Two years ago today, right now, I was en route to our new life in the US. I woke up that morning and could barely breathe. I didn't want to leave. I didn't want to leave the UK. I didn't want to leave my family. How could I not see my Mum every six weeks? How would I survive?
I didn't know how to 'be' in the US. I felt like I had jumped off the edge of a cliff and was free-falling to a sudden and painful death. I have never been so scared in my whole life.
Now here I am two years later and I wouldn't change it for the world. I've purposely not gone back and read my "One Year Later" post. I can't remember what I said and I wanted to think about things without refreshing my feelings from last year.
This summer is the first year I've really felt settled. I've made friends, proper friends now, people I can talk to about more than just baby poo and summer activities. I've found a community of birthy people, people who get my passion for pregnancy and birth and don't think I'm a crazy hippy for eating my placenta and having my baby at home! I've done some doula work, which always makes me happy! I'm building my photography business and have had steady work for the last few months. I've started doing birth photography and feel like this is what I was born to do.
Most importantly my family is happy. My babies are growing up and my heart shines every day to see them smile and hear them laugh. It helps that the sun shines so much here! It's nice to be home with them and see them grow, and it's nice to fill our days with activities and see new things and go new places.
Of course it's hard sometimes. Finding a balance between working for myself and looking after my boys and finding time for my husband can be challenging. I still miss my Mum like crazy. Yes I can live without seeing her every six weeks, but in a perfect world I would be able to, and it is still the one thing I would change about living here.
I'm glad I grew up in the UK and got to see so much of Europe and other places around the world, but I'm also happy to see my boys grow up here, for now. This is a good place for my family and I can't ask for more than that!
Ahhhh, so I read back my first year post and remembered I had made a list of all the differences I have found here! I can't think of any more off the top of my head, but my 'new' thing for this year is realising words that I will never ever be able to say properly. For example:
Graham - Thomas's new teacher is called Mrs Graham. He laughs every time I say Mrs Graham. It's Mrs Graaaam, I can't say it, it's going to be a long year...
Blueberry. Make that any kind of berry.
Any name with an Anna in it. It isn't Anna, it's Ah-na.
There are more. I can't remember right now. I'll have to come back and add them later!
It's that time of year again! Thomas is now in a pre-school which operates on the same schedule as the public schools. That means he finishes school on June 12th and doesn't go back until the end of August! That gives us a LOT of days to fill... Good job we live in an area with a LOT of things to do!
We plan to have fun, take day trips, take road trips, visit friends, stay home, blow bubbles, make some things, draw some things, paint some things, grow some things, pick some things, listen to some music, watch some movies, and generally enjoy the summer :)