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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

 

 


6 Responses

  1. #1
    Pom Pom 

    Hi Melanie! Aw! J looks so cute in her glasses! Maybe you could get a pair for her dolly and tell her that Dolly MUST wear them or she can’t play as well. Maybe you need some fake glasses to set the example! :)
    I’m so glad you had such a happy Christmas! I was reading some of your old posts last night and I bet you can’t even keep track of all the things you have crocheted!
    Reading the old posts reminded me of The Darling Buds of May. I must find that again!
    Take care, good girl!

  2. #2
    admin 

    Hi Pom Pom :-) she does look cute in her glasses doesn’t she! I thought about making glasses from pipe cleaners for Julias dolly, I think this is a good idea, also I wear glasses for reading, crocheting, watching telly, so I’ll just have to keep them on more often, then hopefully Julia will do the same!

    Goodness me! Nope, I’m afraid I can’t keep track of all I’ve crocheted lol

    Oh yes, The Darling Buds Of May is a wonderful series, I love it! Do you watch Call The Midwife? The new series will be starting soon, I love it :-)

    Take care x

  3. #3
    Bev C 

    Hello Melanie

    Happy New Year. You Christmas with Julia sounds like lots of fun and a huge lot of memories to go with it. I had to smile at the photo of Julia with her glasses, she looks so grown up. Have they got a strap around the back, that is the only suggestion I have. Plus perseverance! Just love the stockings you made up.

    Happy days.
    Bev.

  4. #4
    admin 

    Hi Bev, thank you, happy new year :-)
    Yes, we all had a wonderful Christmas!
    I know she does look grown up with her glasses on doesn’t she! I’ll ask the optician if they have a strap for them next time I’m in.
    Glad you like the stockings! I’m not the best at stitching, but I tried my best,
    Take care x

  5. #5
    susan 

    Happy New Year to you and your family, Melanie. That baby of yours couldn’t be any cuter – she looks like she enjoyed every bit of Christmas. Your stockings that you made are lovely and I think the stitching is just perfect. You’ll have them forever!

  6. #6
    admin 

    Hi Susan, thank you, happy new year! :-)
    Yip, Julia certainly did enjoy Christmas, and she is loving playing with all her new toys!
    Awwww, thank you, I’m glad you like the stockings, they’ll be getting hung on the fireplace every Christmas.
    Take care x

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