London & Paris

It’s been almost 5 years since we left London. I don’t think there has been a day that’s gone by that someone in this house hasn’t mentioned our time there. Jon and I are celebrating our 20 year anniversary this summer and knew we wanted to go back, just the two of us. I really wanted to do a late spring, early fall trip. Jon was 100% looking forward to a summer trip. I felt guilty about leaving the kids during their summer break and was really nervous about leaving Beckett. A few months ago my dad called and told me that the Red Sox and Yankees were going to be playing each other in the first ever MLB London series. I hung up with him, called Jon and told him he could have summer. AS LONG as he was willing to go to the game. Huge sacrifice, I know. HA! 20 minutes later I called my dad back and told him I booked a trip. We spent the next few months planning exactly what we wanted to do while we were there. There were certain museums, restaurants, pubs and shopping that we KNEW we wanted to do. LOTS of things in only a short amount of time. A day trip to Paris was also on our list.

First up was Chiltern Firehouse We booked this reservation about 6 weeks in advance.

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We barely made our reservation because our flight was delayed about an hour. Our Uber driver raced through the city, driving by our old apartment (which was a treat), but we made our reservation without a minute to spare. It was worth it! The food and the atmosphere were both amazing!

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If you go you have to try the crab donuts (above) and don’t miss out on sharing a platter of truffle fries! img_8507img_9020

We spent the rest of the day wandering around the city, hitting The National Gallery, our favorite neighborhoods and favorite pubs:

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Friday we woke up and headed straight for The Tower of London

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Then we went over to Borough Market for some lunch

More from Friday:

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Friday night was my favorite night. We went and grabbed some food and wine for a picnic in the park and headed over to Kensington. We sat on the hill overlooking the palace for hours. That area is my absolute favorite in London. I spent every single day there with the girls while Jon worked. Every night after dinner we would stroll the park with the girls and stop for ice cream or chocolate waffles. I know that area of Hyde park like the back of my hand. Sooooo many good memories there.

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After 2 bottles of wine (HA!) we went over to The Churchill Arm  This place was on my list of must do’s and it did NOT disappoint!!

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Just as pretty in the day!!

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Saturday morning we woke up bright and early and headed to Notting Hill. We strolled through Kensington one more time. We were there before the rest of London woke up so it was very peaceful.

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Notting Hill:

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Sunday morning we woke up and went to Westminster Abbey to attend the 8:00 mass.

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Then over to the game.

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We had such a great time!! There were tons of Yankees fans sitting around us and they all started to groan (LOUD) as soon as the first two notes of Sweet Caroline started to play. Even though we were losing, every single Red Sox fan in that stadium sang at the top of their lungs!

 

We had to head back to the hotel early that night. We woke up at 3:30am on Monday to catch a train to Paris.

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Standing inside the Louvre was breathtakingly  gorgeous! The white dirt roads paved the way for the cream colored buildings that were out of this world beautiful. The pale blue sky and bright green grass had pops of every color coming out of thousands of flowers, it made for the perfect backdrop. If you stood there alone and looked around, you would swear that angels were singing. It was THAT gorgeous. I love my Paris pictures so much and I really wanted to love Paris but I just didn’t (besides the Louvre area). Outside of the Louvre was very dirty and felt extremely dangerous.  The Eiffel Tower was also very pretty (from afar) and we did a nice boat tour down The Seine River. We shopped around Louis Vuitton and had lunch at a cute little cafe, then a picnic later on in the park. It wasn’t a bad day, I just don’t think I would ever go back.  If I’m missing something about Paris leave me a comment down below because I feel like we’re the only people unimpressed by the city.

As for London, I will go back again and again. It feels like a home away from home.

 

 

 

New Years Eve

Another year has come and gone. Hello, 2018!

Our New Years Eve celebration pretty much looks the same every year. We order a ton of lobsters, dance in the kitchen to the same songs (Billy Idol Dancing With Myself, anyone?) sit by the fire, struggle to keep our eyes open until midnight to watch the ball drop and get that first New Year’s kiss. Even though the traditions are the same this year looked a little different because half of our kids were out with friends and boyfriends. But, traditions are important and I want Lucy and Beckett to look back at their childhood and have the same memories as the older girls. I convinced Emma, Megan and Chloe to let me in on their nights and send me some pictures

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And at home

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Beckett wanted to hold the lobster

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Until he didn’t. HA!

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2017 was a really great year for our family. I’m excited about what 2018 will bring! Happy New Year!!

 

 

 

 

Belle and Sebastian Concert

Every time I hear a Belle and Sebastian song it takes me back to living on Meadowview with a houseful of tiny baby girls. I always say that they’re the soundtrack to our early years. The first time we saw them in the concert I was 7 months pregnant with Chloe. Jon and I drove to Philadelphia because they didn’t have any Boston dates. We’ve been to every Boston show since! 

We saw them again the other night for our anniversary date. We spent the night in town too, which we never do. 

 It was such a fun mom and Dad date night, even though we ran into Emma and Colin 


Ha!

Last week Jon was saying how disappointed he was that they never play Sookie in the Graveyard so I sent out a tweet to B&S to ask them to play it in Boston. Then I sent a Facebook message asking them again. They got back to me saying that the set list was done but they would pass my request on to Stuart (the lead singer). When the song started playing emma started texting me like crazy. She was shocked to hear it. When the song ended Stuart said “that was for you, Jill. Thank you.” We all went crazy after that. LOL! It was super cool considering how big of a fan I am. 


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We had such a great night!!