Sunday, January 1, 2012


Representing the People's Democratic Republic of Hawkerson in the 2012 Olympics, I present to you Team Hawkerson:

We've got a sleeper, an eater, a runner, a thinker, a big boy potty-er, a snuggler, a shopper, and a diplom-er .  So, all in all, we're feeling pretty confident about our chances this summer.

We spent the last week in London with our wonderful Hawkins.  And oh dear me, I LOVE me some London.  We went to a Christmas fair in Hyde Park, ate at Chipotle (!), toured the city, ate fish and chips, rode the tube, played with little boys, drank tea, and LAUGHED.

And I have to say, it was surprising and flattering how often people mistook me for Pippa Middleton.

Anyhow.  England is EXACTLY how you picture it.  Quaint cities along narrow streets, with ivy growing along walls and moss-covered slate roofs.  London has a beautiful cathedral, garden or historic building (or palace) around every corner and is full of double decker red buses and phone booths.  And for a gal that lives for English literature it was pretty perfect.

Plus, London is only a 3 hour flight from Casablanca and made for easy travel.

Walking around their neighborhood.
Little boys exploring.  So sweet to see them together.
Feeding ducks and swans around the corner from their house.
Have you ever seen a duck like this in real life?  Neither had I.  Amazing.

Bless his heart, J isn't in many of these pics.  He spent a lot of time doing this in his stroller.
Auntie Sara with all the boys.

One always hears about chestnuts roasting over an open fire.  These were and Sara wanted to try some.   For the record, they are disgusting.

Someone is obviously afraid of color.

This was a $5 carousel ride and worth every penny.  

Joe and I re-creating William and Kate's kiss in front of Buckingham Palace.

Our classic pub meal: fish and chips, bangers and mash, chicken pie, and a complete English breakfast.  (That was Allen's)
Sara, Starbucks and Harrod's= Ashleigh giddy

p.s. While I do HIGHLY recommend London, I do NOT recommend the currency.  Sheesh!


  1. Did you love my email with details at great length about things to do in London? What? You didn't get it? Gosh, mail these days ... Glad you had fun and very sorry for being a useless friend. Want to meet up in London in July? We have two weddings so apparently will be making the trip. Along with a few other people ...

  2. First of all, I'm glad that you don't have a story about a swan pinching a wad of skin off your leg. They can be so mean.
    Secondly, I'm glad England was every bit the Victorian novel of your dreams. I'm hoping when I get to go, everyone will still have the lovely accents of Jane Eyre's stories.
    Thirdly, love the picture of Auntie Sarah with the four chums together. SWEET.
    And finally, J is a man after my own heart, because any place is a great place for a nap.

    Thanks for posting--enjoy following your adventures.

  3. I can't believe I'm finally getting a chance to catch up on your blog. Love it!! One of these days I'll actually post about Maggie.... One day. Live and miss y'all.