Thursday, January 22, 2015
On my birthday, this past weekend, William began walking! It was a great birthday present to see this 14 month old begin to walk. He's still a bit wobbly, but he's walking bit by bit everyday! Gregory and George are so proud of him, and cheer him on as does Stan. William loves walking to his daddy when he gets home from work, or in the mornings when Stan is getting ready. William brings so much joy into our home. He's a sweetheart, so kind and full of life and love. I cannot imagine life without this precious boy!
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
It's a new year, and that means it's my birthday month! I turned 31 over the weekend. It's weird to think that I am really in my thirties, I guess I am finally realizing I'm no longer 18 ha ha! We had a great weekend. I finished reading Rebecca which was awesome. Stan cleaned the whole house and organized a birthday party for me. I made a new spice cake and it actually turned out wonderfully (Brooke approved which means all ingredients were on my Crohn's diet. So I used almond flour and honey etc)! It was quite tasty. Then our friends stayed until midnight playing games!
This was my second birthday living in Ireland, and both have been great. We have had a great time here, with so many wonderful memories. I could live here for a very long time and be super happy! I have made a short video of what we did last year. It doesn't have everything, but it includes some of our fun trips back to Utah, some adventures in Ireland, Portugal, and London. We have been very blessed this past year, and I am excited to see what happens in 2015! I hope it will be as good as 2014!
I found this top, originally 30 euros, at the shops for a fiver (five euro) and could not pass it up. It was missing two buttons, but it had a few next to the tag, so after a few minutes of sewing on the buttons it's perfect. I love finding good buys!
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Happy New Years! We had the opportunity to travel from Ireland to England. We spent New Year's Eve and a few days that followed in London sightseeing. New Year's Eve under Big Ben was great! And when it was Midnight the fireworks began. It was exciting to be apart of this celebration with so many others. It has always been a dream for me to spend New Year's in London, and this year that dream came true.
Stan and I first kissed eight years ago on New Year's Eve. Since then we haven't stopped! Just three weeks after our first kiss, Stan asked me to marry him. It was all very fast but truly a fairy tale for me. Every New Year's Eve I remember our first kiss, and the excitement that I felt as I fell in love with Stan. This time of year will always be romantic and special for us.
Near our hotel and Hyde Park
Big Ben on New Year's Day
New Year's Day Parade
We had the top floor, which meant a long climb up six flights of stairs, but other than that it was wonderful. The hotel was very lovely, and the boys and us each had our own bedroom suite. Honestly, Stan and the boys would have been happy to stay all the time in the hotel, watching TV and movies, playing Nintendo and other computer games. We stayed up very late each night, and slept in every morning. William was awesome and was happy to sleep in as long as he was right between Mom and Dad. We were happy that he was there in our large comfy bed since he slept so well.
For Christmas, Stan gave me a kindle paperwhite reader, so when no one wanted to leave I was happy to stay in my pajamas and read. I'm currently reading the second book of a series by Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance. I did not realize how much I have missed reading and this is the second book that I've read since Christmas. Ireland, in the winter, is also a great place to cozy up to a book while it's storming and wet outside!
The National Gallery
London's Underground: The Tube
More Tower Bridge
Even more underground
The British Museum
My mother's maiden name is Sainsbury. They have their own section in the British Museum, and I shopped at Sainsbury's a local English grocery store.
The mummies were very exciting for the boys. We spent a good amount of time taking pics of a lot of them. The boys were not satisfied until we found the mummies that didn't look like this, but looked more like skeletons.
WARNING: There are photos below that might be disturbing, skip this section if you don't want to see real mummies and skeletons!
The Science Museum
This was Stan's favorite museum of the four we went to while in London. I have to agree that this was very well done, but I cannot pick a favorite. I love it all, the art, the artifacts, the history, and science. It is all intriguing to me.
St. Paul's Cathedral London
After we checked out of our hotel, our last day in London, we took the tube to Marble Arch. There we took one of London's famous red, double-deck, city buses. We sat on the second level and the boys even got front row seats. It was a delightful bus ride from Marble Arch, through the main shopping streets which were decked out with Christmas decor, to Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, and ended up at St. Paul's Cathedral. We were lucky it was Sunday morning, because a ticket into this place was twenty pounds per person, but since we had come for the Sunday morning service, it was free. Plus we weren't with tourists taking photos, we were able to sit and listen to the beautiful music and sermon. It was nice. While living in London over ten years ago, I never visited this place, so it was good to have the opportunity now.