5 Happy Things #29


Happy New Year! The Christmas break really felt like such a long one this year and it was so lovely to be able to spend so much time together as a family. John only went back to work on Thursday this week too, so it’s been nice to just ease back into things. Although the bump back to solo parenting was a bit of a sharp reality check!


01. We decided to head out to the Devil’s Punchbowl for a walk on the Bank Holiday as it was such a gorgeous day. Unfortunately the rest of the world had the same idea and we had to queue for about 30 minutes just to get into the car park! But it was well worth it once we’d parked up – the views across Surrey are absolutely stunning in the winter sunshine and I took some gorgeous snaps of Max and John on my phone.


Max sat on John's shoulders at the Devil's Punchbowl


02. Max got a rocket and spaceman toy from his Uncle for Christmas which he loves. On the way back from nursery this week the moon was really bright, so John was telling him about the moon and how you get there. So of course when Max got home he wanted to take his spaceship outside and launch it to the moon! But what was even cuter was when he put the spaceman inside the rocket and said “I love you Spaceman!” My eyes just met with John’s and we both had the biggest smiles! I said afterwards, I’ve not heard ‘I love you Mummy’, or ‘I love you Daddy’, so it’s good to know where you stand in the grand scheme of things!


03. Despite some hiccups with our Christmas plans as a result of Max having chickenpox, we had a lovely Christmas break. It’s amazing how much children grow up in a year, but the way Max totally embraced everything Christmas-related this year was wonderful to see. Whether it was writing Christmas cards, posting them through the neighbours’ letterboxes, decorating biscuits, setting out a mince pie for Santa, or opening his presents, he threw himself fully into everything. It was so much fun to go into him on Christmas morning, say ‘Happy Christmas’ and see his eyes light up as he exclaimed “Christmas… SANTA!!”


04. I really love all of the staff at Max’s nursery – they have such a great bond with the children and really do care about them. Max went running up to his key worker on his first day back and gave her a big hug, and told her all about what Santa had brought him for Christmas. I’m so grateful to have found a nursery where I trust them to look after Max and where he loves going.


Gruffalo's child statue at Alice Holt


05. We visited Alice Holt woods this week for a very cold walk around their Gruffalo trail. We did it this time last year too – I really must organise going in the summer when it’s warmer! We went with my sister, my nephew and my parents and I was struck again by how well Max gets on with his cousin these days. They’re both like little shadows of each other, and just take turns copying the other one. At one point they were both inside a little den, howling like wolves!


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  • GorgeousGeorgesMama
    January 7, 2017

    Ah I’m glad to hear you enjoyed your Christmas. Ours was also very special and a lot of fun now little one is two. The whole of the UK must’ve thought New Years was a good day to go for a walk. We ventured to Southend pier and it was absolutely rammed despite the bitter cold. It’s lovely to start the year with lungs full of fresh air tho eh.

    Ps. Congrats on your pregnancy. ☺

  • Catie: Imperfect Mum
    January 7, 2017

    The devils punch bowl looks amazing – that is a brilliant shot! So glad the chickenpox didn’t ruin your Christmas break. #HappyDays

  • Sarah Christie
    January 7, 2017

    Aw its so lovely when they start to get excited about Christmas such a special magical time, we are through the other end now and making new memories adapting to the change which i thought would be so sad, but actually it is quite exciting. Happy New Year Katy, I hope its a fab one x

  • Natalie @memeandharri
    January 7, 2017

    Oh I love you spaceman made me smile, what a cutie. #happydays

  • Laura @dearbearandbeany
    January 7, 2017

    It really was a lovely long break this year. I’m so pleased you managed to have a great Christmas despite the pox. Max is just adorable and I love the spaceman story. I am sure a ‘I love mummy and daddy’ won’t be long. It is a special moment when they first say it, especially when they are not just repeating you staying it. I never tire of hearing it. x #HappyDays

  • Alex @ That Butterfly Effect
    January 9, 2017

    Awww, Max is so adorable 🙂 I’m sure he will soon tell you he loves you – it took my older (5-year old) son a long time to say it without repeating me saying it but now he says it all the time whilst showering me with kisses! Bliss 🙂 xx #HappyDays

  • Katy
    January 14, 2017

    Aww it is lovely when they really love Christmas isn’t it? Thank you so much for joining in with #HappyDaysLinky x

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