Also during this leg of the trip, Beau must have known he was in a safe place, because he reached two big baby milestones. He started holding his head up, and had his first giggle. :)
On our first day, we did a whole lot of chilling. I watched the Bachelorette finale when I could finally get it on iTunes.. priorities, right? And then we walked down the seafront to eat dinner with my dad and Nan.
It was a really sweet dinner! Beau was unusually fussy which ended up being really great because Nanny got to rock him and soothe him for about an hour. I feel like this is going to be such a precious memory for us moving forward.
The next morning we walked along the windy seafront to meet my dad for a fish and chips lunch. Ben skipped fish and chips and got a seafood risotto and it was one of those moments where you wish you ordered what the other person had. :) He was nice and shared! We stopped by the iconic Brighton bandstand, and it was beautiful!
After lunch we walked through the streets to a pastry shop that my dad wanted to show me. We got a few pastries and my brother got there soon after so we had a little cousin chat session with my cousin Phoebe over some pastries.
The next morning Ben let me sleep in and he went to eat breakfast with my dad and Uncle Bobby. Uncle Bobby isn't actually my uncle, just a close family friend that I've known my whole life. It makes me so happy to think about our close friends now being in Beau's life just like he is in ours. :) Bob lives in New Jersey, and I had already been strategizing how he could meet Beau, so it was perfect that he came to England to watch Henry golf. He's one of my favorite people!
I was dying to get a sweet beach photo of Beau in his cute swimsuit from Janie and Jack. Have you ever seen something so cute? Usually little girl swimsuits are loads cuter than boys.. but these little shorts! Adorable!
We went down to my aunt's beach hut, and i chose one a few down from her as my own! The huts are so interesting. My aunt got hers with her house when she bought it, but she said they are worth about thirty thousand pounds! Also notable is that Adele has a house in this area.
This was about as good as we were gonna get. :)
A fun thing about traveling was that I held my sleeping babe a lot more. He LOVES sleeping in his crib, but I seized the moment for lots of cuddles. :)
More beautiful English flowers!
I then met up with my dad and Uncle Bobby to run an errand in the Brighton Lanes. We stopped here to get some cookies, for obvious reasons. :)
Our plans for the night were a family dinner! My cousin Josh and his girlfriend Hannah came in, and my dad's cousin and his wife. We were just missing my cousin Phoebe's boyfriend and were sad to not get to miss him! This night was just so, so, so good. We have family dinners with our Texas family all the time, but doing the exact same thing in England filled me to the brim. The weather was beautiful, so we ate outside. It was perfectly moderate and then I wore my favorite sweater as the evening went on. It was the kind of alfresco dining that people do on tv, perfect!
Beau LOVES his British family!!!
Nan had only seen all of her grandchildren together one other time, at our wedding! It was so fun to make this happen a second time!
What I wore:
Anthropologie top (on sale!)
The grillmasters! Another fun thing about our week in Brighton was that Ben fixed my aunt's grill, and coffee machine. He mowed the lawn too, but that was less exciting. We kept joking that he was now hired help and wasn't allowed to leave!
This is honestly one of my favorite photos from the whole trip! My cousin Josh was such a natural with Beau. He loved those cousin cuddles. And Josh's gorgeous girlfriend Hannah! We were not shy about telling him multiple times that he needs to marry her asap and not let her leave the family because she's so lovely. :) Next year they are planning a trip around the world, including a US road trip.. I'm so excited for them and love that we'll get to see them and show them our turf if all goes well! Beau went to sleep at his normal bedtime but Ben and I stayed up till almost two chatting with Josh and Hannah. It was so much fun and felt like such a luxury with them so far away. We got so little sleep that night before leaving for London in the morning, but we wouldn't have traded it for anything! It was such a great middle portion of our trip.. filling up on some great time with family!!!