We visited Audley End Miniature Railway earlier on this year (read about it here) and we loved it so much we decided to book tickets for their Christmas Special.

The past couple of years we have always done our Father Christmas visits at the end of November, we find it’s less crowded and it’s just the right time to start getting the kids excited for Christmas.

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I read quite a lot of parenting and photography blogs and I am always a bit envious when I see children posing and smiling for the cameras. I truly don’t know how people do it, I have tried bribing mine but it doesn’t work.

Taking nice pictures of my two, especially if they are together is nearly impossible. I have found that the key is to try and photograph them without them noticing otherwise I get funny faces like the ones below

This week I am linking with Brummy Mummy of two for #wickedwednesdays with these pictures I took at the weekend.

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Birthday parties… When I was young(er) I didn’t have huge birthday parties, I had a couple of friends round for a bit of cake and a play date and that was it. No party bags or entertainers or anything fancy,

These days organising a kid’s birthday party is a bit like a wedding, you need to find a venue, prepare a guest list and stick to a budget.  Sticking to the budget is the tricky thing, especially if you live around London, now I am not tight, but it really kills me to spend an obscene amount of money to have some kids running around like lunatics for two hours.

We are organising my son’s 6th birthday and this is truly the highlight of his year (apart from Christmas) he has been making daily guest lists for the past six months, everyday he sits down and rereads and rewrites his list (his writing skills have improved a lot thanks to this)

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I am lucky that he is still quite naïve and young and I can steer him towards a venue that he will really love, i.e. economical, so he is happy and we are happy but I’m really not sure how long this will last.

I wish I had the time and the ideas to organise something fantastic and great but unfortunately I haven’t. I always see great ideas in Pinterest and other blogs and  I ‘d love to do something like that for him, but I am sure he will be happy with the party and he will enjoy it regardless.

Do you do a party for your children? Do you stick to a budget or do you get carried away? What do you think about big do’s for children?

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This is my little baby today too excited to go to bed after spending the weekend at his grandparents. He is exhausted but so full of life and excitement, all giggles and excuses to delay bedtime.

He is a little charmer that gets away with too many things  thanks to that gorgeous smile.
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