Monthly Archives: August 2012

First Round of Golf

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Loves it.

So it was no surprise then, that when the golf club where he is a member had a family day recently, Tim jumped at the chance to take Josh and show him around.

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Though after watching him play with Tim, I’m pretty sure he is going to adore the game just as much as his dad.

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Keeping A Promise

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Remember that birthday promise I made to Tim and Josh all of about, oh, three days ago?

Well, today I almost broke it.

It was a bank holiday here in England, which means Tim had the day off. Knowing how much I love the ocean, he looked up a beach (with sand; not rocks) for us to go to today.

Too bad the weather hadn’t gotten the memo that it was a holiday today.

It was so cold.

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This is the view through the windshield of our car as I sat in the car, refusing to get out and go down to the beach.

I didn’t say I was proud of myself.

It was just so cold.

And then I remembered my promise.

That stupid promise.

And so, I got out of the car and went down to join Tim and Josh on the beach.

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There I am.

Can you see me under my three layers and huge winter jacket?

Proud of myself for even getting out of the car, I sat and watched Tim and Josh play in the sand.

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They were having so much fun, it eventually convinced me to join in too.

Josh and I even went for a walk down in the water.

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We had so much fun jumping and splashing around.

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It was completely worth the cold and rain, getting to splash around with Josh today.

My Birthday Promise

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It’s my birthday this weekend.

And not just any birthday.

30. The big 3-0.

There. I’ve said it.

And isn’t admitting it part of the solution?

Don’t get me wrong; I’m excited to turn 30. It’s just that I feel very much as if I should have done more with my life by now.

Yes I’ve traveled. Finished lots of schooling. Worked. I have a wonderful husband and a lovely little boy who both make me happier than words can describe.

But sometimes, I still just feel empty.

I don’t know if it has to do with essentially walking away from my career to be a stay at home mom; a decision which I made over two years ago, and which, to this day, I still wonder whether it was the right one. I know that were I to go back to work, I wouldn’t be seeing any of Josh, except for on the weekends.

I would absolutely hate that.

But at the same time, I don’t know that I am cut out to be a stay at home mother either. I’m sure all stay at home mom’s get bored of the never ending rotation of play dough and play dates. I’m no exception.

So what’s the answer then?

I wish I knew.

And as I sit here, feeling myself slip precariously closer to “middle aged,” I think I need to take a moment to set some goals for myself this year.

Running more. Writing more. Exploring more.

I have tried to be a bit more adventurous recently exploring England and as Tim keeps reminding me, I only have one year left with Josh before he goes off and starts school. How did that happen?

So Tim and Josh, I’m making you both a promise on my birthday this year.

I want to learn, make memories and explore this little corner of the UK with you this next year. I will stop second guessing every decision I have ever made in life, and focus on the here and now. I will stop wishing I was back in California, buy a nice waterproof jacket and embrace our lovely life here in England.

After all, it’s only been six years.

I love you both with every inch of my being and thank you for making this old lady so very happy.

Baby Book Themed Baby Shower

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On Saturday, we had a baby shower for Tim’s sister.

Saturday also happened to be the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures hovering close to 90.

For other parts of the world, that may be typical summertime weather; but here in the UK, we just aren’t used to that kind of heat.

It was ridiculous.

The icing on the cake melted.

I didn’t even know that could happen.

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It was still a delicious cake and turned out to be a wonderful baby shower.

We did a book themed baby shower where every guest brought along a book they enjoyed as a child.

I had made book plates for them to fill in and leave a message for baby.

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Also as guests came in, they were asked to put their thumbprint on a picture, which hopefully will resemble Winnie the Pooh holding balloons. I’m hoping this can then be framed and hung up in baby’s nursery.

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Both men and women were invited and we played some games like baby pictionary and had a BBQ going.

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I had used several old children’s books to make bunting for the shower.

It felt a bit sacrilegious to be cutting up these books but I’m thinking maybe these could even hang in a child’s room after the shower.

Either way, they turned out very cute.

