ten thoughts on a wednesday |14|
last saturday night, at 2:45am, we woke up to our fire alarm going off - that is a peculiar feeling. ian and i were at once both delirious and hyper-aware. ian quickly grabbed moses from his crib and we went downstairs to the entry of our building, where our neighbors had congregated. it was pouring rain outside ... and before long we realized it was also pouring rain inside! there was some kind of blockage on the roof terrace and water had begun streaming through vents in the stairwell. long story short: an emergency contact from the company that manages our building showed up before too long, but ian was up until 5:30am bailing water out the stairwell windows. the issue is resolved and work on repairing the damaged walls and ceilings will start soon. we feel so lucky that hardly any water got inside our flat, and that it wasn't a fire, and that everyone was totally safe. what a wild night!
we are planning to move before the end of the year ... but maybe that was a sign that we should move earlier? we'll see.
is there anything sweeter than a sleeping baby -- than this sleeping baby? gosh i love this kid.
i love teaching and learning from the primary children at church. this past week, during singing time (which we do for twenty minutes each sunday), i prepared an activity that the kids were pretty pumped about. we were singing the song "the wise man and the foolish man," which talks a lot about rain and floods (you better believe i told the kids about the flood in our apartment building!) sooooo, i brought water guns. and every time the kids sung the word "rain" or "flood" they got to shoot each other with water. it was pretty exciting :)
last friday little mo and i spent most of the day in charming, gorgeous oxford with my cousin aubrey (who is a master's student at oxford, nbd). i spent a summer in oxford when i was a teenager, so it will always be such a special place to me (i did a lot of growing and self-defining that summer!). after spending some time in cambridge, i decided i actually liked cambridge better...but then aubrey reminded me of all the secret splendor of oxford (she took me lots of places usually only open to students) and i fell all sorts of back in love with oxford. it's magical. i wish i would have brought my big camera! i'm bringing ian back to oxford as soon as possible!
we are gearing up for our first trip without moses this weekend -- eeek! we are taking a super quick weekend getaway to malta and we are so excited but also know that we will miss our baby like crazy. luckily we have zero concerns about him being well taken care of because my cousin aubrey is staying at our flat and babysitting - she has loooots of experience with babies and she and mo are totally pals! it will feel so different traveling without moses.
you know what's pretty dang challenging? deep cleaning a bathroom and a kitchen with a busy one year old around. yesterday moses definitely ended up splashing in the kitchen sink for a while as i scrubbed the countertops and cupboards!
i love our neighborhood so much. it's just so fun to step outside our door and be in the middle of this amazing, electric, exciting city. there's always something cool going on at covent garden, and it's so great to walk around the corner to see big ben from trafalgar square. i'm still discovering new charming crooks and crannies, and stunning details on buildings, and fun places to eat within a block or two from our flat. i know there are so many things i will miss about living here when we move to a different part of london.
speaking of things close to our flat, on monday moses and i finally checked out the children's book section at our local library (just around the corner) -- and it's awesome! moses is a total bookworm and is delighted to flip through books for hours.
-is completely developing his own little sense of humor and totally cracks himself up.
looooves his stuffed animals - when i hand them to him he squeals, grabs, then immediately hugs and kisses them.
-had his very first timeout the other day - homeboy wasn't getting the message that it's not okay to throw his food off of his tray repeatedly...
-continues to be obsessed with music and dancing. i realized the other day that anytime i say the word "music" he starts humming/singing quietly. it is sooooo cute. after we have our nightly dance party, he always frantically signs "more please" and keeps dancing - haha!
-adores food and will eat almost anything, anytime. he really enjoyed chowing down on some corn on the cob at our dinner picnic along the thames the other day, and just this morning he learned how to feed himself with a spoon!
i have been reading harry potter and the cursed child and i'm so into it! can't put it down, reminded of how i read all the harry potter books in a couple of days each because they are so gripping! now i really want to see the play here in london. i also have been listening to episodes of this american life lately. always so fascinating! what are your favourite podcasts?
happy wednesday! life is beautiful!