Summer vacation is officially underway at the Smart house. And so far, so good. (It’s only day 2.) Summer and I usually have a complex relationship. So much to love – warm weather, relaxed schedules, sleeping past 7:00 in the morning, no homework to keep track of – and yet I miss the structure (and let’s be honest) and the “me” time of the school year and I sometimes start to feel exhausted and overwhelmed by the chaos that can unfold. But this summer is going to be a special one. I’m beyond excited actually.
I know I’ve mentioned previously that I am going to be attending the Fat Quarterly Retreat in London. Augh, I get giddy every time I think about it! For so many reasons. First, London (hello!) is my favorite city in the world. I lived there as a student (a few ahem years ago) when I was in college and fell in love. (Who wouldn’t?) Second, I’m so excited to get to sew and meet new stitchy friends across the pond. A few spaces are still available if you can come! Jen Kingwell will be there!! (Reason number 3 I can’t wait!) Here are some of my Liberty english-paper-pieced stars for the EPP class I’ll be teaching. (Liberty! Reason number 4!)
My husband and I both lived in north-western England as Mormon missionaries 21 years and 19 years ago respectively. We visited together in 2008 and loved going back to see places and people that we loved. Since that time we have dreamed of taking our children to England. A few months ago we decided, this is the year. We’re finally going to do it. We both turned 40 this year and talked about doing something special and this is it. Getting invited to teach in London was the final kicker that made us just go for it.
Our kids are at great ages but our oldest starts high school and summers will just get more complex from here on out. So this is it! I’m still pinching myself that this long-held dream is really going to happen! It will be an adventure. We’ll be staying in the northwest of England for the first few weeks and then travel south to London.
Blogging will be different this summer. I’ll definitely share some of our adventures – but hopefully not enough to make you feel like you’re sitting in on someone’s long-winded travel-slides…
Right now I’m trying to get the kids as prepared and anglophiled as possible before we go. The youngest have pretty much have Harry Potter and Mr. Bean as their main cultural references. Time to inject some Chariots of Fire and Shakespeare into their vocabulary. Off to the library…
If you’re looking to add a little bit of British to your life, the adorable British magazine Mollie Makes now has a US Edition! AND a great subscription offer right now. I’m so excited – I’ve been a huge Mollie Makes fan for a few years – it’s so fun to get it faster and at a lower price.