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
We didnt win anything but did come home with some manky looking soft toys, sticky hands and lists to write to Santa.
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.
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.
After being hit up for £60 worth of dog and roller skates we headed back home for presents and party prep.
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.
A wonderful day spent with framily and friends and hopefully a day she’ll remember.
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.
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.