Saturday, 28 December 2013

Christmas 2013

We drove over to Ballymena for Christmas on Christmas eve in the afternoon. Lee had an exam in the morning and we had to go past Donegore to pick up the turkey on our way over. 

Shane, Janette and James arrived before lunch time and we all sat down to our turkey, stuffing, and lots of veggies and gravy. I'd been looking forward to Amy having a big plate of Christmas lunch, but most of her food ended up on the floor. We were both still bad with a tummy bug.

We opened up presents quite a bit after lunch. There were far too many toys, boxes and sheets of ripped wrapping paper strewn around the living room. The kids were both hyper and having a lot of fun.

We had boxing day at aunty Colettes in Armoy, the whole family filling up that big house. There were a lot more babies and children this year!

We got back home again yesterday and since Amy and I are both feeling a whole lot better, we've been making up for our missed lunch by filling up on left overs and Quality Streets.

Monday, 23 December 2013

A few festive instagrams

hot chocolate with Carri-Ann
we took Amy to Hillside garden centre to see their festive displays 
I didn't bake enough mince pies

little teddy bear

It's been pretty cold around here. I picked up a bit of a bug and have been feeling even colder and fairly sorry for myself. I think Amy's been feeling it too, she's just been wanting to be held and cuddled, and I don't mind that at all. My little snuggles.

We're heading to Ballymena tomorrow. We're picking up a big free-range, awarding-winning turkey from Donegore on our way over and Lee's going to be cooking the huge feast again. I'm looking forward to feeling well enough to eat again and seeing Amy tuck in to a big plate of roast meat, veggies and gravy :-)

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Lee's big birthday weekend

On Monday we celebrated Lee's big 30th birthday. The celebrations began on Thursday when we left Amy with her nana in Ballymena and checked in to Galgorm Resort and Spa. We had our meal in the River Room, spent some time in the outdoor hot tub and in the spa. Galgorm is definitely one of our favorite places! 

On Sunday we had a family meal out in Ballymena and on Monday Amy got to spend some more time with her nana while Lee and I stayed over in The Merchant hotel in Belfast. Time was spent in the rooftop jacuzzi, drinking sherry cocktails in the bar and eating in the Great Room. We visited the Christmas market, ate bratwursts, drank snow beer and just had a lovely time. Ooh, and had a little lie lovely not to have to get up at half past five!

Before we got the bus back home we stopped in to Patisserie Mimi, a new little patisserie next to The Merchant. We were picking up some macaroons for Aidan and Carri-Ann and some bread for ourselves. 

It's a lovely little shop, but I love that it's called 'mimi', Amy's name for me :-)

It was so good to have some time away in the country and then in the city but I did miss having a little person trying to climb up my leg crying 'mimimimimi....'

Happy birthday Lee!!!

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