We all slept in pretty late today. It’s a combo of jet lag and non-stop exploring. We finally made it out of the house at 2:30 and surprised the boys by going down to Regent Street to check out the big car show. There were cars from the 1800’s to today. Tyler has a deep love for cars and goes to all sorts of car shows with my dad at home, so you can imagine his delight. It was incredibly crowded, but we made our way through and saw some amazing old cars that had less horsepower than our lawnmower. Jace & Nathan were more excited about the balloons they got than looking at the cars. Jace was pretty devastated when his flew away. There was no way we were going back in the sea of people to get a new one.
Regent Street is so unbelievable with it’s incredible buildings and fabulous shopping. They’ve already started decorating for Christmas and I can’t wait to see it lit up at night. It will be spectacular for sure! I’m told each street has its own Christmas lighting ceremony with celebrities each night so we’re looking forward to catching some of those.
We hopped on the bus and decided to stop at random places to see what was there. We really haven’t had time to research where everything is yet, so we’re learning as we go.
We ended up at Hyde Park and checked out the Royal Artillery Memorial of WWI.
We happened upon the cutest ice skating rink and carousel in South Kensington. They’ve made it into a winter wonderland. The boys chose riding the horses over the ice, so I’ll have to wait until next time. A perfect Christmas event for later.
Right around the corner, we found the church building we’ll be attending on Sunday and met the sweetest sister missionaries, one of whom who knows my sister-in-law from back home in Utah. Small world. They had a really neat visitor’s center and we’re excited to meet the ward members soon. The grounds where they built the church was a bomb sight in WWII, which Tyler had to hear all about.
After a quick dinner at the Noodle House, we made a few more stops in Victoria and .. and made a bad call taking the buses back home. The Saturday traffic here is insane. There are so many people out and about all day. It’s a learning process, but the kids were troopers. On the bus ride home, Jace found what he believes is his long lost balloon and was so happy!!
No sleeping in today. Church starts at 9 am which meant we had to leave for the tube ride by 8:15. We were welcomed by the friendliest members, most of whom are Americans with the most interesting stories of why they are there. We are in the Hyde Park 2nd ward. I love that church feels the same no matter where you attend. It was a lovely service and we met so many wonderful people who gave us all sorts of advice and tips. I’m so happy to meet other moms and get involved in playdates/museum outings with other families.
The kids all went off to Primary and had to start practicing for the primary program that will occur in 3 weeks. We just had ours back home, so they’ll get to do it twice. We’ll see if Jace is brave enough again. Nathan met several friends (one named Jace from Africa..there’s now 3 Jace’s in the ward) and Cade met a few boys in his class from Tacoma, WA. Go figure. We were so happy Tyler had a 16 year-old boy from WA D.C. to go to class with, who moved here 3 weeks ago. He’s doing BYU highschool online too, and they’ll be able to go to early morning seminary together with the few others that attend. He’s already lined up with lots of activities this month in the Young Men’s program.
Tyler’s hatching a plan to convince us to stay until next Halloween . He learned a ward member’s son is friends with Paul McCartney’s grandson- and McCartney was disguised this Halloween in a Frankenstein mask handing out candy at his grandson’s in St. Johns Wood. He wants to dress up as a rock star with a guitar and just so happen to ask for his autograph. Keep dreaming!
We had to get the kids out of the apartment, so we went back to Hyde Park. I will be spending a lot of time here. I love it. It reminds me so much of Central Park. We went to the Princess Diana Memorial Playground and snuck in right before closing. What a wonderful place for kids. This is where we’ll be doing recess since it’s walkable from where we will be living.
A few steps away was Kensington Palace, where Prince William, Kate and baby George live. We need to get tickets to tour it soon. I was surprised at how open it is to the public. What a beautiful place!
By the time we made it back home, Jace begged me to put him to bed. Music to my ears. He didn’t even bother changing out of his clothes, he was that tired. I think we’re pushing his limits of stamina. What a weekend, I’m exhausted too! Hope I can pull of our first day of home school tomorrow…