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Monday, August 11, 2014

Back from England

Hi there! We got home last night from our trip visiting family in England. It was an amazing although totally chaotic trip with twenty adults and six rowdy children under four. Anton was teething, so a few nights were NUTS (I had to remind myself: babies be babies), but we loved spending the days on rocky beaches and the evenings drinking beers at the pub. I'm looking forward to sharing a few photos this week.

How have you been? Read anything good? Watch anything good? Cook anything good? Get a new job, or leave an old job? Take a trip? Cuddle a baby? Break up? I'd love to hear what you're up to and thinking about these days...

Meanwhile, a new Motherhood Around the World post is coming right up! Hope you're having a good morning, and sending love through the Internet. It's nice to be back. xoxo

P.S. 10 tips for traveling with babies, and how to entertain toddlers on a plane.

155 comments:

AVY said...

I always feel a little sad thinking about England. That's not necessarily a bad thing though.

/ Avy
http://MyMotherFuckedMickJagger.blogspot.com



Amanda said...

So happy to hear you had a great vacation!

A couple weeks ago, I got engaged! http://ajigreer.blogspot.ca/2014/08/engaged.html

Amanda said...

I was just here looking for you. Yay for a happy and safe return! I loved this article on Motherlode about a gay dad fearing that his son wanting to play football might make him love his dad anymore.

http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/10/if-my-son-loves-football-can-he-still-love-me/?

And had my own reflection on taking care to understand what it is that my heart wants when my fingers hover over "Click Here to Purchase."

http://amandamagee.com/2014/08/you-get-what-you-pay-for-and-other-life-lessons-of-rarely-putting-yourself-first/

Can't wait for more pics!

Joanna Goddard said...

congratulations, amanda!!!

Joanna Goddard said...

PS amanda, you guys are SO CUTE!!! what a sweet story :)

Isabelle Hulm said...

A wonderful summer over here in the Netherlands, spending time at the beach, eating in the garden, and doing a bit of DIY. Beautiful photo, by the way.

www.minipiccolini.com said...

So happy you're back Joanna! Can't wait to see photos.

We spent a month in the country. We've had a random never-ending heat wave here in Sweden and just spent the summer cuddling our newest little baby, and having such a fun time with our toddler and pre-schooler!

http://instagram.com/minipiccolini/
www.minipiccolini.com

Orla said...

This is why I love A Cup Of Jo; it's a friend! :) I'm finishing my fundraising job this Friday to go back and pursue a Law Degree (eek!)
I went to the Dublin Horse Show, read the amazing 'Shadows in the Wind' by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and made a chocolate strawberry tart with a graham cracker crust! A good week!

Maud said...

So glad you're back Joanna! Now your stories can keep me company at my new job and stop me from going nuts over wedding plans (6 weeks to go!)

Dellah said...

Yes babies are babies, my girlfriend just went on a vacay with her hubby and three kids all under the age of 7 and her bestie, her hubby and 2 kids under 5 to Split Rock. They had a teething lil' monster too and she says she's more exhausted than when they left, lol. I reminded her she hadn't ad a vacay in 5 years, Whoa right? and to live in the moment. I really hope you guys did as well!

As for me the hubby has a much deserved day off and we are totally going to live in the moment and check out those secret sprinklers at the Museum of Natural History you wrote about with our 2 monsters. We've grown up in Queens and hung out under the whale and never knew of the water feature but have seen the tortoises roaming around outside, have you seen those guys? Thanks for sharing I'll be sure to tag you in a pic on Instagram. Welcome back !

Zoe Royall said...

Making "easiest dill fridge pickles" from smitten kitchen by the gallon; read Sold, because you told me to - I really liked it; watching Bachelor in Paradise because ... Well, because OBVIOUSLY; obsessing over Martha Stewart Living landscape design piece in Sept 2014 issue; moving apartments this week, trying not to lose my mind

melissa said...

Thank you for asking...I'm dying to tell someone that I'm pregnant! (met you at Dolores Park when you were pregnant with #2) I will be telling my love in a few days when he returns from a work trip.

That's all! Glad you had a great trip!

Joanna Goddard said...

oh my goodness, melissa, congratulations!!!! i remember you!!! that is so, so exciting:) hope you're feeling well :):):)

Joanna Goddard said...

zoe, haha, so glad you liked it—i'm still only about 30 pages into it. i don't know how i thought i'd actually read a book on a family vacation haha.

Quarterlifeguide said...

Yay you're back! Missed your updates.

I'm finishing my MA thesis today, and handing it in tomorrow! So have been working on that non stop, good thing that some blogs are less updating actually;)

Anne said...

