Hello, fellow stepmoms and friends. It's been quite a while (6 months!) since I last posted, but I had a lot of catching up to do here in my new life in my new country with my new family. I went back to the States in February to get my UK spousal visa and that whole process went just fine, even though it was terribly expensive and the visa only lasts for two years before I have to renew for another exorbitant fee. No gripes, however. I'm here now and I'm legal. That's plenty of reason to celebrate!
The guys are back in school now - what happened to the spring and summer?! Wherever the time went, we enjoyed ourselves even though we didn't get to go on a big family holiday. These are just tough times and I'm sure you're all feeling it to some degree. Next weekend, we're going to the Peak District for a two-night camping holiday. That's about as far as we're going to get from home for a while, so you'd better believe we're going to make the most of it. I hope the weather cooperates. We could really use a bit of sunshine around here. It's been raining nonstop all week here in Glasgow.
On a more domestic note, dinner tonight was breaded fish and chips with steamed carrots. I'm just trying to keep track of what I'm doing for dinners so I don't run out of ideas. It's inspiration for future meals when I can't be bothered to plan in advance! Though I try to avoid pub fare at home (burgers, fish and chips, etc.), it always goes down a huge treat with the boys and requires the least amount of effort. Of course, the trade-off is that these ever-so-popular meals aren't as healthy as the ones I lovingly prepare from scratch. I always try to maintain a good balance and so far, I think I'm doing a pretty good job.
My brother and I were chatting on the phone last night and he asked me what my stepsons call me. "Do they call you Devin or Stepmom...or what?" I laughed and said that they sometimes call me Devin, but most of the time they call me Hon, because that's what my husband calls me. He thought that was hilarious. We're a house of hons.
For those of you stepmoms out there, what do your stepkids call you?