Beacember Advent Calendar Day #22

It turns out scheduling posts is a very handy feature indeed, and allowed me to spend uninterrupted time with my favourite duo yesterday (even if both Lucy and I both checked in at 6pm to see if it had gone live…).

We discovered yesterday that the ‘chunky wheels & tread for off road adventures’ didn’t quite live up to their name. Whilst we generally love our Armadillo travel system (Mamas and Papas, we’re more than happy to try out more of your products!), it wasn’t quite ready for the mud we ploughed through yesterday morning! In 2015, we completed 50 walks around Norfolk and decided to relive a bit of one of them for our anniversary, this time with added cake and treat lunch. We started at Kerri’s tearooms, and then moved onto the lovely Dial House in Reepham to round off our walk.

Then it was back home for a bit of a play, followed by a Christmas movie and a quiet evening with Lucy.

The photo yesterday was a glimpse into what will hopefully become a tradition in our house. It’s a recipe/ingredients for cookies for Father Christmas! I love biscuits, and obviously whilst most of the treats we’ll make will go to FC himself, he’ll need a local taster to do quality control checks.

Two posts left on our first ever Beacember adventure, what’s left behind the penultimate door?

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Beacember Advent Calendar Day #20

This time three years ago, I was enjoying a fantastic evening with my family. Everyone was excited and full of good spirits. This had nothing to do with Christmas, and everything to do with the fact I was getting married the next day! We’re probably going to spend tomorrow being soppy and looking at the photos and reminiscing about the day we became Mr. and Mrs. We’ve got a couple of other plans too which we’re really looking forward to.

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Truth be told, I don’t know what these actually are! They were a gift from Beatrice’s Grandma with instructions to leave until Christmas Eve…loving the mystery element!

Today we got to spend time with one of Bea’s great aunties who lives nearby. She’s added to the advent calendar pile in the nick of time so that’s rather spectacular! Whenever someone else (other than Lucy or I) see Beatrice they always comment on how much bigger she is. This is always a bit of a shock as we see the gradual change and don’t really notice till she starts growing out of things! We did have a little trip down a rather short memory lane though looking at old photos of Beatrice from the summer, and can’t believe how different she is now!

One thing I don’t think I’ve mentioned before is that Lucy never reads my posts until they go live. So, not only do I have to think through very carefully what I’ve written in advance (she is also quite good at picking up on typos quickly!), but I also get the chance to surprise her once in a while…

I’m doing a double teaser for tomorrow!

The first one is for her:

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And the second is for you guys!

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I’m going to try and schedule tomorrow’s post, so there’s a good chance it won’t work, but keep a look out- I’d rather spend my anniversary with Lucy and Bea!

 

 

Beacember Advent Calendar Day # 17

Yesterday I thought I was running out of things to actually make it to Christmas Eve. Genuinely, I wanted to record the memory of us wrapping up a cushion as it felt so ridiculous, but equally I’d used up most of our baby-related Christmassy things. Thankfully, it looks like the situation has been redressed without me having to go and buy a load of stuff – in fact, if anything, I was incredibly restrained today! There is a lot of quite nice Christmas baby clothing out there that isn’t too over-the-top and I didn’t buy a thing!

I got an afternoon of daddy/daughter time, as Lucy had a nice afternoon out with her friends (well-earned too!). This meant I got a lovely bit of time with Beatrice, who made at least three random strangers smile, which means she’s living up to her name (‘she who brings happiness’). An old gentleman came up to us whilst we were having lunch and said “I gave her a little wave and she gave me a lovely smile back,” which I completely missed but she does have an infectious little smile so I can completely imagine that. #prouddaddy

Today’s item is quite a special one for us. Lucy and I got married around this time three years ago (if you follow the blog for the next week, you may just find out exactly when…), and for our wedding favours, Lucy and her mum made Christmas decorations for every guest. These are pride of place on our tree every year, and it’s awesome seeing them pop up in our friends’ and family’s houses at this time. We received a surprise this year, as my mother-in-law decided Beatrice couldn’t be without her own decoration. Liz, I cannot thank you enough! The decs will always hold a special place in our hearts, and now we can include Beatrice in that tradition too.

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I will let Bea show you what’s coming up tomorrow…

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Beacember Advent Calendar Day #15

So, we’ve made it through to the holidays (in terms of the blog at least)! That takes the pressure off of these late night postings, so hopefully the last few memories of the run-up to Beatrice’s first Christmas will be easier to get documented. That is if I don’t spend the whole time having a giggle with her! She’s definitely a bit of a thrill-seeker already. A sure-fire way of getting a chuckle is to swing her (carrying her a bit like a rugby ball) towards either myself or Lucy, or as I found out to my detriment, being held and then dropping down to a squat from standing (and naturally, back up again and repeated to get more giggles!).

Anyway, the day started off with something I hope isn’t going to become a Beacember tradition with the car refusing to work. Silver lining of that was I got to see Bea awake before I left, and I also got a lift in with the awesome duo! It also meant I got to see them earlier as usual as I got picked up as well, bonus!

Onto day 15 then, what was that tissue paper all about? It was in fact this stunning bauble from Bea! Lucy had been making secret trips to Dotty Pottery, which is a local ceramics studio and gave this to me about a week ago. It’s so cool and shiny! It’s also a way better handprint of Beatrice than any of the ones I’ve tried to do (I’ll explain more once the Christmas rush is over and done with). I was totally surprised, and can’t wait to put it on the tree!

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Tomorrow is the first one where I’ve felt a little underprepared, so here’s the photo to get you thinking!

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Beacember Advent Calendar Day #8

Sorry for the slightly later update today, laptop was needed for things!

Tonight was one of those mixed evenings where I stayed a bit later at work, meaning less time with Beatrice when I got home. It was slightly bemusing to see her sat in her Bumbo on the floor of the kitchen with Leo curiously sidling up to her though! The customary welcome smile and giggle soon followed and we fought the battle of the syringe for the umpteenth time. She genuinely doesn’t seem to want to even look us in the eye for a few minutes afterwards (“How dare you even do such a thing to me?!”- note, this has now led to me having a range of possible future voices for Bea in my head. Not sure which one I prefer yet).

Thankfully, that moment passes soon after, and after a short ‘daddicure’ normal routine was observed! Cutting a baby’s fingernails is one of those things that they don’t really warn you about. On more than one occasion (in the morning) her face looks like she has decided to clamber through a rosebush! My hobby (which I’m unlikely to do anything with for the forseeable) involves small intricate things, so cutting the tiniest of fingernails is quite relaxing, until Beatrice decides that moving that entire arm at an alarming speed is absolutely necessary just as I’m about to snip.

Back to advent calendar duties…

Day 8 is this sleepsuit:

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Is it to early to send a letter off to Santa? Probably…

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Day 9 features this little chap! See you all tomorrow!