A Little Wood Christmas…

Despite our Christmas being spent mostly in the company of tissues and Vicks (what is with this neverending cold/flu?!) I think we had one of our best holiday periods ever this year. That is a bold claim to make when you spend 90% of your day in flannel pj bottoms and don’t wash your hair for three days, but my goodness were we ready for a rest.
Rarely do we spend time off together just ‘being’. Life is one big, manic rush.
Well, you know how it is.
There’s a lot of jollying, entertaining, HUSTLING with kids – managing expectations and dodging behavioural bullets. I think we all need the annual arrival of Santa to just take the pressure off for a bit. Nothing like new presents to give you a morning of peace.
Thanks Mr Claus! 🙂

We did, of course, also manage lots of festive fun with family and friends and, as cheesy as it may sound, those are always the best bits of the holidays for me.
If Christmas is anything, it’s a huge exhale of breath. A time to catch up, chat, laugh, regroup and reflect. Look around, appreciate, plan and prepare.
I definitely did a lot more of all of that this year, and feel so much better for it.

I have this feeling that 2015 just might be a good one!

Some (many!!) photos of our holidays below, if you’d like to see…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy 2015 friends! I hope this brand new year is full of all your very favourite things.

E x

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19 Comments

  1. January 6, 2015 / 10:27 am

    Oh it looks like you had such a wonderful Christmas. I will never tire of seeing your photos x

    • January 6, 2015 / 6:29 pm

      You are lovely Donna. Thankyou! Xx

  2. January 6, 2015 / 10:32 am

    Lovely pics Emma. Happy new year to you and your lovely family. Can I please come and play with Annie’s cafe. Your older children’s presents looked so similar to our pile. Glad you had fun x

    • January 6, 2015 / 6:30 pm

      Oh, any time Ali! 🙂 I know – I find myself arranging it every night before bed! Such an Eejit! 🙂 xx

  3. January 6, 2015 / 4:25 pm

    Lovely photos! And i love your skirt! where’s that from!? We have those snow boots for our girls, purple for the eldest and red for youngest girl too! :). your home is lovely, that play shop is on our wish list for this year! our wooden play kitchen it slightly too small now there are three of them playing with it! x

    • January 6, 2015 / 6:28 pm

      It’s a little dress from Topshop luvvie! Thanks so much! Yes, the snow boots are amazing. I really want a pair too! 🙂 xx

  4. January 6, 2015 / 4:37 pm

    Oh Emma, gorgeous photos! Looks and sounds like you had a lovely Christmas with all the right kind of memories – FAMILY! Hope you’ve shifted that rotten old cold / flu.
    LOVE Annie’s café and shop!!!

    • January 6, 2015 / 6:31 pm

      Thanks chicky! We are all loads better thanks – just the normal colds now! 😉 Hope you are feeling better too! Xx

  5. January 6, 2015 / 7:20 pm

    Such beautiful pictures Emma, looks like you had such a wonderful Christmas time. Love Annies shop! xx

  6. January 6, 2015 / 9:57 pm

    Oh my goodness, what lovely photos of your beautiful family! I’m so glad I’m came across your blog! 🙂

  7. January 6, 2015 / 10:10 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! All those greens and browns and frosty mornings. So, so lovely. We were ‘blessed’ with bugs over Christmas too but it was still one of the most relaxing weeks ever. Happy New Year, lovely!

  8. January 7, 2015 / 9:12 am

    Wonderful photos Emma and impossible to pick a favourite! I love your husband and son’s matching shirts though 😉 Happy New Year to you all and I couldn’t agree more about Christmas – a time to regroup for sure x x

  9. January 7, 2015 / 10:10 am

    Such a beautiful Christmas it seems Em despite the lurgies. I love all the photos of frosty mornings, where you live looks absolutely beautiful. I have been to Ireland but never Northern Ireland, but it just looks stunning. And you such a gorgeously stylish family- I love all your little ones winter clothes and scarves! The photo of your son matching Daddy is so cute too! xx

  10. January 8, 2015 / 11:38 am

    Sounds like lovely family time – such a beautiful family too! I love your daughters little shop – that’s fab 🙂 #savouringtheseason

  11. January 8, 2015 / 1:24 pm

    Gorgeous photos. It loks like you’ve had a wonderful time despite the colds. #SavouringtheSeason

  12. January 8, 2015 / 11:16 pm

    Oh! I was scrolling down just waiting for that picture of poor wee Annie getting snowballed! Gorgeous pictures of what looks like a gorgeous Christmas! There is something funny about the Christmas break, isn’t there?! It’s somehow a COMPLETE catch up on rest and rejuvenation, with days of chaos and madness thrown in! I’m so glad you had a lovely one, and hoping your 2015 is as wonderful as you hope it to be!! Thank you for tagging along with #SavouringtheSeason these past couple of months. I’m sad to see it go, but it definitely feels right for us at the mo. You know I’ll still be popping over every day anyway! 🙂

  13. January 11, 2015 / 11:55 pm

    Gah my eyes this is all so pretty i am melting!! Glad you had such a fab one and that shop!!! I wants it for myself 🙂 xxx

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