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Julia is walking all over now, and is even trying to climb! The stairs, on furniture, we’re having to keep a sharp eye on her to make sure she doesn’t come a cropper! I can not believe how much our girl has grown, how advanced she is now, every day she amazes me, I love being a mother, motherhood is wonderful, I am fulfilled. I find myself writing in my diary, trying to capture every little thing that Julia has done, no matter how small, as I know these moments are fleeting, and I want it all there, caught on the page, so that in years to come, I can look back, remember and smile. I take many photos ( and videos ) of our beautiful girl, not just posed ones, but photos of Julia playing, walking, eating, doing her every day activities, I want to catch it all, as time goes by so quick, I am still amazed that it is 14 months since our gorgeous girl was born! At this very moment I have photos of Julia printing :)

The photos of Julia wearing her pink t.shirt and leggings were took at my dad and Pam’s house, the t.shirt was a gift from them brought back from Majorca in the Summer, this is the first time Julia has worn it and it is still a little too big, but never mind, the writing on it made us all laugh :) We had a lovely time at Nanna and Grandads house,Julia exploring, climbing, walking, laughing and ‘reading’ the TV magazine lol, Julia loves any reading material, she loves to flick through the pages, we have a budding reader here!

I’ve put some photos of my Enid Blyton books here ( as mentioned in the previous post ) I used to love Enid Blyton when I was little, and was very sad when my mother gave all my books away, but now, my collection has begun again! I saw on Ebay some very good deals on Enid Blyton books, so they’re an early Christmas pressie to myself, which will bring such joy to not just myself, but Julia too, I am so looking forward to reading these to Julia! My favourite was the Happy Hours Story Book, and my favourite within this book was the stories of the Happy House Children, such wholsome, innocent, happy stories :)

I’ve just ordered this, this and this Christmas book, which I am really hoping arrive soon so I can read them before Christmas ( 2 are coming from the US so I am guessing they’ll probably not get here before Christmas ) but not to worry, I will enjoy these books at any time of the year, as the stories within them sound so lovely, homely and magical, and let’s face it, I love Christmas so I can read about it and enjoy it any time of the year :)

I was trying to buy A Christmas Dress For Ellen and The First Christmas Stocking, but they’re both so expensive to buy in the UK ( in book form, I don’t have a kindle ) for some reason? If you anyine knows where I could buy these books at a reasonable price, I’d be really grateful if you would let me know :)

I’m crocheting a Christmas stocking each for Julia, John and I, to hang on our fireplace on Christmas Eve, ready for Santa Claus arriving :)

Well, better get going, Christmassy things to do :)

Thank you for reading, bye for now :) x

 

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

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