We’ve just got back from our little trip down to London. We went for my birthday weekend and also to get ourselves into the Christmas sprint. I always find at this time of year London does it so well. There are gorgeous twinkly lights everywhere, the shops are decked with Christmas decorations and of course Winter Wonderland.
We really had such a lovely time despite the kiddies being a little poorly. I purposely didn’t have any shopping to do, because let face it going round the shops on black Friday weekend with two children and a pram is no fun for anyone. So instead we just chilled out and did a fair bit of walking. The weather was beautiful, pretty chilly but just right to get you in the mood for Christmas.
We arrived on the Thursday afternoon, so just went back to the house to see Xen before she scooted off to training, had tea and got in bed. Friday, Curt had a conference all day so we had planned to meet up with my bestest friend. She came over in the morning whilst we got ready and then we headed back to hers to see her new house. Bets loved going on all the tubes and trains, it’s quite an adventure when you’re little. With all the travelling we didn’t actually stay at hers for too long, but managed some yummy lunch. We then headed back so I could get the babies ready for bed. Al came back with us to help out with all the stairs in the tube stations etc…it’s a bit of a buggar with a toddler and a pram. Although I’ve got to say there were lots of helpful gents who helped us out. It was so nice to see her a catch up because I haven’t seen her for so so long! We have one of those relationships where you don’t need to talk to each other everyday, weeks may pass before we catch up but when we do it’s like nothing has changed!
Saturday, we met up with another one of my beautifuls. Soph, she also lives in London so we don’t get to see her too often either. She came over early Saturday morning and we went for brunch at a little cafe near the house. It was loverly, there’s something about someone else making you eggs on toast etc that makes it wayyy tastier! Again, so super to catch up with her (they are all my bridesmaids) so we had a little bit of wedding chat which is always exciting, especially as the months are ticking away and it feels like it’s going to creep up on us pretty darn quick!
We then headed off to Winter wonderland and Selfridges to meet Santa. There were gorgeous blue skies and winter wonderland was pretty darn quiet, so it made it really lovely to walk around with the pram. Bets went on a couple of rides on our walk through, which of course she loved. It’s so cute watching how excited she gets about going on the rides…she’s so like me and Curt, proper thrill seeker! ha
After lunch we went into Selfridges, now this shop other than Harrods has got to be one of the busiest shops ever! Queuing for lifts is killerrrrr, but because we had nothing else to get in there we just went straight up to the fourth floor…the toy emporium! They have done special Santa stops this year and luckily just as we got up there we bumped into him. Bets was in awe again, the sparkle in her eyes is just so cute. She went over and shook his hand and had a little chat to him, then they had their photo taken by Santas elf. I absolutely loved watching her and realising just how little she still is, I always call her my big girl, which is of course what she is, but when you see them in these magical situations they are just too cute and little. I hope that when we look back through the photos she’ll love it and that they’ll be a really special momentum for her when she’s a older.
We headed straight home from Selfridges because even though we didn’t do any shopping it tires you out massively and we were all ready to chill out at home. I think it was maybe the fresh air that wiped us out, plus the kiddies were a little on the woozy side. Bodes was sniffling lots and Bets couldn’t contain her cough! Basically just germy!
Sunday, we wondered slowly to Winter Wonderland again so Bets could have a go on few more rides. She’d already planned which ones she would be going on. She loved it and we loved her loving it, it’s such an ace place and I can totally see as a kid how exciting the whole place looks. The lights and the colours are just amazing and unbelievably I think it’s even bigger again this year! There are so many different sections and food and drink places, you could easily spend half-a full day in there, although you’d easily send a cool fortune! Bodes slept great out in the pram in the fresh air so that was a bonus to his cold at least. He was clearly super cosy and comfy.
And finally Monday, we packed up and got a cab to the train station early afternoon. They have a whole new eating section up stairs in Euston so we managed to catch up with Mum & Dad who were coming down for the Usain Bolt premier and grabbed a bite to eat in Ginos. It was a lovely end to a really lovely trip! A very easy quite train ride home and that was that! I loved it all and yes I would have loved the kiddies to have been better but it wasn’t too bad and they were such super stars!