Welcome back! I've fallen in love with the Sporades in Greece during my vacation and I've finally found a new room to live in. Can't wait to start decorating and paint the wall lavender blue.

Zaree Singer said...

I left my old job, got a tattoo, and am starting a new job today! I took some time off in between for the first time ever and it was magical.

Lisa said...

Boy, I really miss your blog when you're on vacay!

While you were gone I converted my son's crib into a big boy bed, became obsessed with crocheting beanies, and learned to program a bunch of stuff in Python.

Blonde In Kuwait said...

Glad to head you had a good vacation. :)

I didn't have the greatest summer, honestly, but I firmly believe that things can only go up from here!

www.blondeinkuwait.blogspot.com

Clare said...

Babies be babies. So needed a reminder of that today. Tough sleep issues with little one just now. Welcome back. I wondered if I was going to bump into you down there though we're back in Edinburgh now. X

Cassidy Short said...

That photo is beautiful! Can't wait to see more!

xoxo
Cassidy

http://heartofgoldandglitter.blogspot.com/

Sarah Spitz said...

Glad that you are back, I really missed your post!

Love from Germany and the -fatcatconnection-

Ps: Where do you have the best ideas?
http://lasagnolove.blogspot.de/2014/08/where-do-you-have-best-ideas.html

Tamara Laird said...

Welcome back! I gave birth to a sweet baby boy August 1, so I've been spending a huge portion of my days nursing. So glad you are back so I'll have some interesting stuff to read while I'm glued to the rocking chair!

jenn @ beyond the stoop said...

the big news in my house is that i'm getting married this Friday! we wanted to do the whole manhattan city clerk's office thing, but the thought of waiting in line for hours did NOT sound like my kind of fairytale! we decided to make an appointment with the mayor of jersey city instead! I can't wait :)

Honeybee said...

I'm glad your back and that you had a good trip.

After sending the kids to nursery for 4 and 1 year respectively, we just started out with a nanny who comes to our house three days a week. It takes a lot of stress out of the mornings and evenings (no getting the kids ready, no heading home in public transport during rush hour). She's great with the children and they like her which is wonderful. I still have to get used to someone being in our house all day. Someone who sees your unmade bed, the mess (hmmm) in the cupboards...

Joanna Goddard said...

love all these comments! congratulations, tamara! what's his name? and jenn, that is brilliant!!

Jules Theis said...

Welcome back! It's great to hear you had an awesome trip :)
I live in the South of France and it is hot hot hot here, so I am spending most days by the pool reading. I am currently reading the funniest memoir, Everything is perfect when you're a liar by Kelly Oxford. If you haven't read it then you have to! It is hilarious! I lol reading every page.
All the best,
Jules

mapleandmacaron.blogspot.com

Michelle said...

Hey Joanna, welcome back. My news is my boyfriend is moving states to move in with me. Would love to hear tips about moving in together when you're both proper grown ups with full lives and lots of stuff. Possible topic for you- How to negotiate the move in well? xox

Jules Theis said...

Welcome back! It's great to hear you had an awesome trip :)
I live in the South of France and it is hot hot hot here, so I am spending most days by the pool reading. I am currently reading the funniest memoir, Everything is perfect when you're a liar by Kelly Oxford. If you haven't read it then you have to! It is hilarious! I lol reading every page.
All the best,
Jules

mapleandmacaron.blogspot.com

Blossy said...

Wasn't the weather uncharacteristically AMAZING in the UK while you were here?! So pleased to see your posts again - gorgeous photo of you and that beautiful little man of yours x

Nanette Gonzalez said...

so glad to see you are back! I just found out we are expecting a baby girl this christmas! :)
www.samnenasam.com

Hata Trbonja said...

Joanna, it is so good to "hear" your voice again!
We might be moving to Switzerland for a job soon!
So I foresee even more chocolate in my future!
Big big American hugs to you.
love,
Hata
www.chicagotofrance.com
Please visit me!

Chloe said...

I love how much you travel with your children! We love traveling and bring our two kids (2years and 9 months) a lot of places. In fact we are on our way to Savannah, Georgia right now! We are driving from our home in Florida. Have you ever been to Savannah? It is to die for!

Tamara Laird said...

His name is Wyatt Thomas, and he is a clone of his 2.5 year old brother :-)

Danette said...

My daugther is having a hard time on her job in PR - and as a Mama Bear- I want to beat everyone up at her job......cuz that's what Mama Bears do.

Joy said...

I got a car!

So glad you're both back. xoxo

Nancy Cavillones said...

We spent two weeks on Cape Cod and just got back Friday. My newly one year old was also teething---three molars! So our nights were rough too. Thankfully, we had plenty of beach and fun during the day to distract him--one of the benefits of sharing a vacation rental with my sister and her kids. I'm reading A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. Have you read it? Beautiful and heartbreaking.

