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Happy New Year!

Wow, Christmas was a busy one!

We had a little tree this year, perfect size for the children to decorate. It was Frozen themed of course, which Jacob even enjoyed and sang ‘Let it go’ whilst decorating.

They got a new penguin that they named Snowflake and a polar bear they named Ben. Jacob seemed to think they could replace his football and booted them around the hall for the whole of December. Of course the twins joined in whilst I twitched on the sofa. I got fed up of saying ‘Bobby the elf is watching’. 

Bobby decorated the front room for the kids and left them a huge picture of a Christmas tree to colour in. They loved coming down every morning to see what he had been up to.

Tamsin was good at behaving for Bobby, Phoebe cared a bit less about Bobby but did him a casual sorry if she had been naughty. Jacob kept shouting ‘ELF!’ literally as loud as he good. He still continued drawing on the walls and furniture in felt tip whether Bobby could see or not. Snowballs and homemade damson vodka had never been so appealing.

As our kitchen extension is still ongoing, we spent a lot of time out and about visiting family and friends.

I found this great as it got the kids out of a confined space and it involved lots of delicious food.

The twins got a lovely pink bike with tassels and Jacob got a scooter. This has involved lots of trips to the park, which has been great fun.

There was also a surprise baby shower for my friend who is expecting in January so I had a nice girly (kid free) catch up with my best friends. I was in charge of the balloons (see below!).

My New Year’s resolution? Write more blogs! I really need to find the time to write more posts for this little diary I’m creating for the girls and Jacob. That, and reading more books. With a loud, manic house…wish me luck!

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Little Christmas tree

When I was a little girl we always went to my grandparents house in Norfolk for the Christmas holidays.

I just loved going there. So much countryside plus my grandparents had a huge garden to play in!

At Christmas they always bought me my own little Christmas tree that stood next to my grandma’s 8ft one. I loved that I had my own little tree to decorate and have fond memories of looking at it with admiration once the fairy lights had been switched on.

I wanted to recreate this little memory with the girls and Jacob. Plus, as we are having an extension on our house we currently only have the hall and tiny front room to decorate. So a little tree would be perfect.

At first when Sam brought it home they said they wanted a bigger one. Then when I explained they were very lucky to have their own tree to decorate how they wanted, they soon got excited.

They went for a frozen theme and have made some decorations at school as well as with my mum, which now sit perfectly on the tree.

They have named the polar bear Ben (a half price bargain from Sainsbury’s) and Snowflake the penguin (again from Sainsbury’s).

The Christmas Russian Doll from John Lewis also went down a treat, although Jacob does seem to enjoy throwing it at full pelt into our temporary lounge.

Only a couple of pics mainly because the house is full of dust and is pretty much a building site!

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Christmas nativity

I just had to share the twins Christmas nativity picture I took this morning. 

Phoebe was an angel and did a fab little dance with her fellow angels. Tamsin was a star. She sung a song and ran up to baby Jesus with all the other stars with a big smile on her face.

I always think the teachers are so clever putting an infant nativity play together. It must involve such hard work to get all the little ones organised and put on a great show.

There wasn’t one hiccup during the show and they all did so well. Well done teachers!

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Halloween treats

This year the twins chose evil rabbit masks from a shop in Manchester called Oklahoma.

They had the twin charm that day as the girl behind the counter asked if she could take a picture of them and put it on their Instagram page. They loved the attention obviously.

I was actually worried the masks might scare the little kids at the two Halloween parties they were invited to.

Luckily the girls didn’t wear them for too long and just looked like innocent bunnies!

Jacob went as a pumpkin, although he thought it was a bib so hated it. He simply won’t wear a bib because the girls don’t wear one.

This year I decided not to go trick or treating. The girls have been so tired since starting school full time and after two parties full of treats, I thought it would be nice to give other children sweets too. Basically teaching them to give as well as take.

We decorated outside our house and inside our porch. The girls then waited at the window asking me when the trick or treaters were coming. 

All of a sudden I panicked, we are in an estate where there is a lot of older people. The younger families were on the housing estate next to us.

I had a mother’s guilt pang. I only knew next door were coming, which they did. Then we had one other. That was it! 

I text my 12 year old niece to come to our house as I didn’t want the girls to be disappointed (Jacob didn’t care, his bib was on the floor in the hall).

Luckily Marcy came with around ten of her mates, the twins were so excited and it totally saved me from having any guilt pangs!

We are definitely going trick or treating on the ‘young estate’ next year. 

Tamsin asked for a picture of white doggy next to her pumpkin!

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Manchester chocolate boutique

Last weekend we decided to head to Manchester for lunch to break up the dull job of trying to hunt for a new car.

Now the kids are getting older we have found our car is too small and has no room for bikes and scooters.

I find cars so dull. They are expensive and I don’t particularly like driving. But one thing I’m all for is anything that is practical and makes day-to-day life easier.

So it looks like we need a bigger family car. When we stopped for food at the lovely Earth cafe in the northern quarter (a vegan shop that caters for my newly discovered intolerances – I will bore you with those findings another day as I am currently half asleep in bed), we came across a gorgeous chocolate shop.

Bonbon Chocolate Boutique is heaven. It is tiny and full of character. It has two tiny tables outside and two inside. The boutique was decorated with Tim Burton’s The Nightmare before Christmas characters and flowery skulls.

It was fascinating looking at all the handmade chocolates and the copper machine the lady used to make hot chocolate. Her style was vintage with a gothic twist. Leopard print skirt with a large vintage hairband and dark red roses stuffed in her hair. Her outfit was amazing.

The girls were loving all the Halloween decorations and the smell in the shop was making my mouth water. I will mention one of my food intolerances as it is relevant to this post – cows milk. That means no chocolate for me. Torture. Pure torture.

I mentioned this torture in the boutique and to my complete surprise the lady behind the counter said a lot of their products were vegan friendly and dairy free. The utter rush of excitement filled my body.

I had a hot chocolate with peeled orange and the girls had salted caramel chocolates. Heaven heaven heaven.

I only took one picture in the shop, which I really regret as everywhere you looked had something fascinating to look at. Ok, ok I’m a huge chocolate fan. But if you do get to go, you will not be disappointed.

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Autumn sniffles

As the summer temperatures cool and the autumn breeze blows in, we are welcomed with….snot. And lots of it.

The twins have loved being back at school and making new friends. But as always at the start of term the girls have caught a tickly cough, ear infections and colds.

They have had a few days off from school already, but I have to say I do enjoy them being at home. I have missed them since they have started going to school five days a week.

I miss their noises around the house, it seems so quiet with only me and Jacob. I can tell he misses them too, although I do think he likes having me all to himself for a few hours. 

He does make me laugh. His new favourite thing is blowing raspberries on my tummy, he has fits of giggles when he does it. That, and telling me ‘no!’ to everything I ask him.

To distract us from our coughs and sniffles, we decided to toast marshmallows in the back garden. We are currently having an extension and new garden so it seemed a good idea to build a fire!

Obviously the kids loved it. 

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First day of school

So the day has arrived. My baby twins are going to school full time.

I really will miss my little shadows but they are certainly ready for school. Taking a trip to Tesco just doesn’t cut it for them anymore!

So now it’s just me and Jacob. That’s a doddle. Maybe time for another baby Sam?!