has seen a flurry of activity following the arrival of Jay with us in England (be still my heart, oh how I missed you!) Apart from the sweet days of catching up with family and nights of catching up with friends, the pace has once again slowed enabling us all to catch our breath.
The kiddies are blossoming in the company of their cousins and Grandparents - not to mention the utter devotion that they have discovered for the coolest sets of Aunties and Uncles....EVER!
The formalities of a trip back to our old house (which has been rented for the past 4 years) inevitably brought up some emotion and we have ploughed many hours already into fixing the trail of distruction that our last tenant left.
But slowly, our house is returning to the home we once knew and I am discovering a new sense of love for it and the memories that are still a big part of our first home.
Through the overgrowth of the garden, there is still signs of the beautiful garden we left behind::
and little glimpses of the wonderland that the kiddies would have such fun exploring, should we return to our little home::
and these are the things I find myself pondering about, whilst covered in flecks of 'soft coffee cream' with tired arms from painting.
....since we have been in the States, there have been some major changes - not just in us and our little family but also back in England.
One of these changes that my Mum was particularly excited about was a complete bathroom renovation. We heard about the progress and were told in detail about the choices that we being made for tiles/flooring/lighting etc.
I must admit, a black bathrom with sparkles did sound bold and intruiging - it also sounded very Mum. There has been a long running joke in our family that if it sparkles, Mum would have it - be it a pair of sandals or wallpaper. We have now, entered into a new phase of sparkledom - a whole bathroom and you know what - its seriously cool!
So when yesterday I bought a new dress and wanted to snap a photo, the sparkly bathroom seemed like the perfect place.
...and the dress, well its cute, vintage inspired and the perfect new frock for welcoming Mr B home to England on Friday.