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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



Our Week – I put Julia in her Christening outfit ( she was Christened in August ) and got some more shots of her before she grows out of it, she is growing so fast now! Our beautiful girl, oh how I love her!


We made bread ( 2 types ) which Julia loved ( first loaf was made in the bread machine, but then our bread machine broke, so the second loaf was made in the oven ), and I made a lemon cake, another hit with the family! :)

We got all wrapped up, cosy and toasty and went for wonderful Autumnal walks ( I love this time of year )

We’ve been reading together, wonderful books from kind friends and family, and books that John and I have bought for our sweet girl, Julia loves to hold the board books while we’re reading, they’re strong and durable, perfect for one year old chubby hands and a one year old’s curiosity where everything goes into her mouth :) Her other books with paper pages myself or daddy hold whilst reading, just in-case those little chubby hands tear their pages……. this is a book house, I am a book worm, John likes books, and Julia is showing a definite and thrilling interest in them too, we have so many books in this house, and now Julia’s room holds quite a lot of books too, some from my childhood which I have gave to Julia, and some of my own childhood favourites which we have bought for Julia like the following piccie, I had the book Goose Eggs when I was little and loved it, then when I was pregnant I bought this book ( I no longer have the actual one from my childhood ) along with 3 other books in this wonderful series

and last week I ordered the last book in this series for Julia, and it is wonderful, definitely a one to read every Christmas!


I love reading to our girl

( the Beatrix Potter and Brambly Hedge books were mine when I was little )

( my dear grandad bought me the Beatrix Potter books when I was very young )

And speaking of books, I have recently ordered quite a few books for Julia and they’re just starting to arrive, the ‘new ‘ books we will wrap up for Christmas for Julia, but where I could not buy new, because these particular books are out of print, so I have had to order used, we will give to Julia now, these books are mainly Little Golden Books which I have only just discovered, but love! I suppose they’re the American equivalent to our Ladybird books? Little Golden Books have been going a long time, some books are still in print, some aren’t. One of the companies illustrators was a lady called Eloise Wilkin, and her illustrations are simply stunning, some of the best I have seen, they are wonderful, and the books I have ordered are mainly the ones with her illustrations, though that is not to say other illustrators for the Little Golden Books are not wonderful, because they are, I also love Sharon Kane

and this little book

But I particularly love the Eloise Wilkin books


I love these little books, as does our Julia, I think she’ll share with me :)

And more are on the way, so I’ll be posting about them as and when :)


I hope you all have a lovely weekend, bye for now :) x