Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tower of London

After doing extensive research by watching the HBO series The Tudors, I was most excited to see everything related in any way to King Henry VIII and what better place to start than at the Tower of London where he sent friends, wives, thieves and traitors to death. We started, first, at the crown jewels. All there reviews we read told us to get there early to avoid too long of a wait and to our delight we had no line and were able to spend about 20 minutes walking around and around looking at the spectacular crowns and jewelry that puts the prettiest of wedding rings to shame. Stunning, STUNNING, stunning!!!
Next we headed over to the Beefeaters tour for some history and "insider" stories from highly decorated retired military officers who are hilarious and charming. If you ever have the opportunity to visit these sights do this tour!!!
Erica, Dan, Justin, Jenessa, LeAnn and Scott outside the Tower of London
Erica, Dan, Jenessa and Justin
Justin and Jenessa with a Beefeater Tour guide. He was taking pictures with some oriental tourist right before we stepped up and was giving them a hard time about the peace sign they kept making. "Who wants peace? Let's do war" he said.
This is traitor's gate where prisoner's like Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard and Elizabeth, daughter of King Henry and Anne Boleyn, enter the Tower off the Thames River.

This is the Scaffold Site where Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard lost their heads after the king accused them of adultery and in Anne's case witchcraft as well. Jane Boleyn, Anne's sister in law was also executed here for arranging the affairs that Catherine Howard had. Only a few people lost their heads at this specific place. Most were taken to Tower Hill and executed at that site instead. I can't imagine loading up a picnic basket and heading out for the day to witness the execution of traitors and thieves for entertainment.
I don't remember what this building was used for specifically but it was my favorite.
In Beauchamp Tower was were prisoners were held waiting trial before they were most likely sent to Tower Hill for execution. Above is just one of many carving left behind by prisoners. Some were as simple as a name while others were elaborate representing their families of declaring their innocence.
In the White Tower Museum we saw the armor of King Henry VII from the time he was a
boy (above) to his robust days toward the end of his life.
Chopping block and ax. The ax used to execute usually weighted about 7 pound.
Tower Bridge

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Our trip to London (part 1)

It"s too hard to narrow down what my favorite part of this trip was because I absolutely LOVE this city. So I'll just go day by day and highlight what we did in pictures wit captions since, let's be real, that's really what you all want to see and read about.

Day one had us upend departing Las Vegas at 6am on Friday morning and landing in London on Saturday morning at about 9am. We were so excited and tired but were determined to stay awake the whole day so that the rest of the time we were there we could be use to the time difference. Our first stop had us at West Minster Abby which did not disappoint. there is no photography allowed in the abby itself so you'll just have to trust me when I tell you it was stunning.
After a much need nap Justin and I headed out at sunset to walk down the Thames river by the Eye of London, and Big Ben which was literally outside our super awesome hotel. It was such a beautiful night with a spectacular sunset. The perfect ending to a perfect start of our vacation.
This was just down the street about a block from the Park Plaza West Minster Hotel, where we got a smoking' deal and would stay again. With 7 full days left we got something to eat in the restaurant in the hotel and headed to bed to rested for our day at the Tower of London.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Madisen's special day!

I feel like I don't get very emotional when I blog very often but this one might do me in. My sweet, smart, loving, bundle of joy, Madisen took the first step of many in her journey to further her relationship with her Father in heaven and continuing her eternal progression here on earth when she chose to be baptized yesterday. I didn't realize just how many people had come to support my daughter until I walked into the Relief Society room and had a hard time finding a seat. Madisen beamed from just being baptized and was so excited to be confirmed and given the gift of the Holy Ghost and a blessing just for her from her Dad. All clean and dressed in white surrounded by friends and family she oozed pure JOY as she hugged those in the room with her. It was such a sweet spirit that filled our hearts and welcomed her as the newest member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Skipping ahead since my pictures won't download to my computer

Well...Christmas and New Years did happen even if there is no evidence of it on my blog. It was great and we, as usual, didn't make any resolutions so not much to talk about any way.

This week has been an interesting one. First I feel as though the kids only go to school part time any more since they have had 4 day weeks the last couple of weeks and following their long weekends they have missed a couple of days because of illness. I guess it's just been weird so I thought I'd mention it.

Following all this weird school nonattendance Madisen got her tonsils and adenoids removed a couple of days ago and despite my preparations for a miserable child she had done awesome.
Waiting to go back she was nervous but her doctor and nurse and anesthesiologist were fantastic putting her at ease. It a was time to go to the OR and I went to take Piggy from her and the nurse let her keep her with her so that helped too.
After getting home she wouldn't sleep but ate ice chips and ice cream and Popsicles all afternoon which was what she had been excited for for months. She's doing great and hopefully she will continue to recover quickly and get back to school. Only a few days at home and she's ready to get back to her friends.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Wow I need to catch up

So below are pictures of us to get everyone caught up on what we've been up to. I'm going to be better at keeping this blog updated.
Disneyland in October. Not many pictures but we had a blast
Tanner turned "a decade old" in September. He got a cell phone and a gun. So mom's freaking out he's so big and Dad is awesome for talking mom into both gifts.

Above, Tanner's first day of 5ht grade and below is Madisen's first day of 2nd grade.

Halloween isn't my favorite but I even got into the fun of dressing up.
Our Skeleton Gangster
Madisen picked this out. We are not sure what it is but she looked cute and really grown up.
The kids on Thanksgiving
Last but not least is Tanner playing flag football. He did so well this season and absolutely loves it. Next season he's off to tackle football which I hate.