpless when your little ones are ill. Mummy hugs are great medicine though! Great to hear your little girl had such fun and I am sure your little boy will have some great memories too despite being poorly #sharewithme

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  25. Poor Buba! You must have been so relieved when he perked up.
    MM is really developing her own little character now isn’t she? You can really see it in the photos you take of her Jenny, she’s a proper little girl now! xx

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  26. I’m sorry Buba was poorly on your holiday. My son has a poor immune system and is always getting knocked down by viruses. I’m glad you still managed to enjoy your holiday though πŸ™‚
    #Sharewithme
    Becky xx

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  27. I’m so sorry to hear that Buba was ill (totally out of touch being on holiday myself this week!). I hope he’s feeling lots better. Love the photos of both, really gorgeous. It sounds like MM had a great time!

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    • Thanks Sara, it is just his luck. He never gets the long straw in things when it comes to immune system. MM really blossomed over the trip I couldn’t believe it.

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    • I think so too. I was just saying he seemed so grown up and looking older too lately and then when he was sick curdled up in my lap it was just like he was a baby again..

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  28. Aww I’m glad buba managed to have a little fun on holiday despite being ill. Your pictures are beautiful #sharewithme

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  29. Oh poor Buba, sorry to hear he was poorly. Missy Moo sounded like she thoroughly enjoyed herself! I’ve never been to France although I hope to one day. #sharewithme

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  30. Oh Jenny, what an awful and yet lovely holiday. It’s really not nice when our little ones are ill and all you can do is comfort them with a cuddle, is it? Lovely also that you got a little break away from routine with Missy Moo. We also like our routine but it’s nice to see our little bear bloom and shine when she’s doing something off the cuff πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks Carol. Yes it really was an up and down holiday. We made great memories despite the illnesses that plagued us. Glad I didn’t get sick. Thanks.

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  31. Oh the poor little dude, especially the fact you guys were on a little holiday. Hope he’s okay now and back to his normal self.

    Only ever been to Disney, would love to explore France a bit more. It’s such a beautiful country!

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    • It really is a great country to visit and we are lucky to have friends that live there and move around so we have seen our fair share of France north and south. I would live there in a heart beat myself. B is fine now. Always the way on holiday.

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  32. Aw sorry to hear your little man was poorly it is so hard to plan holidays when sickness raises its ugly head πŸ™ Thanks for hosting such a great linky #sharewithme

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    • Thanks for joining in. Glad you like it. It was tough him being sick but he is on the mend. Maybe it’s just us on holiday that’s the curse. lol

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  33. Sorry your little boy wasn’t very well. My middle one is like this, always catching things and it’s really horrible, you feel so helpless. Your little girl is adorable and I love these letters that you do x

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