August 10, 2017

Gloucester Cathedral

We went to Gloucester Cathedral on one of our first weekends here in England and it was a great daytrip.  (For a more detailed post about the trip and more pictures check out this link HERE.)

It started out with a bus ride to Gloucester and then a short walk to the Cathedral.  We had lots of time to walk around and explore.  We saw some Harry Potter filming spots (and a couple of fun pigs) before we headed down into the crypt (Sherlock filming location).  Apparently there's a Doctor Who filming location here too but I need to figure out exactly where that one is.

We finished off the trip with some Cornish Pasties and then a bus ride home.

July 10, 2017

We Made It!

Well, here we are!  I've been majorly neglecting this blog as the last few months have been a crazy blur of preparing to move!  But here's a summary of what we've been up to:
  • I went on a diet.  I made a big change and did a Ketogenic diet for two months.  It was hard but it was so good too.  I kicked the sugar habit and lost a decent amount of weight but then moving stuff really kicked into high gear and the stress of moving plus eating out more means I've likely gained most of it back.
  • We went to Awesome Con.  I may write a separate post about this but the most important thing to know about that day is that I MET DAVID TENNANT and got his autograph.
  • We got ready to move.  This was (obviously) a big part of what we've been doing.  This involved finishing work on the house and yard, getting rid of a bunch of stuff (clothes that no longer fit, furniture we didn't want anymore, etc.), packing our luggage, and separating the rest of our belongings into either storage, quick shipment, or regular household goods shipment.  This was no small task and we spent months working on all of this.
  • We had a few days of last minute fun.  After the last of our stuff was packed out, we were able to take about a week and a half to visit my sister in Richmond, play for a few days at Great Wolf Lodge, hang out with some friends (and say goodbye) back in Odenton, and visit my parents.  It was a little rough living out of suitcases and sharing a hotel room with the kids but we also had a lot of fun and got to see some people before we left.
  • Flying out! Our flight left on Thursday night and arrived in England on Friday morning.  The kids slept for quite a while on the flight (Andrew fell asleep around 11:15pm and Brandon finally fell asleep around 12:30am, Maryland time) but Aaron and I didn't really sleep more than 3 hours between the two of us.  We arrived at Heathrow by 10:30am local time and then had to go through immigration and baggage claim before driving to our new town.  We arrived at our temporary apartment in Cheltenham around 2:30pm.
We're still getting adjusted but things have generally been going well.  Aaron started work today and we are hoping to start house hunting later this week.  It's been quite a whirlwind so far!

March 22, 2017

It's Official: We're Moving!

We have had this big change in the works for over eight months but now today Aaron and I finally went in and got our moving orders!  It came in a huge binder with tons of information we'll need to navigate this big move and forms we'll have to fill out, and I'm anxious to dig in!  We've been at a standstill  for a while since most of our "to do" items couldn't be done until we got this massive bundle of information overload, so now it's finally time to get to work again!

Here's what you need to know!

Who: our family
What: moving!
When: July 2017-2020

We are so excited about this new opportunity!  It should be three great years, full of exploration and adventure!  Both Andrew and Brandon will be starting school out there, in a private school complete with cute little uniforms, and I expect they will pick up an adorable accent too.  Meanwhile I've got pinterest boards full of things to do and places I want to see while we're in the UK and have such easy access to Europe.

This is going to be a massive change for us- wish us luck!