Over the Christmas holiday we went to west Wales, as we do every year. I grew up there and my parents and brother still live in the same little town, just ten miles from the beautiful west coast of Cardigan Bay.

We tend to visit twice a year, for a few weeks in the summer and a week at Christmas – and to be honest there is nowhere else on earth I’d rather be! I moved away when I went to university almost twenty years ago and never went back to live but it will always be my home, where I’m from and where my roots are firmly planted.

This year we travelled back to Wales on Thursday 22nd December and had a couple of days at my parents’ house to relax before the big day. It was lovely being back but to be honest we didn’t do much on these first few days, we mainly saw family and watched movies. The girls were tired after a long term at school and I think we all needed some downtime, being cared for by my mum.

Christmas Eve is always my favourite day, I love the anticipation and excitement that buzzes through the house. Every year we get together with mum’s family and share gifts. Also, I make a Christmas Eve hamper of treats and gifts for the girls to open in the evening, which of course includes matching Christmas pyjamas.

After Christmas day we were definitely ready to head out. Cabin fever had set in, so we had a few days of travelling down to the coast. The girls love running around the beach at any time of year, so it’s always a good choice for us. On the day after Boxing day we drove down to Cwmtydu beach, which is a small cove with rocks and caves and a beautiful pebbly beach, just twelve miles away.

The day after we headed over to Aberaeron for a walk along the seafront, where the girls climbed the rocks. The weather was clear and cool but with the sun shining so bright it didn’t feel too cold, we even managed to have fish and chips outside, sittingon the harbour wall. This is normally something we do in the summer, never usually during our Christmas holiday!

And on our last day we drove up to the bigger seaside town of Aberystwyth, where we again walked along the long seafront and played on the 2p machines in the arcade. I think this might have been one of Lili’s holiday highlights, she does love winning those tokens.

Of course the sunset came early, so we were able to stand on the pier and watch the sun go down over the horizon – and wow it was an amazing sunset! Even these pictures don’t do it justice.

It’s times like these that you realise that (as long as the weather is good) there’s nowhere like home!

Thanks for following me and my blog and I’d like to wish you all a very happy, healthy and wealthy new year.

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You may have noticed that your Facebook and Instagram feeds have recently been overrun with pumpkins. I know I have! Not to be outdone we went to our local pumpkin patch in Addlestone in Surrey on Sunday.

When did pumpkin picking and pumpkin patches become such a big thing in this country? All of a sudden this has become an obligatory tradition that is a “must” during the Autumn half-term, in the run up to Halloween. I know this because of the huge influx of images on social media and by how busy this ‘patch’ was on Sunday!

My girls are obsessed with Halloween, they’ve literally been talking about it since February, so they were very excited about this little pumpkin adventure. If you’re one of those people who are completely fed up of seeing all things Halloween and pumpkins, look away now!

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On Saturday while Lili and I were having some long overdue one-on-one time at an event in Bradford-on-Avon, Dom took our younger two girls out for the day. We were staying in Wiltshire for the weekend, so he decided to make use of our National Trust membership and took them to The Courts Garden in Holt.

Having seen the pictures he took on his phone, I felt a little disappointed that Lili and I had missed out. The garden looked stunning and the weather was beautiful. As soon as I saw these shots I knew they’d be perfect for this week’s ‘My Captured Moment’ post.

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Aberaeron in West Wales

I’ve had this post ready for a ‘My Captured Moment’ feature since these pictures were taken back in August. The kids and I had been in Wales without Dom for a week before he joined us for the last few days of our holiday. On his first day he had to do some work but once he’s finished we all got into the car and headed to the coast for supper.

The nearest seaside town to my parent’s house is Aberaeron and it’s just beautiful, especially in the summer. It also has some lovely places to eat. That evening we walked along the pier, ate fish and chips outside at Hive on the Quay and had the famous honey ice-cream for pudding.

It was one of those nights that just stays with you. Nothing extraordinary happened but we were all together for the first time in over a week, the weather was beautiful and we had some really delicious food. It also helps that the girls were all in a good mood and it simply felt like a really lovely family night out. Also, Aberareon is so beautiful and one of my favourite places to visit when we’re home in West Wales.

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Yes, it’s official my baby is now sitting up by herself. She’s been trying for a few weeks but over the past few days she’s got a lot stronger and less wobbly. She’s also very keen to get mobile, I can see the look of determination on her face as her arms reach out to touch the floor.

Where did my tinny newborn baby go? I was so ready to take in and savour every minute of this little one, our last baby. I promised myself that I would cherish every cuddle and mentally record every slight development. But it doesn’t matter how much I document and cherish, I can’t slow down time and this little one is growing with every passing day. She’s now over six months old and quickly growing out of her clothes. We’re on to size 4 nappies and just starting the weaning journey.

I know I’ve said it a few times… Iris is by far the happiest of my three babies, she’s always smiling and giggling. She even wakes up happy, something she definitely does not get from me! I’m awful in the mornings. Although, waking up to her little face and big, excited smile makes things a lot easier.

This time last year I was getting ready to share the news that we would be welcoming a new baby into the family. A year on and she’s with us, making us forget what life was like before she arrived. Like she was always meant to be.

So here she is at six months, sitting up…

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