december! christmastime!

christmastime is here!
happiness and cheer!!!

i am one of those people that is annoyingly enthusiastic about christmastime. i just love, love, love it. and so, december might just be my favourite month of the year.

IMG_2354the first week (and a bit) of december two thousand sixteen has been a bit wild in some ways (some pretty awful nights of wakefulness with moses, a broken washing machine full of soaking wet clothes, super busy at work for ian, a few other tricky things…) but has also been super wonderful in many ways (trying to focus on serving – inspired by #lighttheworld, sharing the magic of christmastime with our baby boy, loving our city more and more…).

some photos from our start of december and christmastime in london…

<< an addition to the #littlemoswonderwalls series :) <<
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^^ plane ride home from germany. moses is a good little flyer! ^^
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^^ walks and snoozes in the wrap // facing outward in a baby carrier for the first time! (can you tell he liked it?!) ^^IMG_2384
^^ city sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style… ^^
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^^ we met after work at a corner flower stand on monday evening to pick up our christmas tree! last year i carried our (twice as big!) tree home myself … this year i appreciated having this cute boy with me to help :) ^^
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^^ baby’s first christmas tree!! ^^
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^^ i’m glad i snapped these pictures just after decorating the tree with lights and then with ornaments – because as of today the tree is pretty much dead as a doornail – ha! because we bought it in a wood stump (and not freshly cut at the bottom) it just didn’t last long. but we’ll keep it up, crispy and droopy, and enjoy it still, all the way until christmas day! ^^
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^^ moses just doing some light reading one afternoon :) this boy loves his books! ^^
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^^ pretty light on the houses of parliament during a walk to the tate britain, where i meandered and enjoyed beautiful art while moses slept in the wrap // madonna and child paintings mean so much more to me now than before i had a baby! ^^
^^ i love the tate britain, especially this room. i just adore how much amazing art is hung on each wall, the frames relatively close together. ^^
IMG_2480^^ the tate britain christmas tree. golden rooted and upside down. i love it. especially with that tile and spiral staircase underneath! ^^
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^^ christmas trees spotted around the city (oh, and a santa brass band playing carols!) ^^
^^ last saturday we brought moses to meet father christmas! it was so so fun. moses was intrigued and my cheeks hurt from smiling after we left santa’s grotto. this guy was the real deal – round, sweet and jolly, real beard and all! ^^
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^^ later that night we went to walk around the southbank christmas market, and had this view on our way home. not a great quality picture, but man that night was gorgeous – so clear and just the right amount of chilly – and that fingernail moon! we love our home city! ^^
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^^ the past few weeks have been a real adventure when it comes to moses sleeping. such a risky, wild guessing game baby sleep is – haha! little mo is learning how to self-soothe and i think we’re on our way to some really restful nights :) ^^
^^ my friend (from middle school and high school!) lizzie was in town with her family last week. while her husband was in meetings on tuesday, she met up with moses and i, along with some of my london friends (and lizzie’s new friends!). we took a walk around mayfair to take in some of the splendid christmas decorations. it was so much fun to catch up with lizzie and enjoy all the enchanting lights and windows and displays all together with this great group! ^^
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^^ london at christmastime is just the magicalest. // when moses is outward facing, it’s hard to figure out his mood (because i can’t see his face!) – so i take a lot of selfies these days :) ^^
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^^ moses and i got to go with a friend (who works in parliament!) to a carol singing service in westminister hall! (no big deal – westminster hall was built in 1097 and has been the location of historic trials, coronation banquets, lyings-in-state of kings and queens, ceremonial addresses…) it was so so cool. the lord speaker and the speaker of the house gave short addresses, the brass band played so beautifully, and we all sang carols together by the big christmas tree. thank you so much for inviting us, marguerite! ^^
{side note – i’ve been watching the crown while nursing moses when we are at home and i love it. i’m learning so much!}
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^^ and the most exciting event of december so far: moses’s uncle and cousin came to visit from switzerland! it has been so fun to have these guys around and to join in on a bit of their fun daddy-daughter weekend! ^^

december so far has been wonderful … but the best is yet to come!!!