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Miscellaneous Memories #13 - The Festive Edition.

on Wednesday, 08 January 2014.

The festive period is over for another year, the tree and decorations have been packed away, and it is back to our usual routines after a lovely couple of weeks at home with my little family.  I am sure everyone is completely over Christmas now but this is the last you will hear of it from me until next year.  Promise.

Christmas time was fun, if not a little hectic with two small children, a three day sugar overload, late nights, and more presents than were actually needed but still gratefully received.  We went over to my Mum's on Christmas Eve, where we had birthday celebrations for Mads.  Christmas Day was spent eating far too much food, and passed by in a blur of wrapping paper, matching Christmas onesies and of course a fair bit of fizz.  Plus the obligatory turkey sandwiches which you really don't need as you are already far too full by the time the evening comes.

We went home on Boxing Day and had a quiet day just the four of us, where I spent most of the day organising cupboards and old toys for the charity shop. The 27th was then spent at my Grandparent's in Shropshire with my Dad's side of the family, where a repeat of the above happened.  Since then, we have been busy seeing friends, relaxing at home, and just generally enjoying spending time together.

Believe it or not I didn't take that many photos, but here is our Christmas 2013 in photos...



'He's been!'


Reading one of our many new books from Father Christmas.


Matching Onesies and a post Christmas Eve/no make up look.  What a sight.




All ready and set up. 




Who needs pressies when you have baubles from the tree to eat?


Pretty tags.


Opening pressies.


It's a hard job, you have to concentrate.


Mads totally not wanting to go outside for a Christmas Day photo.


'Present looting' at our second Christmas with my Dad's side of the family.


Looking at the photo book we made for Nana and Grandpa with Nana and Paddington Bear.


Wouldn't be Christmas without stinky cheese.


Sharing a joke with Great Grandpa.


Obligatory dodgy family portraits.  Terrible but priceless for the memories and sentiment.


Mads got this amazing scooter from Yvolution for her main birthday present. She absolutely loves scooting around, and loves the fact it is pink and she has a matching helmet!  My baby is growing up far too fast!

Last year I started a project for all of the random photos that I took on my 'big camera'.  You can check out the rest of my Miscellaneous Memories here.


My Christmas Cracker Turns Three (In Pictures)...

on Monday, 06 January 2014.

The festivities have been and gone, but they left behind some pretty good memories.  Christmas 2013 brought a third birthday for my beautiful big girl on Christmas Eve, and I was really excited as it was the first birthday where she was likely to really know what was happening.

We went to see Father Christmas and went out for lunch with some friends, before coming home for a snooze.  Then Grandpa and Nana (my dad) came to see her before we went over to my Mum's for a little Christmas Eve/Birthday party with some family and friends.  We then stayed at my Mum's until Boxing Day.

I was going to post her birthday photos alongside our Christmas ones, but then I thought that I was living up to the whole stereotype of grouping Christmas and Birthday's together already.  So even though I didn't take many photos on the day, here is her third birthday captured in the few photos I took...



Every girl needs a massive balloon to wake up to.


Opening pressies with Daddy.  She got a scooter which she was so excited about.


Sitting with her 'boys' on a trip to see Father Christmas.


With the big man.


More pressies at Grandma's.


An owl cake for a three year old.


Blowing the candles out with Great Grandma.


Before getting the food ready for Father Chistmas. 


And finally laying out their new sacks for the big man himself. (They have their names on them but I have turned them round for the purposes of this blog!)

All in all it was a lovely day.  I cannot believe my baby is three.  And in less than six weeks LL will be one.  Why does time fly when you are enjoying yourself the most?

Happy Birthday, You Are Three!

on Tuesday, 24 December 2013.

To my beautiful Mads,

Wow you are three today. Three years ago we made the short drive to the hospital to have the best Christmas present I had ever, and will ever receive.  Time does fly and I can't help but feel bittersweet about it, but there is no time to think about that when there is celebrating to do, cakes to eat and pressies to open.

I am sure that Mummy has told you, and will tell you, the story of your birth a million times.  But I don't know if I have ever told you the story of your song so I thought I would tell you it in your third birthday letter.  

