I remember when I was at school. A few snowflakes and we’d all be praying that it was enough to get the day off school. The buses were always quickly cancelled and more often than not the school heating system would break.
Now I’m sitting watching the heaviest and most continuous snow fall I can ever remember seeing – hasn’t stopped for nearly five hours – and wishing my uni would also shut. (As of yet it has not but I have no intention of driving home in the dark at half six tonight in 10cm deep snow)
The trains to uni have already been cancelled and the junction I need on the motorway if I drive there is shut due to an accident.
I think these are all signs that Amelia and I should stay snuggled up on the sofa with a hot chocolate. The hearings on and we are both in warm comfy clothes.
On a different note look at the poor little cars outside
We have had a few snowy days now, all the decorations are up and most of the presents are wrapped.
I have seen so many people panicking and running round the shops like headless chickens. There is one thing I always try and avoid: panic buying.
You know that crazy moment when you buy your uncle who despises football the latest away shirt because you can’t think of anything else and it’s on the list of gift ideas for men? Or that mad rush to pick up the last chocolate snowman in Thornton’s for your Nan, even though she is diabetic and it’s full of sugar?
The closer it gets to Christmas the more people you see rushing round the shops and buying everything in sight. I absolutely dread the Christmas food shop because you always get that one person who thinks because the shops are shut one day they must buy 50 loaves of bread, 20 pints of milk and the entire aisle of tinned vegetables.
Panic buying. The most costly and pointless exercise. What exactly are you going to do with all those loaves of bread? Are you going to shower in the milk? The tiniest bit of snow and a similar shopping over load occurs. I try and avoid it and think I have managed it so far this winter.
It’s winter and everyone is hoping for snow. Amelia is seven months old now so you would assume that this winter will be her first experience of the pretty white stuff.
But actually she was present for extremely heavy snow in January. When I was over half way through my pregnancy we went to Krakow, Poland as a late birthday present for Robs 25th birthday. Unlike snow in the UK, Poland frequently gets snow to a level that would put the entire UK out of commission. However everyone in Poland handles it brilliantly and instead of cancelling trains and flights and buses and shutting schools and businesses, they simply plough the thick snow out of the way and carry on going. (Whilst we were there outside our hotel room it reached nearly knew depth, but when we woke up the next day the paths had been cleared.)
Whilst we were there it snowed very heavily and had we been in England our flight would have been cancelled. We were waiting at the air port, snow pouring down and were able to watch out the windows as the airport staff cleared the runways. It didn’t even delay our flight!
Poland is beautiful and if you like a holiday with intricately designed architecture and gorgeous landscapes then I would definitely recommend Poland. Flights are very affordable and short. As someone who doesn’t enjoy flying and gets travel sick the hour and a half flight was much more manageable. (I also had severe morning sickness to contend with when we went but the colder temperatures were much better for it than a scorching hot beach holiday would have been).
When it’s cold and wet outside there’s nothing better than coming back to a nice home cooked meal.
When I’m at uni I tend to cheat with dinners and cook whatever is easiest straight from the freezer. I get home quite late and after six hours of lectures the last thing I feel like doing is spending ages cooking. So when I’m not at uni I try and make a bit more effort.
Last nights dinner – for Rob. I had a veggie option – was cottage pie. Cottage pie is a brilliant way to get extra vegetables into a meal. You can mix mashed parsnip in with the mashed potatoes and can put all sorts of vegetables in with the meat. If you chop them up small enough little mouthes won’t even realise.
Rob had his with green beans and spicy jalapeño and beef nacho bites – obviously you would not give those to a little person. They’d burn their little mouth. But otherwise a perfect meal for my titchy princess. She has four little ones frozen in the freezer for other nights.
Today we went for a walk up to costa with Amelia’s daddy. I of course got a Black Forest hot chocolate and rob had a honeycomb latte. Amelia had her warm milk and was snuggled up in her pushchair in her gorgeous fluffy penguin suit from next.
With it being so cold outside it’s so important that your little ones are wrapped up warm. Here are five snowsuits I’m in love with this winter:
What have we done to mark the first day of December?
We have put our tree up. Ours is green with red and gold decorations. I’ve been collecting pretty decorations, the sparklier the better. We also have a snow filled one with ‘Amelia Skye’ written on it, to mark Amelia’s first Christmas.
We have opened our advent calendars – Amelia has a chocolate peppa pig one, her favourite cartoon. I thought about getting her the toot toot advent calendar with the toys in but decided it was a bit expensive for her first Christmas when she doesn’t understand what’s going on yet. I’ll get her one next year when she’s bigger.
Amelia and I walked up to see the big Christmas tree in Aylesford retail park. We also stopped in costa so that I could get my favourite Black Forest hot chocolate – Amelia had a little bit on her dummy, which she loved. It snowed for a while yesterday and is still really cold so I’m hoping for more snow in the lead up to Christmas.
Look at this little cheeky face. Below are just a few of things I want to do with her in the lead up to Christmas
I can’t wait to take Amelia shopping in Canterbury. I go to university there and the Christmas lights are beautiful. Over the weekend the little Christmas huts have been set up amongst the shops, selling a variety of home made gifts, food and drinks and a variety of Christmas decorations. The hot donuts stall had a queue of people and the fudge and chocolate stall had equally as many perusers when I walked by yesterday.
Newnham Court Shopping Village
Notcuts is home to one of the most beautiful Christmas decoration department stores. They stock everything from personalised cards to six foot snowman sculptures. We took Amelia a couple of weeks ago and she was mesmerised by all of the twinkly lights and sparkly decorations. They also have a wonderful gift section, with an array of hampers and chocolates.
Chatham Dockside Christmas Market
This is not somewhere we have visited yet but the Facebook page has sold it to me. Much like the style of the huts in Canterbury, this market comprises of a number of stalls in german style wooden huts. One of the stalls that particularly caught my eye was an image of a food merchant making Yorkshire pudding wraps – a roast dinner wrapped in a giant Yorkshire pudding. As a vegetarian this is probably not for me but I’m sure all the meat eaters out there would love this.
As it is Amelia’s first Christmas we have to take her to meet Santa. He can be seen at a range of venues throughout December, including Maidstone town centre, Notcuts and Canterbury high street to name a few.
Wingham Wildlife Park
Also in Canterbury, wingham wildlife park is one my favourite family days out. In the run up to Christmas I would imagine it will be particularly popular as it houses penguins. I have been several times before and can not wait to take Amelia to see my favourite animal. Penguins are featured in everything at Christmas – I even found penguin gingerbread men in Morrisons.
All the shops and markets are free entry. The Santa’s grottos begin at £3 and increase in price depending on location. Wingham wildlife park is £17 per adult and £14 per child, under 2’s go free.
For me, it is now officially winter. Today, for the first time since before spring, when I walked indoors my glasses steamed up. It was so cold outside that when I came back home, my glasses were so fogged up that I couldn’t see. The irony is not lost on me.
I took Amelia on our usual walk, Something we now can’t do without gloves, scarves and Amelia’s gorgeous snow suit, a fluffy penguin one from next that her nanny on her dads side bought her.
Aldi have got their Christmas range in now and I could have brought everything. I settled for buying one of their gorgeous scented candles. There were several to chose from and I very nearly bought one of each but I restrained myself.
I can’t wait to buy our decorations and celebrate our first Christmas in our first home as a little family of three (5 if you count the uncle pigs).