At King's Cross Station, they have a Platform 9 3/4 just for the tourists, like us! Check out the slide show of wannabe Harry Potters.
Thanksgiving was an adventure, to say the least. I don't know if I've written about how difficult it can be to cook and bake here, but it really does take some getting used to. There are so many things to deal with from shopping, to conversions, and just plain dealing with not having all the things around that you're used to. So the Thanksgiving feast was at times a bit frustrating and all in all daunting, to say the least.
Jason took Kathy, Nathan, and their oldest daughters to St. Paul's Cathedral where the American Ambassador was hosting a Thanksgiving Service. While they were out for the day, I was knee deep in the kitchen. But first I had to get kids to school (oh yeah, not a holiday here of course)! I should have taken play by play photos to journal the adventure in my kitchen that day, but let's just say, it all worked out.
We had our family: 7
The Berrett's: 7
Our Spanish Friend: 1
Local Missionaries: 2
Grand Total: 17!!!!
This may not seem like a big deal in the states with the fat double ovens and room, silverware, and settings for everyone, but let's just say, it was a bit of a stretch! But, the turkey surprisingly fit in our small oven, and we enjoyed our Thanksgiving Feast. And just as soon as it was over I was off with the young women in our group, and A.J. for their church youth activity, because remember, it's not a holiday!
But did you see all those smiling faces. This might have been one of my favorite Thanksgivings yet. It really was great fun, great company, and just a great evening. What a treat.
It was so much fun having our first visitors. Janae, Jaxon, and I went to the airport to meet the Berretts. And the cutest thing, Jaxon spotted his little friend Tori before we did, and just as natural as Janae hugging her friend Abby, Jaxon ran right up to Tori and gave her a BIG HUG! He then proceeded to hold her hand until we got settled and to the car. It really was priceless. What a sweet little reunion. We gathered their luggage, took their youngest two kids home by car, and Janae lead the rest of their family into London by Underground where they eventually met up with Jason at the Tower of London. These are some quick pix from iphones and such.
Hampton Court Palace:
We skipped school because my kids really wanted to show the Berrett's Hampton Court Palace. They have such fond memories of checking it out last time that they were anxious to take the Berrett's there. The reenactment was a hoot, it was pretty interactive, and took a good portion of our time. We were searching the palace looking for the soon to be Charles VII's who knows what number wife? It was hilarious. It was quite a cold day, and the days are getting dark so quickly, it just sort of was all over before we were quite ready.
We had plans and tickets to take our girls to see Wicked that evening. But the Hampton Court stuff ended up taking so long, we just ended up leaving right from the Palace to go to the theatre. A bit embarrassed as we were way underdressed and a bit of a mess from playing "IT" in the muddy gardens.
Emily is on her school's football team. This was a tournament the team played in during a school day, so Emily was beyond excited to miss school for soccer, life doesn't get much better than that!
Then just last weekend Emily played in a tournament with the Chelsea Elite Training Club in Norfolk. This was 3 hours northeast of us in London.
We might need to start getting used to playing in such conditions. Or for mom, spectating in such conditions! Do they make cordless electric blankets? I would totally make the investment.