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Our Christmas Eve Photos 2018

As usual, we hosted a Christmas Eve party for family and friends and as usual, we all had a wonderful time. Here are our Christmas Eve photos 2018.
I want to thank everyone who came from Derbyshire to be with us for a couple of hours 🙂

Christmas eve was a little different this year because Ella no longer believes in Santa; it has lost a little of its magic now, but I’m pleased to say I still had a great day.

Christmas Eve photos 2018 - KayCee and Ella
Our gorgeous girls, KayCee and Ella
KayCee and Ella's Christmas tree decoratons
This year I made the Christmas tree decorations
Christmas Eve photos 2018 - Ella and Dobby
Ella and Dobby
Aiden's Christmas tree decoration
Aiden’s Christmas tree decoration

Christmas Eve photos 2018 - Granddad Christmas Eve photos 2018- Mason Christmas Eve photos 2018 - various family members Christmas Eve photos 2018 - KayCee and Keiron Christmas Eve photos 2018 - Stacy KayCee and Ella in their new pjs new snowman mug

However you spent Christmas Eve, I hope you all had a truly wonderful day.

Frosty Windows – Winter Like It Used To Be

After the very hot Summer, I keep seeing it mentioned that we could have a bad a Winter this year. Now when they say bad, they mean lots of snow, but to me, that’s not a bad thing! That would be a very good Winter because it’s the kind of Winters we used to have when I was younger and I loved lots of snow and frosty windows!

Frosty Windows

I remember waking up on a cold Winter morning, opening the curtains and seeing frost on the window. I loved the patterns it made. Then I’d gaze in wonder at a world that had been turned into a cold, snowy wonderland.

I loved that feeling of excitement I’d get and I couldn’t wait to get dressed and go out in the snow.

frost on a window

School Closures

I’m sure our school must have closed sometimes when it snowed but I can’t remember it doing so. I do remember having to walk to and from school in the snow. To get to my school I had to go down my street, along a short bit of the main road, through a little field, over a small bridge and up a big field that was quite a steep hill and it was called The Flat!


The Flat was the place to go when you wanted to go sledging. I can’t recall us having a proper sledge, though. We used whatever we could find. One year someone brought an old car bonnet and loads of us would pile on. It was brilliant!

I did get in trouble with my parents one year, though. I think I’ve mentioned this before (probably more than once….my memory is terrible!), after school, some friends and I were messing around in the snow on The Flat and we lost track of time. It was dark and way past tea time when I got home. I got into serious trouble and I always went straight home from school after that day!

a boy sledging - Winter like it used to be

Outside Toilet

Our house was a council house that had brick outhouses, one was an outside toilet, one a coal house and the third was a storage area.
If we’d been out playing in the snow and we needed the toilet, we weren’t allowed to go to the toilet inside because with four children and lots of friends, it would mean we were in and out all the time so we had to use the outside toilet.

I can still remember having to sit on that freezing seat! I also remember the smell of the oil lamp. Because of the freezing weather, my dad would wrap the pipes in cloth and keep an oil lamp lit in there overnight.
You wouldn’t think much heat would be produced by an oil lamp but it did the job brilliantly. The pipes never froze!

These days we’d just get the pipes properly insulated by this pipe insulation company. I know if I were the one responsible for lighting the oil lamp every night I’d totally forget!

I Live In Hope!

Ant will not be agreeing with my wish for a snowy Winter because he’s not a fan, but even so, I’ll live in hope!

This is a collaborative post

October Viewing On Netflix & NowTV

Ant and I have the same taste in TV programs which makes choosing what to watch, very easy!
Here’s a list of some of our October viewing on Netflix and NowTV.

October Viewing – Netflix

The Good Place

October viewing - The Good Place series on Netflix

We LOVE The Good Place. I’ve always been a fan of Kristen Bell, she just seems down to earth and would probably make a great best friend!
Here’s a bit about it if you haven’t started watching it yet:

When Eleanor Shellstrop finds herself in the afterlife, she’s both relieved and surprised that she’s made it into the Good Place. But it doesn’t take long for Eleanor to realize she’s there by mistake. She hides in plain sight from the Good Place’s architect Michael and his all-knowing assistant Janet. Her seemingly perfect neighbors Tahani and Jianyu and open-hearted soul mate Chidi help her realize that it’s never too late. With the help of her new friends — and a few enemies — Eleanor becomes determined to shed her old way of life in hopes of discovering a new one in the afterlife.

The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory on Netflix

It seems like we’ve been waiting forever for season 11 of The Big Bang Theory to start on Netflix! We missed it when it was on whichever channel it was shown on earlier this year so had to wait for Netflix.
I’m sad that they’re only making one more season.

Chesapeake Shores

Chesapeake Shores on Netflix

KayCee and I love Chesapeake Shores. The others in the family, not so much!
It’s a family drama about a set of 5 siblings which starts out with their mum leaving when they were younger then comes back to the family now they’re all grown up.
They were brought up by their dad and grandmother.
We do get annoyed at the grandmother’s accent, though, I have to say. She tries to do an Irish accent and never quite pulls it off.
It was amusing at first but for some reason, it’s starting to annoy us now!