AWads said...

Welcome back! I made a simple syrup infused with purple basil and poured it over gin and ice for a delicious cocktail inspired by DALS (Dinner A Love Story). Now plotting my vacation to Rhode Island's Narragansett beaches...not as exotic as hoped, but it will do this year!

Alicia Marie said...

Anton's legs are dominant and amazing! Love baby thighs!

Paige Elizabeth said...

Welcome back! You and Caroline were missed. :)

Chetna Singh said...

We were in England too! My kids are huge Beatles fans and we did a trip to Liverpool.The Beatles Magic mystery tour is amazing! ( have to share my 17 year olds blog about it http://restoringtherock.net/2014/08/08/a-beatlemaniacs-pilgrimage/ ) A week in Paris and then back.

Alissa Moghtaderi said...

While you were away, we bought an apartment on the Upper West Side!

I've been deep in decision-making about carpets, appliances, bunkbeds, and lighting. The move is Wednesday and I think my two 3-year-olds are going to be really happy to get settled in the new apartment and not be living amongst boxes and unable to find the right toy plane.

Welcome home!

Ms Blue said...

Its a wonderfull summer in the netherlands but i lost my grandpa (opa) to a crazy kind of cancer. We had 23 days from the fist visite to the doctor and him dying.

But im trying to look forward to our vacation in spain!
Cant wait to see the photos and read all your lovely blogposts.

Is it me or is Anton just became twice his size? Boy, he has grown!

Lauren Cruz said...

Somehow, I had missed this: http://www.juliarothman.com/hello-ny/#1

Rectified that!

Steph Douglas said...

Oooh, where in UK were you? Weather has been fab here! And holidays with small kids are hard - I wrote this about it... Holidays or hellidays? http://sisterhoodandallthat.com/?p=405

Kelly said...

Glad you are back! Love reading your blog for 5 minutes with my morning coffee before I start my work day.

Found out we are having a baby boy! Also spent the last week with a 9 year old cousin, whew! Good thing they start you out slowly and condition you. This one wore me out!

Susi Kleiman said...

I love England and I'm glad we've had the chance to visit and spend some time there. I'd love it if we would have family to visit.
I finished working summer camp and am enjoying a week off before I have to head back to work and the beginning of a new school year!
Love your Motherhood around the world posts!

Katy Lukes said...

Joanna, so glad you're back!! Looking through your blog makes my 5:30am wake-up call with my darling, chubby 8 month old much more enjoyable!. :) Oh, and I think I'm pregnant with #2! I know that makes me craaazy. Hoping so, though. Love being a mama more than anything! Thanks for always keeping me entertained, love your words.

Iris said...

It's nice to have you back! Excited to see your England trip photos :)

kendra said...

so many books! I'm almost done with Emily Gould's book, Friendship. And i read all of Rainbow Rowell's books. She's amazing.
And saw Boyhood! so so so good

LPC said...

Hooray! You're back! I've missed you!

Call it Adventure said...

So glad you had a great vacation!

Your list of questions actually made me realize just how much I've been up to lately haha. I'm finishing up at an old job this week and starting a new job this week, I just moved last weekend AND tried out a new recipe (Asian honey marinade flank steak from Pioneer Woman - DELISH!). Phew, talk about a busy week.

Excited to see more of your time in England :)

Amanda said...

Glad you're back! I've missed your fun posts! I have been loving the Motherhood Around the world series and the Beauty Routine ones.
My husband and I are getting ready to go to Malawi, Africa in two weeks with my mom and our seven month old baby girl. My husband is from there and we haven't been back there since we got married. It will be my mom's first visit and my daughter's first time meeting her other side of the family.
Glad you had a grata trip!

www.redletterdayact.blogspot.com

jessiemwalker said...

Funny you should ask! I DID get a new job! (And, well, leave an old job.) This is my last week, then I'm moving on to bigger and better things.

Glad to have you back. We missed you!

jessiemwalker said...

Funny you should ask! I DID get a new job! (And, well, leave an old job.) This is my last week, then I'm moving on to bigger and better things.

Glad to have you back. We missed you!

liveblogtravel said...

Welcome back! I am curious of the pictures you took in England! I am one of your new followers and I love your blog! You are an inspiration for me!

liveblogtravel.blogspot.com

collette said...

Welcome back! I missed daily blogs, but did do a lot of poking around in the motherhood-balance ones, which made me feel infinitely better about not growing my career right now!

Jessica Quadra Andrews said...

Can't wait to see more photos from your trip!
My husband and I are taking it easy at home and getting ready for baby girl - due any day now! Packing my hospital bag now! Xo

Kaitlin M said...

