Well I’ve been back home for two weeks and I must admit that most of that has been recovering from jet lag. The first week back I was sleeping during the day and awake all night. Several times I tried staying awake as long as I could during the day to turn the pattern round but it didn’t work… I just stayed awake all night too ! I realised in the end that you just have to sleep when you are tired… once I did that it seemed to put itself right and I now feel pretty much back to normal.
The trip itself was a great experience for me. I have been before but as holidays with my family and loved every minute of it. This time I was on my own and looking at the place with a view to living there. I didn’t find that easy. Randy and the kids were back in the UK and anything I came up with or wanted to talk about had to be scheduled to when they were home ..and awake. Carol and Barry took great care of me. Driving me around areas to live, taking me to local shops and businesses to get a taste of things, introducing me to their friends and also making sure it was a bit of a holiday too. They are such lovely people and I thank them for everything they do for us.
Since coming back we have all had time to reflect on our decision to move to the USA and have had long discussions about everything involved. With that in mind, we have decided that moving there would not be the right thing to do at this very moment in time..so we are going to postpone it for now.
As you know, our main reason for wanting to live in the US is to be with our kids. Both Nick and Alex have duel nationality and are able to live and work there. Alex will join the US Air Force this year so once we are there she would not be with us for long as would be moved to Texas for her training. Nick wants to stay here to finish his final year A levels at 6th form college…..so we wouldn’t actually be with either of our kids for that first year. I think most people know I was quite upset at the thought of leaving Nick behind and the more I’ve thought about it, I just don’t want to.
Another main concern of ours was taking our dog Barney. He is soon to be 15 years old and I’m not sure about him doing the trip or acclimatising to a new area and country. We could never ever leave him behind as he’s a Reid…. we would take him at the drop of a hat and were very happy to… but it’s another negative in our heads on our list of pros and cons.
So…. although not completely decided….the discussions are still ongoing …. we are postponing our move for now, most certainly until Nick has finished his A levels. In some ways I’m sad that we aren’t doing it right now, it is such an exciting adventure and I feel our family is very lucky to have the opportunity. This is by no means the end of our dreams…… Randy would love to go back to his home country… the kids want to live there … and I still want my adventure. We just need a bit more time here to ensure it happens smoothly for the whole family. Alex will still travel over later in the year for her recruitment into the US Airforce and I will go back and forth at that time to get her settled.
Last week I had lots (and I mean lots !) of people ask why we don’t rent our house out when we go. To be honest with you we had not really thought about doing that. So that’s a new train of thought for us also. I actually like the idea of keeping a base here for sometime in the future. We will see….
I will continue with my blog. Christa, who originally talked me into doing it would like me to and to be honest…I love doing it. It will now become more of a diary of me, my family, and how we are progressing with our plans. Please feel free to comment as I love to hear what you think.
My favourite time in the Uk has arrived. Spring has sprung and warm days have replaced miserable winter weather..for the time being anyway. We are continuing to declutter and this next two weeks will be spent clearing the shed and greenhouse, weather permitting.
Next week we have Grand National Race day at the Reids. We do this every year. All the family arrive and we have lots of food and drink. We choose our horses in the Grand National and the men go to the betting shop to place all our bets. We have our own sweepstake and everyone pays for a lottery ticket and a scratch card. It’s the only day of the year that we have a gamble on everything and lots of food and drink ensures lots of fun and laughter. We settle down to watch the race and scream at the television for our horses, not mentioning names ….oh ok then…but Sally and Michelle are the loudest of the lot. More food in the evening and it’s usually a great day..
Thank you for reading my blog. I love knowing you’re there and reading your comments.
Until next time …