A Christmassy 4th Birthday…

As I sit writing this if I glance to my right the Christmas tree is still there but it looks slightly depressed- no presents, a little uncared for now the big day is over, and in that limbo period where we all kind of want to pack it away but are also trying to cling on to the festive spirit for just that little bit longer.

We are actually still in the throes of the holiday season.  Mr E is fortunate that he doesn’t go back to work until the 5th January so we are enjoying a lovely long break together.  Christmas came and went in a flash (I have one more post on that to come before it’s time to say goodbye for another year) and we had a great time.  In fact until yesterday nap time I hadn’t even touched my laptop or really checked social media, bar the occasional instagram photo.  It feels good to have switched off, relaxed and really enjoyed time together as a family. We plan on doing lots more of that too.

It’s been exceptionally hectic yet pretty chilled if that makes sense, and although I wasn’t going to blog until the New Year I thought I would write about Mads birthday before it’s too far past the date.  On Christmas Eve my beautiful little lady turned four and we had a great time celebrating.  Her birthday’s have become a little bit of a tradition– we head out to the garden centre to see Father Christmas with friends and have the obligatory cake, before going for some lunch and then heading back home for a while.  In the evening we head over to my Mums where we have a little Christmas party with some of our closest family friends.

This year was no exception and we had a great time, although it is quite hectic and full on having your birthday the day before Christmas and it means that Mads is utterly wired and exhausted before the big day even even begins.  This year my Mum spent the whole day with us and took us out for lunch so that was really lovely.  I didn’t take many photos as the light was so bad but here are the few I took and a little video of my biggest girl’s special day.

I can’t believe she is four!

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I got Mads a cute little top with the number four on for her birthday which she thought was the coolest thing ever.  We went to the garden centre with three of her little chums and we ate cake for breakfast.

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Meeting the big man himself.  The grotto was so good this year as you only went in with the people you were with.  Father Christmas and his elves sang Happy Birthday to Mads which made me get a tear in my eye.

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Mads loved Father Christmas but LL wasn’t quite so sure.  She didn’t mind him when he was at a distance but when she sat on his knee she wasn’t convinced.  Still she didn’t cry at least.

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My super talented friend made these Toy Story cupcakes for the birthday girl as she is Toy Story mad.  She absolutely loved them and they tasted delicious.

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Too good to eat.

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They were so excited to put a mince pie out for Father Christmas.  Mads insisted that he just wanted milk although Mr E tried to explain to her that he would probably prefer wine!

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This little lady was super excited even though she didn’t really grasp what was going on.

A little video of my birthday girl…

It still feels surreal to think that our biggest daughter is now four.  I can’t quite believe it.  Hopefully the time will slow down a bit so we can fully enjoy her last few months before she starts school in September.  I say it every year but for some reason four is actually making me feel a little emotional, it is the first year I have thought that she is growing up far too quickly.



  • Lauren says:

    Oh what a wonderful Christmas Eve and birthday for Mads. I love her Woody outfit and mask.
    It must have been quite emotional when Father Christmas started singing happy birthday to Mads. I’m pretty sure I would have cried haha! xx

  • Sounds like a lovely way to spend a birthday. Those cupcakes are too cute. My little man is 3 in a few days and I feel very emotional, have bought him a similar top too. Great minds. I had a little break over Christmas too and really loved it, made me reevaluate things a little. Have a wonderful new year lovely xxx

  • Notmyyearoff says:

    Agh a very happy birthday to the loveliest Mads. I can’t believe they are now four years old. It looks like she’s had a really brilliant time. I hope the next year is just as much fun 🙂

  • Kara says:

    Oh Katie this video, just so special, she really is the best Xmas present ever, Addison is loving Toy Story at the moment so they would have the best of fun. I would have cried a little to Santa singing happy birthday too.
    A truly special birthday and the best bit for me is your Mum with the straws, your girls are very lucky.

