It always seems weird to count how many times a child has experienced an annual event, because it’s always one more than their age since their birthday is the last thing they do before turning another year older. Thus, even though Ellie is only 3, this is already her fourth Christmas, which just seems nuts!
We didn’t do too much over the holiday and just enjoyed each other’s company with few other commitments to get in the way. It was much needed. Continue reading “Ellie’s 4th (!) Christmas”
Ellie is at the perfect age for enjoying Christmas with. She’s starting to be more aware of what to expect and you can see the excitement and anticipation in her much more than last year. It’s been a whole lot of fun – perhaps too much fun. It’s been a whirlwind and it was maybe a bit too excitement for her, but it’s only once a year and I think it was worth it in the end. I can’t get over how gorgeous she is!
Ellie was even kind enough to help Jack open some of his own presents and generally be a great big sister to him.
Jack’s first Christmas
Continue reading “Ellie’s 3rd Christmas”
Last weekend, we thought we’d treat Ellie by putting up some Christmas lights in her room. This is the big reveal and Ellie was so excited to look at each light. It’s now the first thing she does every morning.
Continue reading “Ellie’s Christmas lights [VIDEO]”
Ellie doesn’t get to watch TV at all since we’re raising her in a “low media” environment. However, after doing a surprise Christmas in January for Marti, I decided that to make it really feel like Christmas, that we’d watch The Snowman together. Her reaction to the music and animation was quite adorable. There were several moments of her having a gaping mouth, in awe of the magic. Continue reading “Ellie enjoying “The Snowman” [VIDEO]”
Boxing Day was much like Christmas Day, just a bit more low key. Ellie has once again surrounded by family, games, playing and laughter. Continue reading “Boxing Day”
Christmas Day was spent amongst great company, eating too much food, playing lots of games and opening presents.
All in all, it was a really enjoyable day and Ellie was on top form, making the most of the family she had around her. Continue reading “Christmas 2014”
During the day today, we took some time to hunt down a Christmas tree. Mama really wanted a real tree to decorate, so we found a florist selling some trees and with the help of some spare decorations from Aunty Nicola, we were all set. Continue reading “Getting our Christmas tree”
As part of our mini-Christmas, Ellie got a Radio Flyer, which she soon took to pulling around the house. It was adorable watching her pull it along, deciding it was too much effort, abandoning it, turning around and realising it was no longer with her before fetching it again. Continue reading “Ellie with her cart [VIDEO]”
Since we’re heading back to England for Christmas this year, we had lunch with a family friend (Karli) yesterday and opened a couple of presents while we are still in Florida.
Continue reading “An early mini-Christmas”
We’re very thankful to have such generous people in Ellie’s life, and we truly appreciate anyone who wishes to buy her a gift.
With that in mind though, we’re not raising Ellie in a “conventional” fashion and there are certain things that we’d rather Ellie did not have, or that she simply cannot have.
These mainly revolve around our desire to raise a low-media, vegan, creative, intelligent child. Continue reading “Thoughts on buying gifts for Ellie”