Monday, 11 April 2011

Home Sweet Home

Well we are home from a lovely week up at Nanny's, was amazing as always. That is my special place, it is the one constant I have had in my life. I am so close to my nanny and she has lived there for over 40 years, so it has always been my safe place. Not having a mum or dad in my life, Nanny is all of that for me and spending time with her always makes me happy. I am so glad that Ethan now has a strong connection to the place and memories that will last his lifetime. There is so much history in her house, such a connection to 'family' walls lined with photos, china that was used in my mums childhood, memorabilia from my Nanny's childhood in Africa, being there makes me feel centered, at peace, loved! But it always makes me reflect on the future... at nearly 89, I always look around as i am preparing to go and wonder if this will be the last I always cry. The tears spring from my eyes and I went to hug my Nanny, 'oh you are still a little girl' she said and swept me into her arms....... Love you Nanny!

The tears dried, and we made it home.... a glorious journey at the best of times through the scenic Scottish highlands, but on a wonderful sunny day the views were amazing... sadly ScotRail were unprepared for the sunshine and so had the heating on full blast, with no trolley service. So we were a bit tired and wilted at the end .... but we are HOME! Ethan is off to his Daddy's for a few days as his Grandmother G is up from London, so I have a couple of days of peace to chill and scrap before the new term starts, and we start the countdown to Florida!!!!

Here are a selection of photos from my lovely trip;

the finished invites, which were collected last Sunday ... marking the start of my 8 days off!!

a highlight of having a well travelled SIL is that I get lots of gorgeous goodies from the US, this is another from Anthropologie to add to my growing collection, as well as two more yummy Yankee's... a gift from 'Joshua' for having him while they were in Vegas (baby!)..

This is actually the inside of my Mothers Day card... brings a tear to my eye.. Love you bubba xx

Ethan was entertained on the journey with a new DSi game from D&G ... Star Wars III, he is hooked!

Until he fell asleep, at the exact spot he falls asleep, EVERY time we take that trip ... so cute!

Super sunny, bought new sandals and had a mani-pedi!

Gorg vintage mug I found while out thrifting, also got a nice tea set, some scarves, crystal butter dish and retro lemonade bottle!

These pictures make me chuckle ... my Nanny's house is filled with photos of all our family, but in these two I think me and my brother look just like Ethan and Joshua!!

I also (stupidly) washed Monkey while we were there, which made Ethan VERY sad (BAD mummy) ... here are the stages; Sadness and anxiety

excitement that the wash is nearly done!

Joy at having Monkey back! (Sorry Ethan, I wont do it again for another few years, lol!)

Having a lie in and getting brought a coffee in bed ... bliss!

Eating ..... everyone loves cake ....! BUT diet for Florida time now!!!

So that was our trip ....

Hope you have all been enjoying the school holidays?!

More soon

em xx

1 comment:

Michelle said...

Awww! Loved ur post! I wished I lived closer 2 my Grandparents... I bet u cant wait til Florida, Ethan looks soooooo happy :) GLAD MONKEY SURVIVED THE WASH! lol Cal's dog 'Brum' lost an eye in the wash! was horrific, after 'surgery' all was well! lol