i have a lot to catch up on here on the blog! life is wiiiild right now as the arrival of our twins draws nearer and nearer (not to mention the continuing global pandemic…!). it’s been a memorable, crazy summer for sure. here’s some photos from the beginning of july in london – we took off for a road trip through france (and dipping down into italy!) on 10 july and returned when the month was nearly over. i am so glad we were able to have that adventure and have lots of photos to share from it as soon as i can!
to celebrate the fourth, we did a big family bike day out. after taking some photos of our patriotic outfits (a beloved independence day tradition for me! – you can see previous years here), we biked to the thames river beach across from st. paul’s…
…which was so cool – i’ve been wanting to go hang out right on the bank of the river since we moved to london.
then we spent some time eating yummy things at borough market…
…and hung out on the southbank near tower bridge for a while.
we stopped by covent garden to get some epic ice cream…
…and then met some friends in the park with some real good classic american food (shake shack takeout!):
independence day took on a new meaning this year as the fourth of july was also the day that many shops, restaurant and pubs opened in london. i biked home down oxford street (ian took a less-busy-road route with the boys in the trailer) and it felt kind of crazy to see so many people out and businesses open.
it was a happy independence day for sure! although i have to say we are not feeling particularly proud to be americans right now, we are deeply grateful for our home country and we love america.
a few days later, we had our first date night outside of our flat after many months of lockdown. as the uk government had advised that two households meeting indoors was okay, we had a friend come over after our kids were in bed and listen for them while we got out for a bit. since we are still avoiding all public transit, we did another bike ride into central central london! (riding “santander” bikes – ones that you rent out and can pick up or drop off at hundreds of docking stations around the city; we have an annual membership – is one thing i will definitely look back on with fondness in remembering coronavirus lockdown. i have loved cycling through our city on so many different occasions.) it was such a gorgeous summer night!!
covent garden was soooo empty – we anticipated it being a tiny bit bustling given that restaurants and shops had had the go-ahead to reopen, but we couldn’t find anywhere open to get takeaway for dinner! we got some smoothies from a corner store and just enjoyed our old neighborhood in the pretty sunsetty light and reveled in how much we love our city.
another very exciting thing we did in early july that we hadn’t done for many months – we went to the playground! it was pretty exciting to be back on slides and teeter totters soon after playgrounds reopened. of course we were still very careful with distance and hand sanitizing. i have loved how lockdown has forced my kids to embrace natural playgrounds in nature, but i gotta say, those man-made ones are pretty dang awesome too.
on july eighth, moses had his last day of nursery school. we were all so so glad that he was able to go back to school for a few weeks after nearly four months off. we quickly snapped some last-day-of-school pictures that mirror his first-day-of-school pictures (here). moses did these poses totally unprompted, haha.
then gabriel didn’t want to be left out! (picture on the right is just some glorious summer flower boxes in our neighborhood!)
and here’s craft wall number eleven! we became much less prolific in crafting after moses went back to school and as lockdown started to ease, but still our craft walls have continued to be filled up albeit at a slower rate!
we celebrated moses’s fourth birthday on the ninth of july (more on that coming next!) and then headed off in a rental car to the continent!
our big road trip that took up the rest of the month turned out to be pretty epic – over sixty hours and three thousand miles of driving and sooooo much diverse gorgeous scenery from chateaux to lavender fields to stunning alps to cliffside italian villages. it was a really awesome, amazing family adventure.
wild times for the wrights and for the world!