Wednesday, August 17, 2011

London Part 1 (of many)

We have returned from our fantastic trip to London!  We had a fantastic time being with family and friends, and I am ready to start planning our next big trip.  (I can see your eyes rolling, Jason!)  Sims did so well the entire time that we can actually think about travelling some more.  What a relief!

I am going through all of our photos now, and it will take me a long time to go through them all and narrow them down.  And it will take me a long time to share all of our adventures, so bare with me. 

My sister-in-law, Tina, was so generous and made our trip so easy.  (Thank you, Tina!!!!)  We were all able to stay in her friends' home, while they were away on vacation.  Having an actual home for our home base was ideal.  And having a garden out back where the kids could play was amazing.  I don't know what we would have done without it.  The kids (and adults) also loved having Hampstead Heath an extremely short stroll away.  It had a huge playground, a hill to fly kites (Parliament Hill) and wild blackberry bushes with fruit that was ready to eat.  If we could afford to live in this house, we would happily move to London!

Here are a few pics from where we stayed and the heath:

Sims and Ian in the garden

View from Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath (Tina's church is the tall tan steeple near the middle of the photo.)
Jet lag on the return home has been a little worse for us than usual, but I'm going to blame Sims for that.  The first night back he woke up at 3:30 in the morning ready to start his day.  He's gotten better every night, but he's still waking up a bit earlier than normal.  Jason and I have been ready to pass out as soon as Sims goes to bed every night.  Oh, wait.  That's normal for me.

I will be sharing more photos and details of our trip in the coming days.


  1. great pictures that bring back lots of great memories. we're looking forward to seeing many, many more. keep them coming.

  2. So sorry to hear about the tough adjustment back to US time. Perhaps that means you need to hurry back so you're closer to the prime meridian??? x