I read the BEST book this weekend. The Rosie Project by the author who wrote The Silver Lining Playbook. I was literally laughing out loud on the beach. Highly recommended for anyone who likes a funny love story--that's smart to boot!
http://www.amazon.com/The-Rosie-Project-A-Novel/dp/1476729093/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407766412&sr=8-1&keywords=rosie+project

Hampshire Mummy said...

It is great to have you back! We are still holidaying at London and York!

Courtney Lewis said...

Sounds like a hectic blast! :)

I recently quit my job at a design place to start my own freelancing and focus on my shop that I opened in my small town. Scary not to have a steady paycheck, but so much more rewarding!

Emikos Werid Unexplained thoughts said...

good morning!! I missed reading your blogs and im glad you are safe. as a matter a fact I did get a new job, saved a relationship,bought things for my new apartment and planned a trip. and i made this .

http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/chefs_recipes/17633/Spicy_Pickled_Mussels_with_Turnips_and_Greens_.htm

girlseeksplace said...

Welcome back! I've always wanted to visit England. London, obviously, but other parts, too.

Kathryn Sutton said...

So glad you had a good time in my lovely England - am sad not to have bumped into you (although having been very much in London for the duration of your trip, the odds weren't in my favour!)

Glad to have you back - the blogosphere has missed you!

Kat x
http://thelondonplaybook.wordpress.com

madeline made said...

We missed you. I got a new puppy and found out I am going to be an aunt for the first time! I have been nonstop studying for my licensure exams.

Ingrid said...

Thank you for asking...This is my first day of retirement after 45 years of teaching. I loved it, and today is hard. The first "first day of school" I have missed in 61 years,,, Some tears have been shed...

Glad you had a nice vacation. Missed you! And I love the "babies be babies" philosophy. So true... And soon they won't be babies, so enjoy them while you can!

Jesse said...

oh babies be babies alright. glad you're back safe and sound!

http://semiweeklyeats.blogspot.com/2014/08/atticus-outfit-6.html

Kathryn D. McLamb said...

SO excited to see photos from England! I spent the weekend exploring new places all over NYC!

www.kathrynadaniel.com

Christie. said...

FINALLY! Oh I missed you Jo! I kept checking in to see if you'd returned because my mornings aren't the same without a new post from this blog. :)

Can't wait to hear all about the trip. Nothing new from us, just enjoying summer while it lasts.

Meadow said...

Welcome back! I look forward to seeing some photos. It's funny.. after the first couple of days of going to this blog and being reminded you were away, I got out of the habit of checking it pretty fast. The time seemed go pass quite quickly, oddly enough lol. In any case, I am glad you're back and I will resume checking it frequently! Nothing too exciting happened in the past two weeks... I will most likely be losing my favorite coworker to her getting a new job, though, which has been quite emotional for me since we have worked closely together for years and are friends. It's amazing how one's work life can have such a huge impact on one's happiness sometimes.

Robyn said...

Fabulous! Well timed- you aré missing some awful british weather. This week is a crazy week- 3 weddings...the second is tomorrow. A lot of loving going on.

Jessica Quirk said...

Happy you're back and especially proud of you for taking an internet break to fully enjoy your vacation. I'm hanging out, 37 weeks pregnant (first baby!) and in need of a break myself - just to get my head on straight and relax and prepare for the days and months ahead!

As a leader in the blog world, I'm glad you took time for your family! Kudos to you!

gia said...

Welcome back. :) missed you.

I had a mini breakdown about school. My boyfriend said he was tired of it. I found online counselors at midnight- on "seven cups of tea"- a place where people will listen to your issues and help you through them. Was lifted up by these strangers...

Ceciel T said...

Hi guys! Excited you're both back. My first canning experience this weekend. Seriously satisfying to see all those jars. And some bonding with other local canning friends (checking in to make sure I knew was I was doing and then sharing pics and praise for what was accomplished. Very sweet way to connect). Made a few Smitten Kitchen recipes. Headed to the in-laws in SC--10 hour ride over 2 days (and the DVD player didn't get pulle out--wildly baffling, but lovely). A side trip to the American Girl store (and bistro) in Atlanta. Now that's something to analyze! And not do again ;). And now--hosting my bro and wife who live in Astoria. Small town living in Ohio. xoxo!

Mindy Lee said...

missed you! can't wait to see the pics from england :)

winkandsmileblog.com

Maggie C said...

Welcome back! Can't wait to hear all about your trip!

Just binge read Where'd You Go Bernadette? By Maria Semple. I highly recommend it!

-Maggie

Rebecca S. said...

