I'm a bit late with this post as we're already into July. It's just that whenever I had a spare moment and sat down to finish writing it, usually quite late at night, I would find myself dozing off. So I've been unable to complete it until now.
As usual, this has been a month of ups an downs, but here I'm focusing on the positives.
1. We finally moved into our new house at the beginning of the month. We still have boxes to unpack and lots of things to find a home for, but we're getting there. I wrote more about it in this post.
2. Emma saw her great-grandma for the first time via Skype, thanks to my sister, who managed to connect with us on her phone while visiting my nan. Nan turned 97 this month, which is also pretty amazing. When she saw us on my sister's phone I think she didn't quite grasp the fact that she was seeing us "live" from Mexico, and had the idea that it was some kind of recording. It's hard to get your head round the concept if you're not used to it.
3. This month was Father's Day and also my mum's birthday. I'm really grateful for and to my parents, for the fact that they've always been there for me no matter what and I know that they will always support me. They've helped me in so many ways and I think I don't always show how grateful I am, and it's also difficult being so far away. So I'm also grateful for the technology that enables us to speak to and see each other, usually every weekend.
4. Hopefully, if all goes well, my parents are coming to visit us for the summer holidays, which I'm really looking forward to. They last saw Emma in person when she was seven months old and she's grown so much since then. It'll be interesting to see how she reacts to meeting them in person again and not just on the screen. They'll have a chance to get to know each other and bond a bit more.
5. Of course, I'm really thankful for the summer holidays, even though we don't get as much time off as the children! I could really do with a few lie-ins and maybe sort out the house a bit more, finish unpacking (over a month after we moved) and finding a home for everything.
6. Both my husband and I still have our jobs! I even get a small pay raise for the next school year, so I'm happy about that.
7. My little walking, almost-talking ray of sunshine who makes me laugh when I don't feel like laughing, her cheeky smile when she knows she's doing something funny, the way she clings to my legs when I'm in the kitchen and toddles around clutching a potato or some other random object... she lights up our lives.