Tuesday, May 7, 2013
We kicked off our time back in London with a trip, via rail, to the British Museum. I love taking the Tube. It is so interesting because you get to watch so many people! What is NOT fun is utilizing the stairs and escalators with a stroller. In the tail end of rush hour in London… well, really anytime in downtown London, people have no patience with a stroller (luggage, wheelchair, other people, etc). It was quite a time trying to go up and down stairs, cross platforms, and ride escalators, all while people are running over you!
Once we got to the Museum it was incredible! We ran straight away to see the Rosetta Stone. Then we realized that we were all hungry, including Nannerbelle, who is not shy about letting you know that she is hungry. We went to the cafe in the Museum and enjoyed some sandwiches and soda, really hard to screw up a BLT and a Coke ‘Light’. We morphed to level 4 fatties when we topped off our meal with a chocolate cookie(Steph) and a scone smothered in butter and jam(me) and some yummo formula(Nanner, that little porker!).
I’m going to be honest and say that museums aren’t always my thing, BUT the British Museum was incredible. If one was to do the museum properly, one would get a hotel room within walking distance for a week or so and then spend an entire day in each of the many sections of the place. Seriously. There is SO MUCH! It was completely overwhelming experience. My favorite? The Victorian Britain. The jewellery, tea sets, clothes etc. There was a mother-of-pearl tea set that I stared at for a solid 5 minutes whilst doing the ‘bounce’ with Annabelle. It was beautiful!
Also, we were walking through the Egyptian section when these two Indian women stopped us to take photos of Annabelle for NO LESS than an hour. Now, I think she is a beautiful, because she is. But, seriously?! It was a little weird. “Please stop and let me take 800 pictures of your baby so that we can show them to…” Who? Who wants to see pictures of some random, albeit gorgeous, baby from another country?
We made our way back home, with a quick stop at Waitrose, to get dinner cooking. Steph cooked up some chicken kievs that were delish and we caught up on the Bentham TiVo while we ate.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Now, as is typical the weather of this region, Wednesday it rained, spoiling our plans for a lunch time picnic in a park nearby. So Steph delved into the responsibilities of house-wifery, cleaning and laundry and whatnot. Even though we didn’t go out and do anything crazy or adventurous, it was really nice to be able to just hangout with my lovely friend and goddaughter who live so far away! I got to hog the baby and not share with grandma or grandpa (hehe). Steph got to catch up on some house work and homework.
In the evenings after dinner, Annabelle and I would send mom and dad off to their room to study. I assume that it isn’t easy to be in school full time with a baby. Nanner and I thoroughly enjoyed our special time together while they studied away upstairs. My favorite part of this time of the evening was her after-dinner-before-bedtime nap, which she spent on my chest while I Skyped with mom to make her all jealous.
It was so perfect to have a couple of days to relax and just enjoy some good company before the two very whirlwind weeks to follow.
Thanks so much, Stephanie and James for having me! I had such a wonderful time with you guys! I can’t wait until I can return the favor! Can’t wait to see you this weekend!