Days 2 & 3: Survival Mode and Driving in the UK

It has been an interesting couple of days.

Day 2 was mostly spent asleep. Little Mia pulled a 15 hour stretch of sleep! One of my friends dubbed Mia her “sleep hero”. I wish that she had been a hero any other time it came to sleep! She’s been pushing her naps back, waking up ready to party around midnight and choosing to play with her “babies” and her new Paw Patrol book instead of let her mom and dad get correctly in this time zone. New Paw Patrol book or “Pa-Po” as Mia yells it at ever increasing volumes until you say it back, is courtesy of Costco UK! It’s the kind of kid book that has buttons you can push that sing parts of the Paw Patrol theme song. If there was anyone there that didn’t know about Paw Patrol, they do now! She also insists on taking at least one “baby” with her wherever we go and now a turtle purse that my mom got for her. It drives me crazy that she likes that ugly little dog.


God Bless Costco and all of its year supply of goods. We initially went in for a slew of things we needed: air mattresses, stroller (since ours is now caput), car seat for Brooks (since neither of us got his into either air freight or sea freight), a fan etc. – things easily found at Costco in the US. Costco UK didn’t have one of those things. OK, that’s not entirely true. They did have one kind and size of air mattress: a queen. Here a queen is closer to a full size bed. That wasn’t going to work for Brett and I for the FIVE weeks it will take our sea freight, and thus our bed, to arrive. Since we are clueless about where else to shop for these types of things, Amazon UK to the rescue! A Prime membership here gets you next day delivery!

We weren’t suppose to be sleeping on an air mattress at all during this time. I had a stroke of genius a couple of weeks before our departure and ordered a queen sized Helix mattress. Brett and I sleep on a Helix and it’s the absolute best. It comes rolled up in a box and thus easy to throw in with our air freight. We could sleep on it until the rest of our furniture arrived and then move it downstairs to the guest room. Amazing idea, right? Well it was until the mattress didn’t show up until around the time we were flying over the northeast United States. What are we going to do about it now? No idea. It would cost more than the mattress cost to have it air freighted over here. Helix nor UPS were of any help during this minor crisis.

Y’all, I drove to Costco. The whole way. All 5.5 miles. And it was terrifying.

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You have to be totally present the entire time you’re driving. Not thinking about what you need to do, not thinking about what the kids are screaming for in the back, not taking a drink of water. It is incredibly hard, for me at least, to stay completely focused for that long. Especially when Brett is beside me saying Hail Marys with his hands in fists and foot pointlessly pressing an imaginary brake. Those damn roundabouts sometimes appear out of nowhere! Sometimes I didn’t know I was in them! I’ve only had one person yell at me and I couldn’t understand what he said so it doesn’t really count. Also, I REALLY miss my 360 camera. It would have been SO helpful in all parking endeavors here. I wonder how long it will take me to stop looking for the gear shift on my right and my seat belt on my left…

Brooks has been pretty good about the whole sleep situation now that we’re here. He and Mia are sharing a room in our corporate apartment and he has been very patient and good natured while his sister yells at him and tries to start giggle fights when she should be sleeping. Of course, just like at home, he’s up at 7 AM on the dot, regardless of what time he goes to bed!

We stopped by our house with nothing in it as well. It’s going to be an interesting experience going from our two story home to a three story townhome, or terraced home, as they say here. It was hands down the best option when we looked at homes in June but it’s just so different from what we’re used to. I don’t know where I’m going to put my clothes. Mia’s room doesn’t even have a closet. I’m not sure how all of our furniture is getting up the narrow stairs either. I’ll worry about that another day. The best thing about it, which our Houston home has NOTHING on, is the view and the trails that run behind the neighborhood, connecting to other trails that run to different villages and to the city centre.

Notice that their rain boots are already getting use! I was a fool not to pack mine in our air freight!


  1. Stephen Gorski says:

    Do his fists still rise up near his head when he gets truly scared? He milked an imaginary cow pretty much the entire flight to New Orleans once upon a time.

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    1. Yep! That is an awesome description of what he does. Drove without him today and everything went much more smoothly! He stresses out the whole car!


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