Category Archives: Europe

Indiana Jones Birthday Party

Today was the much awaited birthday party for my newly seven year old, Ronan.  He loves Indiana Jones. We went to a leisure centre for his birthday party and all the kids got to play in the  soft play area which had two stories.  Afterwards we had an english tea with a lot of canapes and treats.  At the parties in England you light the cake, but send pieces home instead with the guests. You also do not open presents until you get home.  The boys had a great time!
Ronan in his Indiana Jones costume.  Apparently we were the first party to show up in costumes at this venue.

Time for food and treats! 
Ronan and his classmate and friend Chinmay with their party hats. 
Maddox with his classmates Felix and William.
The Reception age boys decided to make horns out of the party hats. 
Ronan’s birthday cake was a DS player. 
Ryan with party horns. 

Happy New Years!

It is January first of 2012 and we start a brand new year!  Happy New Years to all our friends and family!  Our family looks forward to a new year in England and all that 2012 has in store for us.  This morning we got dressed and headed outside to do our family portraits for 2012.  Sadly just as we got the tripod set it England met us with a downpour of rain.  Despite the quick shoot below is our family photo and I really love how it turned out.  After our shoot we had breakfast in town and then stopped at the beloved game store for some New Years treats.  I believe we will have some black eyed peas for dinner.  I hope everyone has a wonderful new years and that you keep to your resolutions for a successful and productive 12 months ahead. 

Our family on the first of 2012

St. Nikolaus & the Shoes

I have picked up many a customs and traditions along my life as a nomad.  One of these is St. Nikolaus, from my time living in Germany.  On the Eve of December 5th, children put out a boot or shoe outside of their front door.  In the morning the children find that St. Nikolaus has filled it up with gifts and sweets after checking to see if the children were ‘good, polite, and helpful the last  year’.  The boys woke me up as they were opening up their goodies from their shoes.  There were candy canes, lego figures, toy airplanes, and a helicopter.  It is a nice tradition I have enjoyed thus far with my kids.  ‘Morty the Moose’ left some moose paper for the boys to make paper chains with today. They enjoyed the craft and we will have fun growing the chain through out the month.  

Maddox holding the candy and toys left in his shoe.
St. Nicholas came and filled the boys shoes with candy and small toys. 
Crumpets with jam and clotted cream
Ronan and Maddox at school. 
Lamb with sweet potatoes and roasted veggies.
Step One: Folding the wrapping paper in strips.

Step 2: Cut along the fold to create long strips.
Step 3: Cutting into smaller strips

Step 4: Fold strips into loops and tape to secure.  Add another strip into the loop and repeat.
Step 5: Hang up on the wall

Our hanging decoration.

Our Polar Express Christmas bells from  Christmas 2008
Bows, cookie cutters, bells, ornaments, and lights. 

Candy Canes in London before headed back home on the train. 
Yesterday my partner and I took my boys to London for the day and I posted photos from when we played in the leaves.  Here are the rest of the photos from our adventure out in London to experience the Christmas atmosphere.  We started at the German Christmas market where we enjoyed hot cocoa that tasted like melted chocolate bars, ate yummy goulash soup from a bread bowl, and got to sample one of my favourites, German Rittersport chocolate. The boys were read for a lot of photo ops and so this blog post is quite picture heavy.  I ended with our time at Hamey’s, the toy store in London and some of the beautiful Christmas lights seen around town.  I hope you enjoy, as we had a lot of fun together in London. 

Merry Elfmas from Ronan & Maddox

Ronan and Maddox in the Winter Wonderland, the German Christmas market
The Moose that sings and talks!
My three men!
Love all the Christmas ornaments and crafts. Especially the Owls and Moose.
 Gluhwein anyone?
The Hot Cocoa tasted like melted chocolate bars. 
Maddox loved all the animal puppets. Here he is begging for one, “Puhlease!”
Walking down the street of the German Christmas market in London
Potato Pancakes? Yes please!
Ronan and Maddox with the Ringing Father Christmas
Ronan and Maddox with the skiing Father Christmas
Ronan and Maddox with the Nutcracker
Maddox with his German chocolate
Ronan and Maddox with the Snowman
Ronan and Maddox with the snowman familia
Maddox with Father Christmas
Ronan with Father Christmas

Mummy giving a Shaka with Father Christmas! Aloha! Mele Kalikimaka
Hard Rock Cafe has their tree up
The Ritz
The main shopping street where Hamey’s is located.
Boys playing with fake snow at the Hamey’s toy store
Ronan and Maddox really enjoyed all the Harry Potter items at Hamey’s Toy Store
These airbrush pens at Hamey’s Toy Store really won the boys over. They both love crafts and art. 

Ronan and Maddox each got a complimentary blow up ball.  They thought it was magic! 
My favourite store!
My favourite window of Tiffany’s
London at Night