We're just back from Seth's second annual guitar recital. In the middle of this snowy day, only the most die-hard fans of all the performers were able to attend (read: parents and siblings).
It is the new year - we dip apples in honey, and feel the tart burst
of apple mix with the sweetness of honey on our tongues. Life is like
this, isn't it? Always some tartness mixed with some sweet. The rub is
learning to focus on the sweetness; of course, the tartness is always
mixed into the background, that is part of life.
It's been a very busy time around our house, but we wanted to share a
little something for the girl's birthday! It's hard to imagine our
life without 4 kids, and it's been a wonderful year getting to know
both of you.
Here are a few great videos from our summer. It is fun to be able to show what the boys have been up to.
This video sums up Evan's language development right now. Animal sounds, body parts, a few words, and a whole lot of "Dahhhh!!!" Love it!
This video shows some of Seth's progress at swimming lessons.
It's just a few days shy of Evan's 18 month birthday, and he has
changed a lot since I last wrote about all his milestones at 13
Here is a recap of his milestones from the last several months!
How did Seth get to be four years old? The time goes by so fast. He
had a great time at both of his birthday parties this year. The party
for his Tiger School friends at Bounce Town was so much fun! He was so
excited to be the "guest of honor" - finally the birthday boy at
Bouncetown! And there was a lot of bouncing done! Seth was so cute
sitting at the head of the table with his birthday crown on. He was
very excited about his rocketship cake! We had chosen that as the
theme for his party when we picked out his invitations, and it's been
fun to see how interested he has become in rocketships! Some of his
favorite gifts were rocketships! He had a great time at his
party, too. It was fun to all be together and celebrate Seth.
We definitely made the most of the last few days of our trip. Sunday, we had fun cooking a mobile playground equipment - he got a workout letting Seth ride around on his back!
We still had a little less than a week of our trip left, so we were ready to visit some of the Healy family favorites with Judy. On Thursday, the first order of business was getting Seth's stitches out!! This all went smoothly, and he was so excited to be rid of those stitches!
The sun did come, and we took full advantage for the last few days of Mom's visit. Since Seth was no worse for the wear on Saturday, we headed out for another fun day of sightseeing. It still wasn't warm enough to go to the beach, but we had a great day driving to different places on the island. My brother's girlfriend joined us for our travels, and we all had a great time. First, we started out with a trip up to the Pali Lookout. It is a beautiful place to get a great view of the windward side of the island, and it sure is windy up there! Little Evan likes when we blow gently on his face, but he wasn't quite sure what to make of this!
Many of you already know that we had a couple medical bumps on our
trip with the boys, so I'll give a quick summary here. On Friday
night, after we had gotten home from our big day of sightseeing, we
were getting the boys ready for bed. Seth had just had a bath, and I
was getting him ready for bed in our room. He was sitting up on our
bed (which he has done many times before), and I was getting his
pajamas. He found a book that he wanted to show to Evan, and all of a
sudden he was on the floor crying. Somehow, he had fallen off the bed,
and as we pieced together later (he told us most of the story), he
slammed his face into the side of the wall. It was a freak accident
that happened in a split second (I guess that's how they all
happen). We could tell right away that he would need stitches - he
split the corner of his lip open.
We arrived in Hawaii in the early evening on Tuesday, March 6. We were
all exhausted, but so excited to be in Hawaiiʻ! Mom and I waited at
the airport with the boys while Jason headed out on the shuttle to
pick up our rental car. For this trip, we rocked a sweet (ha!)
mini-van! At home, we have our Mazda 5, but we knew we would need more
room on our vacation since we'd have more adults with us. It was nice
to have the extra space, but it was definitely more challenging having
to drive and park a bigger car. All props go to Jason who did all the
driving and parallel-parked that van in spaces that didn't even seem
big enough for a compact car!
