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Baby Showers and Getting Back to the Blog


I bet you all thought I’d forgotten about this blog, didn’t you?

Well, sorry.

No such luck.

I’ve been meaning to post some pictures for ages but what with months of horrible morning sickness and life with a two year old, I’ve been a bit distracted.

In fact, I think the last time I actually posted something on here was way back in February.

Five months ago.

And now that I am six months pregnant with Josh’s little brother, it’s probably time I should get back to it. I’m sure all the family will like some photos of the new little man once he decides to make his arrival.

We just got back from a trip to California, which was amazing as always.

While we were there, my mom and aunt threw a baby shower for me, which was so lovely.

It was just perfect; lunch out overlooking the ocean, fun games and close family. So relaxed and enjoyable. I can’t thank them enough. And of course it means so much to me that this baby will have some new clothes and more importantly, photos for his baby book!

Here are just a few of the pictures from the shower.

Thank you all so much for coming out and for planning all of this. This baby sure is one lucky guy to have such an awesome group of women in his life!








Snow Day

We’ve had some snow here in England this weekend.

And it has not gone past my attention that Southern California is back in the 80s this week.

In fact, I’ve really enjoyed looking at all the sunny photos of everyone playing at the beach. It’s given me something to look at as I walk around the house wearing ten sweatshirts at once.

But instead of posting a photo of me wearing ten sweatshirts, I thought I’d post a few photos I took of us playing in the snow.

Because, when all is said and done, it was actually fun.



For twenty minutes at least.

After that, my toes go numb.

And frozen toes are no fun at all.

A Beach in Winter


Things have been fairly hectic around here lately.

Christmas is just around the corner and the holiday baking is in full force. Between decorating sugar cookies and icing the gingerbread men, it’s easy to forget that Josh and I leave for California this weekend!

Yup, sunshine here we come! Or rain; I think it’s raining in California.

Either way, it has to be warmer than England. It was minus five last night with snow supposedly on the way.

Also, we have had some wonderful visitors staying with us the last few days.

That’s right; Laura and Elle are back with us and what better way to celebrate the cold weather and being in Europe than three Californians taking a trip to the beach.

We drove down to Brighton and played in the sand rocks, which Josh especially loved throwing around.


Josh was thrown up in the air, his favourite, by Elle.

Elle is one strong lady.

I think Tim is the only other person I’ve seen able to throw him that high.

We went for a walk out on the pier.


On the pier, Josh, Laura and Elle had their very first Brighton rock from Brighton’s best rock shop, though I think they all probably say that.


Best shop or not, it was pretty yummy.


So, even though we weren’t in California, we had a great day.

Eating Brighton rock and watching an amazing sunset.


We’ll be seeing you very soon California!


Autumn Leaves


Last weekend, it was just the right freezing crisp conditions that made all the fall colours really stand out.

We took advantage of this by pushing Josh in as many piles of leaves as we could find.


Thankfully, he didn’t seem to mind too much.

In fact, he loved playing in the leaves, gathering up as many as he could hold and throwing them up in the air.


I think he especially enjoyed it when Mommy joined in and we threw leaves at eachother.

Now that’s something I can’t remember getting to do in California.

We were probably too busy going to the beach…

Little Book of ABCs


I am so excited with the results of this project, I just had to share.

I had seen the idea for alphabet books on pinterest, specifically here, at Modern Parents Messy Kids.

Basically, the idea is to use photos of items from around your house to make a personalised photo book for your child.

It sounded like a wonderful idea and I thought with the amount of photos I take of Josh, it would be a breeze.

I was wrong.

It took several days to go through all my photos, desperately searching for any photo which might have some tenuous link to a letter of the alphabet.

On several occasions, I gave up and just took new photos. I remember walking around the house on one occasion mumbling “Q? What the heck starts with Q?!”

I eventually found something.

Who knew living in England would come in so handy?

Josh adores the book though, which makes it all so worth while! When we read it out, I will say “A is for…” to which he shouts out “animals!” with a big grin on his face.

Here are a few of my favourite pages.




And this is Josh’s favourite page.

Last night, we never got any further than this page, as Josh went into immense detail about what colour jelly beans he wanted to eat and refused to let me turn the page, content to just stare and talk about jelly beans all night.

That’s my boy!

Europe In A Day


We’ve made it.

Well… sort of.

We left early this morning for Germany.

Via France, Brussels, and the Netherlands.

And all in one day.

So while we aren’t in Germany yet, we’ve packed quite a bit in for one day. But I suppose that’s one of the things that is so wonderful about living in Europe. You are never more than a few hours drive from another country.

We boarded the euro tunnel early this morning and Josh was very excited to be going on a train.



Can you see the excitement in their faces there in the backseat?

It was really cute.

Until we realised several minutes into the crossing that there was no air conditioning on the train.

And we weren’t allowed to turn our car on.

There was no air or breeze or any relief whatsoever.

And so we sat, inside what felt like a cattle car, baking away in the 90 something degree heat.



Thankfully that was over in about 30 minutes or so and we got off the train and drove through France and into Belgium, where we stopped in Ieper for lunch.

It was a lovely little town and we really enjoyed walking around the city centre.



Josh had been such a good boy on the drive, we thought he had earned some ice cream.

That and we wanted an excuse to get some too.




We then got back on the road, driving through downtown Brussels, which was a huge mistake.

I don’t know if anyone has any experience with driving over in Europe, but I’ve spent my whole life driving in LA which is notorious for bad drivers, and I couldn’t believe how aggressive drivers are here in Belgium.

Is that just me?


We eventually made it out of the traffic and into the Netherlands where we are staying before finally reaching Germany tomorrow.



Until then…

Goede nacht.

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!