The greatest Christmas 12/28/2016

Here it is, the last post…. But first I will share Tim’s words from what he posted to FB when we returned:

The Virginia Gaiges are back on American soil.

After 10 days away, 7000 miles of air travel, 15+ tube rides (including transfers between lines), 2 museums, Warner Brothers Harry Potter tour, an iconic department store and the Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park we only lost ONE MITTEN.

Boom.

Only Tim…

And here is what I shared last year….

Ok, FB friends. Thank you for coming on this trip down memory lane with me. We have now come to the end.
December 28, 2016: Saying goodbye to Edgeware, spending too much time at Heathrow, and flying across the pond.
We got home just in time for Rose to share with Timmy and I and Declan the British plague (cold/ flu) she picked up and ruin NYE ๐Ÿค’๐Ÿ˜ท. It was the trip of a lifetime and I fully enjoyed reliving it this year. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งโ™ฅ๏ธ

Way home I got a bassinet!!!

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The greatest Christmas 12/27/2016

December 27, 2016, on our last touristy day, Timmy wanted to go to the British museum. It frankly was not my first choice, but he did much for me on the trip, so I was happy to let him have his pick. ๐Ÿ™‚
The girls practiced walking like an Egyptian, we checked out the Rosetta Stone, and got lunch outside…hotdogs! I enjoyed a trip to Tottenham Court Road for the Harry Potter connection. We all had a lovely day, and Tim and I started packing when we got back to Edgeware.

The British museum

Walk like an Egyptian …

The Rosetta Stone was popular…

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Enough pics, mom -RKG

So British..

Waiting for the tube….

The greatest Christmas 12/26/2016

On December 26, 2016, after two low key days in Edgeware, we were ready to get out and about in London. And out and about we did! We walked all over and the girls were such troopers! (D got a lot of time in the Ergo :)) We went to see the changing of the guard at Buckingham palace, I tried to look for Will and Kate at Kensington, we walked to see Big Ben, explored St James’s park, then through Green Park to meet our friend Michael and his lovely companion Monique near Wellington Arch before heading into Hyde Park Winter Wonderland.
We totally gave Mike an out but he insisted they were up for meeting our full crew for Winter Wonderland. I was so glad we went with them because Mike and Timmy did the rides with the girls while baby Declan stayed with Monique and I. When we got hungry we hit the beer garden for brews, pretzels and the girls got down to music…and used Mike as a jungle gym. We talked international politics, life, love and had the most lovely time. Then they dropped us at an Italian restaurant to cap the night. We recently read a magic treehouse story that mentioned Hyde Park and the girls remember it well! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งโ™ฅ๏ธโ„๏ธ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ

The changing of the guard at Kensington Palace

St. James’s and Green Park

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(This did not come through to the blog, bit this was a 360 degree photo)

Tim was amazing at these.

Me and the crew at Buckingham… Notice the much needed coffee!! โ˜•

Games and rides at Hyde Park. Rose especially loved the bumper cars… The announcer kept saying “Dodge em!!!” and she repeated it for days!
Note Annabelle pulling Mike around like she’d known him for years…

More rides… And Michael Jorge as a jungle gym!

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She’s posing in front of that bridge in St James’s park because it was on an episode of Sherlock

Mike and Monique โ™ฅ๏ธ

Getting down to some live (American) music. Always, my loves, dance like no one is watching!

We terrorized this Italian Restaurant. Rose housed that huge bowl of pasta…look at those bags under her eyes…what a trooper.

Selfridge’s

Beautiful, crowded streets of London. Note the double decker red buses ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งโ™ฅ๏ธ

The greatest Christmas 12/25/2016

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 ๐Ÿ˜‚) 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. ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…

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. ๐Ÿ’”

The greatest Christmas 12/23/2016 – birthday edition

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

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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

Platform 9 3/4!!! (This is how I get a pic without waiting in line ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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Harrods!!!

They enjoyed Harrods!

The greatest Christmas 12/22/2016

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.” ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Fortunately that was not necessary.) The palace theater was absolutely amazing and everything met all expectations!!! โšกโ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง