January 6, 2014
Our first Christmas as a 3 started off stressful, for various reasons, but we managed to pull it back and make it special for us, Jessica had no idea what was going on of course but I have been establishing traditions with my husband for a couple of years already so I brought in some more just for her…
I decorated as soon as I could, although we didn’t put much up this year due to Jessica being a bit ill at the beginning of the month we didn’t really have the time and then we had to cancel our annual Christmas open house so I didn’t feel like adorning the house quite as much.
It was lovely getting all our tree ornaments out though, we buy something every year and have a few from our honeymoon so I always reminisce…
Instead of the usual Christmas drinks every night after work I made time for brunches and afternoon tea with friends at local spots…
I became obsessed with gingerbread hot chocolates and chai lattes at the cafes down the road, and my morning coffee was still enjoyed all by myself albeit in the dark with Christmas magazines.
I ate a million mince pies as usual, the best being the ones from Marks Bread and some from Prestat that my Mum brought over… to be enjoyed with boozy hot chocolates with cream of course!
On the last Sunday before Christmas we had a friends Christmas treat with lunch at The Ethicurian, a place I have wanted to eat at for a long time (I had breakfast there a long time ago) and I was not disappointed.
The setting itself is beautiful, we enjoyed some celebration bubbles… another baby on the way (not me of course) and this Somerset valley is one of my most favourite places…
We ate the prettiest, tastiest food too, I ate scallops followed by the most tender rib of beef ever and the best cake I ever tastiest… I am going back for that very soon; toffee apple cake…
I wrapped presents in my usual brown parcel paper, this year with black ribbon and white tags not super festive but oh so stylish… which I did fuelled by a little glass of something festive…
We got Jessica a cute Christmas outfit, which I really loved putting her in, I don’t think she was quite sure about her hat!
Our new tradition this year is that we all get to open a present on Christmas Eve, which will be new pajamas. This was so fun even though Jessica doesn’t care right now, she looked super cute, and I will love doing this every year, it felt really special.
We didn’t get her many presents this year but I did get her he cutest (biggest) stocking and a cute Maileg doll… I love their toys they are so pretty.
She got lots of presents but my favourites were the sign for her door that her Dad got her, and her first pair of Nikes from our friend Daddison… she is going to look so cool in these.
I got spoilt rotten, my Husband got me a beautiful diamond J on a white gold band which is so beautiful!
I also got some little Chanel packages which always goes down well… plus quite a bit more, lets just say I will be writing thank you letters for days.
We spent Christmas day at my in-laws with all of the that side plus my Mama joined us so no rushing around which was amazing. We all sat together and opened our gifts in front of the fire with bubbles before eating a gorgeous dinner, and repeating it all over again on Boxing day before trying and failing to walk it all off in the winter sunshine…
I already love Christmas but I cannot wait to see Jessica grow to love it too, it’s so exciting to think about the years ahead.
We spent New Year at a friend’s house with a small group, everyone cooked Indian food and we feasted before drinking some Champagne watching the fireworks from around the world on television while the baby’s slept upstairs… it was perfect and just all about I could manage this year!
Now I am enjoying a lovely week of quality time with my husband before he goes back to work with lots of walks and lunches.
September 4, 2013
This wedding was photographed by Pete Cranston who exhibited at the Eco Wedding Fair last year and when he shared a link to the storyboard I asked if I could share it immediately… because it looked like such a fun day and the images are just amazing… take a look!
Go to Pete Cranston’s website for more images of this day, including lots of great portraits of the newlyweds.
August 15, 2013
These are amazing, totally bookmarking these for the babe’s future birthday party’s (which by the way I cannot wait for!)
