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Days Out UK, education, Holiday, motherhood, Our Relocation Journey, Parenting

Our British Summer Staycation Bucket List

I have decided to put together our British summer staycation bucket list, as we settle in to our first proper summer holiday. When I lived in the UK previously I was a completely different person. I was a young twenty something in a relationship, basically playing at being an adult, but not really embracing it to the max. Now that I am back living in sunny (for now) Yorkshire, as a mom of two little girls and a bonus daughter. I almost feel like I am somewhere completely new to me. One thing’s for certain, I am a different person to who I was back then.

I am a more confident person, a more secure person. When I lived here previously, I was also a step-mom. Every second weekend my bonus daughter would come stay with us, and it almost felt like I was play acting the role of a mom. We used to try get out as often as we could, but we certainly struggled a lot financially back then.

Being back in North Yorkshire, memories from that time have come back to me. Days out and the fun things we used to do as a much smaller family. Two adults and children, vs the reality now which is two adults, one teenager and two little girls. Continue reading “Our British Summer Staycation Bucket List”

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Days Out UK, family, motherhood, Our Relocation Journey, Parenting, Stay-at-home-mom, Travel

A Lovely Unplanned Day Out In York

Today we had a lovely unplanned day out in York. All I was planning to do was go to the bank. What I got instead was memories made with my girls. New memories, to build on top of my old memories.

We parked up and walking through the Museum Gardens. When we got to the other side we encountered the pigeon whisperer. The reality is that he is a real life old man who the park pigeons trust. He feeds them from his hand, and was kind enough to let the girls and I have a try. Actually he was quite forcefully persuasive, but I’m glad he was.

I held some pigeons in the palm of my hand for a minute. They gave me more undivided attention in that moment than I get from my children on a daily basis! {Photo taken by my lovely bonus daughter}. Continue reading “A Lovely Unplanned Day Out In York”

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education, motherhood, Our Relocation Journey, Parenting

Our New Version Of Normal | School In The UK

When we decided to move to the UK, the one thing that stressed me out the most was how my girls were going to adjust to the school system here. It is different, but we’re embracing the changes, and the challenges.

Moving without kids is tough, but moving with kids is even harder. That said, we are trying to embrace the new version of normal. I thought I should do a catch up on how the girls are getting on at school, and how we are adjusting.

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Days Out UK, family, Our Relocation Journey, Parenting, Travel

An English and American Day Out in Yorkshire

Sunday saw us have our first family day out in Yorkshire since returning to the UK after an eight year absence. As the final celebration for my daughter’s 7th birthday, we went to a pre-booked lunch at Billy Bob’s Parlour – an American themed diner nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Pennines. As it was en-route, we decided to combine our day trip with a visit to Bolton Abbey. Today was a weird mix of a British and American culture on a family day out in Yorkshire.

Sunday Family Fun Day

We set off at about 09.00am. Unfortunately due to road works, the main route to Skipton from us was shut and we ended up having to make a detour through the village and farm fields. Despite this taking extra time, I love these kind of detours. Continue reading “An English and American Day Out in Yorkshire”

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Blogging, Immigration, motherhood, Our Relocation Journey, Parenting

Goodbye For Now | Making Moves

It’s time to face the facts and say goodbye. After planning our move to the UK for what feels like forever but it’s really only been about four months, I finally feel like things are coming together.

With 11 days until we get on the plane, life is crazy hectic.

I feel like I am neglecting my blog, but the reality is that I just don’t have the time or the energy to sit and write a proper blog post.

A quick update on how the girls are coping

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Our Relocation Journey, Reviews

Whatever Life Chux At You

In just over three weeks time, we will be getting on a plane and flying off to start our new life in the UK. It’s crazy that we’re already counting the days now. 6 months ago, this wasn’t even on the cards for us, but I am at that stage now when I can’t wait to leave.

It’s not that I want to leave South Africa, or Africa as a whole at all. It’s more about the fact that I am excited to get to the UK now and to start our new life there. Unfortunately though, circumstances what they are, I am still here. My husband left 3 weeks ago, and it’s been tough without him. Really tough.

People keep asking me, “Are you ready? Are you packed? Is everything sorted?”  Continue reading “Whatever Life Chux At You”