I was so nervous to have you here with us safe and well and for the last ten or so weeks of my pregnancy I had to have weekly, then twice weekly monitoring at the hospital day assessment unit.  I had my iPod connected in the car and it was on shuffle so any random song could come on.  One day, a couple of weeks before you were due to arrive, a song came on the iPod.  It was 'When you Believe' by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.  I was in the car with your Auntie Anna when I first played it and I said to her that the lyrics to this song were quite apt for the time.

 'There can be miracles, when you believe.'  

After all you were a little miracle to us.  Because of that I played the song almost every time I went in the car.  I have a tendency to do that!

On Christmas Eve we headed to the hospital to meet you.  As Mummy was having a caesarian, it meant she knew you were arriving that day and I was so incredibly nervous.  I lay in the operating theatre with lots of people buzzing around me and I felt sick.  My heart was pounding so fast even though Daddy and the theatre staff were trying to calm me down.

The radio was on in the background and we kept joking that you may be born to a Christmas tune.  First up an Oasis song played, which pleased Daddy no end and then all of a sudden 'When you Believe' came on, although the version playing was by Leon Jackson.  I couldn't quite believe it, it's not exactly a hugely popular song and was a few years old, so I couldn't believe that it was playing at the moment our little miracle arrived into the world.

It will always always be your song and whenever I hear it I can't help but be transported back to that moment.  All those emotions- fear, excitement, nerves, and eventually happiness.  The little person who arrived screaming into the world and made me a Mummy.  Who turned our worlds completely upside down, and who taught me how to be a better person.

Our little Christmas Cracker is three.

We are so thankful for you.  Happy 3rd Birthday my darling.


Mummy loves you more than anything in the world.

But as always you already knew that.

Mummy. xx

Food For The Elves- Elf Donuts.

on Wednesday, 11 December 2013.

I am well and truly in the festive spirit here.  I have mentioned countless times that December is our favourite month, but I am enjoying it more than ever this year because Mads is starting to understand a bit more, and LL is experiencing her first ever festivities!  It's all very exciting indeed.

We have talked to Mads about Father Christmas, but I still don't think she really grasps the fact that he is coming and what the difference is between the main man and the other ones you see at Grotto's and Garden Centre's.  She knows who Rudolph is, and she understand that Elves also help Father Christmas on his rounds on Christmas Eve.

She is clearly quite excited and loves the sparkly lights that are everywhere, and the tree.  She is getting a little confused as her birthday is Christmas Eve, but when you ask her what she would like from Father Christmas she says a 'One Direction Microphone'- something which Grandma has very 'kindly' got for her.  Oh what fun.  She also carries around her knitted Father Christmas that I put in her Christmas box everywhere and asks to sleep with him every night.

We were talking about how on Christmas Eve we leave a mince pie and a glass of port (can Father C drink pink prosecco?) for Father Christmas, and a glass of milk and a carrot for Rudolph.  But then we got thinking about the elves, they work just as hard and so need a pick me up too.

I then remembered a link I saw on a friends facebook page that was perfect for our little elf friends- Elf Donuts.  


These are so so simple to make and great fun to do with little people.   All you need are some



Icing Sugar

Hundreds and Thousands.

Now Elves are just like us and like all different types of donut.  Some prefer chocolate, some like them with sprinkles and some prefer iced.   So we made sure we catered for all different tastes.  We used icing sugar (with a drip of water to make it stick) to sprinkle on some of our Cheerios, we melted Nutella and dunked some in that, and we also put some of our Nutella covered Cheerios in a little pot of hundreds and thousands too.

We let them set and then popped them into an empty small match box to make them presentable for the Elves.  


We were having a snuggly day- hence the bed hair.  I do brush it. When she will let me I might add.


Some friends tried them to make sure they were acceptable to leave out for the real elves on Christmas Eve- they totally passed the taste test!


They taste pretty nice for Big People too as a little snack after getting busy in the kitchen!

Just a silly little idea, but we had lots of fun doing it together, and it is another way of getting into the magic of Christmas with my girls.  

After all, through the eyes of a nearly three year old, what could be better than little mini donuts for Father Christmas and his teeny tiny elves?  


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