We were lucky enough to be able to schedule a trip back to Honolulu to
visit Jason's hometown. We last visited two years ago, when Seth was
just shy of two-years-old, and we had a wonderful time. We decided it
was time for another visit, one that Seth would remember (he
"remembers" our first trip through pictures and video), as well as a
chance to introduce Evan to Hawaiʻi.
It's been a little while since my last blog update on Evan, and what
better date to post than on Valentine's Day! Seth and Evan both had a
fun Valentine's Day - fun at home, cute cards and gifts, and a fun
party for Seth at Tiger School. Evan got to watch Seth make homemade
Valentines this weekend, and I'm sure Evan will be right in the mix
doing this next Valentine's Day!
The big news around the Healy household is that Evan just started
crawling on Monday! He's been very close for a while now, rolling back
and forth, pivoting and scooching, but he finally figured out how to
get some forward motion! It's just an army crawl right now - he's not
up on his hands and knees yet. But I just put him down on the floor
and he used his little elbows to propel himself forward. He was very
interested in some toy cars, and he figured out a way to get himself
there! There's no stopping him now! Jason was at work and Seth was
napping when Evan made this leap, and then we had to rush off to
Seth's gymnastics class. By the time we got home, Seth was so excited
to see Evan crawl, he just couldn't wait! Seth was very excited for
his little brother, and got down on the floor to crawl around with
him. I managed to get a little video of Evan's first crawling
Well, we made it through the first week of classes here at the
academy. This week was also my first week back at work. Of course, to
start it all off, we had the first cold of school. It is somewhat
inevitable with all the little kids being back at Tiger
School/daycare. Luckily this cold seemed to last only about 48 hours,
which is not bad as far as colds go. Seth came home last Friday with a
fever and a runny nose, so we took it easy Friday night and Saturday,
and he was feeling better in time for our gathering on Sunday to
commemorate my grandmother's yahrzeit (anniversary of her death). We
had a nice day remembering her with Geema, Michael, Aunt Michele, and
Uncle Bill. Seth also got to harvest his "potatoes in a bag" that Aunt
Michele helped him grow - success! Lots of potatoes! Then Sunday
night, Jason got the cold, then Monday morning Evan had it, and by
Monday afternoon I was down for the count, too. A big thank you to
Grams and Geema for braving the sick house to help us with the boys! A
visit to the doctor with Evan on Monday confirmed it was just a cold
and not an ear infection, and me staying home from my first morning of
work to sleep capped off that fun! Luckily, by Wednesday, we were all
feeling better and back to work and daycare, so that wasn't too bad!
It's been three years today since my grandmother, Beverly, died.
In some ways, it seems like it's been a long time since I last saw
her, but in other ways, it seems like we were together just yesterday.
Two weeks ago, Seth started pre-school. His pre-school is in the same
building as our daycare; Suffield Academy's mascot is the tiger, so
daycare is called Tiger Den, and pre-school is called Tiger
School. Seth had seen the Tiger School classroom all last year, and
was so excited when he would finally get to say he was a "Tiger School
Boy". Tiger School meets Monday-Friday from 8:30am to noon. These first
two weeks I was not working yet, so I could bring him and pick him up,
which was a nice way to transition.
After writing a post on Evan's current milestones, I wanted to be sure
to record Seth's funny actions and saying from the past few
months. These boys keep us laughing!
Since I've dropped the ball on updating regularly, I wanted to be sure
to do a post on all the exciting things Evan has learned to do
At 3 months
He's just beginning to laugh.
He's smiling like crazy and interacting with us.
August was a fun month - we were all in the swing of our summer
routine, and we enjoyed lots of fun time together. For the first two
weeks of August, Evan and I took Seth every weekday morning to "big
boy" swimming lessons. Two of Seth's best buddies were taking swimming
lessons at the town country club, and even though we are not members
there, we found out that non-members could take lessons if there was
room. These were the first swimming lessons Seth had taken where he
didn't need a parent in the water with him. There was one instructor,
and the children sat on the wall of the pool (no floaties or anything)
and took turns having one-on-one instruction from the teacher. Evan
and I hung out on the pool deck and watched.
