Wednesday, October 19, 2016

October Happenings

Sorry for the lack of neat travel updates these past few weeks. After a very busy summer and month of September, Alex and I decided to stay put this month. We have our big trip coming up next weekend, Evie's birthday in 7 days, and winter preparations that have kept us occupied.
So, more specifically, what's been going on in our lives?

1) A new wake up time. Seems like a silly thing to make note of, but I have fallen in love with my new routine and can't help but brag about it. About a week ago, I decided to start waking up at 6 a.m. and eating breakfast, starting chores, etc earlier. Then, around 7:30 the kids wake up.
I had no idea I needed that hour and a half to myself until I started receiving it.
I'm both a morning person and an introvert, which means that time to be alone with my thoughts before the rest of the world wakes up rejuvenates me more than the night of sleep I just woke from.
I don't even need my coffee during that time. I simply sit at the dining table with my eggs and oatmeal, watch a show on my ipad, have a book open, and check my forums on my phone.
It's a quiet and reflective time, and I'm not going to lie...I absolutely love that the kids are old enough to let me do this. I do not miss the interrupted sleep and constant wakings.
I've been getting more things accomplished, have been more active, and I have had more patience with the children. Everyone wins!
And that's why it was such a hard pill to swallow this morning when the kids woke up with me. They spent the night battling runny noses, so our bed was a carousel of one kid in, one out. Those sorts of nights are pretty rare now, but they do pop up and I just have handle the loss of "me time."

2) Winterizing everything.I am vastly under-prepared for what's coming for me over the next few months. I've never driven in cold weather before, never had to walk a dog in freezing cold rain, never even had to layer myself! (Last time I saw snow, my mother was still dressing me.) I have slowly been buying clothes I think we will all need. Warm boots, coats that are moisture-wicking, hats...the problem is I don't know 100% what we'll want. I could buy a particular type of jacket and realize I hate it but be stuck with it the rest of the season.
And winter clothes are expensive! I hate making such a commitment for something I don't know I'll love.
That's why beach clothes are the best.
5 dollar flip flops, equally as inexpensive shorts and a tank top and you're done.
No 100 dollar coats, 150 dollar shelling out two tanks' of gas worth of money on kids stuff that won't fit by next fall.
If you couldn't tell, I'm having a hard time adjusting to a new climate.
And then, there's our car.
We got it inspected, and our all season tires aren't good enough for winter. Meaning, we have to get snow tires. I suspected this, since our tires are 3 years old and the tread wasn't looking the best.
And thanks to our hazards being set off a few weeks ago, our battery needs replacing. Just yesterday I was truly afraid the car wasn't going to start when we all got in to run errands.
(It did, thank goodness.)

3) Prepping for London. It's hard going to your dream destination and having to scale the trip to 2 days. There's so many things I want to see and do, but we have so little time to do it. Not to mention I have to cater this trip to a 3 and 1 year old's interest. Not an easy thing to do when you're looking at countless museums and monuments.
We will arrive in the city anytime between 8am and 10:30am, and then we have until about noon to explore before we have to meet with the tour group to check into our hotel and get our game tickets. That is making planning a bit tricky, since our hotel is on the west end of London and everything I want to do is in Central London.
Landon saw a photograph of the London Eye and will not hush up about it, so if the weather is good Saturday evening, we plan on going to that.
Sunday, Alex and Landon will be at the football game, so I will have the day with Evie. It's a thrilling and scary thought. There's so much I want to do, but I also have to cater it to a newly walking toddler. When we vacationed with Landon at 13 months, it was so difficult to do anything! I swore I would never travel between 12 and 18 months again. Kids are just so squirmy and antsy at that age. They want to walk and touch everything!
So, I've got to plan my day very carefully.
As of right now, I figured if I took Evie to a park in the morning and let her burn off energy for a few hours, we could eat a nice lunch and then she'd take a nice long nap in the carrier that afternoon. And that's my chance to go to a museum or gallery.
But we'll see...
I am slowly narrowing down our list of Must Do's. I figured I should have no more than 3 things.

I just need another trip back. It's as simple as that.

Another note: I have made the VERY hard decision not to bring the good camera on this trip.
Crazy, I know. But we're not bringing any strollers, we will have a short window of time to do stuff, and we will be navigating in a new country. I want to be able to put my focus on the kids and the sights. We'll already be lugging around diapers, jackets, snacks, and maps, let's not add a bulky camera to the mix.
It's going to kill me.
It really will. One of my favorite parts of visiting new places is taking photographs, but hopefully this way I'll be more involved. And we will have our phones, so photos won't be completely out of the equation.
And it just gives me another excuse to go back.

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