I’ve been quiet on here for a few weeks now, but were back! The boys and I had such a fun time back in my homeland visiting family and friends. We packed A LOT into the 12 two weeks we were there.
Where do I start? Day by day you say? Ok!
We arrived on April 8th, after a 8 hour overnight flight… that both boys slept from take-off to landing (insert my happy dance here), it helped that we didn’t take off till 10pm so they were exhausted. We got to my Grandmas house around 2pm England time on the 8th, and of course there was tea, biscuits and food waiting for us! She’s the hostess with the mostess! We hung out with family all day here, and I kept the boys awake all day to try and quickly get them adjusted to the 5 hour time difference. They did so well, I know they’re my kids, but they seriously did so awesome!
The next day, my Aunt went and got her 3 year old adorable granddaughter so the boys could see their cousin. They acted like they had never been away from each other! It was seriously the cutest thing watching them play, and hearing their conversations! We took them for a walk to the town center and to the park to feed bread to the ducks. My boys had never done this before, and they loved it! I love experiencing new things with them! After, we took them for dinner, and then walked home again. This was a lot of walking for my 3 year old, being jet lagged and all, but he was such a trooper and felt so proud of himself once he had completed it! (Only asked to be carried once or twice for a little)
On the Thursday we were there, we went with the boys’ cousin, my aunt, and my cousin and her boyfriend on the boys’ first real train ride to Southend for an aquarium visit. P loves trains, so to be on a real fast one made him so happy, and M is just so go with the flow that he loved it too (Although he was unusually clingy on this trip… I put it down to being away from Daddy, jet lag and being in a new place) We got to explore the Aquarium and I got to show them a place that I used to visit a lot as a child with my family.
We were pretty tired after those first few days…. So we decided to now slow down a bit! Ha-ha on our first Friday in England we went for a playdate and lunch to one of my best friends houses over there. I once read a quote that “if a friendship lasts 7 years, it will last a lifetime’ (unknown author), well, all my friends in England have proved this. We go a year or more without seeing each other, but as soon as we do its like I’ve never been away. Conversation flows so easy, and my heart gets so happy. The boys got to play with all my friends’ cute kids, and I got to visit and have a yummy lunch with my friends. We were all happy!
So, when we visit England we usually stay with my Moms family, we stay at her Moms house and her sister lives 2 doors away. My cousins all live within an hour of here too. My Dads Mom and Dad used to live 5 minutes away from here, but they moved about 3 hours away to be nearer my Dads brother and sister about 4 years ago now. Well, they are so awesome; they all drove down to see us on the Saturday so we didn’t have to make the boys travel that much again. It was seriously a perfect day, we all got to sit and visit, have yummy food and laugh! They stayed till around 9pm that night, and the boys crashed after that! I think that was the first night that they slept all the way through without jet lag bothering them! I was in heaven!
The day we were flying to England, my parents Dog became very sick and had to stay at the vets for a while, so my Mom didn’t fly with us. She arrived on this Sunday instead, the boys were ecstatic to have their Nanny there with their Grandad (my Dad…he flew with us) We got to go to my cousins house today, he bought it with his awesome wife and daughter about a year ago, and has done so much to it since. They have such a beautiful home with lots of land! The kids all got to have an Easter egg hunt together and it was another perfect family day. When we got back that night my Nanny (Grandma) had made us all a yummy lamb dinner.
Even though I live in the ‘country’ now, well it’s not really the country but to me it seems like it, I still consider myself a city girl at heart. I just love being in the city, something about the entire people, shops and tall buildings make me happy! Today I got to go to London with all my cousins and have a girl day doing lunch and shopping! And we did just that! We had a great lunch together, and I bought a lot! I got the boys some new clothes; I got myself a dress and a clutch, a book, and teacher gifts. I also got my hubby some new things! It was a day that was needed for me, to just relax with my family and know that my boys were taken care of ( My parents took them out for the day to the zoo) … and side note, once I returned home I did get some shoes to match my dress for an upcoming wedding we have.
On our second Tuesday, we went to my friend’s house for lunch and a playdate, with just my boys and her gorgeous 4 year old girl. They got along SO well playing together! It was one of the nicest playdates I’ve had in a while. Very laid back and fun! (And I realized what I’m getting P for his 4th birthday, a leap pad! He played with L’s and loved it, and I loved it since it really teaches how to write with the pen attached)
Wednesday, I had to make an emergency trip to the Dr. My sweet M had a fever of 102 L Honestly, I had been so worried that this might happen since he has been so sick this winter, and to be honest I didn’t want him to have to use the national health care over there. BUT, I was so humbled. They got him in within 2 hours of me calling and we waited no more than 5 minutes once we got there. He was on antibiotics again, but it helped him! To help him get some much needed sleep that day, my parents and I took the boys for a drive to a traditional English garden pub. They got to sleep for about an hour and a half while we drive around, and then we all enjoyed the beautiful weather and ate lunch outside while they got to run around in the garden. To top off our day, we got to go see my other cousins’ new house that night… beautiful home yet again! (Even though I managed to break a glass there :/)
Our last two days quickly approached… the boys and I needed a day in to relax and just be together just us. My parents took out my grandparents for the day to a flower show and for lunch and both my boys fell asleep on me on the couch, so honestly for 3 hours I happily watched QVC! Later that night we went to another one of my cousins houses, in London! It’s the type of house you would see on Notting Hill… in love with it!
And, our last day was here! We enjoyed a nice morning in with my grandparents. I made pancakes for everyone and we just spent time with each other. Later that day, it was a friend of mines birthday so the boys and I, and my cousin went to another English pub with play area for the kids outside for a couple hours. It was fun to see everyone one last time before we flew back home the next day. Our last night, we all ordered in Indian food and sat around the table like we used to and talked.
Its hard to put into words the feeling I have every time we have to say bye and come back home. England was my home for about 15 years of my life, but now Michigan is home, where my hubby and I have made our perfect life for us. I still miss my family every day, but I wouldn’t change my life at all. I still get sad that it will probably be a year before I see grandparents again, but we do talk on the phone a lot and I make sure to send pictures of the boys A LOT!
England will ALWAYS be a huge part of me, and we will always make trips there. I just love it there and I want my boys to know where their Mommy came from… I mean they are half English themselves (although it you ask my hubby, they’re a ¼ since I’m a US citizen now!
All this being said, and how much fun we had on our trip… my absolute favorite moment was getting off the plane in Detroit, and seeing the boys see their Daddy after two weeks, they both dropped everything and just ran to him. They share such a sweet love that nothing compares!