Those of you that have known me for a few years will know that I used to totally be against camping, it was not my idea of a holiday! However we went on holiday in 2011 for a week camping. Me, Chris and the dog – in a 12 man tent! Sounds excessive I know, but I needed all that space. It was great and I was converted.
We went to a great campsite in North Devon called Caffyns Farm. It’s great: cheap, dogs and open fires allowed.
So this year we decided to attempt it with a baby for 3 nights.
I had my doubts, I just wasn’t sure how Evelyn would cope, if she would sleep well or how we would feed her. But once again I was wrong, it was a massive success, Evelyn appears to love the outside, settled really well in the tent and slept through each night we were there.
I am the mum to a one old. How did that happen? Where did that year go? It feels like no time at all and at the same time I can’t remember life with out her. A year ago she crashed into our world, three weeks earlier than we thought, three days of pain and no sleep and then she was there. This tiny beautiful being totally dependent on me.
It’s been a year of learning and I don’t doubt that I’ve got another 20 plus years of learning as she grows and changes and becomes a woman. A woman, my daughter will one day be a woman, that scares me and excites me all in one moment. Who is she going to be? I don’t know.
I do know who she is now. She is gentle and soft with her generously giving kisses and cuddles to all of us (including the dog), she is raucous and joyful, full of laughter and screwed up faces of fun. She is timid and shy, cuddling in after naps and being scared of her Uncles (who wouldn’t be!) yet she is fearless and brave, constantly exploring, throwing her face into the swimming pool, clambering over furniture and climbing the stairs. She is vivid and full of life and has moments of calmness and sadness. She loves people and constantly makes friends with anyone who will smile at her (we may need to have the stranger danger talk!) Most of all she is loving and she is loved.
This year has been the best year of my life. I am so thankful that I get to be a mum. I hope Evelyn continues to be all these things as she grows up and I am so excited to see exactly who she is going to be.
It has taken me a long time to decide what cake to make Evelyn for her 1st birthday. I wanted to make something very cool and fun. If you google ‘girls first birthday cake’, you get a whole lot of pink. Pink teddies, Pink number ones, pink dolls. All fine, but not what I wanted, and not really how we’ve treated Evelyn so far. We are totally more about the bright colours.
So I was super excited to find a very bright and funky cake that was still a bit girly with flowers on it. I tweaked the idea a bit and came up with a nice topper idea using some wafer flowers and gauge wire.
This was the end result.
I was pretty pleased, even though the green icing took me about 12 attempts!
This week we’ve had friends to stay and it has been wonderful. Our friends the Pullingers – Jeff, Alina, and Freya came to stay. Freya is around 10 months older than Evelyn so it was fun watching them play together and interact. I find it hard to believe that Evelyn will be in the same school year as Freya. Freya just seems so much more advanced than Evelyn.
Jeff and Alina, like us are board game fans and so it’s always fun to hang out with them playing games and having a lot of fun. Evelyn and I got to spend 4 days with Alina and Freya (the men had to go out to work!) We spent one day showing them around town, it was a bit of a reality hit for me, we actually live here, in this beautiful town and we get to show people around.
I am not on holiday. This is my life.