31 Jul 2017



I have failed miserably in this sabbatical life updates. One of my friends asked me how was I going to be able to travel a lot and write a lot. I had in mind help from my in-laws but I didn't put into consideration the fact that them too have their own life to live and the children will need me more because we are not in our normal everyday life.

For instance currently my father-in-law is the only one who can go for walks and take the children with him from some minutes.  My mother-in-law had a knee surgery, she is on the mend. So she can't do much just the quick walk in front of the house. I'm grateful to the help but that got me thinking that after all on this sabbatical I'm on my own. The children seek my attention and when daddy's around they want all of us to be together and when daddy has to work because he has deadlines I have to take them out to explore or supervise as their play.

I've been writing detailed journal entries of our big WORLD adventure offline. I also do daily IG updates so I figure I can do flash monthly updates. I want to start writing thought provoking pieces for this ol'blog of mine as I used to do.


So, how has my first month on sabbatical year been?

Little girl went to meet and greet her teacher and class mate. She seems ready to embark on this journey of first grader. I'm worried the period of her seeking her independence will start from September because she didn't cry when I left her there in the morning. I know she won't cry because now she knows how to comfort herself if she really wants to. However, we might have after school grumpiness. I can't assume too much but just wait to see. I took the children alone to London to visit their cousins. It was a fun visit, I love how when they know that they're at a family members' house they relax, I don't like the fact that within that relaxation they become loud and sometimes naughty, never want to hear the word stop! We visited London, enjoyed catching buses and trains. They learnt how hectic life in London is. I went back to London when AMI returned from Canada to officially begin his Sabbatical year. I visited more family members and searched for an apartment for G.

Until next update enjoyed these photos.

10 Jul 2017




Day 0 July 3rd

We packed the remaining things that I wanted to bring on this journey to make it an easy transition as possible. I managed to squeeze as much as my heart desired.

The children played by the garage for some time. I observed them from the window. Filled with nostalgia I went outside to capture the moment, knowing too well that  because the spot that will fill most of their summer childhood memories will be no more than a deserted play area. Filling buckets of sand, getting water from the house to water the wildness that is our raised vegetable garden. I took a deep breath and relaxed into the idea of new memories made by the sea at grandparents house on by the sea.

Yet, I thought about the tide of the sea coming and going for them to have a combination of water and sand to play in. But all that thought went away because just twenty minutes before the taxi arrived their got themselves wet from the water I told them not to play with. So I had to rush to change them again, but all was well. We got to the airport perfectly on time.

Day 1 July 4th
We arrived at Gatwick airport, the children didn't find it difficult to wake up. They were bright and ready to get out of the aircraft. Our luggages arrived on time. We found Granddad and auntie waiting for us. The children didn't play shy and promptly held onto Granddad's hand.

Day 2 July 5th
We rolled out from bed onto the dining table because the children woke up in the middle of the night. Little girl drank some water and went back straight to be but little boy wanted to go back to his beloved Canada. It was quiet funny because the night before he was saying he doesn't want to go back home.

Day 3 July 6th
The children woke up before me around 5:30am. It felt like they were getting back to their normal waking hours. We played in the water, went to the local park and play some more in the water. In the evening we took the dog for a walk and the children loved it because they just love having a dog. They are always cuddling it. Anyways the house was beautiful with some many new things. This town is striving.

Day 4 July 7th
This was the day I lost my water shoes in the mud (picture above), because I was trying to be adventurous to find a short cut to the house. We walked to a point and I just got stuck so either was me in the mud all over or give up the shoes. Little boy was sad that I lost my shoes but I told him it was important that I was safe. We to wash our feet straight as we walked into the house. The children baked some cookies with Grandma before lunch. After lunch when the sun was less hot I took the children out on the beach for a quick exploration. Once the girl next door came back from school (in UK schools don't close until the end of July), AOI went to put he swimsuit on to play in the high tide.

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