Gratefully Grateful *23*

18 Aug


Here I am sitting in my living room and catching my breath after a whirlwind summer road trip with my family.  Emphasis being on road.  We did A LOT of driving.  4000km in two weeks type of a lot.

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Many many beautiful family memories were made but I can’t tell you how happy I was to drive up our driveway a few days ago and be greeted by the famous Birdie The Cat.  Coming home is always like a sigh of relief.

So in the last 5 days we haven’t gone near our car, not even to go to the grocery store.  In times like this I’m happy I keep a well stocked kitchen.

Now off to enjoy the last weeks of summer vacation with my three favourite little people (who aren’t so little anymore).

Here are a few images that bring back summer memories and a heart full of gratefulness.

IMG_8924My girls have been bitten by the ever present loom bug.  And I am the proud owner of about 250 plastic bracelets now.
brightoncarousalI’ve fallen in love with Brighton and it’s abundance of buntings and beach carousels.

salisburtkidsTraveling as a family of four for a week was such a change (one daughter was in Holland attending a Film Camp). The family dynamic was so different to what we’re used to and getting a hotel room was so much easier (and cheaper!).  jumpseafordLook how happy I was to hike the Seven Sister Cliffs in Seaford, England.  And just behind us they were shooting a new Sherlock Holmes film.  Surprisingly enough they did not approach me to do a cameo jump shot in the movie.

Wishing you a great week!

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15 Responses to “Gratefully Grateful *23*”

  1. julie de keyzer August 20, 2014 at 09:37 #

    I love that picture of the caroussel in Brighton. It makes me want to go there! And I love your face on the picture of you jumping! You look so happy!

    • jc September 8, 2014 at 22:07 #

      You would love Brighton! We should go together one of these days…

  2. Rose Fisher August 25, 2014 at 17:56 #

    I would have hired you for the movie. You look terrific and fit. <3

  3. classicplay August 29, 2014 at 22:55 #

    Not only do I love these photos, I love that you’ve had so much fun this summer! That carousel is to die for. And the last picture of you jumping is priceless. xo

    • Jillian In Italy September 9, 2014 at 12:32 #

      I think I’ve finally found my calling in life. Photo jumper. I’m gonna be rich and famous!

  4. anya jensen (@anyaadores) September 1, 2014 at 10:55 #

    Ohh I love your travelling shot from some of my fave UK destinations. You all look fab and I must say – haven’t braved a road trip like yours yet, maybe when the girls are older :-) Happy Monday Jillian xxx

    • Jillian In Italy September 9, 2014 at 12:31 #

      Seeing as your girls are still quite young I wouldn’t recommend doing long road trips such as this quite yet…it’s just so boring for them to be in the car that long. Even for me! And yes, Brighton is one of the sweetest cities I’ve ever visited. Can’t wait to go back.

  5. Judith September 1, 2014 at 12:13 #

    Unbelievable they didn’t hire you for the new Sherlock Holmes! You look happy & fit and omg how high did you jump? Like 3 meters or something?! Very happy you got to spend a colorful summer all together! But coming home to Birdie, majestically sitting on the entrance pillar is something else <3

    • Jillian In Italy September 9, 2014 at 12:29 #

      I jumped high enough that I’m sure I have a few new hernias in my neck. Worth it though. And yes, Birdie waiting for us on the entrance pillars is one of my favourite things!

  6. Tiana (@TianaKaiMiami) September 16, 2014 at 18:09 #

    I love these types of posts, it really puts life into perspective!

  7. lessthanperfectmama September 25, 2014 at 16:51 #

    Jillian, as always I really enjoy reading along and seeing your gorgeous photos. If you follow the blog http://fieldnotesfromfatherhood.com, they’re holding a photo contest. The theme is summer. You have so many wonderful summer photos! Maybe you’d like to enter. The entry deadline is Saturday Sept. 27th.

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