Christmas 2016. Simple and yet so memorable. Santa got the message on where we were. He ate the cookie. He brought the very things we so desperately wanted. (Shopkins, a blue seahorse, a new onesie 😂) We had Christmas crackers and played the games and Timmy and I ate all the food. And Treacle tart. Harry Potter’s favorite and I’d never had it! We had traditional British Christmas pudding and Treacle tart and my heart was full. I could never ask for more joy. 🎄🎅
Warning: if you listen to the video with sound, you will hear Tim’s voice. People have been shaken by that in the past, so I’m warning you. 💔
We had a quiet Christmas Eve last year (2016) in Edgeware, around the house, prepping and eating food, going to the park, walking to the bakery and checking out the market. Timmy and I enjoyed a quiet night chatting over some wine our friends had left us after the kids were finally in bed and Santa had come 😉 🎅🇬🇧🎄
December 23, 2016 was hands down the best birthday of my life. It wasn’t particularly glamorous… but it was so good! Declan was up a bunch in the night so Tim went down with the girls in the morning and let me sleep in and they made me cards. We headed back into Central London primarily to ride the carousel next to the natural History Museum that we didn’t have time for the day before, with a quick stop at Kings Cross to see Platform 9 3/4, then walked to Harrods, checked it out in all it’s Christmas glory and had lunch. Then of course, Amy came and Timmy and I headed to Part 2 of the play. Best gift ever. Tim and I toasted and ate Cadbury chocolate caramels and Pringles. (Heads up, the Palace Theater does not sell real food). The play, the trip, our children, how could I ever have asked for more? #ThisWas36
Truth…and yet, that face makes it all ok.
Tim thought the UK government should pay us for the free birth control we provided on the Tube 😉
Platform 9 3/4!!! (This is how I get a pic without waiting in line 😉 )
They enjoyed Harrods!
December 22nd 2016 we woke up on a foggy morning in London and it was the night we would see Part One of the play, the very reason we came to London. Giddy with excitement, we set out for the Natural History Museum (high on our list after London-with-kids research). Tim went to will call at the Palace theater to pick up our tickets while I took the crew to an adorable patisserie. Then off for fun and learning at the museum, before we headed home to meet my amazing friend Amy Dole. On the walk back to the tube, Tim said “we have to accept the possibility that after tonight, Amy isn’t willing to come back tomorrow. If that happens, I don’t want you to miss it! Let’s convince Amy to come back and you two can go and I’ll stay home.” 😉 (Fortunately that was not necessary.) The palace theater was absolutely amazing and everything met all expectations!!! ⚡♥️🇬🇧
Last December 21 was a low key kind of day. We stuck close to “home” in Edgeware, where our milk was delivered in glass bottles outside the door (!!!) and I cooked dinner from groceries we had delivered. Timmy took the girls to the park while Declan and I napped. Annabelle checked out all the work out equipment, Rose was obsessed with putting tiny wooden people in a red double decker bus, and also when I turned my back, put a pink super hero mask on her baby brother.. “Super Declan!!” He accepted it without a sound 😉
One year ago I posted on Facebook….
Late post tonight but last year on December 20th we trekked out to Leavesden for the Harry Potter studio tour! I can’t possibly get this down to just one photo, Timmy and I had so many! It was absolutely phenomenal; so glad we got the tour in!
We took the tube to Central London to get the bus, past where we were staying out to Leavesden, but also rode in the front top of the double decker and watched the Sorecerer’s stone on the way
Proof they can sleep in daylight…. With severe jetlag.
Goblet of fire and the great Hall!
Nerd girl’s Heaven.
The girls rode Sirius’ motorbike and the Ford Anglia!! 🙂
Geeked out so hard!!!
Visited Diagon Alley and got some sweets!
Rose’s absolute favorite: making magic at the Dursely’s… Carrots chopped, dishes washed, knitting needles going…
Beautiful lights in central London on the way home
And…it was a Tuesday…so of course we came home and made tacos 😂😂🇬🇧🌮
Last year I posted on Facebook every day from December 19-28th my one-year-ago memories from London. While we were in London we weren’t posting in real-time, so it was the first time that I was really sharing our trip. In 2016, everyone thought we were crazy when we took a 5 and 3 year old and a 5 month old to London for Christmas. It was absolutely amazing. When we returned I wondered how we’d ever top that Christmas!! Then when Tim died less than 6 months later I knew we never would. Of course, as I mentioned in my “The Holidays” post, I will continue to try to give the kids the best Christmas experience possible. I would like them to have a good electronic record of that Christmas in London though, the last with their father, even if they personally remember very little or nothing at all. So this year I plan to capture the memories I put on Facebook last year here on my blog for them to call up when they want.
I think I will always consider it the Greatest Christmas.
A year ago we landed at Heathrow. I was seated with Declan separately from the other three so I could have the bulkhead seat with a bassinet, and then they changed aircraft so no bassinet seat…meaning I was awake the whole night holding Declan. (And Annabelle was awake almost the whole night watching movies!) Our friend Stephen met us at the arrivals gate at Heathrow and I whispered to Timmy “this is JUST like Love Actually!!” Then we navigated the tube across London to arrive at our friends’ adorable home, and the girls were so excited to see the tree where Santa would leave their gifts!! 🎄🎅We made ourselves right at home. I know that last photo is Tim decompressing once we finally got all 3 to bed because I see a glass next to him 😉 🍷🇬🇧