A little catch up post – time with my family

Hi Everyone

You might have noticed that it’s been a little quiet around here over the last couple of weeks, so I thought I’ll do a little catch up post to let you know what I’ve been up to.

flying to Germany for family time

Three weeks ago, Amy and I jetted off to Germany to spend some quality time with my family. It was my mum’s 50th birthday and my Nan’s 80th birthday and it was just the perfect occasion to jump on the plane.

During our first week, we were undercover as we wanted to surprise my Nan, so we squeezed in an appointment at my hairdresser and two beach days with my mum. We had 30 degrees Celsius and this wonderful fresh breeze from the Baltic Sea. It was utter bliss. The water was still freezing with around 13 degrees Celsius, but that didn’t stop us jumping in three times each day. We had so much fun and seeing Amy roll down the dunes and jumping into the waves really sent me back to my childhood and youth. I just wish, we could do this every day.

family time in Germany

At the weekend, my sister came home from Hamburg and it was so good to spend some quality time with her. Amy really enjoyed having her Tante Lissy around her and as my dad was still on a seminar, we decided to have a girly day and go to the zoo. I’ve written about Rostock Zoo before, but quite a lot has changed since our last visit, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for a post with lots of photos.

family day at Rostock Zoo

The next day was the day of my Nan’s birthday party. She didn’t expect a thing and it was hilarious to see her face when we suddenly stood in front of the door. We had a lovely day with her and all the family and it was great to catch up with family members that I hadn’t seen since I moved to Bristol over 5 years ago. Amy was a little shy at first, she was thrown into a room with complete strangers after all, but she soon made a very special friend, my great-auntie Margitta who she simply called Lady. The two are a match made in heaven and it was lovely to see that Amy adores her as much as I do. She’s a wonderful warm-hearted woman and Amy instantly felt that.

family times Amy and her great-grandparents

After a day of celebrations, my mum, Amy and I headed to Hamburg to spend a couple of days with my sister, who had to leave my Nan’s birthday party a little early because she had to be back at work the day after. We picked her up to work, went out for dinner and headed straight back to her new apartment. Amy had an absolute blast trying on all her heels and instantly fell asleep snuggled up in my sister’s The Lion King bedding.

The next day, saw us discovering Hagenbeck Zoo, one of Germany’s most popular zoos. We spent all day wandering around the grounds, but once again, I’ll write about that in a little more detail at a later point. It was quite the eventful day.

family times at Hamburg Zoo

The next week just flew by. We celebrated my mum’s birthday and surprised her with some beautiful earrings and concert tickets. My grandparents came round to spend another day with us and my sister and her boyfriend came to stay for the weekend. We didn’t do anything special, but we simply enjoyed being with each other. There were family BBQs, long walks, fun on every single playground in my hometown and lots of giggles.

I hope to share some of our days with you over the next couple of weeks and hope you all had an equally great time. Catch you all soon!


    • Carolin says

      It really is. You only really notice once you’ve got children yourself, I think. Before having Amy, I was never tearful when it was time to say goodbye, but know I just want my family around all the time to see her grow up and be a part of her every day life.

    • Carolin says

      She really was, she had everyone wrapped around her little finger and running after her. It was lovely for her and me 😉

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