We Made It

We have officially made it through our first Christmas away from home. We lived. Our families lived. We have sworn to be home for next Christmas even if by then TSA regulations make us stand on one foot, pat our heads while rubbing our stomachs and sing “Father Abraham” the whole way.

It is a few days past Christmas now, but I hope you will indulge me in a final Christmas post. It really was a bizarre holiday season because I have never felt so conflicted. On one hand Mike and I had tons of fun playing in London this Christmas. We would just walk around the city and enjoy all the lights and sounds and we have so much fun just hanging out together! But at all times it seemed I was acutely aware of what was going on back home. I think it will just serve to make our next Christmas with our families even more special.

On Christmas eve, we met some friends at Hampton Court and went ice skating!

Andrea trying to be Michelle Kwan:

After skating, we went to a pub on the river for a late Christmas Eve lunch and had English food- I had fish and chips and Mike had duck! We don’t do the traditional English Christmas food like mincemeat pies or Christmas pudding but we did have sticky toffee pudding with honeycomb ice cream and caramel sauce and holy cow- it may be the secret to world peace.

Then we headed to Mitcham (read: London industrial park/ghetto) to pick up our Christmas presents from my family because there is some kind of Bermuda triangle over our flat that prevents proper package delivery. But it was worth it!!

Our Christmas day we got up and opened all the presents under the tree and the rest of the day was fairly uneventful because there are no transportation services so we stayed home in our pjs and cuddled on the couch and watched movies all day! We bought lots of snack food and had it out to munch on all day rather than try to cook some feast for two and had a nice relaxing time. So in short, we had a great Christmas but we missed you all terribly.

I got this from Jeanne and it will always go up on my tree and remind me of this Christmas and being home:

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About fishandchipsandsalsa

This is the story of a newlywed-ish couple in Dallas about to pack up their lives and pups to move to jolly ol' England. They will miss good family, good friends and good fajitas.
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4 Responses to We Made It

  1. Nana says:

    Thanks for the pictures. It looks like you were having so much fun. I am glad you are planning on being home for Christmas next year, but you will probably never forget your Christmas in London. I am sorry you had to go to so much trouble getting your package, but I hope it was worth it. I know we had fun getting it all together although it was hard not to put ribbons on the packages.
    Have fun and I hope to see you soon.
    Love you, Nana

  2. Jiji says:

    We broke tradition since ya’ll weren’t in Texas for Christmas this year. We just felt we should do something different since two of our favoritest people weren’t here to enjoy all of the traditional Coker Christmas stuff! So,

    No turkey and cornbread dressing here….crown roast of pork (sounds fancy, but it’s just pork chops stood on end and tied together to form a circle) and sausage dressing instead. No broccoli and rice casserole…..brussell sprouts with bacon instead (Rachel Rays recipe…yum). Of course there was the obligatory ham, sweet potatoes, pecan pie, and rolls.

    There were lots of leftovers because the recipes were for 8 people not 5, but it was pretty much gone by the time everyone took home “doggy bags”. Oh, I forgot to say we had Christmas for the family on the 19th.

    I thought of making yorkshire pudding in honor of your being in London, but my heart (and back) just wasn’t in it. I guess at this time of the year I’m not too enamored with England.

    The g-kids loved the goodies from their favorite auntie and uncle which were delivered early Christmas morning. (pictures coming)

    Christmas Day lunch was spent with “the neices” at Holly Lake.

    It was “different” breaking tradition this year, but I too must admit I am looking forward to having you both home next year.

    Have a safe and Happy New Year and be sure to Enjoy the blue moon on New Year’s Eve!
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091230/ap_on_sc/us_sci_blue_moon

    Love and miss you oh so much, JiJi and Poppy

  3. Cindy says:

    Yes, we all lived to tell about our Christmas without you guys. It was …… different. I would just as soon not do it again, thank you very much. I am so glad you got your package. That was just about more than I could stand. Of course, it would help your poor mother if you guys didn’t look so gosh darned happy in those pictures. You two are so amazing and you are having an amazing time and I am so proud of both of you. Love you bunches, Mom

  4. Suzanne says:

    When will your “tour of duty” be up in London? Isn’t it just supposed to be 2 years? So will y’all be returning to God’s country(Texas) this year sometime?

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