I tried getting everyone up'n'attem before noon - but if a 20 somethingyearold boy doesn't want to move quickly, he won't.
So we got to the Leamington Spa train station at 2:30 pm.
We took the train to London (YAY) (which took an hour and half) and when we arrived they were starving. (Can I mention here that I have filled this house with breakfast and lunch foods? Cereal, bread, chicken and ham slices, cheese, apples, milk, orange juice, chips, cookies, chocolate, bananas, etc.)
So before we could do ANYTHING we had to find a place to eat.
I had to intentionally make an attitude adjustment because I was ready to ditch them all again and tell them I'd meet them in 5 hours. But that's not what family holidays are all about. And if they wanted to spent their time and my money on food... well then, then I was going to need to stop being so eager to SEE things.
We had a sit down meal at KFC, and then stood in the street wondering what to do. I suggested the on-and-off bus tour. The response I received was less than enthusiastic. Bless dear Andrew, for saying, "I wouldn't mind going." Not wanting to be a tyrant about these things, I suggested that I was going to go. They could join me if they wanted, but I wasn't going to force anyone... we could meet up again in a couple hours.
In the end, we all got on, found fabulous seats on the top level and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.
See pics (posted to facebook here)
We were done by about 8 pm and yes, it was time for another meal.
So we went out for dinner.
Then took the tube to the train and got home at midnight.
I'm very happy with the decision I made a month ago to book us into a London Hotel this coming weekend. 4-5 hours of tube and train travel for 3 hours in the city is not the best use of one's time.
ALTHOUGH - I did use the downtime to start reading this book:
The Happiness Project, which is incredibly inspiring.
I've underlined about one paragraph per page. And will talk about happiness and lists in another post. It's 2:20 am and I'm ready for bed.
Three things I'm thankful for:
1. Cities that are bombed in blitzes and burned by bakers still get rebuilt. You can start over.
2. Entertaining, informative tour guides who make 2 1/2 hours fly by.
3. Answered prayer.
Grace and peace to you today,