little happenings in bleak midwinter
{before heading for the sun!}

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we are back from our trip to two tropical islands in the indian ocean!

it was indeed good for my soul to disconnect from social media and blogging for a couple weeks. i love photographs and connecting and sharing so much, but a break was clarifying and healthy.

we had an incredible vacation – four days in magical sri lanka and five days on a tiny pristine island in the maldives. i’m sharing a few peeks on instagram while i organize all my photos for blog posts – follow along there if you want!

i wanted to post a few photos from bleak midwinter in london (tidbits from before we left), and then i’ll move on to sunnier scenes :)IMG_3890
^^ from a walk in st. james’s park on a particularly frigid day. the pond had frozen over! there’s something so captivating, lovely and strangely beautiful about winter in london. ^^
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^^ a little sunrise surprise on my way home from the gym one morning! // my little london boy content and catching eyes with strangers on the bus! ^^
^^ saw this ad in the tube, snapped a photo and texted it to ian with a lot of excited-face emojis. ^^

for christmas, i gave ian tickets to see thriller – the michael jackson show in the west end. ian is super hard to buy presents for, so when he mentioned on a whim one day back in november that he would like to see this show, i excitedly took note. he was thrilled when he opened a gift of christmas morning and found tickets that i had bought. it was pretty random but he was seriously so excited for weeks leading up to the show. and it didn’t disappoint! we had a super fun date – the performers got everyone in the theatre on their feet clapping and dancing. IMG_3926 IMG_3930IMG_3941 IMG_3946
^^ mo killing us with cuteness. he’s growing so fast and just keeps getting to be more and more fun. we’re obsessed. ^^
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^^ one saturday we went down to the temple with our friends the larsons. we watched their kids while they went in the temple and then we swapped and they watched moses! we all three sure love little mazie and jones! ^^
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^^ trying on dad’s glasses // i find moses sleeping in all kinds of funny positions in his crib these days. ^^
^^ you're welcome for this. can you handle the cuteness?! ^^
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^^ adventures in trying new foods and methods of eating! this attempt at finger foods with super soft broccoli was a bit of a fail and a lot of a mess. silly boy will pick up anything and put it directly in his mouth, but then when i encourage him to put food in his mouth … he’s learning bit by bit :) mo’s newest trick is giving big, open mouthed, slobbery kisses, and he’s working on sitting up on his own and is starting to crawl! ^^
^^ my parents came back in town (after spending some time in switzerland) the day before we left for sri lanka and maldives. we walked down to the hospital where moses was born so i could take some photos of little mo with his grammie and grandfather, and big ben before it gets covered up in scaffolding! ^^ clearly i had a hard time narrowing down the photos i took to publish on this blog … but i got so many sweet ones! love these three faces so, so much! >>>
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we traded in grey dreary skies for palm trees and white sand beaches … but all the exotic adventures out there can’t ever beat these simple joys at home.


  1. Alright, listen. I've seen a lot of cute babies in my time, but good grief, is Moses not the cutest one ever. He's so smiley! The closeup picture of him with your parents in front of Big Ben with his single little snuggle tooth is painfully adorable. *SWOON*

    1. *snaggle tooth. Though a snuggle tooth seems like it'd be something really interesting. :)

  2. Love having these days permanently saved!! We had so much fun! That expressive and adorable baby is well-recorded!

  3. Hey Charity,

    I was hoping to find an email for you to make such a request BUT... my boyfriend and I are coming to London in late June/early July and I was hoping you might have a list of "hidden spots" or "best off-the-beaten-path places to eat" that we could look at. I would love some of your insight into London and little places to see that aren't just the big ticket items.

    Thank you!


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