Gracie’s first sports-day 

New sports gear was purchased
Get the medal too
Also doubles as a hat
Sports star

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I’m back! 

We just realised we couldn’t remember the children’s birth weight and I was so certain it would be here, but it’s not. Now I can’t stop thinking that one day I will have forgotten everything about these 2 wonderful humans we’ve created so I’m going to try and post more! 

No.1 son
No.1 daughter

Brighton i360 Santa Ride 

A perfect sunny day to ride the new(ish) i360 in Brighton for the first time. We had the added bonus of a visit from Santa while we took in the views.

Discussing ‘the list’
Family selfie
Riding high over Brighton
Discussing if airplanes fly higher or not
“I can see the pub from here”
Peeking over
Gracie wasn’t so keen on the meet & great
“Can I just have my present please”
Elf & safety briefing

It was a lovely afternoon. 15 min briefing and wait then 30 minutes in the capsule. Perfect for short attention spans (mine) and kids itching to get an ice-cream on the way back to the car. 

Brighton resident “Squawky”
Choc for her and mint choc chip for him

Christmas is upon us.

We started our Christmas early this year with Max’s school fair on the last Saturday of November. We dusted off the Christmas jumpers and emptied the piggy banks for a chance to win it big on the Tom-bola. I headed over early to man the face painting stall with another equally unskilled mum. 

The assault of tinsel and Christmas songs was intense as it was still November but i settled in and almost painted faces that resembled the printed guide we’d been provided with 

My own handy work. G the dog
A visit to the grotto
Our first Santa visit of the year

We didnt win anything but did come home with some manky looking soft toys, sticky hands and lists to write to Santa.  

Gracie is 3! 

6 and 3

Gracie started her third year with a sleep in until almost 6am giving us a glimmer of hope that one day she might sleep later!

As soon as we’re up and dressed we headed off into Brighton to grab our traditional pancake breakfast at Bills. 

Excited face
Bills isn’t very great anymore, they’re not flexible on the their food options (pancakes can only come with blueberries already in them and no they couldn’t remove them) the service was lacklustre and worse of all the coffee tasted like meh and milk.

Next stop on the birthday whirlwind tour was Build a Bear. This was Max’s gift to his sister as she covets his bears and the arguments drive me nuts sthe she’s getting her own one.

Welcome to the family ‘Girl’ dog (original naming by Grace)

After being hit up for £60 worth of dog and roller skates we headed back home for presents and party prep. 

That wrapping paper didn’t have a chance

Party prep involved pushing all the furniture out the way, emptying bags of wotsits (She loves that orange dust) and chilling the prosecco. We invited 10 toddlers and parents and pre-medicated ourselves with paracetamol. We spent 2 hours playing party games, singing the Oke Cockey and finding empty haribo packets dropped everywhere.

Pass the parcel
Princess cake (that I didn’t make)
My excited cake face
Limbo with the kayak oar, because we’re beach now
 

A wonderful day spent with framily and friends and hopefully a day she’ll remember. 

Birthday Interview – Gracie’s 1st time 

What is your favourite colour? Purple & yellowWhat is your favourite toy? Dog-Dog and Judy Hops (Rabbit) 

What is your favourite fruit? Orange 

What is your favourite TV show? Topsy & Tim

What is your favourite thing to eat for lunch? Nuggets and Haribo

What is your favourite outfit? My pretty dress and fluffy cardigan 

What is your favourite game? Shopping trolley game 

What is your favourite animal? Giraffe

What is your favourite music? This is Halloween 

What is your favourite book? Fox’s Socks 

Who is your best friend? Mummy 

What is your favourite movie? Zootopia

What is your favourite thing to do outside? Scooting 

What is your favourite drink? Apple juice 

What is your favourite holiday? Christmas 

What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Dog-Dog

What is your favourite thing to eat for breakfast? Chocolate toast

What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Nuggets and pudding 

What do you want to be when you grow up? A vet

What kind of pet would you like? A white dog 

Our new home

As a child I moved a lot. New bedrooms and new faces. I hated it then and I hate it now. After a good solid 6 years in our Hove house we’ve moved 6 times since then. Not one for doing things half hearted this time we’ve gone big. Massive house on the beach. It’s financially crippling but the views and location are spectacular. 

View from the balcony
I spend my time watching and spying

We call it our upside down house as the 3 bedrooms and family bathroom are downstairs. Up stairs is given over to massive windows overlooking the beach. It’s taken a while to get used to being so over looked (nudey time is restricted to downstairs only now) and the noise of the sea and wind during stormy nights but I feel settled now.