After getting back from the family gathering at Papa's house, we were
ready to be in full summer mode. We got all the summer toys set up in
the yard and porches, and enjoyed a lot of time outside. We celebrated
the fourth of July with a fun barbeque at Uncle Bill, Aunt Michele,
and Jason's. Geema, Michael, and Grams were also there. It was a
beautiful day, and Bill and Michele provided delicious food as
usual. Seth had a great time exploring the fish pond and gardens that
Bill and Michele put together, and he also had fun looking at all of
Bill's sculptures around the yard.
We started the month of June with Seth's last week of daycare - they
are closed when school is not in session. It was great to have Seth go
to daycare in the mornings in the spring to give me some bonding time
with Evan and to get used to parenting two kids, but by now it seemed
perfect for daycare to be ending and to get to have Seth and Evan home
all day. Seth had his first field trip - a bus trip to a farm, which
he loved! We also had his end of the year concert, which was fun. They
had been working on the songs all spring, so it was fun to see them
all singing together! He was excited to have Auntie Kara and Grams at
the concert, as well!
Aside from Seth's birthday, and a couple fun visits from friends, May
went by in a blur of germs! Before the germs settled, we had a fun
visit from Chuck, Jenn, Katie, and Sam. We always have a blast when
they come to visit! At the end of May, after all the germs had flown
away, we welcomed Chris and Cathy for a visit with their daughter,
Eleanor, who is two months younger than Evan. It was so much fun to
see them and introduce them to Evan and meet Eleanor! We had only ever
"met" over Skype before, so it was great to see each other in person!
Back on May 8, Seth turned 3 years old! Hard to believe that our
first born little man is a big guy! Of course, he still likes to be
called a little guy, not a big boy. When we started talking about
Seth's birthday a couple months back, he decided that he wanted a
"rainbow party." This came about because of an episode of the tv show
"The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That" - the kids learned about
rainbows, and sing this cute song which Seth loves to sing. So he
decided that a rainbow party was what he wanted!
Wow, it's been way too long since we've written an update! It's been
busy times around here these last couple months! After our fun spring
break in March, we had lots of fun visits, birthdays, and outings in
Time for a blog update to go with the big photo update Jason just did
on our photo site. We had a great spring break in March, with Jason
taking three days off each of the three weeks. It was really nice to
have some extra time to just relax, catch up on sleep, and take a lot
of day trips. We are doing pretty well going out the four of us now -
we are definitely less hesitant to be out and about with Evan at his
age than we were when Seth was this age. As a friend pointed out,
having a second child is busier because you have two kids, but easier
in some ways because you are not first-time parents and know what to
expect a little more.
We have recently discovered that it is really true that toddlers
generalize one experience and expect it to happen in other similar
situations. When we go on car trips, we will often stop at Dunkin
Donuts so I can get a coffee, and we will get some chocolate munchkins
for Seth. We usually go through the drive-through, and Seth knows the
drill. He always asks for a donut, and he has asked us for donuts at
other restaurant drive-throughs as well, which, of course, makes
sense. The other day we were driving to a medical complex for an
appointment, and there was a guard station. We drove up and told the
man why we were there. All of a sudden Seth pipes up from the back
"Can I have a donut?" Jason was totally confused, but then I realized
Seth thought anywhere with a "drive-through" would be able to serve
him donuts. We laughed hysterically about this, and Seth realized
that what he said was funny. We explained there were no donuts there
because it wasn't a restaurant, and then he realized why it was funny.
We all continued to laugh about this for quite some time!
