Thank you NHS! This week we found out that Patrick’s braces will be 100% paid for by the NHS. He gets started in 3 weeks! During the healthcare reform debates in the US I was shocked by how resistant to universal healthcare people are/were and when we considering moving to the UK the National Healthcare… Read More Thank You NHS!
As the kids keep growing it is a lot of fun to watch their personalities develop and change. With the little ones it’s the small milestones they reach each day and Patrick seems to have become a full blown teenager overnight. Like most teenagers Patrick is currently happiest upstairs in his room on Facebook while… Read More The Scholar, The Athlete, and The Musician?
We just got back from a 10 day vacation in Turkey; it was a great experience to get to explore a different very different part of the world. I’m still not clear whether Turkey is officially considered the Middle East or Eastern Europe, Wikipediacalls it Eurasian and it boarders Iran, Iraq and Syria to the… Read More Turkish Delight
Calm after the storm. Life with a toddler can be such a joy, Kellen can be the sweetest little guy, ready with cuddles, kisses and goofy things that make me laugh. But… oh my god when will the tantrums stop?! When Jamie and I started dating Patrick was just 2 years old. While we weren’t… Read More Toddler Terror
Since studying abroad in Rome in 2001 I’ve always loved the city. It’s probably that experience that contributed to my wanting to move abroad again as an adult. We took the kids to Rome for 5 days over Patrick’s half term break. He wanted to spend his birthday in Italy and we couldn’t think of… Read More Ciao Roma
On Tuesday I attended a tour of the Shinfield Nursery and Infant school just down the street from our house. It’s on the opposite side of a field so it is actually faster to walk over then to drive, it would be ideal for Kellen. Every child in the UK gets 15 hours of Nursery… Read More Ready for School
It has been too long since my last posting, looking back over the last month it feels like a lot has happened with Christmas, Grandma and Papa’s visit, and Ireland I don’t know where to start. Christmas this year was a very different experience then usual. It was our first Christmas abroad and there were… Read More Celebrating and Going On Holiday
This was our first Thanksgiving away from home so we debated what to do. Do we not celebrate at all? Should Jamie and Patrick stay home that day and we have our own Thanksgiving at home? Or do we go and indulge ourselves instead of sitting home and missing everyone? We decided to be indulgent… Read More Happiest Place on Earth
It’s been about 3 weeks since I’ve posted and to say they have been a busy 3 weeks would be an understatement. Ella is now 2 ½ weeks old and she is tiny and perfect. I’m happy to say that the C-section went well; she was born at 8:50am on August 16th. When she was… Read More She’s Here!
We are officially 7 days away from Baby Girl’s big arrival and I can’t tell you how quickly I hope those 7 days pass. But before the 16th gets here there is a very important day taking place… Kellen’s 2nd birthday is August 13th! I don’t know that there is a 2 year old around… Read More Happy 2nd Birthday Kellen