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.
Maria (one tiny leap) says
Stunning photos Jenny, even without Mr P! It must be so tough for them to re-adapt to their normal lives in the UK after such a long (and what looks like an amazing) holiday back in the US. I’m finding it hard to explain to Charlie that we’re moving back to Brighton, not Lisbon. He doesn’t seem to grasp what it means just yet…. x
Gemma (life as mummy) says
Stunning pictures and wow what a busy month. Jealous of your visits to the states my no.1 on travel list to visit 🙂
We had a no daddy weekend last week as he had to go do some work at his parents house and you do feel a little lost but nonetheless I’m sure September will be different and you’ll all be reunited 🙂 xx
We are looking forward to all new routines and adventures come September. It’s definitely going to be a big month with nursery and school starting for the tots. Thank you.
These are beautiful photos. You all look so happy although I bet you have all missed your husband lots.
Debs @ Super Busy Mum says
Beautiful photos Jenny. I bet you’ll be looking forward to the hubby getting home huh! x
Ahh thanks Debs. It’s a beautiful place to take photos. Oh yes hubby just got back today from Germany and its been amazing having us all together.
Katie @mummydaddyme says
These are utterly beautiful photos Jenny, I love the setting and the goldenness in the photo. You are looking so fit and well too. Looking forward to seeing Mr P in the photos next month too, you must have missed him terribly. x
It was really hard to take family photos twice two months in a row without him I am not going to lie. But happy to be all back together today. Thanks we love the wheat fields they are so beautiful.
Bex @ The Mummy Adventure says
Such gorgeous photos! Your summer looks amazing, and the perfect time away before school begins.
It sounds like you had just the best August although without Daddy which must have been strange. Your two look all grown up now! x
Jess @ Catch A Single Thought says
These photos are just stunning Jenny, even if you were sadly missing your 4th family member! Such gorgeous ones of you all.
Mummy on a Budget says
Beautiful photos! Looks like you’ve had an amazing time away but time to be reunited with Daddy! #MeandMine
Thank you so much it really is time to be with Daddy we have missed him way too much.
Capture by Lucy says
Oh the wheat fields are magical! And do you know I think you may look back in years to come and absolutely treasure these photos of just you and the children. I wish I had a set like this! So glad you are home altogether though, and yes get ready for chaos! But it will be fantastic chaos. Big good luck love to B for big school! xx
Nicola Han says
Absolutely adore these photos, the field is gorgeous and certainly highlights blonde and tan – a perfect combination coming from a blonde and tan girl!!!! I can’t imagine what it is like to not see my hubby at some point in the day but how lucky and wonderful it is to have two places that you can really call home and hey Skype is always good!! X
Hayley (@hayleyfromhome) says
These photos are just beautiful Jenny, you look absolutely gorgeous. I love seeing your summer in the US but I can’t even imagine how hard it is to return home to regular life, to the routines and nursery but I guess here is where Mr P is and that makes it a little easier, I hope MM settles a little better and that B enjoys school xx
Sarah christie says
Jenny such beautiful photos , I have followed you summer and it looks like it has been incredible. I am so glad you are all back together now xx
Ahhh thanks Sarah it’s been a great summer but we are home now all together. It’s lovely.
Your summer sounds amazing (except being apart from your Mr) and i love your beautiful photos, they are so vibrant and colouful. You are one remarkable lady for travelling halfway accross the world with 2 little ones, but they do sound really well behaved and happy children, its beautiful when strangers comment on good behaviour, we get a lot of comments too and its nice, we must be doing something right!
Thanks Hannah, yes it’s such a proud mommy moment isn’t it? I love it. Strangers I think should do more of praising other strangers than judging but it’s lovely that some still do it. It was the best summer ever.
Helen | Wonderfully Average says
Such beautiful pictures! It must be so nice for you all to finally be re-united with Daddy. It sounds like your two have changed and grown so much over the summer ready for the next exciting chapter 🙂
Thank you so much Helen. It has been amazing to finally all be back together again, yes. We really are excited and it’s gone so quick this year I can’t believe it’s upon us now.