New reader here. Found you while you were away and had great fun catching up on many fun and wonderful posts. My hair and makeup have never felt so fresh and stylish since I started following your tips! I also love the "friend" vibe I get when I read your posts. It feels personal and cozy here. Thanks for blogging!

Maggie May said...

Hi Joanna! It's nice to hear from you again! Looking forward to reading about your holiday :) We have been enjoying a fabulous hot summer! Lots of hose fights in the backyard, ice cream cones for dessert, and playing basketball, badminton, and bocce late into the evening.

Tomorrow, my husband and I are having a whirlwind 24 hours away to see an Arcade Fire concert! We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary in July and I surprised my husband with the tickets. We are going to dress to the nines, and I am going to dance my butt off :)

I have the rest of the month off and am looking forward to finishing The Goldfinch, starting my next book club book The Tortoise and The Hare by Elizabeth Jenkins. Spending tonnes of time with family and friends. Going away for a little vacation with our boys, and soaking up as much sunshine as possible before the school routine starts up again.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer with your boys!

♡ Margot

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

Hmmm, what am I up to ... we're about to go on a vacation to Montreal :-)

Maria Gazzi said...

Hi Joanna!
Good to hear you liked it here! Here at home we all missed you! I actually cooked something veeeeeeery good: Burrata salad, with cherry tomatoes, lemons and basil. You put the tomatoes, the basil, the lemons cut in tiny-thin triangles and some olive oil and salt in the oven until the tomatoes start to get wrinkled. Then you wait for it to cool a bit and tear the bur rata over it. You mix it together and it's done! It's sooo easy and sooo good (and you only need one dish, so it's great afterwards as well). Anyway, it's good to have you back! Xoxo, Maria

smash said...

Welcome back! Hope you had a fabulous trip and a relaxing few days "off" xx

B.A.D I Blog About Design said...

Great to see you're back!

Check out the B.A.D blog: blogaboutdesign.com

FASHION SNAG said...

So glad you had a fab vacation!


www.FashionSnag.com

Sarah said...

welcome back! my husband and i are headed to misty scotland next week for our honeymoon (a little belated- married last october). i have been scouring your travel posts and found so many useful tips! i'm definitely using your advice on packing clothes in single color scheme- trying to stick to only creams and shades of greys with a little camel. i'm even bringing those peep toe wedges you blogged about like 2 years ago :-)

Katrina Fleetham said...

I can't wait to see the photos! I've only ever been to London to spend one rainy day frantically seeing as many landmarks as possible and the rest of the time nursing a sick friend back to health. Bad news... broken foot and ankle. So far I'm at four days in a cast and counting. Good news... I successfully showered with garbage bag covering my left leg. :)

Kate

kateandfleet.blogspot.com

logan said...

So glad you're back! With all the blogs out there, you don't really think you'd miss a certain blog when they're on vacation, but I can honestly say, I missed reading yours. Glad you had a safe and fun trip. Can't wait to see more pictures.

Haven't been up to too much these last few weeks...just making the "easiest dill fridge pickles" by the jar load. They are so good, and so easy!

ewang said...

I'm really glad you are back! Me and a coworker who read your blog at lunch and then discuss missed you. Glad you had a good time. :)

Erin LaDue said...

I read a great book in two days: What I did while You Were Breeding. Highly recommend. Welcome back

julia patton said...

ahh!! I've missed you and I don't even know you! Oh, blogging world... how wonderful are thee.

Since you've been gone, I left my job in Philadelphia, packed up all of my things into my trusty Honda and am now taking two weeks to drive across the country to move back to California where I grew up to be closer to family. I'm three days in and it has already been quite an adventure with lots of singing alone in the car, moments of sheer panic about what I'm doing with my life and a lot of beautiful scenery.

Have a great day!

Hannah Rinaldi said...

Can't wait to read about motherhood around the world!

http://www.eatdrinkandsavemoney.com

Hannah Rinaldi said...

Can't wait to read your next motherhood post!

http://www.eatdrinkandsavemoney.com

Alaina S. said...

So glad you're back! Can't wait to read all about it :) I love England and desperately want to go back soon.

I feel like I am on the cusp of change, I just don't know how it will happen yet. I feel restless a lot of the time, a little unhappy with my relationship (he wants me to move in, but I kind of don't want to) and some other family drama. Just gotta stay calm and figure it all out somehow. Sigh.

Liza said...

It gets so much easier to travel with children. Never give up!

Courtney G said...

Welcome back! Anton's thigh is amazing in that pic :)

Sorry to hear about the teething, I know how rough that can be. B just turned 2 and we finally have cut ALL teeth, including 2 year old molars. My husband and I celebrated with champagne! :)

berrystylegirl said...

