What a year to live in London! First we had the diamond Jubilee and then from 27th July until 9th September we have been lucky enough to host the 2012 Olympic Games. It really has been an exciting year to live in London, the city has had the most amazing vibe all summer. Mama tried to get me involved with some of the Olympic festivities. The first of which was a BBQ for the Opening Ceremony. WOW that was really special, did you all watch it? I was allowed to stay up for a little bit of it but went to bed once the athletes started their walk around the arena.
Unfortunately we didn’t have any tickets to see the events so we made do with watching a lot on TV and going to some of the free events, one in particular was something close to Mama’s heart – the Womens Triathlon. My mama used to race during her high school years, Omi says she was pretty good at it and trained a lot. In fact she used to train with one of the girls that was representing Australia, Erin Densham. That is why the race was so special for Mama. We met up with Kiki and her brother Michael and found a good spot to see the girls cycle and run past. My Nanny Mindy sent us lots of Aussie things so Mama dressed us both up, we looked very Aussie! The race was in Hyde park and we watched the nail-biting finish on a huge TV screen that was set up in the middle of the Park. Erin was doing really well and led most of the run, so we cheered her on all the way to the finish. What a champion, she finished with a Bronze medal, we are very proud of her.
We missed part of the Olympics when we were in Salzburg, but Mama and daddy got back in time to watch the closing ceremony which was just as exciting and entertaining as the opening ceremony. But Olympic fever wasn’t over just yet, the para olympics were just around the corner and the hype for these games was huge, perhaps bigger than the olympics. We tried to get tickets for the Basketball but Mama left it too late, everyone wanted these tickets once the olympics were over. We watched a lot of the events on TV and found the whole thing very inspiring. The para Olympians are truly amazing. Well done to everyone that competed, it was fun to cheer on so many different countries, Australia – Our home country, England – the country we live in and where Nan and Gdad are from and finally Germany and Austria for my Oma, Opa and Omi.
Here are a few photo’s from the triathlon day.
Mummy and daddy had a night out on Friday, they went to see the Black Keys at Alexandra Palace so I was left with my Uncle Luke and his friend Reese. I was such a good girl, mummy had fed me and I was ready for bed by the time they left for their gig. Uncle Luke gave me my bottle and I went to sleep and didn’t wake till morning. I think they must have had the easiest babysitting job ever!
On Saturday night there was more Birthday celebrations but this time it wasn’t about me anymore. We went out to Morden to Lucille and Henry’s place, their parents were hosting two parties, an earlier one for Henry’s 3rd Birthday and a later – adults only one for Henry’s daddy; Jason. There was an Olympic theme to the party so daddy dressed up as a cyclist and mummy was all dressed up to compete in an equestrian event. As I also own a lovely pair of leggings that look like rjodhpurs I joined mummy in the equestrian theme. I think we looked fantastic. Jo organised a nanny for the night so all the adults could party and have a few drinks whilst we were being taken care off. I think mummy and daddy indulged a little too much as they were both looking a bit rough the next morning.
Sunday was a very special day. My G Nan and G Dad are English, they were born and raised here and still have a lot of family living in the UK. Unfortunately when they moved to Australia many years ago they lost contact with all of their family. Daddy had been looking on Ancestry.com and was hoping to get back in contact with some of the Stanley’s and nan’s family in London. Nan had been collecting all the family details, dates of birth, names etc for daddy and out of the blue she recieved a letter from the Red Cross. Her brother Albert had been trying to find her for years and they had finally tracked Nan and Gdad down. So Nan called up Albert and they reunited over the phone. Nan was so excited she let us know Albert’s details and Daddy contacted him to arrange a time to meet up. Daddy was really happy as he really wanted to meet more of his family. Uncle Albert and his wife Brenda were going to come along to my birthday party but sadly the snow made it too difficult and so we organised the following Sunday. We met at the same Pub as my party and had a really yummy lunch. I was such a good girl and got lots of cuddles from Brenda and they bought me such a lovely outfit for my birthday (I am so spoilt!). Daddy and Luke were really happy to finally meet Nan’s brother after all this time. Unfortunately mummy didn’t feel well so she had to go home during lunch but Daddy, Luke and I really enjoyed ourselves and spent the afternoon catching up. What an interesting and fun day! We are so lucky as uncle Albert invited us to one day visit them on their property in Sussex. I heard they have cows and some cottages so it would be a really fun farming weekend. Silly mummy forget to get some photo’s before she went home so we promise to get lots when we meet up next.
The rest of the week has been fairly quiet other than a little free trial day at the Little Gym. Mummy took photos here, it was so much fun. Lots of soft mats to crawl around on, we practised walking and climbing which I am very good at, we also played with some balls and popped some bubbles.
Stay tuned as we are off to visit Oma in Salzburg next week. Mummy will hopefully find the time to blog everyday we are away.
- Playing on the balance bars at the Little Gym
- Ball work
- Race you to the top! climbing up Mat hill
- I love climbing through tunnels.
- This little gym is tiring, might just take a nap on this ball.