Monday, 16 December 2013

A holly jolly christmas Sunday

Yesterday morning huggable towers all woke early(well everyone but the huggable one!) and got ourselves ready for what was to be our festive day out. The smallest lady in our clan went to spend the day with her marmar and daddad and uncle dimon as it was very cold and manchester at Christmas time equals not to much fun for babies and new mamas!! So the day was extra special for Hope as she got mama and daddy to herself. 
Off we toddled to the train station nice and early only to find the times had changed and we just missed one so we hoped on a bus and made our merry way in. The day was planned to start with a visit to Father Christmas but this soon was a disappointment as apparently he was "to busy" to see my girl in the words of the elf who we spoke to!! Que tears!!
To be honest I was a little annoyed myself as we have booked every year for past three years but for some reason the website kept freezing ( which I explained to the elf) and we have always been really pleased with the service.  We decided we would sort something out for another Santa visit as our week is now super busy but little did we know the markets held a little surprise for us. 
I love christmas it's hands down my favourite time of year and I get right into the swing if thing much to the mr's embarrassment including singing along to brass bands and cheering for buskers!! By the way when did people stop wishing each other merry christmas?! I say it to everyone like sales assistants etc but all I got back was blank states! Bar-humbug indeed!!!
The girlie and I snuggled up and feasted in mini pancakes and chocolate!! Mmmm

Hope has become obsessed with nut wackers (lol) so loved the windmill ontop of the pancake house. 

We made our way through the town and its many buskers and entertainment

Like this guy singing a bit of swing and another dude being a one man band who did a nice jack Johnson!

We saw singing trees....

And even the police horses were feeling festive. 

On to Albert square we went stopping for mulled wine and hot chocolate with baileys
Even the bars were decked out

We explored stalls filled with tasty treats and special wears including nut wackers

Somewhere nestled in amongst them was a stall selling trinkets of the Celtic variety and beautiful Irish sheepskins (hello Xmas wish list) where a lovely eccentric good willed jolly fellow stood. I had a chat with him and could have listened to his calming Irish lilt all day. I explained about old father c being busy and this chap decided to tell huggable that he himself was Father Christmas and he was hiding in the market watching who was naughty and nice. He told my girlshe was most defiantly on his nice list and ssssh don't tell people where he was!! Hope was so full of Christmas cheer and excitement after that and has told everyone she saw father missmas!!!
You may notice he's actually a Viking but hey to an almost three year old he's the real deal!!

So happy cheered and laden with sweet treats and gifts we headed home to our teeny lady whom I had missed. 

We had started the day dressed in seasonal style...

But it ended as a little pirate haha xx

Aaarrrggh a merry christmas to ye!!

Friday, 13 December 2013

It's beginning to look like christmas...

We put our tree up nice and early on the first day of December this year and in honor of our two little ladies we have a sparkly navy tree with lots of pink and purple sparkle and glitter going on!! Decked in fairies and mini teapots and magic keys. 

We even got the huggable one a little pink tree of her own that she proudly decorated. ( it also stopped her touching mummy's!)

There's little bits of traditional decorations mixed in our home to along with some new baby's first christmas ones and lots of bits of Hope as its the only time we get anything with huggables name on!

This is a special gift Hope got on her first christmas from her special matey uncle Dimon (Simon to you an me) and aunty moo moo. It's a very tiny silver zoo in a lovely engraved box. The animals all signify something special like the elephant is for long life, the wolf is for family and friends, the bear is for wisdom and the lion is courage. It's so lovely and a special keepsake we will always treasure. 

Along with our festive decor and perhaps adding just a touch my pink is also a lot of new baby girl decoration cards, gifts and balloons all to welcome our newest girl just in time for Christmas 2013!

Did anyone every get a nicer gift at Christmas than a newborn babe?!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

A couple of months in photos

Like i said the last few months have been crazy so u thought I'd let some photos do the talking....

A last few bump shots

A train ride and plenty of shopping with my girl and mama

Den building in the last light days followed by some days kite flying with daddy

And some last minute baby scans and appointments

Plenty of snoozing going on

And then we had halloween to celebrate
And get crafty for
And of course get dressed up for

Lots of cuddles too

Then finally the big day arrived and baby owl was delivered!!!

Baby owl turned out to be a gorgeous little girl just like her sister!!