I was very flattered to be recently nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Katy at What Katy Said – thank you lovely lady and as requested I will be sharing seven facts about myself in this post. Katy has also tagged me in the Christmas tag as has Jessica at JessicaEliot.com and so I will also answer the Christmassy questions as part of this too! Thank you to you both for tagging me.
One Lovely Blog Award – Facts about me
- I was a surprise baby – my mum didn’t know she was expecting twins until my sister was born and then the midwife said “hang on, there’s another one!” – which was me! My mum has always said that that was one of the best moments of her life!
- I am the youngest of nine – although part of a blended family – my dad had three children and my mum had four children with previous spouses and then they married each other and had me and my twin.
- My husband and I met through the university ballroom society and got together through competing separately in acrobatic rock n roll (our dance partners also ended up marrying each other).
- I am a huge fan of musical theatre and used to perform in am-dram shows before I had my children. My favourite role was that of Laurey in Oklahoma.
- I play the piano and a little bit of flute and guitar
- I spent the best part of a year having driving lessons (without taking my test) after turning 17 and the driving instructor eventually told me I would never learn to drive. It took me seven years to finally get the confidence to try again with driving lessons and I ended up passing first time (although can only drive an automatic).
- There is a 15 inch height difference between me and hubby. I am 5 feet tall and he is 6 feet 3.
The Christmas tag
1. What is your favourite Christmas movie?
Given that I’m a huge fan of musicals, White Christmas and Holiday Inn are definitely on my list of favourites but I also love Miracle on 34th Street, particularly the original version.
2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
We actually do the main present opening on Christmas Day in the afternoon after we’ve been to church and had dinner although we do open one or two first thing in the morning and of course the children have their stocking presents then too.
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
The first Christmas after Jessica was born was a very special one – her prognosis had been quite pessimistic during my pregnancy with her and she had her second major open-heart surgery eleven days before Christmas and was on the intensive care unit until Christmas Eve. There were many times in the run-up to Christmas that we hardly dared hope we’d have Christmas together and so it was a huge blessing to celebrate Christmas as a family despite being in hospital. Jessica gave us her first smile since her surgery on Christmas morning which was the best present ever and there was also the very funny memory of flashing Santa!
4. Favourite festive food?
I love roast turkey with all the trimmings.
5. Favourite Christmas gift?
My favourite Christmas present as a child was a talking Teddy Ruxpin and Grubby. These days it’s always lovely to get treated to some new clothes as I hardly ever buy anything for myself when out clothes shopping – I’m always buying for the girls instead.
6. Favourite Christmas scent?
Love the smell of mulled wine.
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
I used to go to the midnight service before we had children but now once the children go to bed, that’s when we put the presents under the tree (and probably wrap them too if we’re particularly disorganised!), get the stockings ready and hung next to the children’s beds before we head off to bed. This year we’ll be putting out a mince pie for Santa and sprinkling magic reindeer food in the garden.
8. What tops your tree?
Nothing at the moment as the tree has to stand on a table to be out of reach of small people which makes it too tall to put anything on the top but we had a star on top when we used to stand the tree on the floor.
9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
My parents always bought the most amazing presents – I don’t really remember ever really wanting something that I didn’t get – we never really asked for lots of presents though that I can remember.
10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
Spending quality time with family and playing games together in the evening – Mah Jongg is a big favourite of ours.
The rules for the One Lovely Blog Award are as follows:
- Thank the person who nominated you for the award and link back to them in your post.
- Share 7 facts about yourself.
- Nominate 15 other bloggers that you admire to do the same and let them know.
My One Lovely Blog Award nominations are as follows:
- Le Coin de Mel
- Mummy M’s Memories
- Heart Mammi
- Sounding Like My Mother
- Mum Turned Mom
- And Then The Fun Began
- Zena’s Suitcase
- Discovering Dribbles & Giggles
- Life at 139a
- Baby Chaos
- Keeping Strong and Moving Forward
- Sophie Is…
- Mummy Tries
- Melted Blueberries
- Geraldine Clark Hellery
Consider yourself also tagged in the Christmas tag if you wish to join in this one too!