May 23, 2017

Trip Recap: Stonehenge and Snowdonia, Wales

Our big term break travel for April started with a day trip out to Stonehenge. When we moved here someone said to save our visit to Stonehenge until we had visitors because it's not worth going multiple times. They didn't mean that it wasn't neat/impressive/worthwhile, just that once you've been once, it checks the block of feeling like you need to go again. I definitely could understand what she meant after our visit, but nonetheless I'm glad we made the trip.

It would take about 90 men to move one of the stones, a random fact that Finn has not forgotten.

The day after our visit to Stonehenge we loaded up the rental car and set out on our big UK+ trip. First stop was to Wales. We had been to Wales once before, but this time went up to Snowdonia in the North Western part of the country. It was a brief stop (we wanted to break up the trip) as we just stayed one night before catching the ferry to Ireland the next morning, but I'm glad we went. Snowdonia is beautiful and reminded me a lot of the Lake District we visited in February. We went on a hike that looked like something out of Game of Thrones. It was a little chilly, but then the wind picked up on the back half of our hike and it got COLD. Mary did great for the first part, but was over it as soon as the wind hit and said, "I want to go back to the car!"

Miles and his dad went to a pub in the evening and ended up meeting "real Welshmen" who insisted on picking up the tab and I felt like most people we encountered were very friendly. Wales uses the pound since it's part of the UK, but Welsh is the national language and all the road and traffic signs are in Welsh. We learned that most people learn English as a second language as a lot of the schools still use Welsh as the primary language, at least in the northern part of the country. They are very proud of their history and culture. It's been neat to see how different areas of the UK can be from one another.


May 14, 2017

Mother's Day {2017}

Several months ago Finn had a scary dream and came into our room frightened and snuggled up next to me for the rest of the night. Now, he will wake up claiming to have a bad dream so he can scoot into our bed. He's totally making up his bad dreams because he knows I am a sucker and I'm totally ok indulging him because one day far too soon he won't want or need my comfort. 

Mary woke up super early this morning and Miles went in her room to get her to go back to sleep, but he said she refused and said she wanted Mommy and wanted to go downstairs. So he brought her to bed and the four of us crammed into our queen sized bed for a few more hours of rest. We've never been a co-sleeping bunch. Nothing against it, just that it's not our thing. The kids typically sleep well in their own beds, and Miles and I certainly get better sleep without little feet and arms poking us all night. But waking up (at nearly 9am I might add!) on Mother's Day with these little babes hogging my space and stealing my pillow was the best way I could have asked to start my day. 

I'm so glad Miles snapped this picture. It's by no means flattering, but I treasure it all the same.

Mother's Day is so complicated and heavy for so many people, myself included. Hope it was at least gentle for those who needed it to be.