Taking Country to London

Today was a work morning then a playful afternoon!

We finished up the pastor’s study, the hardwood floor in the apartment, and made a good dent on fixing the ceiling.  We did get the roof patched though!!  It rained on it twice now and no leaks!  WOO-HOO!

For lunch, Luvy and I walked down to 222 Veggie Vegan Restaurant on North End Road to pick me up some lunch.  For lunch, they have a buffet.  It was amazing!!  I’m so glad to have tried it.

While I was out this morning, I enjoyed my last fresh juice from Dolce and Banana and picked up a flower for Dot.  Dot is the sweet lady who has housed Luvy and I for the week.

She is the longest serving member at Twynholm Baptist Church. She has been so sweet!

After lunch, we set out to be tourist!  The bus ride took way longer than expected.  For future reference, take the tube!

Once we got downtown, we headed to Buckingham Palace.

I think we make Buckingham Palace look just as good as William and Kate, if not better!  😉

We of course had to get a group shot!  (minus Eva–Miss you!)

You can take the kids out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the kids.  Nathan took up chasing the pigeons while we were out!

Next up, we found Big Ben.  It rang 6pm right when we got there!

I thought this was a pretty shot with London Eye in the background.

Being us country folk again, we couldn’t pass up cramming our entire team in a phone booth.

Classy.

After seeing the beautiful Abby, we headed across the bridge.

I am loving traveling with others, because Luvy and I can actually get pictures together!!

We had fun being “tourist” for an afternoon.  Of course, we didn’t have time to see everything, but that is motive to come back!!

Hopefully, we will be bringing all of you back with us at some point!!  You had better get your passports ready!

Just in case you were wondering, we took the tube home!

Our plane leaves at 7:45am here (2:45EST) and lands in Chicago at 10 something.  That would be 11 EST.  We are all trying to stay awake as long as possible tonight so it isn’t so hard on our bodies to adjust to the new time.  We have all just gotten used to London time, and now it is time to leave!  I don’t think I would ever get used to the sun rising at 4:30am every morning no matter how long I’m here!!  It is crazy!

See you all back in the States!

Covered in it..

This morning the sweet Hannah took me to Kew Gardens to roam around.  It is one of the Royal Gardens here in London.

On the way in, we found a phone booth.  I had to get a picture!

It was absolutely beautiful!!

They have a large green house that grows all kinds of exotic plants.

I have loved spending time with Hannah (and Lucy!).  I am so grateful she took the time to hang out with me!

When I got back, the men were hard at work.  We even got Pastor Mike up painting the ceiling!!

Luvy was painting the pastor’s study, and we had others working hard laying floors.

We ate dinner and then went back to it again!  Today was a LONG work day so that we can go into the city center and do the touristy thing tomorrow.

The night would not be over though without some snackage.  This is classic Nathan!  He is rubbing off on the rest!

That boy can’t even work without eating!

Hannah made “flapjacks”.  They are what we would call granola bars!

It is close to midnight here.  We are all covered in paint and ready for some Zzzz’s!

By the way, does paint come out of hair??  I sure hope so!

Sorry for the “rubbish” post.  I’m sooo sleepy!  Goodnight!

Chin Wag

Today was a rainy day here in London.  Rainy days make for good working weather!

The men were hard at work painting and repairing the sanctuary ceiling.  There is no way I would be up on that contraption!  🙂  

Since only 2 people could be up working on the ceiling, we had another group hard at work laying wood floors in one of the flats (apartments).  

Laying the hardwood is difficult because there is a sticky side, and you have to make sure it all lines up perfectly before you lay it down.  

I had better stay away from this because there can’t be any “oopsies”.  You all know I’m the Queen of Oopsies!  🙂

Of course, it was all work and no play here.  We are a serious bunch.

I went into cleaning mode around the church.  The church office will never be the same (I HOPE!).

Luvy and I treated ourselves to a fresh juice today from the wonderful Dolce and Banana.

Today’s mix was apple, orange, beet, and carrot.  It was Luvy’s favorite.

This afternoon, I went over to Pastor Mike and Hannah’s house to help prepare dinner.  

I love Hannah!!  She and Mike were very gracious hosts!

She cooked me the most perfect salmon, rice, and steamed broccoli!  I ate WAY too much, but everything was wonderful!  Mike and their 4 children are very blessed to have her cook for them everyday.  I could move in… for real.

We had such a great time that we stayed until after 11pm London time!  🙂  We were quite the chatter boxes… or as they say here: we had a bit of a chin-wag!

Tonight we had to say good-bye to Eva.  She leaves us in the morning to go back to Germany!  

(We look extremely tired and rough in this pic!)

I am so thankful to have gotten to know her this week!

Tomorrow, I’m being taken to one of the Royal Gardens!!  Maybe Kate will meet me for tea.  😉