Great to see you back! But to hear that you've liked your trip even greater!:)

Jessi said...

Glad you are back! We really miss you! :)

Christina said...

So glad you're back, Joanna! You've been missed!

- Christina www.cityloveee.blogspot.com

Celeste said...

Welcome home!

I went to a networking event, and even though I'm introverted, I had a really good time. Reminded me I need to get out and enjoy people (read: strangers) more often.

Rachel said...

I'm actually in Polruan - it's the first time I've been to Cornwall since I was 11, decided to come down from London for a last minute getaway on Friday. How did you like Durham? It's where my partner and I met when we were university freshers there :-)

Lindsey Lowe said...

All of these comments make me feel like we're all friends! I love it.

While you were gone, I made two batches of brownies!! Hah :)

kaija luna said...

Welcome back! Can't wait to see your photos. I just received an email from Old Navy featuring you! Congrats!

Elizabeth said...

Joanna, I'm a mom of two little guys about Toby and Anton's age and an avid reader of your blog. I did little cheers when Anton was born b/c it meant that you were going to write about life with two boys among all of your other wonderful content. Just wanted to welcome you back and say that I didn't realize how much I looked forward to your daily posts until you were on vacation and I missed them. You deserved a vacation even though it came with sleepless teething nights and craziness. Thank you for providing me with daily mini-vacations with your blog.

Sara Langford said...

Welllll I just found out I'm pregnant (while you were gone!)…9 weeks 1 day! Eeeek! So naturally I've been rereading all of the Motherhood Monday posts. Yay! So glad to hear you had a lovely trip. Looking forward to hearing more about it :)


P.s. I just felt like Jenna Maroney when I typed "naturally"…I could hear her voice saying it as I typed it out! HA!

Patrick and Nikki Getting Married said...

Yaya! You are back! Glad you had a nice vacation- absolutely loving your motherhood around the world series! I got to cuddle my new little baby boy this week!!!!
http://noelleann.com/lifestyle-patrick-nikki-baby-hudson/

Danijela Kreuzer said...

I am glad you are back. A cup of Jo is a part of my early, early morning routine. We went hiking a lot. Even wenn it was raining. Picked nearly 6 kg of blueberries. + So excited to open my online ceramics shop!
Greetings from the Swiss Alps,
Danijela

www.danci.eu

Johanna O said...

We just got back from a long trip too with family. We went to Alaska with 11 family members and our 1.5 year old daughter. What a circus! But fun all in all. How was the flight with two littles?

Peonies & Purnises said...

Oh my goodness I'm so happy you're back. I literally have never exercised this much self-discipline to not check your blog because I knew there would be no post and didn't want to be bummed out.

And oh my god. Anton chubs. Thank you. I needed some cuteness to make the start of my week strong.

tatanicka said...

I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl two weeks ago!
The 20-hour long labour was crazy and fun and the same time. Looking back, I realized everyone tells you their birth stories but nobody shares how exhausting the first weeks with a new baby are. Right now I'm struggling with breastfeeding so keep your fingers crossed for me.

megan said...

Well since you asked what's on my mind, I'll share...

Online dating!?!? It sucks! It's comic relief at this point...I am 'recently' single after having been in an eleven year relationship. I'm thirty-one years old, successful, smart and attractive... so I figured the next thing to try would be online dating. It's weird and awful! I mean, I think I'm a newbie to dating since my last relationship started when I was eighteen, but still...

I remember, when I was in a committed relationship, thinking about how cool online dating seemed and I have friends that felt the same way, but once you take the plunge you realize you're swimming in a confusing cesspool of weirdness.

I read this article that I looooved. I'm not the least bit sad or lonely about my situation, but I wonder if there is a way to make online dating a little more palatable.

In the meantime though, I'm a happy camper and enjoying everything life has to offer.

Sammi Egan said...

Welcome back, or home! I'm glad you had a good time here, I look forward to reading your stories :)

Well, I am leaving a job soon & have already cut my hours down as I have finally started some paid writing work over on my own blog- hooray!

K said...

Broke up :(

Jessica said...

I finally got around to buying a diaper pail (my baby is 18 months). Why did I wait this long?! Sometimes I worry too much about over indulging in baby gear-- like I need to rough it a little to prove something. Anyway, it's awesome! We got the Arm & Hammer one by Munchkin.

Lee Taylor-Penn said...

I took the GRE, celebrated my 27th birthday, and vacationed in Nags Head, NC with my husband and parents!

Alane said...

Love England - I've been to Pulruan and especially love Fowey, have you been to the Lake District another beautiful natural setting and great pubs!
Love your blog and your very cute babies

Susan said...