Available from Yellow Owl Workshop
August 7, 2013
Last week my very lovely and generous friends Sarah and Michele threw me a baby shower…
They gathered a group of girlfriends and we all went to one of my favourite places; riverstation for mezze, bubbles and cake…
Sarah had gotten us all the tastiest cupcakes, all decorated with prams, bows and babies…
It’s so good to have occasions to bring lots of friends from different groups together, all my ladies in one place was so fun…
It was a very girly affair, there were huge displays of pink peonies and hydrangea’s from Michele (thanks to Edward Allen), pink polka dot balloons, streamers and confetti…
The food was great, lots of middle eastern mezze, vegetarian bites and chips!
I love these photos, so many faces that look like they are getting some very juicy gossip…
…and these, I just know Sarah said something outrageous but I cannot remember what it was…
But I can tell by our faces it was good…
Then I opened presents, I mean seriously amazing presents. A huge thank you to all of my wonderful friends for coming and for the gifts for Baby T, she is a very lucky girl and I cannot wait to dress her up in all the cute things.
My very grown up 5-year-old (when did that happen) godson helped me open my presents, a good job too or we would have been there for a while. I didn’t get photos of them all…
Little vans from Sofi!
Then we all played a couple of baby games, finished the bubbles and ate the cake and I went home very overwhelmed and cried over my gifts!
So very lucky! HUGE thanks to Michele and Sarah for the shower and also to everyone for coming. Also big thank you to Hamish our only male guest who came to take these lovely photographs.
August 5, 2013
I have been a busy bee of late, no change there except that I don’t think I can handle it anymore! Most of it has been lovely things though so I am not complaining…
This year going quite heavily pregnant I think I appreciated it even more, it came at a time when I really needed to unwind, I spent lots of time quietly reading and swimming… as I couldn’t use of most of the spa facilities I read a lot of glossies.
I also had a few amazing treatments, facials and pregnancy massage, which were amazing. I am starting to feel so heavy now so am looking into some pregnancy massage here at home. I know how good they make you feel, it’s so worth it.
I love the breakfast in bed at Ragdale… although one day I woke up so early by the time it arrived I was starving… luckily I took a few emergency snacks.
It was so hot and humid so I really enjoying jumping into the outdoor pool for a cooler swim, even walking out in the evening to dip my hot feet in. We were glad when a storm arrived to cool us all down – even if the temperature didn’t drop that much.
There was also lots of eating… tea and cake in the garden is a must, normally I am too full as the meals at Ragdale are 3 courses every time but we decided to skip a few courses here and there to make room, so glad I did my rose cupcake was gorgeous, so was my sisters red velvet cake!
The final preparations for Baby’s arrival are happening, and presents keep arriving – we feel so lucky. My Mama got us this beautiful Moses basket.
My Mr also brought me a beautiful dress to wear to my baby shower… I love every piece I have brought from Isabella Oliver and if you keep an eye on their offers and sales you can really get a bargain. Their clothes are well made and make you feel pulled together at a time when it’s really hard to do that.
I have been enjoying the last few weeks of quiet time with my husband, going out for breakfast and talking nothing but Baby, also eating and indulging when I can, I get full so very quickly so small snacks are me right now.
I had a lovely lunch in the sunshine near Bath with my Dad, I love the Cross Guns at Avoncliff, for the location alone it’s worth a visit. A real country pub with lots of ales on tap and proper pub food.
My gorgeous friends Sarah and Michele also threw me the most wonderful baby shower… here is a little peak of my dress and a snippet of all the amazing gifts Baby was given. I have the best friends, and cannot wait to show you more when I get the photos, it was a supremely girly affair.
This weekend is the start of trying to have more downtime, I am still working full-time which is becoming tough – any tips from other Mama’s on getting through my last month would be great!
We met friends at a festival in a park near where I used to live… it’s easily one of the best parks in Bristol… I love this avenue of trees…
Then we got BBQ take out and watching movies on the sofa… the first time I have managed to do so in forever.
Yesterday I made a breakfast favourite of creamy scrambled eggs and smoked salmon and did lots of tidying and organising in between sitting staring at my flowers and cards… it was a good weekend.