Please read my first A Little Bit Lately post to find out what these are all about, although I’m sure you get the idea. These have been inspired by Sometimes Sweet’s Currently posts so check her out if you like it!
Just reading a lot of little bits and pieces, lots and lots of Christmas gift guides and magazines! I read them every year with the best intention of making lots of yummy food, decorating my home in an elaborate festive style and creating all sorts of glittery crafts when in fact I read them once then never open then again. Maybe one year!
The Christmas films are out but I haven’t watched any yet, I have a few I like to watch when the kids are in bed so I can relax with a glass on wine and enjoy them. Love Actually, The Family Stone and National Lampoons Christmas Vacation are my favourites to watch child-free. I love hearing what people’s favourite Christmas films are, they always mean something and usually come from your childhood. I’m sure mine changes from year to year but for me you can’t beat Home Alone.
I’ve started to put the radio on a little bit more in the day as I realise I don’t really listen to music like I used to. I always had it on the car but I drive so rarely now I just end up listening to my old favourites. It’s quite nice to have it on in the background and means I hear a bit more of what’s going on in the world too rather than hearing it all through twitter.
Christmas markets! I am throwing myself into them this year. Last week I wrote about how we have really scaled back our gift buying so I’m trying to buy token gifts that have been well thought out rather than spend a lot of money. After seeing all the crazy shoppers on Black Friday I’m much better suited to a Christmas Market; there is always cake, usually mulled wine and hot chocolate and I like chatting to the people you are buying from. I love that people put their time and talent into making and creating and it’s great to support that and pass it on to make someone appreciate it too! I’m visiting Hawkshead Christmas markets this weekend which I am so exited about, I’m mostly going for the food and drink but I’m hoping to pick up a few little gifts too.
How hard parenting can be! I think we all constantly try our best but these last few weeks have been really difficult. I’ve been quiet on the blog this week as sometimes you just need to take a step back and concentrate on your family. Lucas has hit ‘threenager’ mode and no matter how much I try to stay calm it is driving me to distraction. It seems like he is pushing the boundaries constantly then as soon as I think I’m going to snap he turns back into my sweet little boy. Trying to see it from his point of view a lot has happened this year but that doesn’t mean he can run the show. It is nearly as exhausting as the early days and I’m hoping this phase passes soon and we can get back to just enjoying our time together. I think you sometimes think the early days are so hard because they are so dependent on you but every age has it’s challenges and I feel like I’m still learning as we go along. The terrible-twos have nothing on these meltdowns and he is always good as gold for everyone else it’s just us parents who get the short straw. Please tell me it passes, we are just hanging in there!
A few of my Instagram snaps from this month.