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Hello! Happy New Year!  Wow, it is a long time since I did a post! hopefully 2016 will be the year I keep on top of my blog! We shall see :) I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, we did, and I have quite a few photos to share with you! So I think I had better get started!

Since it is such a long time since I last posted, I thought I would share some photos from the Summer first, as we did have a lovely Summer and enjoyed so many nice days out, we are very lucky to live quite close to a few different lovely beaches, so we can always enjoy days out there, whatever the weather, but it is particularly nice in Summer ( even though our Summers mean wearing coats to the beach, lol! ), Julia loves the beach!

Julia turned two in October, goodness me! Where does the time go! We made her a special cake for her birthday, a Little Miss Sunshine cake, as she is our Little Miss Sunshine :)

We had a day out at a nearby petting farm which Julia really enjoyed!

 

And she loved the dolly I made her for her birthday too, I love making things for my little one!

Halloween was wonderful! Julia dressed as a super cute clown, and we all went to the seafront, to walk along the promenade to watch all the beautiful lights, have chips looking out to sea, and then walking in the park directly opposite the beach to see all the magical lights, with a certain Alice In Wonderland theme going on :)

In late November, John, Julia and I all went to Beamish Museum, and had one of the most wonderful days out ever! Christmas at Beamish has just begun, so everywhere was completely magical, very old world Christmas, I love Beamish Museum, I could live there! Julia was dressed in her beautifully snug red winters coat, with her red scarf and bonnet ( which I crocheted for her ) on, and she just seemed to fit right in with Beamish wearing this ensemble! She would not keep her mittens on though, her little hands were perishing bless her, so whenever we could, we would wrap her right up under her blanket ( which I also made for her, by cutting down an old throw which was beautifully soft, hemming it and adding a crochet border, Julia loves this blanket! )  in the pushchair, to keep her hands warm, but after a while, the blanket would come off too! Here are some photos of our perfect day out at Beamish..

We had a lovely Christmas day, as I hope you did too! I knitted myself and Julia matching Christmas jumpers which we both wore together on Christmas day, here is mine ( I did wear mine but have not got a photo :) )

and here is Julia wearing hers at Johns mam and dads when we went for Christmas dinner

Julia enjoyed Christmas morning so much, opening her presents, seeing Santa Claus has been and ate his supper Julia left out for him and his reindeer before she went to bed, Julia loved the gifts I made for her, a baby doll…

and a crocheted tea set, which she was particularly taken with!

I made the little bag for the tea set too :)

At the moment I am knitting Julia a Peppa Pig jumper which I am really enjoying doing and can not wait to see Julia wear this, she loves Peppa Pig!

Well, that’s that for now, I really hope you enjoyed my blog catch up, I will try my best to keep on top of my blog this year, promise :)

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog, all the best for 2016!

Take care, bye for now :) xxx

 

 

 

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