NowTV In October

The Leftovers

The Leftovers on NowTV

After two per cent of the world’s population disappeared without a trace, those left behind attempt to get on with their lives in a world that has inexplicably changed forever. Acclaimed HBO drama.

We’ve only got 1 season left to watch of The Leftovers and I read that they’re not making any more so I’m hoping it’s finished off properly and we’re not left with a load of unanswered questions!

If you want to watch The Leftovers, you need to get a move on because it’s going off NowTV near the end of the month.


9-1-1 on NowTV

I love Connie Briton and cried when her character, Raynor James, died in Nashville. I was very pleased to see her back on TV in 9-1-1.

She plays a 9-1-1 operator in this series and I love seeing this side of the emergency services in a TV show.
We wait eagerly each week for a new episode. Much the same as we do for the next and last how on my list:

For The People

For The People on NowTV

For The People is a new show from Shondaland and if you’re not familiar with Shondaland, it’s from the creator of one of our favourite ever shows, Grey’s Anatomy.


I’m taking part in Blogtober18 with Mandi at Big Family Organised Chaos

Ultimate Cosy Night In – #Blogtober18

Even in my teens and early 20s I never really enjoyed going on nights out to the pubs and clubs. I’ve always been something of a homebody and I’m happy to continue this way now I’m in my 40s! I much prefer spending a cosy […]

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Blogtober 2018 – I’m taking part, are you?

I took part in Blogtober 2016 and really enjoyed it. I’m not sure why I didn’t do it last year, but I’ve decided to take part in this year’s Blogtober 2018. I like having blog prompts to work with because it means I can get […]

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Year 9 For KayCee – Back To School Time

My beautiful KayCee starts year 9 today. I know everyone says it but time has gone so fast. It only seems like yesterday she was starting year 7. I was so nervous for her but I needn’t have been, she was great and took it […]

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No More Junior School For Ella – Secondary School Here She Comes!

Ella’s just left for her first day at secondary school. She was a bit nervous but very excited. Ant’s taking her in the car today with 2 of her friends seeing as it’s her first day but tomorrow she’s going to be walking.

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Ella’s 11th Birthday Party – Happy Birthday Beautiful

It’s Ella’s 11th birthday today 🙂

Ella on her 11th birthday

Ella’s 11th birthday Pool Party & BBQ

Today she had some friends round for a pool party and BBQ. They all had a great time and were phoning their parents when it was getting towards the end of the party, to see if they could stay longer!

unicorn floaties in the pool

Ella's 11th birthday pool party

They also had a hair and beauty station. Ella’s friend, Amelia did different hairstyles for everyone and covered their hair in hair mascara and glitter! The whole place was covered in glitter and unicorns.

glaitter hair

glittery hair

Birthday Cake

KayCee made Ella’ cake for her. She did a magnificent job, everyone thought it was wonderful 🙂

Ella's birthday cake made by KayCee

unicorn cake

Selfie Fun

They had fun taking selfies!

ella selfie

Ella and Amelia selfies

Ella's 11th birthday - Ella and Ruby selfies

Happy birthday beautiful girl; glad you enjoyed your party. Love you xx

Happy 13th Birthday KayCee

Happy 13th Birthday to our beautiful daughter, KayCee.

KayCee on her 13th birthday

Her 13th birthday celebrations have been planned since the start of the year! It’s gone through a few (!) changes but the final plan is to start off at home having a pool party followed by a BBQ followed by a roller disco at a local Fun Farm.

The party is planned for tomorrow because it’s the only night they do the roller disco at Fun Farm.

13th Birthday Celebrations – 3rd August

Her party plan has changed at the last minute due to the Fun Farm cancelling the roller disco because the DJ is on holiday, despite Kellyann (KayCee’s older sister) phoning on August 1st to see if they had to book or if they could just turn up.

She was told they could just turn up and it had been quiet lately so they might have the place to themselves.
Suffice to say, Kellyann was not at all happy to be told on the day of the celebrations that they now couldn’t go.

Change Of Plans

They were all a bit disappointed but they enjoyed going bowling instead.

After bowling, they came back here just before 8 pm to sing happy birthday and have birthday cake. They then decided to go back into the pool! Parents came to collect them at 9 pm and I’m happy to say that KayCee really enjoyed the day 🙂

13th birthday BBQ

13th birthday ice cream station

13th birthday Harry Potter cake
Kellyann made the wonderful Harry Potter cake. It was absolutely delicious.

I’m not putting a photo on of her friends because I don’t have their/their parent’s permission to post any

Ella Through Her Junior School Years

As it was Ella’s last day at junior school yesterday I thought it would be nice for her to see the four back to school photos we took at the start of each year.

School Photos

Year 3

Ella's first day back to school photos - 2014
Ella’s first day at her junior school in 2014

Year 4

Ella's first day back to school photos - 2015
Ella’s first day back to junior school in 2015

Year 5

Ella's first day back to school photos - 2016
Ella’s first day back to school in 2016

Year 6

Ella's first day back to school photos - 2017
Ella’s first day back to school in 2017. Her final year at junior school.

And here she is at the end of her junior school journey. It really amazes me how grown up she’s looking now compared to those first photos!

end of school questions 2018

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