    Also how much cuteness that you and Anna have matching PJs xx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Thank you Kara, she really was the best Christmas pressie ever. I have two HUGE Toy Story obsessed girls here so Addy would get on great with them. We certainly are lucky to have my Mum. xx

  • Imogene says:

    This is so cute! Looks like she had a lovely birthday! A little in love with the cupcakes myself, they look amazing 😀

    I would’ve definitely cried too when Santa sung happy birthday, that’s incredibly sweet.
    Aww it’s a little sad as my oldest is turning 4 in March so I can completely relate to this post! 🙂 x

  • Carie says:

    Oh it sounds like she had a lovely birthday, and those cupcakes are amazing! Four does seem so much bigger than three doesn’t it – it must be something about it being the age they start school – it’s definitely a scary thought that we could have school age children soon!

  • Ah I so would have cried when Santa sung happy birthday, it’s making me all emotional just thinking about it! It looks like she had an amazing birthday. And four! Crazy to think she was a little baby when I started reading your blog, time is going way too fast xx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      It was really emotional, even my Mum got tears in her eyes. I know it’s crazy, I can’t believe she is four and that this blog soon will be too!

  • What a lucky little lady to have had such a gorgeous birthday. You can see on her face just how much she loved it and how secure and happy that little girl is. So pleased you all had a wonderful Christmas. This video will hold precious memories for your little lady.xxx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Ah thank you Claire for this lovely comment- I love that they will be able to look back on these videos when they are older. x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Ah thanks for this lovely comment Claire. I hope that she will love looking back on my videos when she is older, and LL too! x

  • Emma says:

    Beautiful Katie, looks like Mads had a wonderful birthday, and those cakes are amazing.


  • O don’t, it’s not close yet but when Sprog does turn 4, it’ll be the august beforehe starts school and he’ll just seem so small! Glad you had a lovely time x

  • Jenni says:

    What a lovely day this looks, love those cupcakes and the big girl 4 t-shirt!

  • LauraCYMFT says:

    I can remember Mads just being a baby when I started ready your blog. It’s crazy to think she is now four! Hope she had a fantastic birthday and hope you all enjoyed your Christmas together. x

  • So lovely you have made a tradition for birthdays as Christmas ones can often be ignored. Love those cupcakes!

  • Stephanie says:

    You make the best videos! Happy Birthday to Mads! Both my kiddos have Christmassy birthdays (23rd and 27th) so I know how that goes. I’m glad she had a great celebration.

  • Kerry says:

    Aw what a magical birthday! We have Warren home until the 5th as well so we are enjoying some quality family time, I don’t want it to ever end! X

  • Christmas is such a special time, made even more special for Mads having her Birthday on Christmas eve. Looks like she had a magical time. That santa’s grotto looks amazing!
    I know what you mean about clinging on to the last of the festive spirit, that is exactly what I’m doing right now, I just can’t quite accept it’s all over for another year!
    Hope you and your lovely little family have a great new year xx

  • I saw this post yesterday but couldn’t get the video to work, so I just came back for a second viewing.
    It looks like my favourite little four year old had the best day! It’s lovely that her birthday has become a part of your Christmas Eve traditions, and I’m sure she’ll always feel really special having a Christmas Eve birthday because of that. She makes just the coolest little knight I’ve ever seen…. but the Woody mask? I’m terrified! Can you hide that next time we come to play? x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      She had a really lovely day thanks hun, and she hasn’t taken that knight costume off since she got it. I agree Woody is a little scary but luckily the knight gets put on more than him. ;0) x

  • Alex {Bump to Baby} says:

    Happy 4th Birthday (for last week) Mads! This is so lovely and those cupcakes are simply and utterly amazing! x

  • Donna says:

    Oh I love her! I love her tee, her crown and how happy she looks. Their matching PJs are adorable and it sounds like she had a wonderful Birthday. Happy Belated Birthday Mads! x

  • Awww this is so lovely! She is so beautiful and it looks like she had a wonderful time. I love her little Woody outfit and them drinking from the straws is just so cute xx

  • How did they get to four, Katie, how?! It makes me so proud and yet so sad at the same time. My two are Toy Story mad too. They are both the proud owners of a Buzz and Woody and the littlest is going to get Jessie for his second birthday next week (yes, two next week!). Paul’s off until the 5th too. Having him around has been the best Christmas present, to be honest (luckily, as he didn’t get me an actual one) 🙂

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