Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter in the UK

Although we had originally planned for an adventurous weekend exploring the southern coast of England (basically we wussed out with a weather forecast of really cold weather and snow/rain) we have still had some good fun hanging around home.  The boys painted eggs, we enjoyed a walk around town with a stop at the bumper cars for the boys and had a chilly but fun morning at rugby.  

As the boys painted eggs we reminisced about previous Easters.  The last two were enjoyed on the island in the warm sunshine.  The first one we spent the day on the island of Anguilla with Grammy and Boompa (and Jim and Alexi) - we enjoyed caribbean blue waters, white sand beaches and yummy pineapple drinks.  The second - Auntie Carith helped us color eggs the night before she flew home.  We were in the midst of packing up to leave our caribbean home.  We are once again in the midst of packing - the boys and I will be leaving England ahead of the original schedule.  We will head to Canada to spend time with Oma and Papa and then on to spend time with Grammy farther south in Mexico.  Michael will finish up rotations (here in the UK) and study for his next big exams (Step 2 CS and CK).  We will meet up again in the summer before his elective rotations start back in the US.  It will be hard being apart and we will miss him very much!!!!  For now we are enjoying our time together - mostly staying inside and trying to keep warm.

as we have found - egg decorating supplies are a little different everywhere we live  - but as long as the boys have the basics their creativity takes care of the rest.  The food coloring here in the UK is made from natural plants and when used with the traditional method of mixing it with water and vinegar the results were not what the boys were looking for.  They wanted bright and vibrant colors.  The problem was solved by soaking the brushes directly in the food coloring.

Happy Easter to all - enjoy your beautiful, colorful and creative eggs

Friday, March 29, 2013

Brotherly Love

Going through the journey we are on has provided an opportunity for a special bond to grow and flourish between the boys.  I always wanted the children I had to be close in age in hopes that they would develop a close friendship.  As I watch them day in and day out, at home or during our travels I am forever grateful for this special gift.

After Dillon and I spent some time farther out in the bigger waves we headed in.  Me, to sit and watch my boys enjoy the ocean together.  Dillon, to spend time in the smaller waves with Ro.  

mama had to head back in for more fun

the boys and Hamid

A New Spot

After our usual morning meet up we headed down a bumpy road along the coast.  We were up high above the water - the top of some sand dunes.  Hamid really wanted to share another beautiful spot with us  - it was a reef break but also a very beautiful beach that was warm and relaxing.  I know I would have enjoyed an entire day just soaking up sunshine on the empty beach.

so much to take in

growing up so fast

Ro and Michael opted not to surf, spending their time playing in the tide pools and exploring.  Dill surprised us all  - the reef break is a faster wave that can be trickier to catch.  He felt comfortable with the smaller size waves and caught wave after wave.  The boys ran free and we all enjoyed sharing a special place with Hamid.