All in Family

March {Loves}

March 2018 will forever be remembered as the month that spring didn't spring and we were instead treated to one final laugh from winter: the so-called 'Beast from the East'.

That didn't dampen our spirits though! March was a jam-packed month of fun, travels and trips.

February {Loves}

A round up post of what we've been up to in February as a family, including my controversial thoughts on The Greatest Showman and highlighting that my three children do indeed have a better social life than me!

January {Loves}

Unlike the majority of the population, I usually look forward to January. If a month could be introverted, it would be January, wouldn't it? A month of quiet reflection and fresh starts.

It usually indicates a trip to Germany in the Sharples household. This year was no exception, and we duly headed off to Berlin a couple of weeks into January for my annual pilgrimage to the motherland.

But, I can't help but feel... well, a bit flat, to be honest with you. 

December {Loves}

Let's see how far I can get with this post without mentioning the elephant in the room, shall we?!

We've had plenty to celebrate in December with the month kicking off with a special little lady's 4th birthday. How can Sophia be 4 already? She had a wonderful day, topped off with a tea party with her friends.

Christmas Traditions

Christmas traditions are a funny old thing, aren't they? Some are passed down through families, from generation to generation, and some just naturally evolve without you even realising.

When I was growing up in Germany, St. Nicholas Day on December 6th was a bigggg deal as we would receive sweets in our shoes for being good {unless we had been naughty and Knecht Ruprecht left 'alternative' gifts!}. I don't recall mince pies featuring heavily in my childhood festive memories, but the mere waft of Stollen, Lebkuchen or Pfeffernüsse gives me alllll the nostalgic feels still to this day. 

November {Loves}

I'd thought November would be a quiet month, really.

We were embarking on Project New Kitchen and with the C-word just around the corner, we'd expected it to just be a stepping stone into the festive period. Just a quiet month at home, with nothing much to report on. But when I flicked back through my diary and looked at the photographs I'd taken, I realised that we had done far more than I'd remembered! 

Carly's Christmas Cranberry Compote

It's just cranberry sauce, really. 

But it tastes sooooo delectable that I felt like calling it plain ol' cranberry sauce did it no justice. Plus, I'm a big fan of alliteration.

Christmas. Yep, I just dropped the C bomb (no, not that one; go and wash your mouth out!) in November. It's the same date each year. We have 52 whole weeks beforehand to prepare for it, yet for some reason Christmas as a concept always lies dormant in my mind until suddenly it bursts to life around mid-November shouting "SURPRISE!" like a sneaky little devil. 

October {Loves}

October.

It really felt like just as we were settling into our groove with the new school year, along came half term to shake it all up again!

Not that I'm complaining, mind.

I think we were all ready for a break and it was so good not to have the mammoth school treks twice daily. We found a good balance between relaxing at home and being outdoors and I purposefully made sure to spend some extra quality time with Reuben.