Family fun: top shot.
Memories are made of this.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, spent with my husband’s family, including our two wonderful nieces. All the adults got to play ‘pass the baby’ and get cuddling time in with the little man, whilst the girls all played together, seemingly oblivious to their age span of nine years old down to two and a half. I was able to sit back and just savour the moment, watching the way our girly idolised the two bigger girls, who seemed equally thrilled to have such a young playmate to cosset and love. It was beautiful.
Laugh out loud.
Children’s eating habits – a total conundrum! I’ve been trying since my girly was first weaned to get her to eat pasta, with absolutely no success. And I’ve really tried! Plain, buttered, with sauce, with cheese, white, wholewheat, spaghetti. You name it, I’ve tried it. A few days at my mum’s, and she was practically eating her own body weight in pasta. Unbelievable. Still, it is a new habit which I am pleased to say has stuck, so I’m not complaining too loudly. It certainly makes mealtime menus a bit more diverse at last!
‘Wherever we are, it is our friends that make our world.’
Music makes me happy.
Daddy’s taking us to the zoo tomorrow. There are so many things about this holiday which have been ‘firsts’. Or at least firsts at an age where our little girl has been properly able to engage with the experience and remember it. This week we took her to a zoo, and predictably, we sang this song over and over on the journey there! The place is a very small-scale affair, but with a really genuine focus on animal welfare and walk through enclosures, which give incredible opportunities for meaningful interaction with the animals. I thought it was fabulous. The first thing we saw when we arrived was a pair of hens strutting around the entrance. Our girly has a bit of a thing about chickens, so that was her at fever pitch already! But then walking through the wallaby enclosure and being able to stroke them, and then going through the lemur enclosure, where they were climbing up my legs for a closer look…well,that was just the icing on the cake. It was a super exciting day for our animal lover girl (and her mummy, if I’m being really honest!).
Going for a super-posh tea tasting and afternoon tea experience at the Wedgwood Visitor Centre, with my sister-in-law, who I am also lucky to be able to call a dear friend. It felt very luxurious, both as an experience to be savoured in its’ own right, but also as the opportunity to be able to spend some real quality time with a good friend. In fact, we worked very hard to make time during the entire trip to catch up with really good friends. Those friends that you just know will always be there, even when thousands of miles and multiple time zones separate you. It was utterly blissful to be able to see each other properly face to face, hug each other breathless and then settle down for serious cake eating, tea drinking, and talking about the minutiae of our lives.