Saturday, April 30, 2011

66 and sunny.

We've had a marvelous couple days!
Yesterday, of course, was the Royal Wedding.
We were not able to see things in person, but we were right there in the action.
Read here for the full story!
Today, we woke to the fire alarm at 4 in the morning. Someone with jetlag was burning toast in our kitchen. We all had to evacuate and take a little stroll.
When we really did wake up, to our shock, it was 1:30 in the afternoon!
We still made as much of the day as possible. For breakfast we discovered our fridge temperature must be a bit high as our milk looked like this:
we went out to explore Hyde Park, which Addison's never been in. We live right across the street from it! It was a gorgeous day. 66 and sunny all day! We saw the Albert memorial:
Then we found my favorite site so far:
Princess Diana's Fountain :) It was beautiful.
It's a ring pool that you are welcome to put your feet in and cool off.
We were so confused at first, we were expecting a some spouting fountain that was pretty to look out. But once we realized how symbolic and hands-on this fountain was, we loved it. 
Princess Dianna was the first person in the royal family to really break the mold. She was extremely hands-on with her charity work, and truly was the people's princess. She wanted her children, Prince's Harry and William to know how normal people lived, and often broke the mold in their education and upbringing to give them an idea of what normalcy is, which is the much of the reason that William found Kate. (they met at a lower University than he was expected to attend as he was trying to have a more normal education) Dianna had a lot to do with the support of those with AIDS. When AIDS was first being widespread, her big thing was to tell people that you can still hug people with AIDS, and that they were those most in need of a hug. She also was very hands-on with children in the hospital, which is why this fountain for children to play and cool off in is so appropriate. She also has a memorial playground in Hyde Park. We found the whole thing very beautiful and just what she'd want for a memorial.
We also went to a children's puppet show tonight of The Tempest. We loved it! Very cleverly done!
Oh yes, and this was in the lobby of the theatre!
We love you Lai!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

jolly old england.

The adventures have started!
We have been in London 2 days, and so far we've haven't even skipped a beat!
We had a rough start at the airport as I went through a very thorough pat down.
We finally made it into London after about 15 hours of traveling, we have a cute little flat in the basement-with our own bathroom! We decided that in order to get used to the time change quicker, we needed to keep ourselves up until it was nighttime here (we're about 7 hours ahead of the states). So we went to Picadilly Circus:
 Where Addison saw his first West End show, "The 39 Steps". It was a little lame though...we could tell the actors weren't committed :(
Today, we had our first classes, and then had the whole rest of the day to ourselves. Therefore we decided to be apart of the excitement at Westminster Abbey-as wedding preparations were going on! Addison caught his first glimpse of Big Ben:
And the Thames:
People are crazy right now! The wedding hoopla is in full swing:
There are cameras everywhere:
There's a stadium being built in the church next door:
"Kate/Wills" (they add an "s" at the end of Will for some reason...) paraphernalia EVERYWHERE:
And people have been camping on the sidewalk for days now to catch a glimpse:
We finished off today with an INCREDIBLE show, "Jersey Boys". 

We got AMAZING seats! Only 25 quid each!
We were on the 4th "logue" (or small balcony up).
Here's some pictures of the day:

This is the entrance Kate will be entering for the ceremony:

In the movie, "Sherlock Holmes", Sherlock jumps out of this side of the Houses of Parliament in to the Thames!

A giant wolf...made out of hay. I was really confused.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

the winner!

So, although the general consensus was that our little jar of change was somewhere between $18-40. There was only person close! We took our money in yesterday and here's the breakdown:

Dollars: 3
Quarters: 229
Dimes: 220
Nickels: 137
Pennies: 620

For a grand total of!:
Change is deceiving!

Maryann! Who guessed $89.23-you are the winner-and it's perfect because it was your birthday yesterday! Happy Birthday! 
Congratulations on your "Kate/William" commemorative coin!

Well, be thinking of us today and 1:05 PM as our jet plane takes us across the pond.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

a side of perspective.

Today was a wonderful and laid back day. Definitely what I needed. Finals are over! And Addison and I are focusing on packing. It's such an exciting time! 
We started off the day with an 8:00 choir practice---ouch. I was not a happy camper this morning! (it's okay gma-I know it was necessary! ) :) Then I headed to Salt Lake while Addison detailed some cars. I met my mom and oldest niblings, Naomi and Nate, at the Joseph Smith building. We watched the newly edited Joseph Smith movie which was so so good. My mom and I blubbered like babies.
We ate at the Lion House-YUM! Then walked around temple square. If it's been a while for you, or you've never been-GO. It was so nice just to take everything in. We went to the top of the Latter-Day Saint Office Building. A first for my mother and I! 
At the top, I took this picture:
It was so odd to see things this way! I was looking around all the streets, and buildings that I thought I knew their layout. Seeing the freeways curve from up there, and where the U of U is, and Primary Children's all just got me thinking.
When I'm driving around, I feel like I know the rights and lefts. I know north from south. I can't see where I'm going, but my mapquest can tell me step by step how to maneuver on the grid of streets, over top buildings I can't see over. I wonder what it's like to be the Lord and see the birds-eye view, and us trying to find our way through streets, around the buildings. He's gotta have so much patience to see us constantly make wrong turns. But also, so much love to help us find the right way again.
Here's some more pictures of the day:

Addison took me through an Endowment Session here for the first time on Thursday. I LOVED it! I came out totally giddy with the spirit :)
PS-don't forget! Place your bet here to win a "kate and william" coin from London!
We'll reveal the winner on Monday!