The first time I visited Los Angeles was with my husband 15 years ago and I hated it…We now love LA. For us, it’s a great family destination that has something for everyone, from its chilled-out beaches and parks, to world-famous shopping, to an over-abundance of museums and attractions.
Like many Bay Area expats we’re taking our baby home this Christmas and I’m already prepping for the long journey back to the UK. We’ve done one other long-haul flight with him and several shorter ones. This is what we’ve learned so far: Call your airline before you fly On long-haul flights babies less than 25 pounds can sleep in a bassinet, but these are only provided if you’re in the bulkhead seats. Contact your airline in advance to bag these early. If you forget, ask at the desk when you check-in if they have any spots still available. Even […]
Obviously, everyone was shocked when Ella came along, some were even more shocked that I was going to be a stay at home dad, the one staying at home and looking after her.
Nothing prepares you for that kind of news. I thought my world was about to crumble. We were so far away from family and completely alone. It was too much to take in. We were having a baby, we were about to be parents!
We arrived in the US in August, so the first major American holiday we experienced, and one of the most exciting for the kids, was Halloween. We’d all seen enough American TV shows to know that Halloween was a big deal here, not at all like at home in the UK, and when piles of pumpkins and giant inflatable decorations started appearing in the stores in September (not to mention pumpkin-flavored everything in Trader Joe’s) the kids were overjoyed. From low-key to all out In the UK, Halloween is pretty low-key. Not many people decorate their house and kids only […]
As is common here in the Bay Area, we reside far from our families. Like many, we say: ‘We keep in better contact now than if we lived in the same country!’ And indeed, it’s true, daily moments shared on Instagram, updated iPhoto albums between assorted family and friend groups, endless WhatsApp chats sharing photos, chats, links, videos, emoji. For me it stops there, along with email, this is about the limit of online social contact I can keep up with, especially with a 6 month old son. My husband manages to keep up with events through Twitter and both […]
Picture this: rows of Bentleys, Rolls Royces, and Ferraris, palm trees swaying in the sun, and well-heeled folks walking around. No, it’s not a scene from Hollywood’s latest premiere, but drop off at an American elementary school in Dubai.
Ok, you’ve waited long enough… Remember when I crowd-sourced camping ideas? So, I grew up camping all over California. I think my mom took me for the first time when I was only six months old. We’ve been meaning to go camping as a family for a while now, but when my youngest was born last year he had some health issues, so our plans were delayed. As our daycare closes for a couple weeks in the summer, we decided mid-July was a great time to try tent camping for the first time. Initially we booked a campsite out at […]