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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Too good to eat.
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!
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.