Busy with all the things you need to organise for an international move. From the Netherlands to Scotland. I'm excited and scared, happy for the opportunity and sad for the friends and family.
I'm going on an adventure!

ellebougies said...

Glad you're back, and that you enjoyed being in my neck of the woods. :) I felt my baby dancing inside me for the first time this week & finally got properly excited about this pregnancy. Looking forward to reading everything your blog can offer on motherhood and babies. :)

Anjula Montgomery said...

Yay! Welcome back. Just in time for my birthday. :)

saraadelesongbird said...

hi joanna! oh yay! i'm traveling too but also experiencing being single and casual dating for the first time in... ever!! also: read an amazing book - "the art of fielding." not just for baseball people! i think you'd love it. i swallowed it in a week!

MelanieKPrice said...

WELCOME BACK!!! You have been missed by many, I'm sure. The hubby and I went to Costa Rica for 9 days and have a fabulous time! Beautiful country, beautiful people and lots of surf to keep my husband a happy guy. Did you know Costa Rica is considered the happiest nation in the world? Now that we have been I can easily say I believe it.

Cheers Jo. So wonderful to have you back safely and I cannot wait to see pics of your lovely trip!!

Laura said...

My hubby & I got a PUPPY this weekend! It's the softest, most adorable little being I've ever parented (no kids yet!), so we are all smiles. Wishing you lots of smile and soft cute things from Tennessee!

xoxo
Laura

Caitlin said...

We have missed you!! :) Anton is such a cutie.
My boyfriend proposed to me on our vacation in Italy last week, I didn't see it coming at all, it was awesome :)
Looking forward to reading about your trip!

Courtney said...

Welcome back Joanna! We missed you. :) Can't wait to see photos of your travels. I recently finished the book "Glitter & Glue: A Memoir" by Kelly Corrigan and loved it! It's about a girl who travels to Australia and nannys for a family who recently lost their mother. It's amazing. I am also currently reading "We Were Liars" by E. Lockhart and it's great so far!

megan bachmann said...

glad you are back!! I missed my favorite blogger! Even though you don't know me, I kind of feel like I know you! Its funny, isn't it?!
I quit my job to care for my son and I started my own design blog this year! Its so fun and scary and wonderful to start something new. I'm glad I have a supportive family as a safety net.

Katie Emard said...

Love the photo! Gorgeous!

Joanna Goddard said...

thank you for all these wonderful comments!!! i LOVE LOVE LOVE hearing from you guys, and now i want to ask you all about your lives in every post! so fun and fascinating to hear what everyone is up to. thank you so much for sharing :)

Joanna Goddard said...

(courtney, i LOVE that you celebrated the end of teething with champagne!! haha made me smile from ear to ear)

cortney said...

Can't wait to hear all about your trip! I totally am guilty of living vicariously through your vacations! Its funny you asked if we got a new job or left an old one because I did both and it was the most liberating/frightening experience! I'm a teacher in a NYC charter school and it's been quite the ride learning the in's and out's of the education system in NYC (and everywhere for that matter). For all you teachers other there, we'll get through this together!!

Xoxo

Cortney

Sabrina said...

I thought maybe it was just me who was missing out on your posts... I had baby boy #3, Mr. Finnley Parker...
I'm glad that I didn't miss anything from you, and that you were out enjoying your time in England!

amy said...

Joanna, I love that you asked and I love that everyone is answering- what a sweet little community!

While you were away I made strawberry jam, swam in a cold waterfall, adopted a chicken and then had my boyfriend decide we couldn't have a house chicken (she's now living in my friend's flock, boo), procrastinated a lot and didn't do much study, and babysat some adorable children (and their dog which is the fluffiest I've ever seen).

Lauren said...

I devoured Where'd You Go, Bernadette? this weekend. It was delicious! Highly recommend it. We share a fave book in The History of Love. I'm considering rereading it actually. Have you read Watership Down by Adams. Also high on my best reads list.

Lauren said...

I devoured Where'd you go Bernadette? Over 48 hrs :-) went swimming with my baby boy, and got up the mountain for a good hike (LA). Have you read Watership Down by Adams. I think you'll enjoy it?

rarasrumanti said...

I've been rewatching the 90s series "felicity". I still love it. And we also just got back from visiting our parents for 3 weeks!
Welcome back, Joanna!

Mary Elizabeth Velarmino Francisco said...

I'm soooo glad you're back. I have been checking to see if you already posted something new the past few days because I've already read ALL the links in your last post. Haha! Hope you guys had fun, Joanna! And I hope Anton is feeling much better now. :)

Domestic Policy Czar said...

