I have to say July has been an absolutely amazing month for us. While we are so sad Daddy has gone back to the UK and isn’t here with us for the rest of the summer, we are making the most of the sunshine and family around us. There hasn’t been a day where the sun isn’t blistering down on us, we aren’t visiting extended family and close friends, swimming, and baking in Grandma’s kitchen, and so much more. There is so much to do here and so many places to take the kids, we can never get bored. The kids really respond to the great outdoors and fresh air.
We have had numerous family days out, hiking up to waterfalls near my parents house, many playdates with friends’ little kids and younger cousins’ kids, and we still have a few more weeks to go. Summers here are busy and full of adventure. I know my two are probably too young to remember this year, here but I am looking forward to a time where they hold our summer memories in their childhood memories forever. Where they can recall how much fun we have every year at Grandma and Papa’s house. I hope on the last day of school every year they look forward to getting on that plane to be here for the summer.
It’s amazing to have the sun blasting down on you every day for a whole month. It really soaked into your bones and makes every one more happy. Although I have been struggling how to take good photos in such bright light, that’s a lesson I should have mastered before I got here. Next year, I will be more prepared.
This month it didn’t feel right taking our family portraits without Daddy in them. I am sure Daddy is quite happy to not have to suffer through them or be bribed this month but I look at them and feel a little emotion for him not being there. I am missing him as much as the kids are missing him this month. Six weeks is a long time to be apart and actually the most we have ever gone apart since meeting in Mexico, eight years ago. It will be the last time we are ever separated so long as next year we will only be here a few weeks. So this year is an exception but doesn’t make me miss him less. I miss his daily, “how did you sleep” or a kiss when he walks by me or his cuddles goodnight. Technology has kept the kids and I seeing Daddy every other day which I am so grateful for and we have a few more weeks but then we will all be together again.
TOGETHER WE ARE LOVING…
The daily sunshine and hot weather.
Swimming nonstop even after dinner until bedtime.
Exploring the mountains, waterfalls, lakes and rivers.
Baking in Grandma’s kitchen.
Going to the beach, each week with friends and family.
Spending so much time with Grandma and Papa.
Always having various extended family visiting and hanging out with us.
Never being bored or having to stay inside all day.
TOGETHER WE ARE NOT LOVING…
Daddy not being with us and missing him so very much.
(apologies of my grainy iphone photos of us)
This month I am sending you to the fabulous Katie at Mummy Daddy Me to see what her beautiful family of four have been getting up to. Her adventures are always as vibrant as her beautiful photos. Go have a peak.
Julia @ Rainbeaubelle says
Your summer in the States sounds amazing, and you know what I think your children will remember bits about them even though they are still young, They will definitely have already made the connection that they are fun and they are with people they love I’m sure! We just spent a few days in Yorkshire with my parents and it’s such a comfort. Beautiful photos of you all x
I think B at least is big enough to remember now, and even if not exactly the specifics then certainly the sunshine! Which incidentally sounds AMAZING!! I’m guessing you’ve heard how wet it’s been over here and you’re definitely in the right place. It really sounds like a magical spot and it makes for some very happy photos!
Heledd - Running in Lavender says
Your summer sounds and looks amazing Jenny! The weather here is so up and down, your guaranteed sunshine sounds awesome! You must miss your hubby so much, I’m taking the girls to Wales for two weeks and that feels like a long time to be away. Enjoy every last second of being at home and with family. Love your beautiful pictures xxxx
Awww these are lovely photos of the three of you! I can only imagine how much you are all missing your husband. It must be hard but it must be lovely to be able to spend so much time with your family over the Summer.
Alex Bump to Baby says
Oh Jenny it must be so hard for you to be away from your Husband, but at the same time lovely to be able to go back to where you grew up and see your family. You look absolutely gorgeous in all of your photos, but then you always do! I think these are simply beautiful pictures of you with your little one’s. You really have a beautiful family. xx
Hayley (@hayleyfromhome) says
Aww these are lovely photos Jenny, you all look so happy even though I know you must be missing Mr P so much. It must be so hard to be back where you think of as home but not having him there, lovely big smiles from all of you though 🙂 #meandmine
Katy (What Katy Said) says
Jenny I LOVE these photos, you can see you are truly truly happy! Sunshine and home are doing you good 🙂 #meandmine xx
Thanks Katy that’s so sweet of you to say. They were iphone grainy shots and simple but it really captures our slower pace of life here in the USA and how much the sun is good for the soul as much as family is.
Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations says
Love the picture of you all on the deckchairs, so cute… Though I agree, I think I would feel weird without Dave in the pictures too! I can’t believe how grown up MM looks here too… Like she’s suddenly not a baby any more! Feeling the same about my Heidi and I just don’t like it at all!x
MM has really grown up a lot here in the states. Their accents are American now too so it’s great. I did feel really bad not having Mr P in our photos and sadly our August Me & Mine won’t feature him either. We are missing him so very much but sometimes in life we don’t have choices to make it work. He had to go back to work and usually he comes in the middle so we are never apart more than three weeks. This is an exception year and we won’t be doing it like this again. So just got to get through it. 🙂
Your summer in America sounds just amazing – I’ve been looking at all your instagram photos with envy! It must be so hard for you all being away from your husband for so long though.
It really is, I am not going to lie. I am sure everyone is sick of my holiday spam on instagram as I have heard the weather in UK is bad. Bless. It really is hard to be away from hubby but it’s the price I pay so my kids can bond with grandparents and other family here in the summer and get nice summers. Next year will only be four weeks and two weeks away from Daddy so it will be so much easier. This year is an exception.
Helen | Wonderfully Average says
Sounds like such an amazing time! Your children are so lucky to have such wonderful summers with their grandparents. It must be hard to be away from your husband for so long, but at least you can all see each other through the magic of modern technology 🙂
Yes technology has been huge savor and we only have three more weeks then we are back all together in the UK. I am forever grateful for our summers here in the states and that my kids have two amazing homes to be apart of.
Bex @ The Mummy Adventure says
I am so jealous that you are having so much sun, whilst I nearly got Finn’s snowsuit out this afternoon! Gorgeous photos, you need to photoshop your hubby in haha
Sarah christie says
Jenny i have so enjoyed following your summer adventure and your photos are just lovely x
Katie @mummydaddyme says
I have loved hearing about your Summer adventures Jenny, it truly does look idyllic and beautiful and I can just imagine the kids are thriving being out there. Why would you want to come back to the UK haha? Of course because of Mr P- I can imagine you are missing him lots and lots. Not long till you are back though. Enjoy your last couple of weeks. xx
Thanks Katie, it’s definitely hard to get back on the plane you are right but worth it to see Mr P and you lot again. The sun definitely helps make everything nicer. lol Last few weeks will fly by for sure.
Really lovely photos of you 3 though, I have been following your pictures since you have been over there and it looks so lovely. I bet the sunshine feels so good to be on you all the time. Keeps everyone healthy.
Thanks Stephanie, and glad you are enjoying all our holiday spamming too. Lol It’s a pleasure to share our family adventures in the states with so many. The sunshine feels amazing for so long I will have culture shock when I return to the cold uk. lol
Two Boy Mummy says
What a sweet post. It really sounds like the idyllic summer out there, with all of that outdoor activity, but what a shame you are apart from your husband.
Your little ones are so gorgeous.
I know it’s like a catch 22 best summer ever and missing him more than ever but it was a one off long summer and next year we will all be here together for most of it. Thank you.
Wow what an amazing summer you are having, it must be so hard being away from your husband for so long but it definitely looks like you are enjoying the time away from home. #meandmine
We really are having a truly blessed summer with perfect weather, so much family around and only thing missing is Daddy and it would be the 100% perfect. It’s our second home for sure.
Fritha Strickland says
it all sounds SO idilic! I’m also wondering why you’d want to come back to ‘ol blighty 😉 we’d miss you if you didn’t though x
It’s hard to come back but hubby and a great new circle of friends have made it so much easier this time Fritha. I would miss you too hunny. It’s very idilic here!
It sounds like you are having an amazing summer full of sunshine and extended family. Technology is amazing isn’t it? We rely on it with my brother living in Canada with his wife and when we move out there (opposite side of Canada) we’ll rely on it again. Your photos are lovely this month, as always. x
I couldn’t do it without technology that’s for sure. It allows me to still work from home here in the states and stay in touch with Daddy back in the UK. Thank you so much. Simple but lovely.
Your US home looks incredible, and i’m really enjoying following your adventures there, I’ve always wanted to travel the US, maybe in the future! Lovely photos of you guys, and I know how hard it is when your other half isnt about, but not long now for you lady! enjoy your last few weeks in that lovely place xx