Yesterday I had the task of solo bedtime for only the third time since Felix was born. Now, I know this is pretty good going seeing as he is almost 9 months old! My first attempt back in December was a disaster. Ezra was sick in his bed. Felix woke up and I had them both downstairs wide eyed at 11pm!! Then the second time I got Ezra and Felix to bed but Joe came home before Violet went up so he took her.

Since both of those attempts, Ezra has moved out of the cot into a bunk bed and shares a room with Violet. So there’s the whole escaping possibility and also the 2 of them often enjoy a good giggle and shout before sleep.

I had to wear them out! So at 3.30pm we went for a woodland treasure hunt. We are lucky enough to live a 5 minute walk from some lovely woods and we go there often as it’s on the way to a good playground.

Violet and Ezra had their buckets and I set them challenges to find things on our walk. They collected:
Round stones

Sticks

A feather

Twigs with leaves still attached

Daisies

Grass

A big leaf

Something curly

Sycamore seeds

Crunchy leaves

A V shaped twig

Bark

Violet was so enthusiastic! Ezra was too but needed his big sis to help him find things. They walked and ran so much! Violet has said she wants to go on a treasure hunt again very soon!

The success of our impromptu hunt was that Violet and Ezra went to bed so easily! Felix wasn’t too bad either! And I got a lovely evening of peace. Yesterday I definitely won the day!

This year Christmas took on a whole new meaning with Violet being a fully believing 3 year old. Her excitement levels were at an all time high, probably something to do with the advent calendar sugar hit first thing in the morning! With a car full to bursting with presents we drove to spend a few festive days with my inlaws. Our only task to do before Christmas was to assemble Violet’s dolls house. Flat pack sends many a couple into a minefield of allen keys, instructions, screws and arguments but Joe and I worked as a team and here’s the finished result!
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The house even has a lift!!

That night I went to bed to find this…
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The following day we took a trip to Stanwick Lakes. It’s got an amazing adventure playground with sand, slides, climbing frames, tunnels and swings. We were the only family there braving the windy weather but it certainly helped the kids let off a bit of steam and avoid cabin fever.
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We then went to the café which looks over a beautiful lake for coffee and cake.
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That evening Violet was beside herself with excitement. Buzzing around like a bee she helped to set down a glass of sherry and a mince pie for Father Christmas and 2 carrots for the reindeer.
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She then squealed I HAVE TO GO TO BED NOWWWWW!! Once the children were in bed my sister-in-law got to work with making sure Violet’s Christmas morning was truly magical.
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Christmas morning came and Violet was amazed that Father Christmas had been and left everyone a stocking plus some extra pressies for Ezra and herself. She set to work ripping the wrapping paper off and was so happy with what she had received. Ezra also loved pulling the paper off his presents and exploring.
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We sat down to a delicious breakfast of bagles, scrambled egg, bacon, fruit and Bucks Fizz.

The afternoon had the family watching films, opening more presents and dancing!
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Both children received so many wonderful gifts but Violet in particular got some really fabulous presents….a shop, shopping trolley, huge dolls house and baby change bag. All things she loooves playing with!

Once we had spent a few days with my inlaws we went to my parents for Christmas part 2.
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I had worked so hard to get my mum’s crochet cushion finished in time and I’m thrilled with the finished result.

We spent time at home and also took a trip to Greenwich Park.
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Greenwich Park holds so many happy memories for me growing up. But I am now creating new memories with my little family.

Violet and Ezra are such lucky children to have family who love them so much and did everything they could to make their Christmas special, memorable and magical. They couldn’t want for anything more, and neither could I.
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