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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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Days Out UK, family, Reviews, Travel

Family Fun At The Yorkshire Wildlife Park

This past weekend, we headed to Doncaster family fun at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. It is only about an hour or so from us which is great!

As soon as we arrived we were greeted by sculptured lions at the gates, and directed to the Rhino Car Park. I knew I would miss Africa, but it hit me unexpectedly hard.

I guess it was a combination of glorious weather, African animals, and the fact that the girls were in their element. The whole thing was a completely different cultural experience to our last trip to Bolton Abbey but it was a good family day out filled with fun, and another opportunity to create memories.  Continue reading “Family Fun At The Yorkshire Wildlife Park”

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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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Parenting

A List of 10 Things That I Just Won’t Do!

You get to a certain point in your life when you realise what your limits are. You are comfortable enough in your life, and confident and secure enough to know exactly what you will or will not do, how far you are prepared to go, where the boundaries lie! Here is my list of 10 things that I just won’t do.

You can laugh, you can judge me, you can call me a bad person, but I know myself well enough. I have set my own limits in life.  Here are 10 of those … Continue reading “A List of 10 Things That I Just Won’t Do!”

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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”