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All Aboard


Trains and I, we have a love-hate relationship.

Growing up in California, the land of the car, trains seemed almost otherworldly.

Very glamourous. Very romantic. Very 1940s.

So moving to England and actually riding on trains to commute to work was a big slap in the face. All that scrambling to get a seat. Grumpy passengers. Piles of rubbish all over. The strong scent of urine in the air.

It didn’t exactly live up to expectations.

But now of course, Josh loves trains.

Probably because he doesn’t have to commute on them.

And the family thought it would be fun to take a train ride while we were out in California, from Ventura to Santa Barbara.

And they were right.

It was fun and Josh loved it.

We had to wait a while for the train to actually turn up. I think it was at least a half an hour late. Which meant plenty of time to hang out and play with the family.


And, of course, find some toys with Uncle Terry.

Once we were finally on the train, Josh went crazy, running up and down the aisles telling everyone to “go hide!”

Apparently trains are good places to play hide and seek.


The view was pretty nice too.

A short time later, we were in Santa Barbara.

We went and walked around a bit down by the pier, enjoying all that California December sunshine.


After lunch, we went and wandered up State Street.

We ended up going to see the courthouse there, which is such a beautiful building.




Though Josh was far more interested in his space shuttle than looking at any architecture.


It was such a lovely day.

It probably helps that this was the view from the train on the way back.

I imagine that helps make commuting just that little bit nicer in California.

Even if the train still smells like pee.


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!