[This is the first in a series of travel posts from the Summer of 2017 (1/4)]

 

It’s been a while folks. I’m sorry to keep you waiting. Trust me I’ve really missed the thrill of a published post. I haven’t been procrastinating, just wrapped up in loads of work. Well not work exactly, a vacation was involved. So here you will get to hear all about that. June-July: Vacation planning and vacation. July-Aug: Post vacation stress disorder, summer school, prep for school and school itself. Now Eid is over and so begins full time school for the tot. I’m busy looking for freelance work online while he’s off at school and overall life is good.vacation quote

So, yes, vacation talk. My favorite type of talk. For those of you who have gone through my previous travel posts, will be surprised at the destination this time around: London and parts of UK. Yeah it sounds like plain vanilla compared to our usually unusual previous holidays. Actually we had been planning this trip since a few years and it would keep getting delayed. We stayed with my husband’s friends, (this really amazing couple who are more family than friends), who have a charming little one year old. They opened their home and hearts to us and made each day truly memorable. And I have often thought about this and now more so after this trip: couples with kids should travel with couples with kids. The empathy and sheer understanding they have for all your toddler-related constraints is terrifically consoling. After putting the kids down each night, the four of us would sit down for endless rounds of dessert and gossip. Yeah the pounds were piling up, but so were the amazing memories.

Anything I have to say about the city would sound incredibly hackneyed because London truly IS the capital of the world. It is so vast, so cosmopolitan and so overwhelming that the less said the better. But I am itching to tell you my version of it… especially for parents of toddlers planning such a vacation. London does serve to satiate all tastes and palates. If you want those lovely narrow cobblestoned lanes Read More →

My darling,

You turned two yesterday. Needless to say it was an emotional day for me. You are such a special boy, not the average two- year old at all. Your poker-faced humor is very heightened for your age. Your personality is brimming with character. You perceive things much better than the average tot. You take us by surprise all the time with your words and mostly your antics.

The first year went by really fast; the Read More →