What a summer we have had in America. It’s the last day of the month and we will be landing back in the UK at dinner time today. As I look back at all that we packed in, I get overwhelmed with joy and gratefulness that my kids get to experience such a lovely summer. Every year, I feel like we make the most of our hot summers and experienced new adventures as much as traditional adventures like family reunions or favorite places that we like to visit every year. We always have a long list of friends to catch up with up and family to spend quality time together. The cousins all get together as much as possible while we are home to make up for the rest of the year when we are too far to do so.
Many of you will have saw or heard we had two huge hiccups during our road trip to Seattle. One had B being rushed to the hospital in an ambulance and the last day of our road trip had me being rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. Two ambulance rides in the same weekend is never good. The outcome changed the last two weeks for us on holiday. The kids still got to play with friends, swim, jump on the trampoline and enjoy the hot summer sun but unfortunately I couldn’t drive after my hospital visit with my vertigo so bad I could hardly do much of anything. After two weeks I still am coming back to the UK unable to drive which I have no idea how school drop offs/pick ups will go but I am praying I can drive soon. I feel absolutely trapped when I can’t drive myself wherever I want to go. We will have a list a mile long with B’s new diagnoses with doctor visits and new medications to help him along the way. Somehow we still pushed through and made such a great summer vacation as a family. We put a smile on our faces and we continued to do as much as we could (as long as Grandma was willing to drive). We ended our vacation with sun kissed bodies, loved filled hearts, and memory fill thoughts.
It’s also the month each year where we have to take our family photos with Daddy. He is always missing in our August snaps being back in the UK while we finish our trips out in America. We hate being separated for so long but we also know it’s for the best for all of us that our kids be apart of my country, culture and hot summer experiences while Daddy gets to golf, work and gym it up in what seems to be the rainy season in the UK now. It’s a win-win minus the separation so we make sure we facetime, text, and share as much as we can when we reunite with Daddy. We have a few presents to give him from our theme parks, zoo, aquarium and fair days out.
MOMMY IS LOVING….
Going to Seattle (minus hospital visits).
Sharing her country and culture with her readers as much as her kids.
Being home for the summer and sharing it on ig stories everyday.
DADDY IS LOVING….
Going to Portugal with friends for the weekend.
Living a bachelor life for the summer (he misses us really).
Looking forward to us arriving home today.
BUBA IS LOVING…
Diving in the pool for diving sticks.
Playing with his kid’s summer entertainment pack with his sister.
His LEGO birthday party.
MISSY MOO IS LOVING…
Beach days with friends and family.
Mommy’s awesome LEGO marshmallow pops.
Being absolutely spoiled by EVERYONE all summer.
I was really surprised these two didn’t ask for their toys back in the UK or Daddy as much as they did last year. I think because Daddy got to spend two weeks with us this time, it made a huge difference. They were as homesick. Since they are that little bit older, we got to do longer days out together which I really enjoyed. No one had to take naps or be home early for bedtime specifically to cope with the day. They can go to bed slightly later and deal with the next day now.
They have been the best little buddies here too. Bickering is less because they get to be outside everyday. I saw a lot more jealousy from little miss of her brother playing with the older cousins. She doesn’t like to share her brother. But then all her older cousins carry her everywhere and spoil her rotten so we have seen slightly more tantrums and divas like actions from MM too. She isn’t used to so much attention from so many. I think she will have a really eye opener when we get home and the rules get reinforced without a cousin, auntie, or grandma to intervene.
We look forward to September which will see MM starting school and B going into Year Two. How this happened I will never know…what happened to my babies at home with me? I am preparing for empty nest and what this means for work for me and the family. I love what I do and finding balance between home life and work life but I also am going to be so lonely at first without any kids at home with me. Not looking forward to that part but excited to see the next chapter for our family with two school kids in tow. The kids even gave a little interview on what they are thinking about going to school, wearing uniforms and what they are mostly looking forward to next month, catch video here.
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Don’t forget to check out our beautiful Creator Lucy, and our Cohosts: Alex, Charlotte, Fritha, Katie and Lucy. They all take such amazing, beautiful family snaps and I love following along each month to see how the kids have grown and changed and all that they get up to together as a family.
Linky opens 7am UK time on the 31st of August – this went live a few hours early as we are on three flights on our way back to England from west coast America. Hope everyone enjoyed their summer holidays.