We have been busy getting in the groove with Seth and Evan! Evan is
now five weeks old, and Seth is 33 months old!! We were just talking
about how quickly we progress from counting our little ones' ages in
days to weeks and then months and then years. Well, we'd like to slow
everything down a bit because we are having so much fun with our two
Well, tomorrow is the big day - our c-section for Tomato is scheduled
for January 18 at 10:30am. We are very excited - we've prepared the
house as much as we can, and we are overjoyed to think about meeting
our next little man. Of course, I am a bit nervous, even though I've
been through a c-section before. We can't wait to meet him, and to
have Seth meet him, and to be a family of four.
Well, it is the day before Tomato is scheduled to arrive via
C-section, and my best intentions to backfill the blog have fallen by
the wayside. I am going to compile a bullet list of all the things I
want to remember from the time when he turned two until now, when he
is two years eight months old, and then focus on being better about
updating the blog in the future!
Well, it is a little embarrassing that it has been almost six months
since our last real update to the blog! As most of you know, I am
pregnant - we are expecting baby
boy #2 on January 18. My energy level has been very low, or at
least in the evenings when I would normally write blog updates. So,
while many fun and exciting things have been going on, I have been
very bad about documenting them.
School is finally out, so we're getting some time to catch up on
pictures and other tasks here around the house. We'll have more news
soon, but for now, feel free to check out the pictures through today.
Just after Seth's 2nd birthday, we were lucky enough to have
take our family pictures again. We've posted
from the photo shoot for you to enjoy.
Seth celebrated his second birthday on Saturday, and he had a great
time at the birthday party at our house. Guests included Geema,
Michael, Papa, Grams, Grandma Nancy, Grandpa Joe, Uncle John, Aunt
Nancy, Auntie Kara, Aunt Michele, Uncle Bill, Ericka, Walter, Jessica,
and Lisa. The theme for Seth's party was music, as he loves to sing
and dance these days. We had some fun decorations, including an
inflatable guitar and saxophone that Seth enjoyed playing with. As
soon as the guests started arriving, Seth stood in the middle of
everyone bopping a balloon around, laughing gleefully. He had fun
being doted on and being the center of attention. We were so grateful
to have our family and friends present.
We can hardly believe that Saturday will be Seth's second
birthday. The time has gone by so quickly! He has grown so much and
learned to do so many new things since he was born that it is hard to
keep track. We like to have these blog entries to help us look back
and remember his growth and development.
Thanks to everyone who followed along while we were on our Hawaiian
adventure! We've been back for over a week, and school started up
again today. It's a good thing I had a week off when we got back,
because it took poor Sethie (and all of us) quite some time to get
back on a normal sleeping schedule. You can't blame him - when it was
midnight here, to him it felt like it was 6pm). But after several
days and some advice from our pediatrician (Benadryl for a couple
nights before bed to get him back on track), he seems to be back on
We started the process of saying our good-byes this morning, sending
off to work and hanging out with the Williams family.
This morning, Anne found a rocking horse that she had in the house and
thought Seth might like. She was certainly correct: Seth
had a great time rocking back and forth, and could even get on and
off it himself.
Today we decided to take a drive around to the North Shore to do some sightseeing. We started with a trip up to the
Pali lookout, where we had a great view of the island. Seth thought it was very windy!
This morning, Jason cooked a great brunch for the Williams, complete with eggs, bacon, and sweet bread french toast. It was fun to have a leisurely brunch together. Seth had been just a little fussy over the past couple days, and he had had an ear infection before we left home, so we decided we wanted to get him checked out just to make sure his ear infection hadn't come back. Anne told us about an urgent care center right in Kahala that was very good, so he brought him in for a visit. They were great - it was very quick, and they were very nice. We were happy to find out that Seth did not have an ear infection anymore!
We were very excited that Seth finally slept in until 7:00 am this morning! Yay for all of us! We got ready, and then decided to head off to the Honolulu Zoo before the day got too hot. We all had fun at the zoo. There were lots of animals, and Seth recognized many of them from his baby Einstein animals DVD. We saw elephants (Seth's first comment was "I get on him"), tortoises, monkeys, gorillas, flamingos, tigers (there was this very big picture viewing window where the tiger was on one side and you were on the other, very cool, but a little terrifying!), zebras, rhinos, giraffes, hippos, peacocks, and much more. Seth also had fun running around and playing on the playground.
