spring in london {photo dump #1}

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there is nothing like springtime in london. nothing!
here’s some snaps from march into april…

as the weather started to warm up, we started to head to a playground with friends after joy school each time. mo got better at better at scootering and the boys became better and better friends!
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moses created his first self portrait! i was surprised when i heard him say, “look mom, it’s moses!” and show me this:
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pretty sights from around our west london:
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gabriel kept growing and growing! he climbed up to the 9th percentile in weight which felt so triumphant! click here to see some photos of moses at the exact same age and in the exact same outfit.
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by late march, marathon training started really ramping up. here’s a snap from a saturday run through notting hill:
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i forgot to post about ian and moses’s trip to athens at the beginning of march. they had a blast! here’s some photos they sent to gabriel and i. (ian likes to take mo on daddy date trips to places i’ve either already been or don’t care too much about visiting. it’s really sweet.)
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back in london, i got to take moses on a mommy date to the aquarium!
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some more pretty corners of our pretty city:
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mo taking a break from scootering to enjoy the bluebells in hyde park, and sneaking into the big bed one morning!
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a lovely mews street that we pass on our way to the doctor’s office:
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one thursday i decided to be brave and take both boys on an all-day outing. we went to kew gardens and met some friends there. it was a really great day – we enjoyed play areas and greenhouses, and both boys slept in the buggy for over two hours! (please note the bald spots on the back of moses’s head … ian tried his hand at cutting the boys’ hair and let’s just say it didn’t go too well, haha!)
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ian and i had some good dates. one saturday we rode around on an open-top double decker tour bus, and one weekday evening we went to see the musical “come from away,” which we both loved.
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we continued to heartily enjoy spying on our kids in their bedroom via the video monitor…
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the tickets we got for our tour bus date came with a free thames river cruise, so one sunny sunday morning i got to take moses on a boat ride before church.
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my favourite house in the springtime in notting hill:
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and more colours and blossoms:
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we spent a lot of time in our across-the-street garden. we often have the whole place to ourselves! watching the garden evolve through the springtime months is such a delight.
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gabriel spent a lot of time this spring pulling up to standing on furniture (and being very excited about doing that), and moses got really into making little “cottages” for his toy animals out of magnatiles.
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mo often fell asleep for his nap surrounded in books, and continued to love visiting the animals in the natural history museum.
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i am grateful for this beautiful city and for my family.
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