Well since you asked, while you were away I gained 5 pounds. I made the French silk pie recipe you linked to on your last post. It was delicious but left me with thighs to rival Anton.
But it's all good. It help me come to the conclusion that it's time to switch from long distance running to distance cycling. My aging hips and knees are grateful for the change.

Silver said...

I missed you! I cannot believe that you went on holidays when I went into a hospital all by myself in Germany for three weeks. But I am happy, I no longer have Lyme disease, and as for reading matter - I read The Children's Book by AS Byatt - which was AMAZING - I loved it - before I was cured from Lyme disease my short term memory was damaged so I read the first few chapters over and over for 5 weeks... very good to get past that. I also read Clement's book about her years working for Vogue - another excellent read.

Taylor / Fifteen November said...

Broke up and then got back together... Thanks for asking! Haha!

Lauren @ Lot Forty Eight said...

I just read "the Rosie project" which was so so good. It was different than anything i have ever read. And now I am reading jk Rowling new book "the cuckoos calling" which of course so far is amazing. I can't wait to see pics from the trip!!

Valerie See said...

Welcome back Joanna! I'm so glad to see you back. Love from Singapore

J. said...

Love your striped shirt :)

XO,
Jackie


http://thejedition.blogspot.com/

Bethanne said...

My husband, two year old, and I
moved from San Diego to saint Louis.
(Where we know no one!)
Amidst all the strangeness in our lives
now, it's nice to have your blog back.
It's like an old reliable friend:)

HAS said...

Is that you, or Lucy?! I thought it was Lucy with Anton...but the comment about "your striped shirt," above has me wondering!

Lucy Hill said...

Glad to hear you had a great vacation, I was so glad to see your blog up and running again! I am from England and I am so glad you can appreciate all the beautiful parts, the pubs being one of them!

I just found out some fantastic news.. that I am able to stay in the USA! I've waiting for visa news for a long time and finally found out yesterday. My boyfriend and I took a risk and moved in together as I persuaded him that I wanted the visa enough, so that meant I would get it. Naive maybe but where there's a will there's a way!

Mag in NYC said...

Welcome back! I hope you post some pics from England. I am anxiously waiting for my honeymoon (I got married a few months back but couldn't go until now) We are going to Paris, Rome and Amalfi Coast, and I kept reading your tips to help me get through the week! haha
If you have any more recommendations pass them along ;)

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jessica patrice said...

So glad to be apart of this cool community. Welcome back and I look forward to your photos!

I've been reading a lot blogs on minimalism lately and being inspired by a few I read regularly (including this one) decided to revive my own blog with my boyfriend! Minimalism is not just about getting rid of stuff its about focusing only on the stuff you really love. <3

Martini said...

Welcome Home. You were missed.

Your trip kept my memories returning to my beloved "Doc Martin" because somehow I thought I remembered you mentioning that your family is from Cornwall...right?
What I would give to travel there.

Grieving the passing of the lovely Lauren Bacall and the sweet Robin Williams. Too sad.

Tang said...

I'd say read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes! Read it a few weeks ago and couldn't put it down!

AandJ said...

While you were away, I started blogging. Any tips or tricks would be appreciated!

And our little girl turns one in a few weeks! So keep up the parenting-topics posts. Love them!

thatswhataandjsaid.blogspot.com

likeschocolate said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip! I just read My Berlin Kitchen which is the book written by Luisa from Parenting in Germany. Such a good read and yummy recipes to boot. I have made two from the book. Yum!

Tish said...

Do you have an amber necklace for Anton? They've been godsends for friends.

Just finished Goldfinch. Whoa...

JC Cross-Jones said...

Glad you had a good time in the UK, you should have visited wales!! My bit of the UK its so pretty!!

On our news front, we are still waiting for a moving date for our first proper home together!
Enter the Two Hearts One Roof August Giveaway

Joanna Goddard said...

tatanicka, congratulations on your sweet baby girl. i'm thinking of you and sending you a big hug! i promise: IT GETS SO MUCH EASIER! lots of mama love xoxoxo

LC said...

Jo, I was visiting Ireland and the UK when you were there! We actually stayed for 18 days, and it was my first time visiting. My favorite places in England were York (I loved Yorkminster Abbey), and the Cotswolds. Both places were so beautiful, and the people were lovely. We didn't get to Cornwall, but it's on our list for next time!

Shira Levy said...

Welcome back! I missed you!

I've read two fantastic books lately - "The Fault in our Stars" by John Green, and "Wonder" by RJ Palacio. I highly recommend them both!

Michelle said...

I wanted to tell you about three documentaries I've watched recently while in nap jail: SOMM, Spinning Plates, and Tiny. Found on Netflix or OnDemand- can't remember which I watched where ;) xoxo

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