Well, the day before Seth turns 22 months old we are scheduled to
arrive in Hawaii! We are so thankful for the people of Hawaii that
the tsunami missed the islands, and we can't wait to get out there and
introduce Seth to all our favorite sights! He will be surprised that
all of a sudden it is warm and we can go to the beach. I am also
looking forward to going to places I haven't been before, like the zoo
and the aquarium. We are very lucky to be staying with Cathy's
parents on this trip! We will try to update the blog a couple times
while we are there!
Anyone recognize this quote? It is Seth's new favorite line from his
new favorite book, "Horton Hatches the Egg." He goes through phases as
to what book is his current favorite, and now he has a long enough
attention span for books that he can listen to a Dr. Seuss book. He
loves this book - he wants to read it downstairs when we are playing
AND upstairs when we are getting ready for nap/bed, so we know it is
really a winner! And he can even say "I'm tired, I'm bored, I've got
kinks in my leg," about Mayzie the Lazy Bird!
It's been a little while since we've updated the blog - chalk it up to
the holidays, as well as some flu and illness in the Healy household.
Luckily it was nothing serious, and knock on wood, we are all feeling
We've had a great few weeks with little Seth. First, a few weekends
ago, we took Seth to see the Williams campus for the first time! It
was homecoming weekend, so Papa was generous enough to host us plus
many of our Williams friends. Jess, Steve, Chris, Cathy, Chuck, Jenn,
and little Katie all stayed with us at Win's house, and we had a great
time. It was fun to all be together, and Seth loved being reunited and
running around with Katie. Despite a rainy weekend, we headed over to
Williams on Saturday, and Seth got his first tour of the campus. We
headed down to the football game so Chuck, Jason, and Steve could hang
out with the band (Steve was the only one brave enough to stay there
the whole day to play with the band), and Seth got to see his first
football game. He learned how to say "football" and had fun splashing
around in his raincoat when we walked around campus.
Though almost anything Seth does warms my heart, the phrase "Bless
you, Mama" when I sneeze or cough is about the cutest thing you could
ever hear. In his sweet little voice, these words are just as cute as
you would imagine! Jason has also been teaching him to say "I love
you," and he is starting to learn that, too!
At 17 and a half months old, we must admit our little Sethie is
definitely more of a little boy than a baby (though he'll always be
our baby, ha ha!). This has probably been obvious to most of you for
some time, but perhaps the parents are always in denial as their
little ones grow up? :)
We've had a fun week with Seth, despite an early fall cold we all
caught last week. Probably a result of all of us going back to
school, and luckily, we all seem to be feeling better. Seth is such a
trooper when he has a cold - really doesn't complain. All you hear is
his little snuffly breathing when he's sleeping, and that tips you off
that a cold is on the way!
We've had a good week this past week; Seth is back at daycare a few
days a week, and I was back at work. It seems like his ear infection
is cleared up, though he's been having some trouble sleeping. We think
he might be working on tooth #14 - good thing there are only 20 baby
teeth altogether! He's also adjusting to the new routine for waking up
for daycare, so I'm sure it will even out soon (we hope!).
"No, no, up, up" is the phrase Seth uses to valiantly attempt to avoid
naps and bedtime! Once he gets himself settled in his crib, he
usually falls asleep without too much trouble, but as we get him
zipped into his sleep sack and put him in his crib, we hear a chorus
of "No, no, up, up." It is pretty heart-wrenching to hear his little
words, but at least we know that once he is asleep, he enjoys it! We
are hoping this stage will pass, and he will let us read him books
before naps and bed once again without getting so sad!
Wow, it's been a busy few weeks! We have had a great August so far!
