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Back to the Butterflies


Last week, we ended up heading over to RHS Wisley to see the Butterflies in the Glasshouse, an event which happens every February.

Last year was our first time going, which I wrote about here.

This time, not much was different, though as it had only recently opened, it wasn’t crowded at all. Which was nice.

We were able to see some butterflies.


We saw some beautiful flowers.

And all from inside a beautiful building which, as other people began to wilt from the heat, was just the right temperature for me.

Josh seemed to enjoy himself too.

And despite his running off to chase after the butterflies, I think I managed to get a few cute photos of him.



Though I’m especially pleased with this one.

Mainly because I have a very similar photo taken of him last year while visiting the butterflies.

My baby is growing up.


Over The River And Through The Woods


About a month ago, Josh broke my camera.

Not my big, nice DSLR camera thankfully, but my tiny point and shoot one.

Since I’ve had an iPhone though, I rarely even use it anymore, but we are going on vacation soon and it’s much easier to transport than taking the large camera.

So my mom was kind enough to bring a new one out for me when she flew over.

We had some nice weather yesterday so I decided to take Josh and try the new camera out.

It’s not as great as my old one in my opinion, but I may just be set in my ways.

We went to a common, which is almost like a park back in America but just several acres of forest here in England, and went for a long walk.



I really don’t understand how more people don’t get lost in commons. Josh and I would walk for an hour or so without seeing another person. You may laugh, but it reminds me of something out of the Hunger Games.

We eventually found our way to a meadow where I took some cute photos of Josh playing around in the flowers.






Josh loves his “walks” so am sure we will be going again when Grandma gets here.

You’ve been warned Mom!


Decorating Easter Eggs


Tomorrow is Easter and Josh is easily the most spoiled little boy in England!

Over the last few days he has had three massive packages arrive for him, bringing him gifts for Easter all the way from his Grandpa, Grandma and Great Grandma back in California.


I can’t thank you all enough for being so generous and sending him Easter gifts! I’m waiting until tomorrow morning to let him open them though, but I’m sure he will love them! It also makes me feel less guilty as I didn’t really make him much of an Easter basket this year, so thank you again!


We also had another surprise waiting for us when we got back from yoga this morning…

A beautiful bouquet from my Grandma.

It was so lovely and almost as big as Josh!


It was so nice to get, though it does make me miss all my family even more.

Josh enjoyed the flowers too.



We finally got around to painting Easter eggs this afternoon.

I had been warned about the lack of white eggs in England (all they really have here are brown), and decided to embrace it. So instead of dying the eggs, I decided we would just paint them.


Rather than hard boiling the eggs, I thought it would just be easier to hollow them out by blowing out the yolks.

I don’t know why I decided this and was feeling pretty happy with my decision as I watched Josh start to paint his very first Easter egg!




That is until he accidentally cracked it, which led him to realise that he could smash and crumble the egg in his hand, which is far more fun than painting it.


And so here, in all it’s glory, is the end result of Josh decorating his first Easter egg.


Thankfully, mine and Tim’s eggs turned out a bit better (though that’s not really saying much is it?!). Tim even actually seemed to enjoy painting the eggs, painting one to look like Josh, and coming up with some great “transport” themed eggs which are sure to be a hit with Josh.




I stuck with farm animals.



Josh stuck with his cars.


After we had finished decorating the eggs, we tried out a new pizza recipe.

It’s for strawberry balsamic pizza with chicken, sweet onion and applewood bacon. I found the recipe here at The CafĂ© SucrĂ© Farine.

Reading the ingredients, I thought the pizza would be far too sweet for my taste, but the bacon and chicken balanced it out well and it ended up tasting pretty good.


Wishing everyone a Happy Easter tomorrow!

Homemade Bagel Fail

Tim was gone all day today, running a golf tournament, so it was Josh and I on our own once more.

We had a nice morning playing around the house and even managed to work in some finger painting.


Josh really seems to love finger painting and at one point, stopped painting on the paper, and decided to use his tummy instead! Who needs paper anyway when you have a cute little baby tummy to use right?!




The weather was a bit nicer this afternoon, so we went outside to play.

Spring is definitely here and Josh had fun looking at all the new flowers blooming.




In between playing, I had my first attempt at making homemade bagels.

It didn’t go well.

I have really been missing all the delicious bagels available in America, especially strawberry bagels with strawberry cream cheese! I have been looking for ages for a strawberry bagel recipe and am surprised there aren’t more on the internet. But I did eventually find one, found here at Nutrition in a Peanut Shell.

I really don’t know where it all went wrong, but mine defineintly don’t look like the ones in the picture. And I’m usually pretty good at cooking, so I’m stumped. I mean, I followed all the directions, but maybe sometimes things just don’t work for whatever reason. It’ll probably take me a few more try’s to eventually learn how to make a bagel.

Either way, no one ever seems to post photos of when a recipe just didn’t work out, until today…. enjoy!







Butterflies at RHS Wisley


Tim had heard through some other parents that we should make a visit to the Royal Horticulture Society at Wisley, and soon, as they currently are having a butterfly exhibit which only lasts a few more days.

RHS Wisley is basically a massive garden with large lawns and beautifully landscaped areas. It also has a library, garden shop, glasshouse and most importantly 3 cafes, one which even has a soft play area for small children! Perfect for Josh.

It’s only about a ten minutes drive from us so we decided to visit yesterday before the butterfly exhibit closed.


The exhibit was located in the glasshouse, a really beautiful building, and more importantly, warm!


We had to wait in line for about 20 minutes to get in to see the butterflies and it was very busy; I suppose a combination of it being half term and the exhibit coming to a close.

But we did eventually make it inside and were able to see lots of beautiful butterflies. Josh was very good and really enjoyed pointing the butterflies out and watching them float over and around our heads.