Another day, another family party to celebrate Grandma Penny getting her CBE. After a leisurely start to the morning (Rory is loving the garden) we all drove to Hampstead Gardens for a big family BBQ. Gorgeous weather, yummy food and brilliant company.
So obviously yesterday was an incredibly special day with Grandma Penny getting her CBE, so today the celebrations continued. Whilst Rory played with O in the garden, the rest of the family busied themselves with preparing for a party with friends. The brilliant Sonny’s did yummy catering, there was delicious champagne (not for me and Baby E) and the good old British sun even came out. A lovely day.
Rory’s very clever Grandma has only gone and got herself awarded with a CBE! A very excited Egan family dressed up in their best and headed to Buckingham Palace. Hiding a little ‘Baby E’ bump, I wore a comfortable navy silk shift from Hatch Collection with a statement necklace and shoes. Grandma Penny looked stunning and was by far the best dresses recipient. We looked on adoringly as she received her honour from Prince Charles and couldn’t be prouder. Obviously you’re not allowed to take photos in the palace, but we have so many wonderful memories of the morning, even the good old British rain couldn’t dampen our spirits. Afterwards we joined GGJ, Uncle Nick and Auntie Tessa who were looking after Rorykins for a celebratory lunch at The Goring. Rory looked adorable in his little seersucker jacket and very spiffing arriving in Uncle Nick’s Bentley! The food and service was outstanding, and although our meals all arrived under a silver dome, Rory was most pleased with his when it revealed scrambled eggs on toast. An amazing, amazing day!
It was the hottest day of the year so far so this morning Rory and I joined Marji, Gray and Luke and Lora, Oliver and Maeve and headed up to the fountains at Walt Whitman park. The boys loved running around trying not to get hit by the water, although Rory did enjoy a drenching to cool off and tried to push me in too! After lunch and a nap we headed to the Carousel to meet Christine, Gracie and Mason for a quick spin before strolling along the river front and enjoying a breeze. We stopped off for a little snack at a picnic table before heading home to prepare supper. This evening O and I enjoyed the last Veep. I love that show.
This morning the Egan family headed to brunch in Cobble Hill at Bar Tabac with friends David and Carolyn. It was so lovely to be strolling the beautiful tree lined streets and enjoying a french style brunch. Rory had a grilled cheese sandwich with french fries and devoured the whole lot. We didn’t hear a peep out of him the whole meal. Afterwards we headed to Union Market to pick up some fresh goodies for the weekend. Rory loves shopping there as he gets to push the trolley. After a bit of a rest but no naps, we headed out in our neighbourhood to pick up a few gifts for friends we are seeing back home next week. Very exciting. We also stopped off at the park. After supper O and I watched the incredibly interesting documentary Talihina Sky about the Kings of Leon (who are actually one of my favourite bands). A great watch.
The beautiful weather is continuing so we met up with friends in the morning and headed to the park. Rory was pretty exhausted by lunch time and enjoyed a lovely long nap (with his vest pulled down to his knees!). In the afternoon we met up with Lora, Oliver and Maeve for more park fun before heading home for a family supper with O. After Rory went to bed O and I snuggled up and watched Contraband, which I actually rather enjoyed. It’s also Granddad K’s birthday today and we’re very excited to celebrate properly with him when we come home next week.
Although Rory woke up slightly early he was in a very good mood and after breakfast was eager to get to work creating a tow truck. He got everything he could get his hands on to do this and with creative thought and careful balancing enjoyed his task. Given the beautiful weather Rory and I met up with Marji, Gray and Luke, Lora, Oliver and Maeve, Heather and Luke and Katie and Ruby and headed to Imagination Playground on the ferry. The children really love this playground and given that there are even staff to keep a watchful eye on your little ones, mums do too! Whilst us ladies caught up, the children played in the water, the sandpit and with the fantastic blue blocks. Soon it was time to catch the ferry home but we decided to extend the fun by having a pizza picnic in the park. After a quick snooze, Rory helped me to prepare supper. It’s always fun working out what to do with CSA odds and ends. Tonight I had to make a meal with beetroot and carrots. I decided to go with a Middle Eastern theme and steamed them to go with Israeli cous-cous, sautéed onions, toasted pine nuts tossed in a yoghurt dressing. Rory loved helping me wrap the carrots and beetroot in tin foil to steam in the oven. Once we’d prepared the majority of it, we headed out to the park. Initially it was pretty quiet, but soon enough Jennifer and Saffron and Christine, Gracie and Mason turned up and we all enjoyed a lovely afternoon. Rory helped Gracie make sandcastles and enjoyed singing some of his music together songs with Saffron. We returned home with the oven beeping indicating that the beetroot and carrots were ready, and threw the warm salad together. It was delicious.