Mother’s Day 2017

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Mother’s Day… it’s so weird that I am, for all intents and purposes, a mother!! This is partly my day! We are less than four weeks away from meeting this sweet baby girl. Then I will “officially” be a momma! However, we definitely embraced 2017! Michael went above and beyond in his efforts to make me feel special. It was incredibly kind and honestly, needed. This pregnancy is kicking my butt. Seriously.

He started Saturday when we got a packaged delivered. It had three beautiful flower arrangements! (Michael said “I couldn’t choose between these… so I got them all!”). Besides being gorgeous and sweet, they also have an interesting story. The flowers are from a company called The BOUQS Company. This company aims to help small farms grow! You place your order and they are cut that day from their partner list. All of the farms on the list practice sustainable, eco friendly farming. Then they are shipped that same day. This eliminates the waste of other shops that have to throw away one out of every three stems they cut. So my flowers came from a farm in Venezuela. Isn’t that neat!? I was so impressed that Michael took the time to find something unique. I love supporting those sorts of efforts.

This morning was perfect. Michael brought out another Mother’s Day surprise. He had bought my first piece of “mom” jewelry!! I couldn’t help but tear up when he brought out that little blue bag! It is a Tiffany & Co beaded bracelet with a charm engraved with “mom.” It’s beyond adorable.

 

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We then spent the morning with my mom and siblings.  Then we headed off to lunch of my choosing! (To be honest, Michael had made reservations downtown, but I’m pregnant and all I could think of was a sonic ocean water hahaha.  So we cancelled the reservations and I got my soda). 

Now we are about to head down to the pool to enjoy the sunshine.  I am so thankful for my sweet sweet husband who made today so special.  I love you very very much.  

London: Day Three

 

Monday, or day three of being in London, was a crazy day! My Fitbit said I walked over 21,000 steps! I usually average 12,000… so that is a lot!! We started the morning by heading down to Liecester square with Amy to buy tickets for Les Mis that night! If you buy them at the right booth the day of performances were a steal! We got center seats, row twelve for £45 a person. Not bad at all! Then we all walked around the seven points area, suggested by my uncle David. It was really cool! The best comparison I could make would be to our East Nashville. Definitely a little hipster. It was unique, fun, and really cute. We explored a few clothing shops, a record store, and a seriously cool board game store (Orcs Nest). If it wasn’t freezing we would have gone into the cutest ice cream shop I’ve ever seen! Instead we stopped into a Nero Cafe, which was still good.

// Shoes: Lucky 
After that we walked over to the rightly recommended Covent Gardens (thanks Susan)! It was a beautiful shopping area. We tried this one place called Ben’s cookies, the cookies were enormous! There were also street performers and venders, as well as tons of gorgeous shops. I loved that area, it was very clean and entertaining.


Next Amy headed home and we walked over to the National Gallery to see some paintings! The square right in front, trafalga square, was absolutely beautiful! So we took some time just sitting and admiring.


We would have stayed longer, but a protest was underway and the noise was a little irritating. So we headed into the museum. I knew I would spend the whole day in the museum if I were to let myself. So, (once again, great suggestion uncle David) I went online and looked up what rooms the painting I wanted to see most were in. I know I missed so many great prices, but I really wanted to hit some famous works. All of these artists were on level two and easy to find.

Room 8- Michael Angelo 

Room 24-Rembrandt 
Room 41- Monet 

Room 42- Renoir 

Room 43- Van Gogh 
Room 60  Raphael 

Room 66- Leonardo Da Vinci



After the museums we headed over to Old Bond Street. Well, better said, we wandered around completely lost until we stumbled upon it. Once there we walked by the beautiful shops, stopping at my personal favorite. That’s right, Tiffany & Co. That store definitely has a back story for Michael and I, but I will share that later. For this stops purposes I just have to say how sweet Michael is! He had worked a present into our travel budget. So we added another flag ship location to our goal of going to a T&Co in every country. He bought me the most beautiful bracelet!! I absolutely love it. I have wanted it for a while now, so it made it even better!


After that I was in a fabulous mood (no surprise there)! I didn’t even mind the somewhat confusing walk to out next stop, dinner. On two separate recommendations we decided to eat at Marsala Zone! It was WONDERFUL. I got a butter chicken and Michael ordered paneer lababdar. We also prefer garlic naan and, of course, samosas. It was all so delicious. I didn’t like the Samosa as much as the ones Bombay Palace makes, but everything else was really high quality (Bombay is my FAVORITE place to eat in downtown Nashville). Somehow we managed to eat all of our food, so we went back to the waking!
We were right next to an apparently famous fashion district of London, Carnaby Street. So we wandered round looking at all of the assorted shops. Some products we really loved, while others were bewildering! After about an hour we stopped by a Costa coffee shop so that Michael could grab a cup of coffee.
The Costa was directly in front of the Queen’s Theater, our last event of the night. Joey and Amy joined us for the 7:30 showing of Les Miserables. Overall the show was really entertaining! The John Val John was great. Also, the Thenardier actor was the funniest I have ever seen!! (That’s in comparison with three separate live shows and both movies).  The actor, Phil Daniels even had the perfect body, if you can say there is a perfect body for that character. He was lanky and thin, with a large nose and a fantastically animated face. Michael was absolutely dying with laughter! (This was his first live musical and he reports that besides the “stupid love drama” he liked it a lot.) The Fontaine, (though in comparison to myself, very talented) in my opinion, wasn’t great. I was really disappointed!! Also, I don’t know if this is okay to say, but I was also surprised with how unimpressive the building was. After all, the name says the QUEEN’S theater. I don’t think she would be very pleased. However, still a great experience and I am so glad we got to take Michael. (I’m happy to report he has been humming Les Mis ever since).


After the show we all jumped back on the central line and headed home. The night was perfectly ended with snacks and laughter. This was definitely a high contender for a perfect day!