Tuesday, January 12, 2010

It's England... Really

Yes, the year we move to England and look forward to not having snow is the year that England gets more snow than they know what to do with!
We ended up with about a foot-and-a-half of the white stuff and the city was paralysed. Life shut down for about 3 days - no-one worked, no-one went to school, no-one did much of anything apart from build the obligatory snowman of course.

Outside the house.

Daddy and Hannah have fun in the back garden. Mira is like her mummy - curled up on the couch under a blanket :-)


Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Smyth's visit the Liu's

Dick and Marnie came to visit over the Christmas holidays. I think we were all a little worried about how we would weather the close quarters for 10 days - but it all went really well. It was so nice to have family here for Christmas! The girls loved having Nanny and Poppa to play with!
A chilly outing took us to Woodstock for a walk though the grounds of Blenheim Palace - the birthplace of Winston Churchill.


The Blenheim Swans.

The girls love their Nanny!


On Christmas Eve we travelled in to the city centre to see a Pantomime at the Oxford Palyhouse - it was really good fun!

We saw "Jack and the Beanstalk." I'm not sure who enjoyed it more - the kids or the adults? I think we'll make a Pantomime a Christmas tradition.


Did I mention that the girls love their Nanny!

Mira enjoys the Christmas lights in the City Centre.

It wasn't easy with the price of toys and the space limitations, but we managed to pack the space under the tree just the same! Are our kids spoiled or what!

Hannah models the latest in "Hello Kitty" outerwear.

Baby Annabel was Hannah's request of Santa. Needless to say, he came though. She crys real tears and coos and cries like a real baby - thanks Santa!

Mira asked for Baby chou chou - she grows her first teeth and howls all the while - thanks again Santa!

We enjoyed a lovely Christmas feast at the home of our new Oxfordian friends. They welcomed us all and laid a delicious spread. It was a Christmas to remember.

We want to wish all our friends and family, here and back home, a very Happy New Year!