Monday 8 January 2018


I love looking back at all that we've done - I'm always surprised by how much we have squeezed in and this past year was no exception. New babies, days out, holidays, theatre trips...the list goes on! Here's our highlights of 2017..


The absolute highlight of January, and actually the whole year was welcoming baby Erin into the world! 9lb on the dot and the spitting image of her big brother, my planned c-section went very smoothly and we were soon home getting used to being a family of 4. She slotted right in and it was hard to remember life without her - and we've been very lucky as she was such a good baby!

It's mad looking back at these photos from when she was a newborn, you do forget how small they are! Elliot has taken to big brother duties like a duck to water - he loves making her laugh and they have a lovely little bond. She's going to be walking soon I think so I might have trouble on my hands once they get up to mischief together!


We have had some lovely days out over the year including Gruffalo hunting at our local country park, spotting dinosaur bones on the Isle of Wight, taking in some fantastic scenery here in Dorset, pretending to be knights at Corfe Castle, dinosaur crazy golf, stomping round model villages pretending to be giants, paddling in the sea, climbing trees and so much more.

We are so lucky to live here in Dorset because there is so much to see and do!


I've always loved going to live shows and concerts and it's brilliant that Elliot enjoys this too, Erin has also demonstrated a love for music and dancing so I'm sure she will be coming along with us in the future!

This year we have been really fortunate to see lots of family friendly shows and these are definitely some of our top moments of 2017. We had the pleasure of seeing Andy Day and his band The Odd Socks twice this year. The first time was at Camp Bestival which despite the mud was a brilliant day out! It was also our first time seeing Andy the Odd Socks live - we've had the songs on repeat for ages now so it was great to experience them live.

Our second live Odd Socks show was in Richmond and was one of two special gigs to launch their album. We managed to nab seats right in the front row so we felt very special and Elliot absolutely loved the show. The highlight for him though was afterwards when we met the band, Andy remembered him and knew him by name and the band said they'd seen him on YouTube!!

Another highlight for Elliot was going to see Justin Fletcher's live show in Southampton. We've seen him before a few times and always had a great time, this was even better though as we had such good seats right near the front. Justin came down to the audience and Elliot was over the moon when he said hello to him! We also got to see Mister Maker in Bournemouth which was another fab show - and who doesn't love dancing to the shape song :)


We had a big holiday this year and the four of us flew to Orlando for two weeks. I was slightly apprehensive about travelling such a long way with a 5 month old baby and at certain points I did wonder if I was crazy but I needn't have worried! Erin was absolutely fine on the 10 hour flight and she had a lovely time throughout the two weeks. Florida is one of our favourite holiday destinations, there is just so much to do, even if you don't visit the theme parks. We just did Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure which are our favourite parks. Elliot was chuffed because he was tall enough for lots of the rides (he was too short last time) and he became a bit of a daredevil!

Florida Memories
We also visited Clearwater Beach which holds fond memories for us - last we went there we didn't have kids so it was abit different this time round! We had a lovely evening strolling along the beach, watching the sunset. We also managed to see a launch at Kennedy Space Center which was a brilliant experience! There's still so much we want to experience in Florida so no doubt we'll visit again soon.

As well as our long haul holiday we also had a mini break to the Isle of Wight which was a bit of a spontaneous last minute idea. Well, as spontaneous as you can get with two children under 5! We only stayed for 2 days but managed to squeeze lots in including the highlight of the trip which was fossil hunting on the beach. Elliot was in his element and we even managed to find the famous dinosaur footprints which was amazing!


We are very fortunate to have a lovely big group of close friends here where we live. Us Mums met at our local Under One's group when the babies were small and we have all stayed good friends since. Nowadays there are alot more of us with lots of siblings so it's always a crazy time if we all get together!

We've had some fantastic times together this year including the many birthday parties we've hosted. We also put on a mini sports day for the kids in the Summer Holidays which was fun - although it didn't quite go to plan when the weather wasn't on our side! Fortunately we were able to hire a local hall that very morning so we held it inside, everyone took part.....even the mums ;)

There is so much more that I didn't have room to include but needless to say, 2017 was a great one for us and I can't wait to see what 2018 holds!

What was your highlight of 2017?

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Tuesday 2 January 2018


Elliot broke up from school on the 15th December so Christmas holidays felt like quite a long two weeks stretching ahead of us. I wanted to make sure we squeezed lots of exciting things in and spent some quality family time together - we're all so busy these days! The dreaded sickness bug hit 3/4 of us at different points over the festive period but fortunately Christmas Day was germ free :)

Here's what we got up to:

Fresh air and Freedom

Despite the freezing weather we wrapped up warm and headed out to one of our favourite local attractions, Farmer Palmers Farm Park. It's a brilliant place to visit with the kids and we have annual passes so we visit alot. We met up with some friends and had a brilliant morning - and as you can see from the photos, it's never too chilly for a bit of fun outside!

We also visited another favourite of ours, Kingston Lacey which is a beautiful National Trust property nearby. The gardens were all illuminated for the festive period so we had a magical walk around just as it started to get dark.

The days between boxing day and New Years Eve were a bit of a blur and each day rolled into one, I didn't really have a clue what day it was! We did venture out for some fresh air though - much needed fresh air!

We met up with some friends and visited Arne, which is a local RSPB nature reserve - it was abit muddy in places but the kids had a great time jumping in icy puddles and ticking things off their nature checklists.

Meeting Father Christmas

We ended up meeting Santa three times in the days leading up to Christmas Day - turns out Erin was not a fan!!! She didn't scream the place down on the 3rd and final meeting so there's hope for next year ;)

Family Time

I'm not at all religious so Christmas for me means more about spending time with family and friends than anything else. We've not seen as much of them as we'd normally do due to the sickness bug thats flying around but we still had some fun times!

Happy New Year!

We spent the last day of 2017 having a nice lunch out and then onto the pantomime in Poole which was excellent. I never thought I'd be someone who enjoys pantos but having kids changes you!! 

Elliot is back to school tomorrow so I'm looking forward to getting back to normality and getting the house back to a tidy state - I have washing and toys coming out of my ears!

I hope you had a lovely Christmas - Wishing you all a Happy New Year xx
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