Sunday, August 30, 2009

old and new

a theme that is brought up now and again.

Friday, August 21, 2009

He has been dipped!

Townes was baptized on Sunday at St Bartholomew the Great. We had decided not to baptize him as a baby because we both feel as though there are not enough rites of passage in the Christian faith. However, we were moved by this church and felt as though it would be wonderful to connect Townes's spiritual life to a place with such beauty, history, and sacredness. The church was built in the 1100s and has survived to be the oldest church in London. The font is medieval so it's about 600 years old.

We were quite certain that Townes would scream, cry, or growl during the ceremony but he did very well. That's surprising for 2 reasons: 1. He had water poured on his head three times and was also anointed with oil. 2. The kid really likes to growl these days.

The majority of my family was gathered in St Louis on the same Sunday for the baptism of Lindley and Gordon's daughter, Susannah. We were a much smaller group. Coy's dad is here for a visit. Our dear Swedish friend, Lars, is one of Townes's godfathers and made the trip from Zurich. And the church required us to have a proxy for Zach Brining (T's other godfather who couldn't make it from Mobile) so we asked Coy's drinking buddy, Todd!

At the risk of sounding too preachy for a blog, we are grateful for the symbol of this ceremony, that God's Covenant of Grace extends to Townes. The Epistle reading that morning came from Ephesians 5 and included two verses that have challenged/inspired me in the past:

"Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity."

We do pray that Townes will grow in wisdom and in faith over the years.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

It's a tie!

Congrats to Greg/Gina and Christian/Amanda for correctly naming two out of four purees. I thought about posting a picture of the latest frozen blended treat as a tie-breaker but I figured that pureed salmon with carrots was going to be a stretch. (That's right, Aunt Sue, the boy has moved on from just fruit and veggies!)

The correct identity of the cubes: zucchini, blueberries, mango, and sweet potatoes

The prize for the winning couples: a freshly blended dinner for two with your choice of steak and potatoes in a nice bordeaux or fish and chips in guinness. This meal will be served at St. James Park with a lovely view of Buckingham Palace. Bibs will be provided and the Guards with the big fuzzy black hats have volunteered to burp you. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Top Ten Things about our time in the UK so far:

1. Trip to Stamford- we had a weekend away in this small town where all the buildings were made from the same stone. It was quiet and non-eventful but it was just what we wanted. The Burghley House was a 2-mile walk from our hotel. Yes, that's right college roomies, that is where the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice was filmed!

2. Borough Market Saturdays- I will take some pictures soon. This market has existed on this site for over 200 hundred years and a market of some sort has been here since the Romans were in charge about 2000 years ago. We like to stock up on organic fruits and veggies for Townes (hmm, is that a clue for the quiz?) and sample new foods for our own lunch.

3. London Walks- this tour group does very informative walks with specific themes. The Shakespeare/Dickens walk through what is now the Financial District was terrific.

4. Daunt Book Shop- a fascinating bookstore that has two rooms devoted to travel. The books are sorted by country with each section having guide books and fiction books from that country! I love reading books from the places we travel while there. I've been needing this bookstore for years.

5. Tate Britian's 'Classified' collection- this exhibit is set-up to look like the ethnological finds from an expedition to rural Africa. The smell of incense wafts around the 30+ wooden statues and masks. And then you notice that a handful of the artifacts look like McDonald's characters! I'm sure that the artist is attempting to stimulate an honest look at consumerism and the widespread affects of American chains but I was just amused.

6. No longer reliant on Starbucks. London has its own chain coffee joints spread every few blocks.

7. Our slow neighborhood pub crawl. Most pubs have a restriction on babies after a certain hour so we have to drink our pints early! We still have quite a few to try.

8. Discovering the many green spaces in town

9. The food halls of the big department stores- they're like little museums themselves

10. My traveling buddy who is happy to be in his B'jorn and interacting with all the people we meet. Here we are on the Tube:

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Name that Puree

A prize will be given to the person who correctly names the four frozen purees shown below. The foods will be identified and a winner announced in three days.