First of all – to get you in the right mood:

We celebrated Derek’s birthday a few weeks ago. For the Saturday before his birthday we took a train up to Liverpool – a place that’s been on our bucket list since we moved here. My dad listened to the Beatles all the time while I was growing up and I, like so many others, love their music. However, I’ve recently come to realize there’s much more music than what I know from my dad. I mostly just know #1 hits and early years music. It’s time I educate myself on the music of their later years!
My inept knowledge of the Beatles’ music aside, our overall takeaway from Liverpool is that one day, bookended by two 2 hour train rides, was not quite enough.IMG_5523 Liverpool is has enough to see in its own right, never mind all the Beatles related sites.
From the train station we headed straight to the Albert Dock (a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of all of the maritime history that’s happened here) where there are lots of things to see and do.IMG_5576 Continue reading


Happy 4th!


No Fourth of July celebration is complete without a barbecue with friends and family. Even if you are in England, even if more than half the people celebrating with you are British citizens (with an American mother at least!) and even if there are more British accents than American in your midst.
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Last weekend our little family took the train to Worcester. Yes, like the sauce. IMG_9101We toured the cathedral (a really big and historic one for the size of the town) and saw where Prince John (of the Robin Hood tales and signer of the Magna Carta) is buried, walked in Queen Elizabeth I’s footsteps, heard some amazing church bells, and appreciated the sunlight from the cloisters. IMG_9097IMG_9105We also did a little shopping along the main street, had a really good lunch (thanks to trip advisor), walked past the Guild Hall, and popped into the Worcester Art Gallery for a bit.IMG_9111IMG_9112It was a quick and easy day trip. Derek has worked at a client’s office in Worcester, so he wanted to actually see the city instead of just the train station. I think the cathedral made it worth it. In more important news, this little crazy pants is a year and a half! To celebrate her half birthday I made her favorite meal (nothing-fancy-spaghetti, but this kid loves her tomatoes!) and tried out those 2 to 3 ingredient cookies that have been all over pinterest. Hence the tomato and chocolate all over her face! IMG_9095It sure is a lovable face though!

Happy Birthday Little L!

My baby turned one on Sunday.
Is this a monumental thing for all parents? It makes sense to me that the first few birthdays for each child are more important to the parents than to the child. Especially the first child’s first birthday. I can’t help but sit here and shake my head and marvel at how much she’s grown, learned, and seen in the past year. I think she’s positively amazing, but then, I am admittedly biased.

So, in an effort to not get too sappy here are a bunch of pictures of her instead.
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