From Bean to Sprout

a first time mom's forray into parenthood

Have Children, Will Travel September 25, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 8:47 pm

Well we’ve been back almost 2 weeks from our whirlwind trip to London and Jersey. We had an amazing time. It was quite different from our last trip to Europe, where we went “sans kids”. Going on a transatlantic voyage with a 3 and 1 year old is a whole other ballgame. The 5 hour difference affected us a little for the first few days but the kids adapted really well. We did slack off a bit on routine and rules but that was mutually beneficial in that we wanted to relax a bit ourselves. So here are some pics we took along the way. So this is just a small handful of the pics we took.

First morning and the boys are already at it...

First morning and the boys are already at it…

We arrived just a few days after the anniversary of Princess Di's death. These are the gates at Kensington Palace, covered in flowers and pictures of her and words from well wishers

We arrived just a few days after the anniversary of Princess Di’s death. These are the gates at Kensington Palace, covered in flowers and pictures of her and words from well wishers

What turned out to be the first in many shoulder rides on the trip. I believe Chris' spine may have compressed a few inches on the trip

What turned out to be the first in many shoulder rides on the trip. I believe Chris’ spine may have compressed a few inches on the trip

Life size pirate ship in the Princess Di Memorial Park. Such an awesome playground.

Life size pirate ship in the Princess Di Memorial Park. Such an awesome playground.

Henry playing some of the musical instruments available in the park

Henry playing some of the musical instruments available in the park

The view from our flat. We were instructed to look for the "pink and white house"

The view from our flat. We were instructed to look for the “pink and white house”

Henry riding the tube like a pro

Henry riding the tube like a pro

Just have to make a quick phone call...

Just have to make a quick phone call…

witnessing the changing of the horse guards. At one point, a guard detached himself from the group and basically stormed a cluster of tourists. A policewoman nearby yelled at those tourists letting them know that was a warning shot and that they had got too close. We wondered what would happen after that warning shot if they did it again. They didnt...

witnessing the changing of the horse guards. At one point, a guard detached himself from the group and basically stormed a cluster of tourists. A policewoman nearby yelled at those tourists letting them know that was a warning shot and that they had got too close. We wondered what would happen after that warning shot if they did it again. They didn’t…

This picture makes me chuckle

This picture makes me chuckle

This guard gave a head nod saying we could take a picture with him. I tried to get Henry to come with me, he said no and didn't want to get near him.

This guard gave a head nod saying we could take a picture with him. I tried to get Henry to come with me, he said no and didn’t want to get near him.

Freddy putting on his lady killer charm in St James Park

Freddy putting on his lady killer charm in St James Park

They boys and I posing in front of Buckingham Palace

They boys and I posing in front of Buckingham Palace

Palace guard doing his thing

Palace guard doing his thing

Henry wearing his "kiss me I'm Irish" shirt in front of Buckingham Palace with a guard in the background.

Henry wearing his “kiss me I’m Irish” shirt in front of Buckingham Palace with a guard in the background.

The boys in their favorite spot in the flat. They loved having breakfast right on the edge of the door to the balcony

The boys in their favorite spot in the flat. They loved having breakfast right on the edge of the door to the balcony

Date day at the Tower of London

Date day at the Tower of London

Steve, our hilarious Beefeater tour guide.

Steve, our hilarious Beefeater tour guide.

One of the ravens of the Tower of London. They keep 6 (really 8) on location and legend has it that if they were to leave, the monarchy would fall. Funny enough, the day we went for our tour, one of them had escaped and a beefeater had to go chase him outside the walls of the tower.

One of the ravens of the Tower of London. They keep 6 (really 8) on location and legend has it that if they were to leave, the monarchy would fall. Funny enough, the day we went for our tour, one of them had escaped and a beefeater had to go chase him outside the walls of the tower.

an armoured dragon housed in the Tower

an armoured dragon housed in the Tower

Chris enjoyed the bajillion spirally stairs in the tower

Chris enjoyed the bajillion spirally stairs in the tower

This is me shaking my hand in disappointment at a coworker who was supposed to take a picture at this exact location earlier in the summer. He didn't do it. Hence my disappointment.

This is me shaking my hand in disappointment at a coworker who was supposed to take a picture at this exact location earlier in the summer. He didn’t do it. Hence my disappointment.

We found the TARDIS! It's bigger on the inside.

We found the TARDIS! It’s bigger on the inside.

Chris tried to break in but I'm guessing he's not the Doctor's type.

Chris tried to break in but I’m guessing he’s not the Doctor’s type.

A sign outside the local pub

A sign outside the local pub

Enjoying a pint at the pub

Enjoying a pint at the pub

Chris clearly upset that I'm drinking lager in London.

Chris clearly upset that I’m drinking lager in London.

Teeny-tiny car

Teeny-tiny car

Our last day in London, we decided to travel to the center of the earth.... or the museum of natural history. My memory is a bit foggy.

Our last day in London, we decided to travel to the center of the earth…. or the museum of natural history. My memory is a bit foggy.

Henry got an early admittance to Hogwarts. Here he is off to school. They grow up so fast

Henry got an early admittance to Hogwarts. Here he is off to school. They grow up so fast

I decided to take a stab at a second field of study and joined Henry on his adventure.

I decided to take a stab at a second field of study and joined Henry on his adventure.

I begged Chris to let me buy this book for my friend Caitlin. He said we can take a picture only. I still regret not making that purchase.

I begged Chris to let me buy this book for my friend Caitlin. He said we can take a picture only. I still regret not making that purchase.

