Saturday, June 30, 2007
We have heard from many of you wondering if we are safe. Thanks so much for your concern. The bomb scares in London were only a few miles from our flat. We have noticed an increased police presence and an incredible amount of sirens, but other than that no other changes.
We went to the London Zoo today and became members. It is a wonderful zoo and we had a ball in the rainy weather. Waverly rode a giraffe on the carousel - she loved it! We can walk there from our flat and I think that I will spend lots of time there with the kids.
Here is a photo of Wavey that Matt took this afternoon. I think she looks lovely.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Matt hears it, too.
Oliver's new Exersaucer is circus theme and it plays that song.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I also spent part of the day on the phone with the National Health Care Service. The nice thing about living in the UK is taking part in their national health care system. Unfortunately, in order for the kids to see an audiologist I need to: 1. Register in person with a GP (general practitioner)
2. Matt has to go in person to register
3. Make appointment for the kids to see the GP
4. Get referral from the GP to see a pediatrician (they are considered specialists here)
5. Get referral from the pediatrician to see the audiologist
So we will be spending July 4th at the GP's office in the morning getting #1 and #2 taken off the list. I am very interested to see how this all plays out and how long it takes.
We had Portuguese chicken tonight from Nandos. It was delicious!
Monday, June 25, 2007
Back home rainy days are usually spent indoors, but here life goes on as before. This is something that I have to get used to. The rain cover for the stroller has been an absolute necessity - I am so glad I opted for that!
Waverly had a fun day at "school" today. Everyone says she is a delight, although she needs to work on sharing and taking turns. Surprise! She loves to go to the playground.
Oliver is teething and it must really hurt, because he has been very fussy the past few days. (I do not remember that with Wavey.) He is going to try some veggies tonight for supper - it is very difficult to find baby food here, but I just had some delivered this afternoon. Broccoli, pears and peas are on the menu.
Matt & I are both doing well. Matt is settling into his job and really enjoys the work. He has been able to use Telugu a few times, which makes those 9 months of studying all worth it. :)
We are thinking of a December trip to Germany & Austria. We have heard the Christmas markets are a must see and we have always wanted to visit that part of Europe. We must take advantage of our proximity and travel.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Waverly had so much fun being out with other kids and playing. She is so interesting to watch - she absolutely loves being with kids her age, she just isn't sure what to do with them. My goal is to get her comfortable socially this year and I think this group of moms is going to be a great help.
I am missing home tonight though. I miss you Grace Central folks!!! You know who you are. I am listening to some praise music and if I close my eyes, I think I am with you all again.
My cousin is getting married Sunday - congrats Kristy!! Most of my family are in town for the wedding and I am sad to be missing it. Take lots of photos fam!
Thursday, June 21, 2007
We are so excited to have them come for a visit. We will be celebrating Thanksgiving with them. I hope we can get the ingredients for pierogies, Nana, because I want to learn how to make them while you are here. A taste of home.
Can you bring Salvatore's across the pond?
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
On a lighter note, I saw Fred Thompson at the Embassy while I was waiting for Matt. For the record he looks thinner in person, but I didn't get the smile I was hoping for. I think Obama would have smiled...
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Oliver had his first attempt at eating rice cereal yesterday. He was very excited about the whole process, but he couldn't quite figure it out. He just kept pushing the food back out. Hopefully he will have a better go this afternoon. Once he masters rice cereal we will move on to veggies - although here the veggie selection is different. Parsnips & cabbage are popular among the new eaters crowd. Waverly thought it was very cool that Oliver was eating with a spoon. I think she will be thrilled to help feed him.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Oliver and I spent the morning walking around Marylebone and checking out the local boutiques. It was very relaxing. He was happy as long as we kept walking - he did not like stopping to shop. Male.
Our neices & nephews have asked for some funny things they do/say in the UK. Here are a few:
-You say "brilliant" instead of wonderful
-You say "well done" instead of good job
-You "queue up" instead of stand in line
-You look right then left when crossing the street since they drive on the left (don't say wrong) side of the street
-Fries are chips & chips are crisps - go figure!
-Rhubarb is a very popular fruit (Wavey loves rhubarb yogurt)
-Cookies are called biscuts (I am not sure what biscuts are called)
-There is no Mexican food here!
Well, that is all for now. I posted a photo of our living room/dining room for those who wanted to see our flat. Cheers!
Sunday, June 10, 2007
We arrived in London about a week ago. The kids both did beautifully on the plane. Jet lag was a bigger deal than we anticipated, but we seem to have settled into a routine. Our flat is lovely - in a great area of London, within walking distance of most things we need. I am enjoying the daily run to the "fruit & veg" and brasserie. Matt is really enjoying his work. The kids seem fairly unfazed that we are in a new place. Within a few days Waverly was calling it "home", especially when her toys & books arrived.
We are hoping to enroll Wavey in a special nursery school for kids with hearing & speech issues. This will be a great social learning setting for her and a wonderful break for me. We should find out this week whether they will accept her into the program or not.
I am hoping to join a playgroup with other parents from the Embassy. We are also in the process of finding a church that will hopefully provide a source of friendships for the family. Not being lonely on the road is the key to making this a success.
We miss our family & friends very much. You must come for a visit. London is a lovely city, albeit incredibly expensive. We will be expert tourguides soon.