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Friday Focus 30/12/16 – Enjoying Christmas with my family

I’ve taken a step back from the blog over the last week and focused on enjoying Christmas with my family.  The girls are now both at a lovely age – that wonderful time of childhood when Christmas is just full of magic and everything is exciting. It has been such a joy to watch – yes, even when it involved being woken at 4.40am on Christmas morning!… Read more

Lego Christmas markets in Miniland

Christmas Bricktacular: 7 things we loved about our festive day out at Legoland

As my regular readers will know, Legoland is one of our favourite places. Last year we went to the Christmas Bricktacular event for the first time. It was such a magical experience that we made sure we booked to go again this year. Here are ten things that we loved about our experience at Legoland Christmas Bricktacular:

Jessica and Sophie with a Lego elf: Christmas Bricktacular - 7 things we loved about our festive day out at Legoland

 

1) Seeing Father Christmas

Father Christmas at Legoland has been one of the more magical Santa experiences for my children.… Read more

Christmas – when it all gets a bit much

There is a moment every Christmas, where everything just gets a bit too much. The moment when the to-do list suddenly feels too long; when the pressure to be perfect is too intense; when the hustle and bustle of the festive season feels too overwhelming.  There is a moment when suddenly the bubble pops and Mummy snaps.… Read more

Friday Focus 16/12/16 – Putting on a performance

All four members of my little family have been performing this week. On Friday, I got to see Jessica performing in two dances at the end of her ballet class and on Saturday morning, it was Sophie’s turn to show off some of the ballet steps she has learned. Hubby and I got to sing a duet together in our concert on Saturday evening as well as doing a solo each and taking part in various other numbers.  Tomorrow I’ll be singing a solo again in a carol service at church.… Read more

Tea with Father Christmas at Wyevale Garden Centre

Last weekend, we were invited to have tea with Father Christmas at the Wyevale Garden Centre in Osterley. We’ve seen Father Christmas a couple of times already this year but the girls still get just as excited at the prospect of seeing him again in the run-up to Christmas.

Jessica and Sophie pose with Father Christmas after having tea with him at a Wyevale Garden Centre

We had to pre-book and order our food in advance.  There was a choice of a hot or cold tea for the girls (priced at £9.99 each) and either a full afternoon tea or a mini tea for the adults (£7.99 and £3.99 respectively).  We opted for sausages, beans and mash for the girls and a full afternoon tea for myself, hubby and my mum (who was staying with us for the weekend).… Read more

The beautiful view from the entrance of Chiltern Open Air Museum in the winter sunshine

A traditional Christmas at Chiltern Open Air Museum

Chiltern Open Air Museum is one of our favourite places for a day out – as well as the various old buildings which the girls can explore, there is plenty of space for them to run around in; woods to wander through and sheep and the horses to say hello too.  Other than the Christmas weekend though, it is closed over the winter.… Read more

Friday Focus 09/12/16 – Preparing for the Christmas concert

This week has been all about getting ready for tomorrow’s Christmas concert at church. Over the last few years, my mother-in-law and I have organised one or two concerts a year – usually in aid of one of the heart charities that have helped our family, or for the charities that the church is supporting at that time.… Read more

Tissue paper “stained glass” Christmas decorations

One of my favourite crafts to do with my girls is creating “stained glass” decorations using tissue paper and sticky-back plastic.  It takes a little time to set up but is a lovely simple craft for the girls to do and can be adapted to fit different themes and season.  This time, we made a Christmas tree and star to decorate the windows for Christmas.… Read more