Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy birthday FEN!

Today is my husband Fen's birthday. I have to admit that I feel very fortunate to love my husband as much as I do, and know, without doubt, that he adores me as much in return. Sure, we have our days where we could just do without each other or have blow outs that leave us frustrated and angry - but we always make up and move on. Overall, I married a very, very good man who is an excellent father and an all around good guy - he's a guy's guy, women love him, he's kind, considerate, funny, smart, hardworking, good looking, successful and generous. Granted I could list his faults but it's his birthday so I'm focusing on all things good about my Fen.

Love you, baby! Happy, happy birthday to you.

(and for the next 20 days we're the same age - then I become a cougar again. heavy sigh!)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

My favorite British movies

As my thoughts turn to all things British, and I've been sorting out all my closets including the DVD drawers - I thought I'd list my favorite movies about London. If you  have a favorite and it's not listed here - please tell me about it...

Pride & Prejudice BBC - Colin Firth - 'nuff said. I love this mini-series so much - the language, the acting, the scenery, it's all just perfect. I could watch this over and over without being bored. anything Jane Austen is usually on my list.

Sliding Doors. I love Gwyneth Paltrow - as you'll see her movies pop up a bit here. I'm not sure why I love this movie so much - I think London is a great secondary character and I love John Hannah  - he's just so charming in this movie.

Love Actually. I'm a sucker for a good romantic comedy and this one has it all.

The Holiday - Jude Law - of whom I am not really a fan, stole my heart in this one.

Shakespeare in Love - who doesn't love Shakespeare? and Gwyneth?

Emma -  this has to be at the very top of my list! Again, Gwyneth and Jane.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels/Snatch - Guy Ritchie at his finest! I think both are worth owning.

Bridget Jones - I can't really explain this - but I loved it when it came out 10 years or so ago!

A Man for All Seasons - was in St. Thomas Moore's cell at the Tower of London a few years ago - it was fascinating. Love this movie and Paul Scofield was an inspiration.

Casino Royale - the Daniel Craig was amazing and they filmed in the Bahamas so I love it a tad extra.

Chariots of Fire - one of the more inspiring films ever made.

I could go on and on and will probably amend soon! Please let me know if I missed any treasures...

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Onward ho....

So we're over Christmas and the birth certificate has arrived - I guess we're really moving to London. We're applying for X's passport tomorrow and once it's here, we're halfway across the pond. All the moving information has been revealed and we're now facing reality - we ARE going.

I have to thank the many people, Joyce, Ann, Michelle, Christina, and others who have given me tips for the move. You've all been SO helpful - much more helpful than my friends already there. There's so much to take into consideration when you have small children that all the help and advice I can get the better - so if you have any advice about moving to London with an infant and a toddler - lay it on me. I'll share with everyone - I promise.

My Kiwi husband cannot wait to get over the UK. I know his new position is a big step up for him and he's excited about it but I think being ensconced in all thing British again is going to be a big homecoming for him. Granted, I grew up in a British Commonwealth myself, but due to the close proximity to the US both countries are home to me. I'm nervous about being in England 24/7. I'm very American and woefully aware that I may be too loud, too aggressive, but I'll keep that to myself until proven guilty!

Cate's talking now - with an American accent and I expect that will change almost immediately. X will definitely have an British accent as well. I think that's charming.

Now that the move date is almost here (nothing official yet - no tickets bought) I'm starting to get excited. What's the first thing we should do once we settle? Suggestions are welcome - what's your favorite thing to do in London?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy holidays

So Christmas is fast upon us and I'm actually prepared. Cate and X have their gifts under the tree and Santa has a full list of goodies in the basement awaiting Christmas eve. I'm not sure who's more excited about Christmas - me or Cate. I'm not so sure she's even aware of what's going on. She knows something is up with the decorations and tree. She's very intrigued by the gifts so we've had to put baby gates around the tree to save it from her curiosity. Last year was the first year Fen and I played Santa and I was over the moon waiting to see Cate's reaction. She was grumpy when she woke up so when she wandered out to the tree (where I was strategically positioned with video camera at the ready) she barely glanced at the gifts and ran to snuggle with me. I was disappointed at first but then she noticed the toys and perked up. This year she's even older and we have a bunch of fun things I know she's going to go gaga over. Once again I plan to be positioned with the flip video at the ready to record her delight - I hope!

X is only 3 weeks old so getting our Christmas photo together was a small Christmas miracle! Here they are - cut Cate's head off but - hey - they're both smiling!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Two kids are harder than one

Finally I have a moment to myself to blog. Hooray for me. X is now two and a half weeks old and I'm managing on about 4-6 broken hours of sleep a night. Totally worth it. Cate has been adorable in her acceptance of her brother. She thinks we brought X  home exclusively for her. She says he is her baby. It's very cute.

Now that the baby has arrived I've turned my focus on our move. the first thing I've been doing is slowly going through my books to get rid of them and box them for London. I have about 1,500-2,000 books so it's taking me a little bit a day to chip away at them.

Now that the move is just over a month away, I'm freaking out a little. What are we thinking? Can I handle London and the move? It's all so overwhelming. But we'll get through it. I just did a search for flats again - we're definitely going to be living in a tent on the outskirts of town from the looks of it! Good thing I'm handy with a hot plate and open fire camping!

Oy - more later when I have five more minutes to myself!

Anyone have a good idea of child friendly neighborhoods?

Monday, December 7, 2009

He's here!

He's here! Little baby X. 9 pounds 5.5 oz, 21.5 inches long. He was born at 11:57am on Monday, November 30th. All my worries were instantly forgotten and Cate is in love with her new brother. She is too adorable to watch dote on him and he thinks she's just fabulous. More soon. My time is no longer my own.