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These are the days of our lives, the days we will remember always, the happy, blissful days, the festive days, the fantastic days.

Christmas was simply wonderful this year!

We all went to the park, twice, we fed the ducks and other birds, and relished the sweet serenity of nature, the quiet of Winter, to escape, just for a little while, from the hustle and bustle of Christmas.

I crocheted us all Christmas stockings, and tried my best to cross stitch and embroider nicely on them, although they are not perfect, they are loved, so my making them was very worthwhile indeed.

Christmas Eve, we all put our new pyjamas and slippers on, and watched The Muppets Christmas Carol together, something we will do each year and make a family tradition, I read Julia The Night Before Christmas, before we tucked her in and left her to dream of sugar plums.

Christmas morning was wonderful, watching Julia open her presents and get excited over what she found beneath the festive paper! I am pleased to say she loves all her toys, including the dolly I crocheted for her! After present opening and breakfast, we all went to Johns parents to see family and have dinner there, it was lovely watching Julia with the other young children of our family, Julia is the youngest, we have two 3 year olds and a 2 year old in our family too, and watching her join in with their games, and interact with them is very sweet indeed :)

Boxing Day was a kind of second Christmas in our house, as my dad and Pam came over, they were unable to come over on Christmas Day, so we treated Boxing Day as a second Christmas. We all enjoyed a lovely tea together, and watched, happily as Julia opened her presents and delighted in what she received. Julia is such a loving baby, she loves to give cuddles, snuggling down into your neck and saying ‘ahhhhhh! ‘

I have just finished crocheting Julia a jumper, and am going to start on another one for her tonight, I have lots and lots of things planned which I want to make for our gorgeous girl.

Each night, once Julia is bathed, in her clean pyjamas, has had her bedtime bottle of milk, and is snug in her sleeping bag, cuddling her comforter, I read her a bedtime story, something we both love doing each night, and we are especially enjoying making our way through all her lovely new books, and also some old ones too, my childhood books.

Julia can now climb onto the settee all by herself, which she thinks is great fun! She adores cuddling into Foxy and Scrappy, they’re all the bestest friends! She is into everything now, our home is one huge adventure for her, an adventure she is loving being on.

We recently found out that Julia has to wear glasses for the foreseeable future, we collected them earlier this week ( 2 pairs ) and already one pair has been broken, so we’ll have to take them in to be fixed next week, and we are having some difficulty in persuading Julia to keep her other good pair on, she will wear them for a while, half an hour is the longest, but then she remembers they are there and will take them off, if anyone has any experience of toddlers wearing glasses, I would be very grateful if you could pass on any tips on how to get your toddler to keep them on.

It is a cool crisp day today, there is a hard frost on the ground but the sun is shining. Soon, we’ll all be having Sunday dinner, and enjoying a quiet family day together.

Happy New Year to you, with all our love from Julia, John, Melanie, Foxy, Scrappy, Jack and Whiskey xxx



I love books about Christmas! I always have done, the very first picture in this post I adore, it is from Miss Read’s book Over The Gate, a story about rival neighbours which is very humorous! I love how the little girls and their mamas are dressed in this picture :)

Each Christmas I love to look through all the Christmas books in the house ( which includes Julia’s books this year too ), stories, compilations, craft books, cookery and crochet books, I love to leaf through the pages and be seeped in Christmas magic!

Each night, at Julia’s bedtime, I am reading Julia a story from the book My Christmas Treasury ( which is a fabulous book! ) and then singing her a carol from the book, she loves it, as do I!

I have just finished reading Enid Blyton’s Christmas Stories ( which has only come out this year ), it is such a lovely book, with short Christmas stories and a long story running right through the book called Family Christmas, which goes through all the traditions of Christmas. I have recently attained quite a few Enid Blyton books ( more about which I will write in my next post ) after a long time of wishing for them, 2 of which you see here, the Christmas book and Julia Saves Up. I had the latter when I was little and loved this book, it has Christmas stories as well as normal stories in it’s pages, and of course with the title story been about a little girl called Julia, I could not resist!

The doll I was crocheting for Julia for Christmas turned out not so good, so I have crocheted the doll you see above instead :) It is a Waldorf inspired doll, done using this pattern, I really enjoyed making this one, and with the pattern been so versatile, I will definitely be using it again! I shall wrap this dolly up for Christmas for Julia, I can not wait to see her face when she opens this! We managed to get a wooden dolls cot to match the highchair and pram ( see previous post ), so she will have the set come Christmas morning, the cot was really hard to obtain, and I thought it would have to be after Christmas when we got it, but thankfully they came back in stock and we got it for our gorgeous girl :)

Julia is cutting new teeth on an almost daily basis now! She loves to show us her tooty pegs bless her, our beautiful baby girl :)

I am loving the build up to Christmas, it is probably my most favourite time of the year, and Christmas with a toddler in the house is magic! I am loving the wrapping of presents, the making and buying of gifts, the writing out and delivering of cards, I loved putting the tree up and seeing Julia’s reaction to it ( wary at first, but now she won’t leave it alone! ), listening too and singing Christmas carols, reading Christmas stories quietly and aloud, planning on what Christmas fare to cook and bake, I am really looking forward to going to the Women’s Institute ( of which I am a member ) Christmas party with a good friend of mine, that will be fun! Yes, I love Christmas :)

Thank you for reading everyone, bye for now :) xx