Last year the boys went to summer camp. For 3 weeks. Yes, at ages 7 and 10 they were at overnight camp for 3 weeks. And they did amazing. They became more independent. They made friends. They spent time out in nature after 5 years of city living. They got to do things without their mom yelling “Don’t do that! Don’t touch that! Don’t climb on there!”, amongst many other mom type sayings 😉 Continue reading
What an amazing and exhausting first day back in Barcelona!! The day started out earlier than planned with a flight change – what was supposed to be a 10AM flight became a 7AM flight, meaning I was up around 4AM and the kids at 4:30. Poor Josh had to take us to the airport but after 5 months of driving him everywhere, I think one early morning is a-ok. Anyways, given the wee early hour, the kids were beyond amazing. You could tell how excited they were to get back “home”. In fact, on the car ride in, Liam clearly stated that “I’m going to my true home!”. Continue reading
In the midst of the chaos that is currently our lives, my birthday has arrived. I don’t know how it happened as it doesn’t feel like it should be June yet. In fact, my aunt sent me a message the other day wishing me a happy early birthday and my first thought was, “is she crazy, my birthday isn’t for months”. Then I realized, time is passing by incredibly quickly here these days and in fact, it’s here. Never in my life have I almost forgotten my birthday but it almost happened.
The kids and I flew into London Luton Airport on Friday night. LATE. Very. Very. Late. So late I almost considered leaving Barcelona Airport and saying screw the whole trip. The kids, more so Aidan, Continue reading
I love it when schedules all come together and things just work. While our time in Boston was busy to say the least, everything just fell into place and we got to see so many of our wonderful friends and family. And during our last weekend that included yet another mini Babson reunion at our friends Kyle and Kelly’s house. Because this year we made it to their annual bbq!! Continue reading
As we prepared our schedule this year to go back to Boston, we had a slight change to our usual plans. This year, since one of Aidan’s best friend’s lives in New York and Liam’s best friend was moving there, we decided to add a roadtrip to NYC into the mix. I found it amazing that my kids have been all over Europe and yet, haven’t been to NYC, a mere 4 hour drive from Attleboro. But now we had reason to come visit and I think that it will become an annual tradition as both kids loved the city (Aidan actually wants to move there). Continue reading
The what? It was just a joke between myself and my Barcelona friends that have moved back to the Boston area. We did a little reunion one night in Boston and it was so strange to see them on this side of the pond. But yet, it was totally natural and fun.
We did dinner at Melting Pot in Boston and yup… I can’t get enough of that cheese and chocolate. Could sit there all night. And the conversation could have gone on for hours and hours if we didn’t all have to make our way back home. It was so great to see my chicas and catch up for a little bit, but as always it’s never enough time. Continue reading
A trip home would not be complete without going into Boston at least once. Liam is slightly pissed off at me because he seemed to think we are actually from Boston proper. I had to explain to him that you can’t tell a kid (or adult) in Barcelona that you are from Attleboro because they would have no idea where you are talking about, but that if you say you are from Boston they will. He seems to think I’ve been lying to him when we are, in fact, from the Boston area. Oh well… the kids were excited to head into town regardless.
As I mentioned before, our families have gotten the short end of the stick once again during this trip. With only a few days with each set of grandparents, we set off on our first Saturday night that we were home to the Cape to visit with Josh’s parents for 2 days and then did it again the following weekend. It feels unfair that they only got 4 days with the kids out of 3 weeks. It’s not nearly enough and I’m thankful that like my parents, they are good about staying in touch with the kids all year. Continue reading
I wish I could say that the title is true. Unfortunately when we come home to visit, I feel like our families get a bit of the shaft with our crazy schedule. Every year I try to do better and not spread ourselves too thin and give more time to them. And every year I feel like I fail miserably. This year is no different.
Between keeping up with my friends and the kids’ friends, I feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day and yet, our family should be our priority. It’s always after I overschedule that I look back and think, “Why did I do this? Why didn’t I plan more time with our family?” And our families being so wonderful, Continue reading
I was beyond thrilled that Caryn and Urs came to visit Josh and I back in June. I’ve actually seen more of both of them in the time that Josh and I have been in away than I think I had seen in the previous 5 years as we had all moved to different states and started families, new jobs, etc. But our friendship is strong and neither the time nor distance was going to get in the way of us having reunions each year when I came home. Continue reading