I’m so happy to be jumping back into recording our ordinary moments in 2017, I love to share a whole variety of things on here but this blog will first and foremost always be my journal of motherhood and our online family scrapbook and those are the kind of posts that I want to make sure get written this year. Rather than stay in my head, quickly to be buried in my memory under shopping lists and how to build Cinderella’s castle out of duplo, and then lost to the depths forever. And I couldn’t be more excited than I am to start off the year with the most extraordinary of ordinary moments, a brand new baby in the family! Because when you think about it, being born is an ordinary moment isn’t it? I mean, everyone does it. There are babies being born all over the world, every single day. No big deal. Except of course that it’s the biggest fudging deal in the universe and I don’t think it would be over the top to hold a parade! I love a new baby. No matter how many fresh newborn babies I hold in my arms, I will never ever get used to that awe inspiring…

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Just before Christmas we were lucky enough to be invited to watch Disney on Ice presents Frozen at the 02 arena. The only way to describe the show is just… amazing. We had brilliant seats so Mabel and Greta got to see the characters up close, wave and shout hello to them and see them wave back. It was magical, the girls were spellbound and the absolute wonder their faces the whole way through is something I will never forget, in fact I’m sure they will be talking about it themselves for a good while to come! Being firmly in the home education mentality now, I’m keen to turn anything we can into a learning opportunity, so when I heard that Disney on Ice has an educational program called Fit to Dance, that combines storytelling and dance,  of course we were going to give it a go! The idea is simple, your child/children make up their own story, and then they tell their story through dance, just like the Disney on Ice performers. I love any project that mixes physical activity with another subject and it seemed like it would be right up Mabel’s street. She loves making up her own narratives in…

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I am always in a very reflective mood at this time of year and I love nothing more at the end of December than looking back at the year that’s passed to re-live the ups and downs and see how far we’ve come since January. This year feels like a special year, our first full year as a family of five, in our new house, with me at home full time. I almost didn’t write this post because even though if there’s one thing I love more than reflecting it’s writing about my reflections… I had no idea how I could begin to sum up this year in one blog post that was in any way somewhat readable. Until I had the idea of looking back on our year through the photographs I took. 2016 was the year, thanks to this blog, that I discovered a love of photography that I never knew I had. Well, actually I feel a bit ridiculous calling it photography, it’s more like just taking a few photos of my kids and then cropping out Carl’s arm or whatever body part he’s managed to get into the frame (he’s always in the way of my perfect shot). But…

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I love a real Christmas tree and since we’ve had our Children, apart from the one year that I chickened out because we had a toddling 12 month old Greta and a hyper two and a half year old Mabel, we’ve had one every Christmas. But up until now, our methods of choosing the perfect tree have always been questionable at best. It normally involves me sending Carl and Mabel off to the big DIY store on a spur of the moment decision that we must put our tree up TODAY! We can’t fit all five of us plus tree in the car unfortunately, so I have to stay at home to give the front room a last minute tidy… I then receive a phone call as Carl tries to describe the various merits of the trees in front of him, followed by countless photos being sent to my phone before I tell him to just make a bloody decision for once and get whatever he thinks… Yeah, great start to Christmas! So this year I thought we’d take a different approach to finding our tree, so back in November I did a google search for Christmas tree farms in Hampshire and came up trumps when I…

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It’s been ages since I joined in with the siblings project, but I happened to have some photos of the three of them that I took back at the beginning of December so I decided spur of the moment to write a little update. I’ve been doing vlogmas this month so I’ve mostly been hanging out over on YouTube when I’m not editing videos and wrapping presents. Vlogmas is a video a day every day in December until Christmas Eve if you’re wondering what on earth I’m going on about. I’m loving capturing all our festive memories so much, but it’s certainly taking up a lot of my time, and I didn’t realise how much I’ve missed writing on my blog until I just opened up the laptop to write this. But anyway, it’s not about me, it’s about this crazy little bunch! Ernie has changed so much in the last couple of months and it’s made a big difference to how the all interact as a unit. He’s walking properly now, and of course that means that he can charge through the girls games causing havoc and destruction, which he does… frequently. The high pitched cries of ‘NO BABY!!’ are heard frequently ringing out from…

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We finally joined the National Trust in August and I can already tell you that hands down it has been our best buy of the year. There are so many lovely places to explore using our cards, that we have only just managed to scratch the surface so far, but on Saturday we made our first return visit to a property and that was to Mottisfont to do their Twelve Days of Christmas family trail. We picked up a trail booklet from the entrance in return for a donation of a pound and quickly spotted the first stop on our trail, a partridge in a pear tree of course! The girls aren’t familiar with this song yet so it was met with blank stares, and even stranger looks when I started singing… but they loved the adventure of looking in the book for the next thing to spot and then running along the path until they found it. At each stop there was something for us to do, ranging from giving each other a bug hug, to throwing goose eggs in a basket, to shaking our tail feathers like a swan! Mabel loves a quest or a task to complete so…

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Last week we sat down for one of our first Christmas traditions of the year, writing our letters to Father Christmas. I wanted Mabel to have a go at writing some of it herself this year so I made her a special word mat with photos of some toys that I knew she liked with their names underneath so she could copy them if she wanted to. Greta cut pictures out of the Toys R Us book and stuck them on a piece on paper so that she could do something herself, and I wrote down what they wanted me too as well. We used this printable from ichild.co.uk because I liked that there was a space at the top to write all the good things you have been doing this year. Mabel’s number one toy that she’s after this year is a code-a-pillar, along with any and every accessory that you can think of to go with her baby dolls. Greta is wishing for some Ben and Holly play sets, in particular the Elf Rocket, after developing a bit of an obsession with the Little Kingdom and watching it incessantly on Netflix for about a month now. If Ernie could talk,…

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Ahh the yearly visit to see Father Christmas, one of the most anticipated moments of parenthood. I know I get excited about taking the children every year. I can’t wait to see their faces light up, hear what they chose to say to the big man in red, see their hands clenched tightly around the first little gift of the festive season, it is such an exciting time and to be honest I’m not sure who loves it more, me or them! Marwell Zoo is well known around these parts as being one of the best places to go and see Father Christmas and get the full magical experience, so I was delighted when they kindly invited us down to kick off the festive season with them and experience Christmas at Marwell. In the spirit of squeezing as much magic and excitement out of the situation as possible (and because I only had to keep my mouth shut for a couple of days), we decided to keep the whole trip as a complete surprise for the girls. As well pulled into the car park at Marwell, all Mabel and Greta knew was that we were going somewhere special for the day, so when…

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