pARTy planning

On March 19th Little Splodge is going to be turning two.

For her first birthday her party was combined with our wedding reception for a number of reasons … mainly restrictive finances and the fact we couldn’t expect family to cross the country (and in some cases the globe) twice.

So this year we’re going all out for her birthday.

The theme is set, the community centre is booked and the invites are on their way from the printers.


I’ve even got an arty themed menu worked out in my head.

All that is left is to come up with games and activities suitable for 1 – 4 year olds to play … and figure out how to use my extremely limited baking and artistic skills to make something like thisOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Me And Mine (January)

I have been a follower of the lovely Lucy’s Dear Beautiful blog for a while now and always looked forward to the Me and Mine posts but fo some reason never joined in. Now it’s in its second year and we’ve had a serendipitous photo shoot with our girls earlier in the month.

So here’s my chance.

The photographer we went to took some truly beautiful shots and made the children look like perfect little angels.


It is this shot, completely unedited and fresh from the camera, that really shows our family for what it is.



Now, I’m not saying we’re always in a state of utter confusion and disarray … probably only 90% of the time.

Now that you have seen our family at our photographic worst here is a shot that I think our photographer would prefer to be seen by the world



Siblings (January)

December saw a new addition to our little family. Beanie Baby made her appearance on December 1st and once again all blogging activity was put on hold while we adjusted to being a family of four.

Beanie Baby and Little Splodge

Ever since her arrival we have been stunned by the change in our Little Splodge. Overnight she went from being our baby to a fully fledged big sister and boy does she act like it. Splodge clearly loves Beanie Baby. She’s the first person to get attention in the morning, is cuddled constantly and Splodge even tries to help feed her … she’s lifted my top to get Beanie’s milk for her on more than one occasion.

There’s no denying that we have had a few, let’s say, teething problems. Splodge simply doesn’t understand that Beanie is still rather delicate being so new to the world and there have been instances of somewhat overenthusiastic cuddles and pats becoming squeezes and smacks … we’re simply hoping she grows out of that.

We’re sure that this new found sisterly bond will only get stronger as time passes and we can’t wait to see them grow closer as they grow older.