What a week! What is already the busiest time of the year got a little crazier this week as we took some time to travel to London for some business meetings. I was a little hesitant with the timing of everything taking up 10 days during December, but man….I would do it again in a heartbeat! No one does Christmas like London…it is just magical!
Admittedly, traveling internationally at this time feels a little overwhelming. We booked this trip back in September, when things were looking good with Covid conditions world-wide and not kidding…5 days before our scheduled departure everything changed. The UK has become a hot-spot for the new variant and lock-downs, mandates and testing, testing and more testing became the reality. We seriously considered cancelling last minute, stress levels were running HIGH, but now I am SO glad we didn’t!
I took a PCR test as a precaution before I left, John took a rapid test. We didn’t want to get there and find out that we had to quarantine in a government run facility….which is the current situation if you test positive upon arrival. We were able to schedule a nurse to come to the hotel upon our arrival and get us rapid PCR test results so we could be out and about a few hours after we landed. While we waited for our results we had to self-isolate…which was a good excuse for a nap for two pretty jet lagged travelers. 😉 Then it was time to hit the town…and boy did we ever. My camera was in over-drive!
This is Annabel’s…a private club on Berkeley Square that decorates to the nines every year. I had to stop by and take a peek at this year’s gingerbread house theme. SO cute!!
I’ll do a few in-depth posts all about London at Christmas as soon as the holidays are over and things settle down so I have time to edit my 4000 pictures 😉 but here are a few pretty pictures just enjoy!
Ok, I could go on and on with these pictures…but I’ll try and contain myself. 😉
The hardest part about being gone was that Ash has been working so hard all semester for her INCREDIBLE choir concert. She participates in Millennial Choirs and Orchestras and has since she was little. It is a fabulous group made up of 5 different choirs (ages 4-adult) and an orchestra. We planned our trip around it…and then they MOVED it to when we were gone. I was SO sad to miss the concert! It is seriously one of my favorite nights of the season and really brings the Savior into more focus amongst all the other hustle and bustle. My friend sent me a little video…I was so happy to get to hear a little bit….you can get a taste of just how awesome they are!
In the quick couple of days back in OC we had some wild weather! But that sure made for beautiful skies when it was all over!
I met with our landscape architect quickly too, to finalize the plans so we can get rolling on it as soon as the holidays are over. I am so excited!!
Ash and I left for SLC again on Thursday and have been freezing our buns off! There is SO much snow here!
Today we are off on another adventure…this time for Christmas. Come follow along on Instagram to find out where we’re headed!
I hope you have a WONDERFUL week with friends and family celebrating this glorious season.