The great news is that mom was released from the hospital this afternoon. She still has the stone, still has a little bit of the infection left, but she's been paroled and celebrated by watching Zathura with the kids this evening. She has a prescription for antibiotics and some pain pills, and has been turned loose to make our original flight on Wednesday. Typically for her, she made a friend in the hospital--a woman named Nicky who is from Cyprus and living permanently in the UK. There's a picture of them together below.
Meanwhile, we continued to share London with Gina, Dan, Garrett, Connor and Bella. On Saturday we walked to the top of Primrose Hill, near our house, for a great view of London. Julie had the deadpan comment of the day--looking at the city with the dark rain clouds up above, she said, 'isn't summer in London wonderful?' After this we walked over to Abbey Road, where the Beatles recorded their albums, and got caught in a huge downpour. July in London.
On Sunday after church we came back to the house to relax for the afternoon. The rain on Saturday had given way to a beautiful Sunday, and the kids had a picnic and played in the yard until 9:30 that night. They've watched all the available Harry Potter movies multiple times while they've been here, and they made wands and cast spells at the top of their lungs for most of the day.
Here's mom at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, with her new friend Nicky. Glad to have you home, mom.