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.
December 31, 2012
So Christmas is over, it really is a great time of year but I feel I have been too busy to fully enjoy it as I normally do. Looking through my photographs though, the few I managed to take through the whirlwind of visits I can see we had a lovely time.
This was my first Christmas as a wife here in the UK, and I was determined to start a few fun traditions for my new family.
The first is that we get our tree up as soon as possible, decorating my house has to be one of my favourite parts of the holiday season.
The second is that we will have an evening of Christmas shopping together, hopefully to finish off our list and then get drunk on mulled wine at the Christmas market, it isn’t hard that stuff is so strong…
I had multiple Christmas dinners this year starting with my office Christmas dinner at Graze, where I ate delicious pheasant and a mulled berries crème brûlée.
There was also a birthday party with friends where we had to dress as superheros, I came straight from another party and was given finger torches on entry… the coolest thing ever, also a great gift for kids, they are going in everyone’s stocking next year… so fun.
I also got to wear my sparkly bridesmaid shoes again…
I had brunch with my friends and their children – my ‘god-children’ at riverstation’s bakery day, not many places can do scrambled eggs that I like more than my own.
I brought a ton of bread that I am not sure how we got through, all of it delicious. You must follow riverstation on twitter and look out for the next one.
We also had our last wedding of the year the following day with a subtle winter theme and using riverstation’s own Christmas decorations…
They had the prettiest canapés and red and blue (!) cocktails…
I got given boxes of chocolates (from myself and my bosses)… I am obsessed with those salted caramels, and the Limoncello ones come in this beautiful tin and are amazing, very strong. They will be my pudding in January as one is more than enough!
I wrapped a ton of presents, another favourite thing of mine, I love to find a theme for my wrapping.
This year I had brown paper and added a little sprig of Christmas tree and wrote on them in chalk pen, before wrapping in ribbon and jingle bells, I did want twine but my order didn’t arrive in time.
I wrapped my husbands presents in red paper and made little Christmas wreaths to make his a little different from the rest.
Christmas Eve we went to visit my Mama and had our Christmas day with her and my brother and his girlfriend… starting off nice and healthy with nut roast and tons of vegetables, my Mum is vegetarian and I was so thankful for this light start to all of the eating!
That’s our Father Christmas jug, it seems everyone has their Christmas table traditional piece that come s out once a year and this is ours… also my Mum got out her Grans table-cloth… so pretty and still looking brand new.
We opened our presents and all of us got utterly spoiled, my Mum picked out the prettiest necklace for me, something I wouldn’t have picked out for myself but I love it… making it all the more special.
Ditto with this bracelet from my Husband, a positive outlook is something both of us are very good at most of the time but it takes practise, this is for those days when I am not doing so well to remind me to look on the bright side. It’s also from my favourite shop.
Not to mention all the other presents including a little something in a Liberty bag from my Brother and his girl… a lots of thank you’s to write this year…
Then on Christmas Day my Mum made scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, again must be done on Christmas day… and we ate some of the amazing Christmasy bread from riverstation…
Before we left to come back to Bristol for dinner with friends and their kids… how fun is Christmas with children around?!
The hosts took care of the dinner and each of us brought a course… the canapés were amazing… we had goats cheese, tomato and basil bruschetta, bloody mary shots, pear and mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto, blini’s with salmon and creme fraiche and chorizo and prawn skewers… wow…
The turkey and millions of sides was amazing, big thanks to Abigail and Matt for having us and cooking all of that food… we had so much fun hanging out with everyone, expecially the kiddos.
I was doing dessert but with little time in December and no time before the day I brought one, some friends have an amazing company called Copoazu Ices and make amazing ice creams and for Christmas made ice cream cakes so I got one for us…
We had chocolate fondant, halzenut and espresso ices with red berries and marsala… YUM
It was insane. Highly recommended!
Now Christmas Day became Christmas night and we drank so many bubbles followed by red wine, followed by port… that Boxing Day was a bit of a write off… we spent the day snacking on the sofa and drinking juice…
After we had recovered we made our way to Hertfordshire and my in-laws house for our Christmas together, we had yet more presents and dinners with them at their lovely home…
We ate the Christmas Eve dinner of ham with dauphinoise potatoes and red cabbage with apple strudel for dessert…
They got their traditional Christmas table decoration out… robin salt and peppers, and the silver and the crystal…
We ate the traditional smoked salmon, although this was specially flown from Scotland as a gift to our Gran who shared this with us, and it was amazing. I am going to remember that for next year… it was like sashimi and we cut the fillet into little chunky slices. Delicious.
Then we opened our presents with some Champagne and I rested up with the amazing Audrey before it was time to fill our bellies once again…
Then we pulled our homemade Christmas crackers and ate more turkey with all the trimmings…
We set fire to some brandy and enjoyed some Christmas pudding and coffee with my mother-in-laws favourite chocolates…
We ate cheese, more cheese, and more cheese which my Husband and I had picked up from Arch House Deli before we came… and which AlfieDog managed to steal and then still hung around for more the next day…
He managed to get more than half of the stinking bishop we had brought in one big lump from the table… although we think he regretted it when it made him burp like a man!
