Big Laila came to visit again and she timed her trip to coincide with the most Norwegian of all days, Syttende Mai. That would be the 17th of May for those unfamiliar with the language of the Vikings. We made the trek to London, just like last year, to honor Norway's independence day. Not wanting to let an opportunity go to waste, my mom took it upon herself to create a folkebunad for Lena to wear to the festivities.
The 17th of May is a big day for Norwegians as it marks the signing of the Norwegian constitution and thus their declaration to be an independent kingdom from Sweden. Growing up in Washington state, we rarely missed a Syttende Mai parade in the most Norwegian of all cities; Ballard. [...]
The Sarge had a few days off around New Year's so we decided to take advantage of that and pop up to London for a day at the Natural Science Museum. Many of the museums here in England offer free admission with the opportunity to make a donation when you leave. I think it's a great way to encourage families to get out and spend time together without it making them go broke.
You may remember last year that we attended the Hillsong Christmas concert at Wembley Arena and I was just a little bit obsessed with the daydream of someday playing with the London-based church. Well, it happened and it was brilliant!
In case Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge ever wonders what it was like the day he was born, he need look no further than this little blog. The same day the future king of England was born, my mom and I headed to London for a tour of the city.
we made a trek to London for the full-blown tourist experience. We'd heard good things about the Original Red Bus Tour so we hopped on the tube and made our way to Trafalgar Square
One of my pre-England wish list items was to visit Hillsong Church in London. Despite our best intentions, we just had never managed to make it there on a Sunday so we decided that we would go for their Easter service.
It's been a running joke between the Sarge and our friends that he'll be converted into a skinny-jean-wearing-hipster now that we live in Europe. He has sworn up and down that it will never happen despite the fact that I want nothing more than to see him in a pair of tight pants.
My mom has arrived in all her stylish, Norwegian glory! We've been busy catching up, shopping and nearly freezing to death in the snow. As I expected, she's reorganized my kitchen already and has done some cleaning as well. Martha Stewart's got nothing on Laila.