So it rained all of Saturday morning, but as soon as it let up we took ourselves off on a chilly winter walk in our local forest. What a sight the boys are when they hold hands. Noah is so delighted when he gets some of his big brothers attention. It warmed the cockles of my heart watching them totter around, hands all a-swingin'.
Jack is dreaming of a white Christmas. As long as snow doesn't scarper plans to get places in the car, I'm down with that. Lots of Northern Ireland seen snow this weekend. Not us. We just had rain. Dear love the wee pet, he keeps asking me "how many days until my birfday?" and "now how many days 'til Christmas, Mummy?" and "then it will snow?"
Our lovely friends from Lala & Bea sent Jack and Noah some awesome early Christmas gifts. Look at Noah in his very festive pudding hat!!!! What a gorgeous Christmassy little hat it is. 'Tis the season! They're also wearing the new range of loungewear. Caroline, one half of Lala & Bea explained the thinking behind the idea of the new range to me -
"The idea behind the loungewear is that it's a unisex range, suitable for indoor and outdoor use. I designed it because my son would always want to put his PJs on (because they are comfy) and always wanted to wear them out of the house too. I wanted to create something that would be ok to wear outside and in and it wouldn't be obvious that he was wearing PJs, hence the loungewear name. They are made from soft organic cotton and the whole process from knitting the fabric to printing and making is all done in the UK. Even the labels are produced here."
Comfy these outfits certainly were! Although I've put it all together for this shoot, the tops and trou can be bought and teamed separately. It didn't take long for Noah to have a couple of falls and get his completely piggin'. They're spinning around in the washing machine as we speak.
Another wonderful great British brand is Hatley. Just over 20 years old, the iconic brand was born after talented painter Alice Oldland needed a venue to showcase her work. Her art sold out quickly, and her husband had the idea to turn her paintings into aprons. These too sold like hotcakes! All these years on Hatley is doing wonderful trade right across the world, specialising in kidswear.
They kindly sent Jack one of their puffer coats from the new range. I am most impressed that this coat can withstand temperatures of -15 degrees. I think my husband wants me to stop saying this fact out loud when I put the coat on Jack. It's just the Mum in me gets a sense of satisfaction knowing how toasty he is when he's wearing this! Another great feature is that it's reversible. Polar bears on one side, bright orange on the other. I love that! Jack has great fun deciding which side to wear it. He says his fave side is the orange, but then he asks to turn it inside-out again to display the bears. It's safe to say he likes it either way.
This week is a busy one. I'm running out of space on those little boxes on the calendar. Jack's nativity play is this week. He was originally Joseph, but he informs me he has been demoted to a sheep. Where did it all go wrong? Well, whatever you do, do it well, I tell him. We have some Christmas parties and meet ups too. I'm hoping school will wind down the homework this last week before term ends.
It hits half four and it's flipping' pitch dark now. It's ridiculous. Who can I complain to? The shortest day of the year is approaching (Jack's birthday actually!) and I think I read somewhere the sun starts to set around 12.30. Well I'm dreaming of the summer, but for now I'll just hold on to the thought of brighter mornings and longer days.
Thank you so much to Hatley, my good chum Dani, and my girls, Caroline and Katie of Lala&Bea. I love working with them all.