And we got spoilt all over again… with more lovely gifts and of course we gave ours too.
Lots of lovely time with our family. A great Christmas.
Now on to the New Years Eve parties… I am bracing myself, I could do with a night in!
I hope you all had a great holiday too.
December 25, 2012
December 24, 2012
December 17, 2012
…was one of those weeks that have left me feeling so blessed and had me smiling all the way to work this morning.
Lots of time with my closest friends; amazing.
It started last Wednesday with a day off to set up my school friend Hannah’s wedding… she had the most amazing December wedding at a big country house in Somerset.
We spent the day setting up all the decor and details Hannah had planned… with cold skies and a deep frost the views couldn’t have been prettier.
We ran around our county pile like children checking out all the grand staircases and chandeliers…
…ballrooms and the library…
It was a mini adventure… and it’s a beautiful house…
I loved sneaking into all the rooms, getting a bit scared of possible ghostly residents and running away again with the other bridesmaids, and finding crazy little ornaments and furniture…
And seriously, those views… it’s times like this that I just adore winter.
Then after the rehearsal in a very cold church we headed over the border to Wiltshire for a night in Hannah’s parents village, which is just amazing. Their cottage is like my dream house.
Hannah and her parents simply spoiled us rotten, we had beautiful bridesmaid dresses, tons of presents, got our nails done and ate a homemade feast of lasagna before drinking lots of little cups of tea by the fire.
It was lovely getting to hang out with all the other girls a little before the big day… there were 11 of us after all…
Then it was wedding day!
Here are (some of) the beautiful Bridesmaid dresses and a sneaky peak of Hannah’s stunning gown… and my babys breath bouquet… so cute.
One of my favourite moments was when Hannah surprised her Dad with a drive to the church in his favourite car, a red Triumph Stag.
The church, in the prettiest Hamlet ever, was lovely as was the very relaxed Vicar, a really amazing ceremony despite the cold… we sang Christmas hymms and shed little tears of joy as Hannah and Tim said their vows…
The favours were little knitted Christmas tree decorations… we got a little angel and a snowman, already taking pride of place on my tree.
There was of course lots of bubbles, as well as Kir Royals, mulled cider and Indian food for the wedding breakfast, flowers in jam jars and Marmite jars (Hannah’s favourite), Christmas trees and glittery stars, as well as beautiful candles everywhere.
We had a our photos taken with fun props in the photo booth before dancing the night away to all the classics from our school days.
Hannah was the most beautiful bride as you can see. She is one of the best people I know and deserved to have such a wonderful day.
Huge Congratulations to her and her new Husband, big love to you both.
Friday we made it home a little hungover and spent the day at home getting ready for my friends visiting from Australia…
We ate wedding cupcakes and I added my bridesmaid mouse (in a replica dress) to my dresser to make friends with my bird…
Saturday was our Christmas drinks party at home, I hardly took any photographs with all the fun of friends but we made sausage rolls which went down a treat as well as a huge cheese board including a baked Camembert (always a hit) and a ton of crisps and dips and wedding cake (thanks Hannah for the catering of my party!)…
I just LOVE having friends over, my favourite people in my favourite place eating delicious food makes me very happy.
I love having guests and made lots of poached eggs on different toasts… you gotta try Marmite under poached eggs! And you all know about my love for avocado toast…
Then we spent the day yesterday at the Tobacco Factory eating lovely tapas and drinking red wine and declaring our love for each other. I really do adore my uni crew, I wish we all still living within yards of each other so this was a regular occurence.
Soppy me, soppy me. I loved it. Again please.
November 30, 2012
I know its still November but I just cannot help it…
I know I have mentioned Christmas a lot this week and one thing you do need to get organised as soon as possible is Christmas cards… so people can adorn their house!
Do you still send/give Christmas cards?
I know lots of people don’t but I just love to do it, I am still hoping I’ll find the time to make my own again this year as I have a great idea… but if I do buy some then here are my favourites… from Etsy of course.
I am a sucker for letterpress…
Eat, Drink and be Merry by Ink and Iron
Be Merry and Bright by Parrott Design Studio
Jolly Holiday by Ashley Paul
Let it Snow by Ink Meets Paper
Peace and Love, another beauty by Parrott Design Studios
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… by Ink Meets Paper again
Peace, Love, Joy by Vandalia Street Press
And this Rockin’ Christmas is so fun… by Steel Metal Press
Seems I am into pink type or traditional red colours this year!
Love them all, how do you choose?
November 29, 2012
I just found the cutest store!
Loglike is a UK based shop selling pretty things made from wood… Loglike
I love these little place markers… perfect for this time of year when people are having lots of dinners at home… I really want these!
This little birdy is so lovely… a little something blue, I’d like him for my bedroom shelving (I’m still not happy with the styling)
These would look great among leaves for an Autumn centrepiece.
But my favourite thing are these heart handled spoons. SO CUTE.
Visit Loglike for some great stocking fillers (they even have a tangerine and a lump of coal, how fun)