A changed format of my This Week posts for the new year. Keeping the photo-diary nature, but adding in a few extras. Those little things that I want to share but don't warrant an entire blog post of their own. Including what we're reading, watching, eating...and anything else that catches my eye.
This week has been that funny limbo between the busyness of Christmas and the return to our normal playgroup/music/swimming routine. Cabin fever has set in this week - the torrential downpours have meant going outside has been very unappealing. So lots of books have been read, lots of colouring in has been done, and, of course, lots of playing with baybeeee. Plus clip clopping on the new giant pink horse she had for Christmas. Our tidyings and sortings meant we've rediscovered some forgotten things, including the Barbie fridge magnets that graced my student fridge nearly ten years ago. They're pretty popular already.
New Year's Eve was a quiet one. Nice dinner, G&Ts, and in bed by 11pm. The giant fireworks display that was going on somewhere close made sure we did technically see in the New Year though. We caught up on the last series of Sherlock in preparation for the new series of Sherlock on New Year's Day. Fast moving, funny and full of such clever ideas - we're big fans.
We've had a change in toddler sleeping patterns this week, much to our surprise and relief. Naps seem to be getting a tad longer and mornings have been later. I squeezed in a few reading moments while I was awake and she still slept (very bizarre!).
A brief break in the rain on Thursday meant we dived outside to make the most of the garden to catch up on some jobs and collect dried beans (me) and poke things with sticks (her).
Friday was back to rain, but we didn't care as we had a big slab of slow roast beef brisket that needed cooking for 6 hours. This is the second time we've cooked this over Christmas. The first time for a family Christmas gathering, and then again for a dinner with friends last night. We broke out the Sipsmith gin (again...) and played Trivial Pursuit until the small hours.
With two of us around to share toddler distraction duties, I've been able to catch up on a few iPlayer programmes this week too. The Unbelievable Truth never fails to make me laugh, Alex Horne Presents the Horne Section features a new favourite comedy carol, and Michael Rosen talking about baby talk on Word of Mouth was so interesting. It's fascinating how naturally and unconsciously we change our voices to talk to babies. It's making me want to re-read the speech chapters in David Crystal's How Language Works.
Hope your week has been a lovely one.