Happy Birthday Daddy! – Blogmas Day 21

I’ve heard a lot of people say that it gets easier to live with grief as time passes. Not because you miss or love those who have left us any less but simply because you learn to cope better. I’m not sure I entirely believe that because I seem to be thinking about my Dad and my Cousin quite a lot recently. They both would have celebrated their birthdays this month with my Dad turning 72 today.


December is always a tough month for me for these reasons. It is always busy in the lead up to Christmas so I can easily distract myself but as the day slows down and the end of the month approaches, I find frequent reminders around me. There will be an older man who dresses like my Dad or a young man who bears a striking resemblance to my Cousin.

I think the saddest part for me is the thought not being able to spend Christmas with departed loved ones. My children have never spent Christmas with my Dad and he never even got to meet Heath. I am lucky that I have a close relationship with my Uncle as he is like a father to me and is another ‘grandfather’ to my children. This thought makes me very happy because growing up, my maternal grandfather lived in Thailand so I would see him once every two years and I never knew or met my paternal grandfather.

OK, I have to go as I have spent too long writing this post and I have some last minute Christmas shopping to do before I miss the delivery cut offs. I hope you are well and see you tomorrow for Day 22! Bx

Gifts for my 2 Year Old – Blogmas Day 20

Christmas this year should be a lot more fun now that Heath is old enough to open his presents. Last year it was great for Annabelle as she could help with the unwrapping but I’m sure she will be excited to see what he has been given and hopefully share their gifts with each other. As he is two years old, I thought he would like this selection of toys.


We wanted to buy Heath a Micro Scooter for his second birthday but I saw some toys on offer in Sainsbury’s and thought I would get those first while they were discounted. Annabelle has the pink Mini Micro Scooter and Heath enjoys riding around on hers while she is at school so it is the perfect gift for his age.

He also needs a helmet so I chose this orange one, also by Micro Scooter. I haven’t purchased this yet as I am debating getting the blue option in case Annabelle can wear it to. I might need to measure their heads to see if they can both wear the same size.

If you have read my Blogmas Day 1 post you will know that Heath is a train enthusiast. I think he would be ecstatic about the Thomas Take ‘n’ Play set with 10 die cast characters. He has Thomas and Percy already but I know he will love Captain and Diesel too.

Andy found this cute Mickey Mouse Duplo Train for Heath in Boots. He received Thomas the Tank engine Lego for Christmas last year so I am planning on combining the two to make a huge set. The great thing about this Mickey parade is that it will appeal to Annabelle too.

Last but not least, whenever Annabelle draws, Heath likes to copy. He will be able to colour in this Crayola Finding Dory book happily without marking our dining table in the process with this Mess Free Colour Wonder. Like the last gift I mentioned, it is also suitable for Annabelle and they can swap packs to their hearts content.

If you missed it, yesterday’s Blogmas post was about my Gift Ideas for Annabelle, my 5 year old daughter. I hope you like it and are enjoying my posts in this run up to Christmas. See you tomorrow for Day 21! Bx