From 6 months ago.
I give the people what they want, when I want.
Now. If you could all turn on your inner British-English accent voices in your head, we can proceed.
There will now be many more photos than any of you care to see of us standing in front of important British places where we can't touch them or are too thrifty to pay an extra quid to go inside.
And we're off. July 2014.
Non-stop flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to London, England
On board their top of the line A380. I daresay a more uneventful flight with 4 Littles in tow has never been.
The gravity of that reality gets me every time.
How many other Mama's took pictures of their sleeping babes aboard that aircraft and never got to show them off on a blog or to friends?
I post these because I feel a little more human by doing so.
And LESS mind blowing is that this was a 12? 13? hour flight. I have a friend who repeatedly shakes her head at the prospect of being on a plane for that long. Or maybe some of you can't imagine taking your kids on big trips. Well, this is what it looks like. You just kinda deal. (and pray you get a bulk-head)
You also have to deal with this. (granted we were MOVING back to the US temporarily...we don't normally take this much crap on a holiday)
Y'all, we've had several moments over the years that got testy as we traveled. But lugging that luggage across 3 terminals with
Near the end of the epic terminal trek we met GRANDMA! Yaaaaaaaay!
She timed her flight to near perfection and arrived about an hour or so after us.
We found the BEST cabbie in the world. (his name is Ray and we can put you into contact with him if you'd like) And once we made it safely to our hotel, got unpacked, and washed the "travel funk" off of us, things perked up.
Within 5 minutes we found a
|The Tube. It should be noted that we have about 6 photos of Zayah and Grandma sitting together on the tube. :)|
Big Ben! Just, right there!
And then across the street, Westminster Abbey (and all the cool buildings apart of it)
|You don't need Big Ben in the frame, when these cuties are filling it so well. One of my favorites!|
And the Queen's House.
(Confession: I'm a history dork. HISTORYYYYYY!!!!)
JUMP FOR JANE! Well. At least we're all smiling!
The Tower Bridge (NOT the one with the song)
Fact: THIS is my favorite family picture of the whole trip.
Isaiah: "A bird pooped on my head."
Isaiah: "Because I was chasing birds everywhere I went."
And then we got our Harry Potter nerd on.
Y'all. I have ZERO problems being a touristy-tourist in a city where I have a ton of anonymity.
Guys, do y'all know that THIS was where Hagrid walked Harry to catch the Hogwart's Express in the very first movie?
We're near the end. Just two left. (for this post)
This may be hard to believe, but travel isn't always cool playgrounds and magical luggage trolleys.
So much whining during this meal.
Such a cute, trendy, healthy little eating establishment, ruined by incessant crying.
Shortly after getting up from this table I had Ivy in the infant carrier facing me (because she had been crying so much at the table).
Holy Hogsmeade Harry.
Travel Tip: King's Cross Station has a family restroom where, say, if you need to strip down to your knickers to wash your clothes out in the sink, there is one located just past the Harry Potter photo op behind the escalators. Paper towels for days. Take as long as you need.
The boys succumbed to the jet lag while I was de-puking myself, rounding out our big days in London.