We lived on base for a few months until we moved into the village of Pannal. We went to British schools, a British church, and lived our lives as British as possible. I'm always surprised when people get stationed overseas and then live their entire lives on the American base.
I have such great memories of living in England and often say that if I could get my entire family (that means everyone) to go too, I'd move back in a heartbeat. The pace of life is slower, it seems more family oriented, and it's just so peaceful.
Toben got to see where we lived when he and I visited Harrogate in 2003. I thought he'd prefer London, but he fell in love with Harrogate and the Yorkshire Dales. We spent a cold, Sunday afternoon at Fountains Abbey, walking around and imagining what life was like when it wasn't in ruins. And we had an amazing Sunday dinner at the pub in Grassington, a wonderful and charming village out in the dales.
This is Fountains Abbey:
And this is the house we lived in:
I can't wait to take the girls to England someday so they can see how wonderful it is. We've talked about all (Mom and Dad; Wade and Kristen and their kids; and us) renting a house in the dales to use as a base and then going from there to visit York, London, and Scotland. But I think we need to wait until Ava and Tyson are just a little bit older. I think a transatlantic flight with two small children just might put Kristen over the edge!
(Okay, lots of links, I know, but these are all great places to visit if you're ever there!)