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Guests were also invited to paint a baby onesie, which we hung up to dry on a clothesline outside.

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I had bought several bags of them, ranging in sizes from newborn all the way to a year so they won’t all have to be worn at once.

I think everyone did such a great job on them and they all turned out so good.

Here is Tim’s.

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Typical football.

And here is mine.

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Typical American Dr. Seuss rip off.

But it really was a great shower with a great group of people.

Everyone left with bookmark favours and cookies.

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Josh especially seemed to have a great time, though I suspect that had to do with being allowed to eat a cupcake.

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The End of the Olympics

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To say last Friday was a bad day would be an understatement.

We had tickets to see Korea vs Japan in the men’s bronze medal football match in Cardiff.

To make a long story short, after three broken cars and three hours stuck in traffic driving to Wales, we eventually got the hint and gave up, missing the game and eating dinner at a McDonalds roadside service station.

Sadly our dinner was probably the high point of the entire day.

But today more than made up for that horrible Friday.

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Today is the final day of the Olympics and the men’s marathon took place in central London.

Not needing a ticket to watch most of the race, we joined the 1,000s of other fans lining the route and cheered the runners on.

We headed for Big Ben because, well, what a great place to watch the runners from.

It just doesn’t really get more British than Big Ben.

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It was a lot of fun to cheer the runners on, especially the American runner Keflezighi. Can you believe fourth place? Amazing!

And of course, a great excuse for Josh to get to wear his USA t-shirt that I made for him for the Olympics.

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We continued watching the race and walked along the route to St. James Park so Josh could have a bit more room to run around.

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I can’t get over what a wonderful, exciting atmosphere it was.

London just seems so happy at the moment, and why shouldn’t they be after a great Olympics and some great medal results.

Everyone is smiling and friendly and stops to talk to one another.

It’s almost joyous.

I suppose all the flags around people’s necks are good conversation starters, but I really hope that this happiness won’t fade away too quickly.

It really has been a wonderful Olympics and I am so glad we were able to experience it.

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Men’s Indoor Volleyball

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On Monday night, Tim and I were able to go to Earl’s Court where we watched the men’s USA team beat Tunisia.

During the Olympics, I have been lucky enough to see many individuals compete for the US, namely in rowing and swimming.

But there’s just something different about watching a team sport.

Especially when they are representing your country; and especially when they win.

I am so grateful that Josh’s Godmother, Lucy, was able to watch Josh while we were out. She is honestly the best Godmother ever and Josh is so lucky to have her in his life. It sounded like they had a great time too and he was thoroughly spoiled while he was there!

Thank you again Lucy!

Tim and I had a quick dinner and walked through some typically London little streets to get to Earls Court.

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The game had already started when we got there so we took our seats, in lucky row 13, and really enjoyed watching the game.

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The only thing that bothered me was that far more of the British fans were cheering for Tunisia. It didn’t feel like there were very many US supporters there and I asked Tim why they would cheer for Tunisia over the USA.

He said that Britons like to root for the underdog.

I told Tim I’ll remember that next time Britain is playing another country. . .

But Tim helped me hold my flag and cheer for the US, so all in all it was a fun night.

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And did I mention they won?

And that they are first in their group?

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Go USA and good luck on Wednesday.

Happy Birthday Joshua

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Today is Josh’s Birthday.

I know everyone says it, but where has the time gone?

Having already celebrated his birthday while my mom was here, we didn’t do anything special today, other than attempt a little photo shoot that didn’t turn out very well.

I’ve seen some really cute ideas for birthday photos where every year the child holds the number of balloons that they are turning. I think I’ve even seen them done for monthly baby photos.

Either way, the children in the photos always appear to be standing still and holding their balloons nicely by their side.

That didn’t happen with Josh.

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So I chased him around the garden, watching him tangle himself up in the balloons.

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He had a blast with those balloons.

And the pictures will be just fine in the end; a fun memory.

This boy just does not sit still.

Except for cake.

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For cake, he’ll sit still.

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I love you more than words can describe.

Happy Birthday my dearest Joshua!