Our visit thus far with GranEde and GranDude has been full of adventure, enjoying each other and loads of laughter. Saturday we all drove over to Manchester to pick them up from the airport. We hadn't done any exploring in Manchester, so we stayed and went to two of the amazing museums they have over there. We saw the Manchester Museum (sort of a natural/world history museum) and the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). If you are ever in Manchester, we highly recommend both, but the MOSI was AMAZING. Part of it is in the world oldest surviving passenger train station and it is a beautiful old building. There were trains, planes, Victorian sewers and all sorts of really interesting things to see and do. At the end of the day we walked on the Curry Mile and picked from an amazing array of Indian restaurants. It was DELICIOUS food.
Sunday we slept in and spent the morning cooking a fab brunch. In the afternoon we took off for a tour of the Theakston's Brewery. GranDude and Dadam did the tour first (no kids under 10 allowed) and then GranEde and I did it. It was fascinating and the free sampler and two free 1/2 pints at the end were a super bonus. We cached our way home and had dinner in Harrogate.
Yesterday we spent the day visiting and cooking and cleaning to get ready for Pesach. One of my best friends from high school was visiting a mutual friend in London and came up for the day. It was a really lovely day. Our Seder began a bit later than we had planned and we ended up putting the kids to bed around 10:30, but it was a great time.
As we were putting the kids to bed, GranEde laid down in Leila's bed and pretended to go to sleep. I told Isaac to go find a particularly horrendous toy trumpet that we have (given to us by GranEde and GranDude) and to blow it to wake her up. He jumped up and ran to the next room. It was taking him an awfully long time to find the toy and at last he came in wielding a rolled up car mat. He held it above his head and said "I couldn't find the trumpet so I'm just going to whack her with this!!!"