On the express train to Gatwick. This seating arrangement did not last long.

On the express train to Gatwick. This seating arrangement did not last long.

The view from our chalet in Jersey, in Bouley Bay.

The view from our chalet in Jersey, in Bouley Bay.

Another view of the bay

Another view of the bay. That’s part of the hotel we were staying at.

The boys spent most mornings, and some afternoons just throwing rocks in the water.

The boys spent most mornings, and some afternoons just throwing rocks in the water.

as you can see, there was an abundance of selection

as you can see, there was an abundance of selection

Chris drinking Bass beer. Apparently it's the oldest trademark in the world. Chris is a trademark officer so this is basically like his holy grail.

Chris drinking Bass beer. Apparently it’s the oldest trademark in the world. Chris is a trademark officer so this is basically like his holy grail.

We went to the Durrell Wildlife Park. The man behind this park was a pioneer in saving animals from extinction. This was the first enclosure you see as you walk in.

We went to the Durrell Wildlife Park. The man behind this park was a pioneer in saving animals from extinction. This was the first enclosure you see as you walk in.

Chris and Freddy bonding....umm I mean, two gorillas..

Chris and Freddy bonding….umm I mean, two gorillas..

More gorilla

More gorilla

This bear was giving us a "come on in, I won't hurt you" look...

This bear was giving us a “come on in, I won’t hurt you” look…

The boys monkey watching...

The boys monkey watching…

Monkey, boy watching.

The monkeys, boy watching.

Freddy looking quite ravishing as a southern dame

Freddy looking quite ravishing as a southern dame.

My guys on a rock

My guys on a rock

Henry kept "relaxing" on the rocks

Henry kept “relaxing” on the rocks

Freddy thinking Henry was freaking hilarious

Freddy thinking Henry was freaking hilarious

The boys chilling in a cool swing at Millennium park. I got to swing in it as well and loved it. Trying to convince Chris to install one in our backyard.

The boys chilling in a cool swing at Millennium park. I got to swing in it as well and loved it. Trying to convince Chris to install one in our backyard.

another cool feature at the park.

another cool feature at the park. Henry loved it. It’s basically a giant rubber string with a seat on each end and a kid sits on each end and bounces up and down.

Chris enjoying a cold swim in the ocean. Didn't seem to phase the locals but dang was it cold!

Chris enjoying a cold swim in the ocean. Didn’t seem to phase the locals but dang was it cold!

These are cool pools built to work with the low tide. Basically you can't see any of this at high tide but at low tide, it keeps the water in the giant circle and people can swim in it.

These are cool pools built to work with the low tide. Basically you can’t see any of this at high tide but at low tide, it keeps the water in the giant circle and people can swim in it.

The boys giving their traditional morning hug to the "black dog" outside the "black dog pub"

The boys giving their traditional morning hug to the “black dog” outside the “black dog pub”

They really loved this dog.

They really loved this dog.

Chris loves turning our kids into daredevils, no matter the location.

Chris loves turning our kids into daredevils, no matter the location.

Henry is a bit more adventurous than Freddy

Henry is a bit more adventurous than Freddy

We visited the Jersey War Tunnels. Probably the best museum I've seen. The Germans built these tunnels as an underground hospital during the German occupation and the Jerseyans turned the tunnels into a walking history of the german occupation.

We visited the Jersey War Tunnels. Probably the best museum I’ve seen. The Germans built these tunnels as an underground hospital during the German occupation and the Jerseyans turned the tunnels into a walking history of the german occupation.

Henry testing his muster as a gunner.

Henry testing his muster as a gunner.

Our final full day in Jersey, we went to visit Elizabeth Castle. We went out at high tide so we had to take a ferry, on the way back, it was low tide so we walked across and were passed by the ferry which was now a bus.

Our final full day in Jersey, we went to visit Elizabeth Castle. We went out at high tide so we had to take a ferry, on the way back, it was low tide so we walked across and were passed by the ferry which was now a bus.

The safety of Jersey is the boy's first priority.

The safety of Jersey is the boy’s first priority.

Climbing to the top of the castle. Well Freddy was carried part of the way in his stroller. We abandoned the stroller partway up though and forced him to walk up.

Climbing to the top of the castle. Well Freddy was carried part of the way in his stroller. We abandoned the stroller partway up though and forced him to walk up.

We made it to the top! The boys getting the lay of the land they just conquered.

We made it to the top! The boys getting the lay of the land they just conquered.

view from the top

view from the top

My guys and the Jersey flag

My guys and the Jersey flag

Chris and I working on our selfies

Chris and I working on our selfies

another pic of the castle. We got all the way to the top over there.

another pic of the castle. We got all the way to the top over there.

Our last morning in Jersey and Freddy enjoying jam. He developed a huge love of it while we were there. He's been in withdrawal ever since.

Our last morning in Jersey and Freddy enjoying jam. He developed a huge love of it while we were there. He’s been in withdrawal ever since.

This was in the Jersey airport. I wish we had one in the Ottawa airport. The kids were so well behaved on the flight back to London. Probably due to sheer exhaustion from the bouncy castle,

This was in the Jersey airport. I wish we had one in the Ottawa airport. The kids were so well behaved on the flight back to London. Probably due to sheer exhaustion from the bouncy castle.

 

So that was our trip. I’d do it all in again in a heartbeat. And to sign off, I’ll leave you with this, a lifesize lego Queen Elizabeth and her lego Corgi.

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