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English summer

The English summer is here! Thank god for that. The winter has been grim. 

The twins have caught every illness going at nursery, which has resulted in me catching every single one. Tonsillitis twice, a chest infection, three sickness bugs and endless colds. And that was just me.

The girls and Jacob seem to handle being ill much better than me and Sam never seems to catch anything. Maybe I’m just wet or find it harder as I can’t lie on the sofa feeling sorry for myself.

However we have soldiered on and come through the other side feeling excited about the summer.

The weather has been fab and I was talking about the simple things in life on my Instagram @katehadfield1 recently. For the first time ever I have my very own washing line and I just love it.

Some people may think I’m strange but there is something so satisfying about putting washing on the line to dry in the fresh air. My mum did say “Give it a few weeks” but for now I’m enjoying it.

The children are enjoying the new garden as there is so much more space to explore. Today we made flower garlands and perfume from the flowers in the garden. 

Bliss.


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New Year calmness

Christmas is hectic for every family and our family was no different. My one year old son Jacob pulled all the decorations off the Christmas tree and the twins moved the decorations higher and higher so he couldn’t reach them.

This ended up with our Christmas tree being decorated at the top and not the bottom. We also bought our Christmas tree on December 1st, which wasn’t a wise idea. 

We still haven’t figured out how to work our heating and the lounge has bursts of being extremely hot. This resulted in our Christmas tree being pretty much dead a week before Christmas.

By the time we had our Hadfield family party on the 28th it had well and truly kiffed it. Not that many people noticed by the amount of wine that was drunk.

The girls helped me put the Christmas decorations away and Phoebe thought we were going out to buy another one the same day. Tamsin was upset that our Elf on the Shelf Bobby had left and didn’t say goodbye. Jacob was unwrapping the kitchen roll I had wrapped around the decorations to put into storage and ripped it into tiny pieces. And yes this happened all at once.

Now the New Year is here and after a great time away in Derbyshire with friends it’s now back to normal. Well apart from the gherkins, pickles and crackers still left on our kitchen table. Oh and the tub of quality streets (the rubbish toffee ones are the only ones left).

Happy New Year!

   
The girls first nativity. They were cows!

 
Peepo Bobby!

  
The game Buttheads went down well on Christmas Day

 
Santa’s workshop. The twins are making reindeer food here

   
Putting food in the buckets for the reindeers

 
Phoebe decorating our gingerbread house

   
A bar in Manchester getting in the festive spirit

 
Jacob was head of the table on Christmas Day

  
The gingerbread house didn’t last for long!

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Elf on the Shelf

So our Elf on the Shelf has arrived in the Hadfield home. Much needed after a couple of weeks of naughtiness.

The twins are fascinated with him. After I read the story book to them they decided to call our elf Bobby. I have no idea where they got the name from (which Tamsin suggested) and they still haven’t told me even though I have asked them numerous times. Maybe they are keeping it a secret from me!

I will keep you posted on how we get on with Elf on the Shelf. So far it is working a treat minus one fight over the dollies, which ended up with hair pulling and teeth grinding as well as almost falling into the Christmas tree mid fight. Pass me the mulled wine…

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The jolly season

I don’t think I have ever seen the twins so excited. They are running around the house saying it’s Christmas time with tinsel round their entire body.

I’m guessing this is normal behaviour for a three year old and to be honest I have been excited decorating our new house.

I keep going out and buying more decorations to fill each room (TK Maxx your decorations are amazing this year!). I have loved the fact we have a bannister this year, so I went to Costco and bought the biggest garland I could find. It even has lights on (cue excited 32 year old).

The girls decorated the Christmas tree, which involved putting all the decorations on one branch. Jacob just enjoyed chewing on the bells and watched the girls run round like mentalists.

Phoebe and Tamsin then went to my parents house and decorated their tree. More tinsel fun to their delight.

I have also started wrapping presents as I made the terrible mistake of leaving it all until Christmas Eve last year. Never again. I ran out of wrapping paper, sellotape, and presents went missing. I’m avoiding the stress this year (if you can say that with three year old twins and a one year old!). Trying to wrap presents with Jacob climbing all over them has proved just as challenging!

I took a couple of pictures but most of them are blurred as they couldn’t keep still! FYI – the girls had just been to dance class so excuse the strange leotard/jeans combo!

   
    
    
 

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Children in Need 2015

Just a quick post to show you the twins and Jacob’s superhero costumes.

I bought The Incredibles logo from Amazon, which ended up being a nightmare as my card got cloned and the fraudster got giddy buying phone credit at O2 and T-Mobile.

After that was sorted (at 11.30pm half asleep), I enjoyed the costumes Sam had bought them.

With a mixture of boys underpants, girls tights, socks and vests from H&M, and masks and gloves from a fancy dress shop in Manchester, this creation was made – Elastigirl!

We really wish we would have put Jacob in a Jack-Jack costume too but if I’m honest we didn’t think at the time as I had Superman in my head. God knows why, this baby brain makes me do strange things.

Either way they loved their coffee morning at school for Children in Need and it was a great opportunity for me and Sam to meet some parents. They were all lovely! 

I didn’t take any pictures of the coffee morning as I’m not sure whether you can take other pictures of children in school. So just a couple of pictures this time! 

  
 

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Manchester United has a new fan

And so it begins. Jacob has turned one this week and Sam insisted on buying him a Manchester United football kit.

Whilst I have an interest in football (actually that’s not true, maybe a slight interest. With wine in my hand), it drives me mad that it’s on the television all the time. Especially on a Friday night watching Salford City because Sam has watched the ‘class of 92 documentary.

Anyway let’s not sound like a nagging wife (I don’t do it that often…I think). I actually can’t believe Jacob is one. I went into labour on bonfire night so fireworks will always remind me of the excitement (and pain) I went through to welcome Jacob into the world.

It was a much more calming experience with Jacob’s labour than the girls and I am forever grateful for that. I will always have a nice memory of the labour being more controlled and less frightening (the fact I begged for drugs and got them this time helped slightly).

I won’t be having anymore children (my friends think otherwise), so I’m glad my last experience of labour was a positive one.

To celebrate we took the kids to LEGOLAND at the Trafford Centre, which they loved. I thought Jacob would be too small but he loved the shooting ride and the Lego play areas.

The twins got involved with Professor Brick-a-Brack’s tasks and enjoyed the Merlin ride.

To finish off the week we had a little party lunch. Being a typical boy I had to blow the candle out quick as he wanted to touch it!

Next stop….the Children in Need coffee morning at the girls school. It’s a superhero theme. Elastigirl from The Incredibles has been requested. My mum said ‘oh why don’t you make them the costume’. Such a joker.


  

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Rhosneigr: the last caravan trip

Sam’s sister has had a lovely caravan in Rhosneigr, Wales for a decade and sadly it has been sold as she packs her bags to head off to Australia.

It was one last caravan stop with cousins Dennis and Eric. The girls and Jacob were so excited and really enjoyed spending time with the boys and Aunty Nikki before they head off to Oz.

The girls loved the caravan, they didn’t seem to remember it from earlier on in the year and they especially enjoyed the beach. They were chasing the waves and collecting beach treasures on the sand.

It will be a nice memory and is the end of an era as the Hadfields have had a caravan in Rhosneigr for decades.

Best get saving for a holiday home…or pitch a tent!

 

Following Aunty Nikki

 

Trying to escape the caravan

 

Looking for beach treasures

 

Watching the sun rise with Dennis