Friday, August 17, 2012

Special Visitors in London

We had some very special visitors this summer to London--my son and his wife, along with their two sweet children. It's a nine and a half hour overnight flight from Houston, so we were all a little concerned about how the little ones would handle the flight. 
Jordan slept all night like a trooper, but Jackson, well... that's a different story. I think from what my son said, he only slept about an hour and a half. He wasn't fussy--it's just that he couldn't lie down in his bed like one is supposed to do, so he just stayed awake for the fun.

So, this is the face of jet lag!

Action Jackson, as we call him, was as limp as a dish rag after just a one hour nap at our house. So while the others were sleeping, we just laid around.

Until he got his second wind,

and found the 4 flights of stairs at our house! That was the extent of his jet lag, and remarkably he went right onto a regular schedule after that.

Of course, a lot of Starbucks along the way helped out!

Just kidding!

The kids were awesome travelers, but that didn't mean they couldn't sneak in a nap on a bench when we stopped for lunch.

And this is how we rolled for the week...

On foot,

in double decker buses--on the top, of course,

in the tube, where Jackson tried to make friends with everyone,

and couldn't understand why the Brits were so reserved. 
I mean, how could you not smile and chat with a kid that cute?

He loved the boats on the Thames,

riding the cannons at the Tower of London,

and trying to figure out just what kind of music that guy in the skirt was making!

Playing in the park was a big hit,

especially when he made goo-goo eyes at the cute little French girl in the little plane with him!

A little phone stop on the way home,

and a lot of time with Uncle Jason made Jackson one happy boy!

Jordan was delighted to hang out with her mommy and Kiss-Kiss, her aunt,

who was a great shopping buddy at 

Spitalfields Market.

Having a pretend tea party at Anthropologie, where Kiss-Kiss works, was great fun,

as well as trying on scarves that were on sale.

Her favorite activities were going to see The Wizard of Oz musical, and tea at Fortnum and Mason, which I'll blog about later.

And every little girl's dream--seeing a few castles 

and palaces along the way.

It was one of those "mountain-top" experiences for all of us,

with memories we will cherish forever.

Come back soon, ya' hear?!


  1. What a gorgeous family! Your grandbabies are just delightful!! Thanks so much for sharing!! My mom is coming in a few weeks. I can't wait to share London with her.

  2. How wonderful to see your family having lots of fun, and it looks like the weather behaved itself too!! I hope that they had a fab time.

    I thought the other day about the Brits and being reserved.. I was walking home from the shops the other day, it was sunny and I was smiling .. not one person said hello or morning or afternoon .. miserable lot!!

  3. Now that's how to make the most of a vacation. What a big adventure for little feet! Wonderful stuff!

  4. Adorable! Looks like a good time was had by all.

  5. I LOVE to stroll through your tours in a place that I long to see; I hope Ruben and I can get back to Europe SOON! Your grands are just beautiful my dear and I can see that there is plenty of the magical qualities that BEING ALIVE IN CHRIST BRINGS! Kindness, family, laughter, wonder and all the other things that make us happy surely exist in your world!


  6. I'm doing some blog catching up and this was the first post I read. I can just imagine the fun that you all had. What a joy our grown children and grandchildren are. Truly the best of times.

  7. Sounds and looks like an amazing trip for everyone. As always, girlfriend, you tell the story so well ... your words and pictures always make us feel like we were right there with you.

    Time to make more memories together, right?!!

  8. It looks like it was a fantastic holiday for everyone! And that was the cutest 'jet lag' photo I've ever seen :)

  9. The little ones are SO cute! Looks like you all had a wonderful time and made some great memories.