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Mummy had to wake us up to go to the airport.  We were asleep in Mummy’s bed and Mummy took a photo of us before she woke us up because Eliza had cuddled up to me and looked really cute.  First we went to Manchester Airport and got on an aeroplane to London.  We had to wait at London but I liked it because I got to play on my iPad and it was a nice cafe.  Then we got on a bigger aeroplane to Denver.  All aeroplanes have numbers rather than names and this tells you what type of aeroplane they are.  We travelled on a 747-400.  It was really good and I kept needing the toilet and I got to watch the new Star Wars.  When we got off the aeroplane we went to get our bags.    I have a yellow bag and Eliza has a red one so they were easy to find.  We got our car and drove to our hotel.  Me and Eliza were playing Tiger and dolls and making funny faces.  It was still daytime because America is 8 hours behind us.  The whole world is split into time zones so if it’s day in England its night on the opposite side of the world.  We could see lots of big mountains and they had snow on them.  The sky went red before it was dark, it was pink and then it was red and then it was a little bit rainbow colour.  When we got to the hotel there was still snow on the ground and it was very cold.  Eliza kept saying she was starving so Daddy went out to find some food and we had a midnight feast in our hotel.  We had Pizza and Chicken nuggets.  Our hotel room was quite nice and I really wanted to go on the top bunk because it was my wish but Mummy and Daddy wouldn’t let me because it was really high and I could touch the ceiling.  And she’s a wriggle bum! IMG_0381IMG_0382IMG_0383


One more sleep!

For quite some time we have had to tell the girls how many sleeps it is until our holiday.  This morning when Martha asked I got the response

‘That’s gone quickly, how can it only be 1 more sleep? We must have missed some days out’.

Well I am glad to say we are almost ready! The thing with going on holiday is that there is so much to do before you go that you feel like you need a holiday to recover.  Trying to pack (without it being unpacked by a 2 year old), making sure the things you want to take are washed, ensuring you have filled the hand baggage with enough to keep two small children occupied for a long haul flight, charging the iPads and loading them with content so that if all else fails in your well thought out bag of goodies you know you’ll be able to keep them quiet with that, trying to leave the house tidy so it doesn’t feel like you’ve been burgled when you get back, finishing everything at work so you don’t leave your colleagues with everything you haven’t got around to, finishing an assignment that you have to hand in today (didn’t mention I’m a student nurse training in Mental Health) and today is my Birthday so I’m going to make time to sit down, put my feet up and enjoy a glass of wine.  Ok maybe just the wine whilst still trying to get everything done before midnight when I turn into a pumpkin.

We’ve been checking the weather around Yellowstone and it’s quite variable at the moment which I think will be perfect.  The thing with Yellowstone is that you really can get 4 seasons in a day.  It would be fab to see some snow, Eliza hasn’t really experienced snow before and is very excited by the prospect.  I will be happy as the snow will make it easier to spot the wildlife and I can test out my new camera.  In contrast to that it would also be nice to have a little bit of heat and sunshine just in case we get another typical British summer when we get back home.

I’m completely new to blogging but the initial idea was that Martha would do most of the writing when we get away.  She loves taking photos so we will use a lot of her pictures in the blog.  There’s many interesting things to learn about Yellowstone as it’s so unique, so I’m going to try and put my teaching qualifications to use and explain some of the geology and nature facts it in a way children will hopefully understand.

Thanks for reading the ramblings of an inexperienced blogger 🙂

Snow in the Rockies!

Toby and Ninja Katie

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You may be wondering what I’m about to write about but Toby and Ninja Katie are the names of our pets.  Toby is an English Springer Spaniel and Ninja Katie a hyperactive hamster.  I got Toby before I met Phil and long before the girls came along.  When I went to get Toby I took my Dad along too.  I knew there were two left in the litter and hoped Dad wouldn’t want to leave one on his own.  My hunch was right and my Dad got Toby’s brother Sam to keep their enormous black lab (Zeppelin) company.  Sadly Zep has passed so Toby goes to spend holidays with Sam.  The girls always feel sad and miss Toby when he goes away but he has a fantastic time.  Dad lives between 2 fabulous dog friendly locations.  The summers generally spent on his semi-trad narrow boat and the winter on the coast in Oban.  We get daily updates of how Toby is doing with lots of photos, usually of him dripping wet!