The first week in August, we went to Cape Cod with our friends Chuck,
Jenn, and their daughter, Katie, who is less than one day older than
Seth. We had a great time. We stayed in a cottage in S. Yarmouth,
and the cottage cluster had its own private beach just outside our
door. It was perfect - we just walked out of the house and the beach
was right down the stairs. Seth had so much fun - he loved the water
and the sand. He would run right in to the surf, slowing down to let
us hold his hand. He liked jumping waves, as well as being tossed and
caught in the water by Daddy. He also had his toddler routines - he
liked to chase the birds up and down the beach, and tried to throw
every stone and shell into the water.
We've had fun over the past few days! On Saturday, we took Seth on
his first trip to the zoo. We went to the Lupa Zoo in Ludlow on
recommendation from a friend at school. It was great! A zoo that
started as Mr. Lupa's personal collection, all the animals were in
habitats that seemed very comfortable for them. Seth saw a bobcat,
birds, monkeys, pigs, chicks, guinea pigs, ostriches, and much more.
The highlight was that we got to go up on a platform and feed a
giraffe! This was definitely the tallest living thing Seth has ever
seen, and he was quite impressed!
Well, we apologize for the long delay in posting a blog update. You
must have wondered what happened to us!
The end of the school year snuck up on us, we went on vacation, and
Jason's server broke. He had all the content backed up, luckily, but
not the format, so he is working on fixing our blog and our photos
So, in the meantime, an update:
Our little Sethie is getting so big! At his last weigh-in, he was
just 2 ounces short of 20 pounds! Seth (and his parents) have been
very busy since the last time we wrote. We've just finished our first
week back at work after a wonderful three week spring break. We wrote
last after the first week of the break, when we had a great weekend
with Grams and Papa. Jason had to work during the weekdays of the
break, though we took a day or two off at the end of each week so we
could have some long weekends. During the weekdays, Seth and I
enjoyed lots of extra time together. It was also nice to spend extra
time with Grams, who was here visiting, and Geema, who had an
afternoon off. With the nicer weather, we started to go for walks
again, which was great. We had some friends visit, and we went to the
public library. One day, I took him to a free klezmer concert
(Israeli music) at the public library. Since he enjoys his Music
Together class so much, I thought I would see how he liked live music.
He was very interested in it, especially when the musicians played the
instruments right near him! It was cute to see him enjoying the
It has been an exciting few weeks since we last wrote! However, poor
Sethie was sick for much of the time - daycare was just decimated with
so many germs, which is common for this time of the winter. Over the
past month, he went from a cold to a cough to a stomach flu back to a
could/cough. Of course, we ended up with the stomach flu, too, which
was no fun. Seth finished up with an ear infection, but after
starting antibiotics, seemed to be feeling much better. Now, he seems
to be back to normal, as his appetite and energy are back. He seems
so happy just to be feeling better that he is excitedly babbling and
motoring around. We are so glad he is feeling better, though he was a
good sport through everything. We have just finished the first week
of our three week spring break, so we are hoping all the daycare germs
will clear out in the interim!
We had a fun beginning to our week, with Uncle Brian and Geema spending
a couple days with us in Suffield. Papa also came by for a visit on
Monday. Seth was motoring around his playroom, showing everyone what he
could do. I went downstairs to change out some laundry, leaving Seth
upstairs. All of a sudden I heard everyone clapping and cheering. When
I ran upstairs to ask what had happened, they said, "Nothing!" As if I
would believe that! Turns out Seth took his first step, from Uncle
Brian to Jason, but they didn't want me to feel bad that I missed it!
He is getting more and more daring and taking bigger steps in between
objects, but he still usually is holding on to the edge. So, I haven't
seen a step myself yet, but I am sure there are more to come soon! It
is very exciting.
