While Bethie has been away in DC, summer arrived in London. Summer in London is brief and exceedingly pleasant, and Charlotte and I have been trying to take advantage of it while it lasts.
We've spent a lot of time at our local parks, which are beautiful and popular. After a long session in the sandpit, Charlotte cools off with an ice lolly.
Our good friends, the Hallidays, have had us over for several barbecues while Bethie has been away, so Charlotte has had some good time with her best friend, Emily (note the necklaces!).
It's been warm enough that Charlotte has been able to use her summer pyjamas. They have an elephant on them, and that is clearly their best feature.
Extra days at nursery while Mum is away = additional admirers of her painted toenails.
We celebrated a nice day off together yesterday by having dinner at the Sparrowhawk, our favourite Crystal Palace pub. Charlie has become a great restaurant companion. She had the pot of catsup and a bowl of peas, I had the burger (which is fantastic!) and the chicken and mash she didn't eat. She said "cheers" whenever she saw someone raise a glass. We shared sticky toffee pudding. Seemed a bit wintry for late July, but chilly weather is always right around the corner here.
Charlie asks for her Mum several times each day, including first thing each morning. She gets so excited when I ask her if she wants to see Mum, and she hugs and kisses the iPad when Bethie is on FaceTime with us. Thankfully, she's home tomorrow! We can't wait!