Manors, Puddings & Jane Austen - Central England

Manors, Puddings & Jane Austen - Central England

I'm so glad we started our trip out in the countryside of England instead of in London, because I loved it. Loughborough, where our friends live, is a typical English town - which means there are loads of buildings older than the United States, history wherever you turn, and beautiful rolling fields just steps away from your front door.

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Islands, Castles & Cliffs - Galway, Ireland

Islands, Castles & Cliffs - Galway, Ireland

I haven't been blogging lately because we've been on holiday in England and Ireland for two weeks! We just returned Saturday evening and are back in the full swing of parenting, work, and life in Kansas City.

 

Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing photos and stories of our trip. And there are a lot: we stayed in six different homes, visited two countries and seven cities, and saw countless sights during our trip. AirBNB was our mainstay for accommodations during our trip, and I'll share more about that, too. And I'll also talk about some ways to survive a two-week separation from your toddler (it's easier than you think).

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Sometimes You Need a Break

Sometimes You Need a Break

I took an unintended two-week writing hiatus this month. Life has been full of a lot of good moments lately. And parenting a two-year-old has its days of exhausted joy that doesn't leave much time or energy for typing out words on a screen. My quiet moments alone, normally spent writing, have been given over to napping or over-due housework.

Life happens. And I'm ok with that.

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Invite Them Into The Mess

Invite Them Into The Mess

It was one of those hilarious miscommunications that can happen in marriage. My husband and I had agreed to invite a couple over for dinner sometime during the week. He asked me what time would be good, and, thinking he meant in a general sense, I replied that around 6 pm would be fine. 

Later that evening, as I was getting our baby ready for bed, my husband said casually, “So they should be here in about thirty minutes; should I start dinner?” I looked at him, mouth agape, saying, “You didn’t say they were coming today!” And I proceeded to hurriedly dress and feed the baby and jump into the kitchen to start cooking.

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