Eeyore, friend of Pooh, rest in peace and other updates. 

Hello friends, we are in London. We had a lovely time in Manchester but then some family stuff came up and we had to adjust plans and get to London a day earlier. As it turned out this was a very good move because it gave us an extra day to settle in. London has very much been about rest and recovery. 

We kept things simple for our first week in London: explored the park, fed the ducks (biggest win ever), went to IKEA and recovered enough for a day trip to Cambridge on Friday. 

As simple and quiet as it was I lost my voice. I did not expect that but all the talking to Zoey and Nomi, and family and friends, and Nomi and Zoey on permanent repeat was obviously going to leave me croaking. 

Alex arrived Friday night! Hurrah! Voice is recovering and it’s so nice to have my co-pilot back. Someone else to help with food and keep a track of everything with. Though tragically today Eeyore was lost on a bus. Much crying from both Pingus and a plan for a replacement is in place. I’ll add Eeyore to the list of other things lost on the trip: gloves, dinosaur boxes, toothpaste and tooth brushes.

   
                 

And today we visited the dinosaurs at Crystal Palace. Tomorrow The British Museum for the Greeks and Romans. 

   
     

Oh flower of Scotland 

Did the first two weeks of our vacation just woosh by? I guess so because I’m now in Manchester breaking the journey down to London and hopefully better weather awaits us. 

It’s been a great two weeks. Exhausting, hence no blogging, but wonderful seeing family and meeting new friends, and spending a good chunk of time with my mum, brother, sister-in-law and nephews. My brother and I didn’t argue once! 

Zoey and Nomi are absolute troopers, and I totally get why they are being slightly off with food (everything is the same but different) as it’s the only thing they can control. So I’m not making a big deal of not wanting to eat this or that, as they will eat this or that when properly hungry. 

A few photos to follow of our adventures before I try to bath the girls. 

   
             

Weather has not been our friend but since we are not made of sugar so we stomp on. 

Gardening 

I’ve been struck with a travel bug. Just a snotty cold. Zoey has it too. Nomi, in her own words “runs very fast from the sneeze and doesn’t get sick”. 

So today we recovered. Recovered from sneezing. From all the new people. Stuck to the park and the garden. 

  
Yes, first thing this morning before I’d had my second coffee we trotted through the woods to the park. Much happiness all around. 

We also hung out in my mum’s garden in our macs because it’s May in Scotland. Played in the sad, swung on the swing (everyone taking turns) and planted seeds. 

   
 

Tomorrow it’s back to galavanting. 

Double decker bus – museum – park

Dude, we rode the top deck of a double decker bus twice today. 

   
 

We surveyed all we could see, and there were many questions and comments. They started telling me about how they were going to build houses when they become grown-up, and Zoey would drive the digger. Then Nomi started to get worried about what I would do when we all grew up, I reassured her I’d drive the cement mixer. 

They were chatting so much (Nomi especially) that the gentleman in front turned around to tell me that she could be a politian when she’s big. 

We went to a museum today. Busted out of my mum’s neighborhood for a stomp about and to meet one of my aunts. 

   
     

When we got home we unwound and headed to the park. 

  
It was a long day. There were bumps but the girls both bounced back from being upset faster than they use to, and Zoey reasoned herself out of two tight situations. 

At the end of the day Zoey was determined to go to the park that was further away, given how tired they were it was not the best idea but she was determined. I suggested going to the closer park now and the one further away tomorrow. But no she was determined. Since my mum was cooking dinner I told Z that we would walk to the further away park, I knew it would be rough but sometimes you just have to walk to the further away park. 

We started to get ready. I went upstairs and Zoey followed to tell me that we could go to the further park tomorrow. That it was okay to go to the round about park tonight. 

Such a big deal. Such a huge leap forward. I work really hard at keeping my promises about doing things the next day. I write things down, they see me journaling and if for some reason we can’t do it that day (force majeure) we talk about it. We talk about EVERYTHING a lot. 

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