Thursday, January 21, 2016

We Love Scooters

One of the first buys for the kids were their scooters.  Taryn was a little shaky at first but picked it up quickly.  The little ones are starting to get better at it but has taken some practice.  They absolutely love them!

Pet Peeve No Walking Rules

My rant for the day:

They drive on the wrong side of the road, they drive fast, and there is lots of traffic.  It terrifies me and dare I say that I will never drive in London.  Honestly, I don't miss driving at all.

London is very pedestrian friendly making walking super easy just kind of slow.  They have subways that go under the busy streets, lots of cross walks, and even sections where pedestrians have the right of way.  Even when the pedestrian has the right of way, you still have to make eye contact with the driver of the vehicle to make sure they are going to stop.

Here is where walking gets weird and difficult.  They have no rules for which side of the street you should walk on or which side you should use to pass someone.  It feels like I do a weird, awkward dance with multiple people every day as each one of us tries to decide which way to move.  It gets even funnier when I have the stroller or the kids are on their scooters.  I have asked people about which side should you walk on and no one seems to know.  You can't teach the kids, I am constantly saying, move out of the way but don't know which way they should move.  It is too funny and absolutely annoying when you are in a hurry!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Thanksgiving was interesting this year.  We tried to have Thanksgiving at our house but we failed miserably.  We couldn't get the turkey cooked right and our easy recipes from the states weren't easy here.  It took me forever to figure out how our oven works and at Thanksgiving I was still struggling. (I'm just now getting good at cooking in our oven!)  Also, our kitchen is so tiny that it looked like a hurricane and tornado came through.  It took us about 3 days to get it back to normal!

So here are pictures of our tries at turkey, dressing, green bean casserole, butternut squash soup, rolls, pecan pie, and pumpkin pie:

We have made some great American friends and they came to the rescue.  We had a potluck Thanksgiving meal, thank goodness!  I must say that being with friends made it feel more like Thanksgiving.  It was so good for the kids too.

Another thing fun thing was going to the little ones nursery and talking about Thanksgiving.  I had to do research about why do we celebrate Thanksgiving, ha!  The little ones were so proud and they talked about what they were thankful for and they made this cute turkeys.

Sebastian's Turkey

Jillian's Turkey

I'm still trying to work on my camera and editing skills.  I took lots of photos of the kids but most did not turn out to great.  Taking pictures indoors is so much tougher than running to the park and taking pictures.  Jillian wanted nothing to do with her brother and sister.  She also cried almost the entire time.  Here are the few that turned out good!

 Hope you enjoyed reading this really long post!  It look me forever to write it!


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Go Chiefs!

We bought tickets to the Chiefs/Lions game when we first moved here.  The Chiefs had been on a losing streak so Jason was a little nervous about the game.  Needless to say this was the start of their winning streak and they are headed to the playoffs!

The kids loved it!  Sebastian was ready to start playing football immediately.  Jillian was a little overwhelmed at first but then started having fun.  Taryn loved the cheerleaders and started understanding the basics of football.

We actually ended up on TV and our whole section was excited!

A couple of interesting cultural observations.  There were lots of Americans who travelled to the game and turned it into a vacation.  If you travelled to London, would you spend the day at an American Football game?  There were also lots of British people who were interested in experiencing it live and trying to understand it.

Before the game, they played the Stars Bangled Banner and then God Save the Queen.  I cried during the Stars Bangled Banner.  It was the first time that missing home hit so hard.  Jason was laughing at me and was wondering if the irony was lost on everyone there.

Adjusting to Darkness

Disclaimer:  I started this post in early December and just finishing it up now!  I blame this darkness for the funk that I was in during the month of December.  Christmas snuck up on me and I was scrambling trying to make everything happen!  I seriously only functioned for a few hours a day.  But the good news it that the sun is setting a little later again and I like it so much more!

I am struggling with adapting to London right now.  Christmas is absolutely my favorite holiday but I can't get into the Christmas mood.  The sun goes down so early and it only stays dusk for a little bit.  By 4:30 pm, it looks like 9 pm.  I want to crawl into bed at 5:30 and my motivation to get things done is low to nonexistent.

There pictures were taken at 4:30 pm.  We've been taking Vitamin D!

Chiswick - Our Home

I wanted to share about our little gem of a borough where we live in London.  We live in West London in the borough of Chiswick which is pronounced like there is no W in the word.  It is the purple circle on the Google Map below.

There are so many things that I love about our home.  One of my favorite things is that it is full of families and you see kids everywhere.  We have lots of family friendly restaurants, lots of pubs, great playgrounds for kids of all ages, incredible parks, and a cute high street.  Chiswick Park is so close to the kids school that we go walking through there during the week.  Duke Meadows has a great farmer's market on Sundays with a playground behind it that has the best slide.  We can go walking on the river too.  Devonshire Road has some incredible unique shops and restaurants.  We also have tube stations near us for easy access into central London and out to Jason's work.  We love our little borough and I'm so thankful that we get to live here!

My absolute favorite part about Chiswick is the people here.  We have already made so many great friends and I love running into them all over town!  Everyone is so nice and helpful.  Our neighbors are great and always willing to give suggestions or help answer questions.