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Sunday/Monday was a blur.  
It went from cruising around Toronto (that means shopping) with the little group of Blended Bloggers that were left over to heading to the airport to meet Dan and the kids then to an overnight flight to Dublin and then another 2ish hour flight to London.  At least the kids slept an hour or two, but I couldn't do it.   Currently in zombie mode.  
When we got to our hotel (MalMaison Charterhouse Square) we had to nap. Well I had to anyway before I started losing it.  
After an hour long family nap, Dan headed to work and I decided to take the kids out on an adventure in the neighbourhood.  We're only 850 metres from St. Paul's Cathedral and I hadn't visited it last time I was here so it was an easy pick.

First I had to devise a plan to keep them engaged and because Pokemon is all they ever want, it was an easy bait.  The deal was that if they came and learned something with me, they got to have some Pokemon time in the area.

It worked like a charm.  Not only were they cooperative, but they were engaged and posed for pictures.  All this on 3 hours sleep, it was quite amazing.

On the steps of St. Paul's...wanting to feed the birds, tuppence a bag....

The tour for St. Paul's was awesome- we picked up the audio tablets and did the kid's tour which was led around the various parts of the Cathedral by a phoenix, who rises from the ashes, just like Jesus.  The kids learned the parts of the church (nave/dome/choir/crypt) and got a lot of references to the who/what/when/where/hows of Catholicism that I was able to check off my goal of covering their missing Religion class content for the week.  Lucia was very excited to say that she had learned a lot of the things about Mary from her religion class.

My scheme with the Pokemon in return for learning something with me worked so well that I was even able to snap pictures of them together that looked like they are complete BFFs...when in reality Lucia was just spying on Will's Pokemon hunting.

 I wish I had the energy to edit these photos before uploading them, but alas, it's late (6:45 pm) and I think I may possibly fall asleep typing.  


It was one of those up and down days where they were insanely well behaved for the situation (overtired) and then would snap 30 seconds later.  After our walking adventure we played in the park area around the hotel then headed in for some down time.  

 

They have been loving the British accents and Willis even tried to speak "British" for a good 20 minutes. But you'll have to watch my instastories for those random bits of awesome.  

It was a gorgeous first day here and now the kids are asleep beside me and I'm not far behind them...Dan went for a run with Josh...not too sure how he's finding energy for that.  I'm really excited for our adventures tomorrow as we head out of the city to visit Stonehenge, Bath and Windsor.
Bonne nuit!


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