It's been a busy three weeks since we last wrote. A few weeks ago we
realized Seth has been in the world now for longer than he was in utero
- hard to believe time has gone by so fast! Seth has had lots of
advances in the food arena. He is a very good eater, and almost always
opens his mouth to be fed. When he is done, though, he is done - we can
tell because he smears his food in his hair and his eyebrows! He is
learning how to use a spoon - if we put a little food on it and hand it
to him, he can usually manage to feed himself. He is learning to use
his pincer grasp when picking up Cheerios and pieces of cheese. We
notice that he does many things with his right hand, but likes to do the
pincer grasp best with his left hand. It's interesting to try to guess
if he'll be left handed or right handed. He is getting better at
drinking water from a cup if we hold it for him, and he can also drink
from a straw! They started him on it at daycare, and it is so cute! It
makes sense, since he knows how to suck! Beef is definitely his
favorite meat, but he is getting better with chicken. He's had cottage
cheese, blueberries, raspberries, corn, potato, avocado, and pasta
It's been a busy two weeks since we last wrote. About two weeks ago,
we started to see the first signs of Seth's bottom teeth! His right
bottom tooth felt high in his gums, but hadn't actually poked through
yet. Then, this past Tuesday night, his left bottom tooth caught up
and poked through! He didn't sleep well Tuesday and Wednesday nights
(who can blame him - it must hurt to have those teeth coming
through!), and by Friday morning both little bottom teeth were poking
through. He looks so cute with the little jagged teeth buds poking
through (luckily, he hasn't really bitten us yet). He's been quite
the trooper - other than a bit of difficulty at night, he's really not
Amy: Today was our last full day in Paris. On Joanne's
excellent recommendation, we started the day at a nearby open-air
market, which is only open throughout the summer on Wednesdays and
Saturdays. It was very interesting to see all the food on display for
purchase - fish, sausages, meat, olives. I got to sample some cheese
and olives, which was neat. I perused the jewelry and clothes, and
you will be happy to know I passed up the sparkly ("bling") tank tops
AND all the jewelry - a huge feat for me. Carolyn and I got some
beautiful pashminas (scarves).
Amy: We are thoroughly enjoying our stay in this apartment! We
are so grateful to our hosts, who will be arriving home tomorrow. For
those of you who were confused about yesterday's blog title, part of
our "entrance ticket" to Paris was to transport a rather large and
heavy copper fish pan that Joe and Lisa had bought for Joanne back in
the states. Jason had meticulously packed the fish pan within our
luggage (along with a bottle of Basil Hayden Kentucky straight bourbon
whiskey, a request from our host), but the airlines decided to search
that bag and throw the weight off-kilter. So the fish pan has heard
some sarcastic comments from Jason as he wheeled it through the
streets of London and up and down stairs in the subway. But, at long
last, it has found it's home!
Amy: Alas, today was our last day at the fabulous Ritz Carlton
Plaza (oh wait, I mean the Wellington, our home away from home).
While the benefits of dorm living have begun to wear thin (no toilet
paper in the bathrooms, damp towels, stickers on the furniture from
former students advocating vegetarianism), we've made the best of it
and figure we'll just appreciate our rooms at the bed and breakfast in
Bournemouth even more. Jason and Carolyn headed down for the last
breakfast of the never-ending stacks of toast, while Amy slept in a
Amy: Today was our first day in London, and we certainly made
the best of it. After leaving the hotel and marveling at the cool but
temperate weather, we walked back into Victoria Station, which is the
nearest tube station to our hotel. It's about a ten-minute walk, and
it was much quicker without dragging the baggage. We decided we would
buy a bus pass for the day. After figuring out the ticket machines
and the bus maps, we hopped on our first double-decker city bus. We
sat up on top, and we watched the sights roll by before we hopped out
in Trafalgar Square. This is the famous location of the many flying
pigeons. (Sidenote: Can anyone verify if Trafalgar Square is the
location in that jewelry commerical for the three-stone ring where the
man asks the woman to marry him again, and then all her family is
sitting on the steps?). Anyway, it was cool to finally be in famous
places that we recognized. We took pictures in front of the first of
many statues of men with or without horses.