Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Saturday morning came and off we were, sans Talmage, to London. Jim told me clues along the way...but I had no idea what he had in store for us. I was SO excited when we arrived at the Wicked ticket office I could hardly stand it. We had both seen Wicked once before, and we spent our whole honeymoon playing the soundtrack, so seeing the musical two years later was so special! It was just as amazing, if not more amazing, than I remembered. What a great anniversary and what a great husband, the best even! I am SO lucky to be married to him.
Just the two of us enjoying a warm, beautiful day in St. James' park before the show. The flowers were in bloom and the lawn was full of sunbathers (AKA--the people-watching was out of this world!) It was a perfect day. We are so blessed.
A big, huge, gigantic thanks to the Lewises for taking care of Talmage all day. He had a blast at the botanical gardens and punting on the Cam. Thanks you two (and a half)!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Talmage Hates (with a capital H) that hat, but it keeps the sun out of his face (and off his bald head) and I personally think it looks so super cute!
The four of us in the boat getting ready for our ride. I guess I didn't get the memo about the green clothes!
Jimmy over the Bridge of Sighs. Sigh.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Two years full of accomplishments, traveling, a new crazy arrival, adventure and growing hand in hand.
Here's to at least an eternity full of anniversaries to come.
Friday, April 23, 2010
We were playing with the telephone and I would say, "AJ, the phone's for you" and hand him the phone. He played with it for a few minutes and then held out the phone to me saying, "Mister, uh, Mister Something, the phone's for you!" That's what I was called all day today--Mr. Something (except for the few times I was called Talmage's Mom).
Me: AJ, do you want to learn a word in Chinese.
Me: Ni hao means hello. Can you say ni hao?
AJ: Ni hao.
Me: Great job!
AJ picks up the phone and says: Ni ha tai lan pan ran
Me: Almost, it's ni hao.
AJ: No. It's ni ha. I speak Chinese.
AJ saw my computer and wanted to play something or see something or do something...but I never figured out what that something was. He said, "I want nit june er." I didn't comprendo. He tells me, obviously upset that I don't understand, "Repeat. Nit" I say nit. "June." I say june. "Er" I say er. He says, "Yeah, you got it!" I say, "You want nit june er? I don't get it." He gave up.
Talmage LOVED having a friend to hang out with. He mimicked everything little AJ did. Above is a picture of him talking on the "phone" with his friend.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
We toured the Roman baths, which were built in approximately 45 AD. The baths are built on a natural hot spring, and the Romans considered it not only a place of hygiene, but a place of worship.
The Roman baths were unfortunately destroyed, but in the 12th Century the English royalty built baths of their own right on top of the remains. Eventually, the royal baths were built over as well. The Roman baths were discovered (nearly 12 feet under the current ground level) in the 1800s.
And thus the Ancient Roman baths were re-born and the city of Bath was once again alive with people desiring to see the mysterious water and be blessed by its healing power.
Monday, April 19, 2010
A big volcano with an un-pronouncable name (What the Eyjafjallajökull?) errupted in Iceland, spewing glass, boulders and crazy toxins into the air which have decided to chill right over England, and the Netherlands, and the rest of Europe for the past 5 days.
The airports are closed, the airplanes are grounded, and thousands of people are stranded.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
We admired King's College Chapel.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
The crooked house really exists, and yesterday we visited it! A sister in the ward, Viv Cook, took us to Lavenham, an old medieval town in East Anglia, which is also the site of this well-known nursery rhyme. But that's not all, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star was also written here, and this is where John Winthrop's anscestors lived. So much history in such a small little town.
We spent the afternoon on the English seashore in a small town called Aldburgh. There's something about crashing waves, fresh sea air and sea gulls that is so refreshing. We loved walking on the beach, looking at the boats and finding shells. What a great day!