Recently, I put together a book about "our" Paddington Bear who lives with us in London, for our 4 year granddaughter who is coming to visit us along with her parents and her 1 year old brother this June. We thought it would be a great way to give her a peek into our lives in London when we are away from her.
The book turned out really cute, so I thought I would share some of the photos with you.
We first "rescued" Paddington at the Paddington train station a few years ago, and took him home to live with us.
Since then he has tagged along with us all over London and the environs, seeing among many things, The Tower of London,
the new Olympic 2012 Stadium,
the infamous red phone booths,
St. Paul's Cathedral,
the dragons guarding the City of London,
and the Tower Bridge.
He's not been so busy that he hasn't had time to soak up the life in the parks with Poppy,
and to frolic in the flowers,
taking time out of his schedule to smell a few roses along the way.
Never one to turn down a meal, he loves pizza from Pizza Express,
tea at The Dorchester,
and making friends with the ice cream man at the park.
He's traveled all around town in many types of vehicles, sitting by pretty girls in the tube,
listening to Princess stories read to him by Poppy on the way to church,
checking out the double decker buses,
and even taking his turn behind the wheel!
He's marveled at the Queen's State Carriage
and wondered how many horses it would take to pull the thing.
All along the way he has made friends at every stop,
in Covent Garden,
at the antique shops,
with William and Kate look-alikes in front of Buckingham Palace,
and even fallen in love with Rapunzel at the Disney shop.
But most of all, he just likes hanging out with family, looking out the window,
going to work with Poppy,
helping cook dinner with Aunt Kiss-Kiss and Uncle Jason,
celebrating the holidays with us,
and just filling our lives with joy.
Paddington can't wait to meet you Jordan and Jackson!