We've just come back from a trip to the US, as my husband and I had fundraising and work meetings on the East Coast. We had a wonderful and productive time, both personally and professionally and lots of fun too boot!
Here are a few highlights of our trip:
Pumpkin spotting during Halloween
The Americans go all out at Halloween to decorate their houses with ghosts, witches and pumpkins and we had so much fun spotting pumpkins as we travelled
We also got to do our first hay ride whilst apple picking in a New England orchard with our friend Lari
Boston Children's Museum was also a massive hit! A giant 'spider web' tower to climb, 4 floors of water play, construction sites, model towns, bubbles, musical instruments and dinosaurs and more, we spent 5 hours here and wanted to stay longer (despite missing our nap)! Highly recommended for anyone visiting with little ones.
Providence, Rhode Island, was also a pleasant surprise having never visited. Very walkable and with an attractive waterfront area. We were recommended to try out the beautiful Atheneum Library and arrived just in time for storytelling
Encouraging our little ones to enjoy food and eating out is an important part of family life for us and the girls did us proud wherever we went. They both seemed to love it and we received lots of compliments from fellow diners about how well-behaved they were :-) At one point, my toddler nearly had a melt down at a restaurant we went to and I explained how much we enjoyed having her with us when we go to a restaurant and how much we need to be respectful of other diners and not make too much noise. We encouraged her that she could be part of all sorts of adult things if she could be 'like a big girl' when we go to restaurants. We feel it's important that our children can be part of adult life where appropriate and that they learn what that means. She totally got it and we had a lovely evening!
Next step, the White House, and a Halloween gift from the Secret Services :-)
New York as ever was fabulous and was so proud of my Broadway babies discovering the city with Papa whilst Mummy went to her meetings.
Mum, stepmum and honorary foster mum. Passionate about fulfilling the potential of all the world's children - both big and little. Serial entrepreneur and life traveller now living in Paris. www.carolinewatson.org