Monthly Memories – December

Monthly Memories – December

WARNING: This post is going to be photo heavy and may not interest you. I’m okay with that, so no worries if you don’t want to read about my December Monthly Memories and decide to skip this post.


So to start off my December memories I’ll show a couple of photos from my room. I usually put my Christmas decorations up at the very end of November or very beginning of December as I like having them up for a full month. I also always take them down before the 6th of January, mainly because I don’t want them up for my birthday, but also because of the Epiphany. And whilst I’m not religious it’s just always something I’ve done.

You can see my full bedroom tour here.

Christmas Room Tour


We visited the park a few times this month, firstly because it’s become a regular when we have to take the dogs to the vets. Secondly because dogs are allowed in the cafe and they do a brilliant all day vegetarian breakfast. And thirdly to go to a Christmas Market they had on.

Also, Mia has become very obsessed with the cafe. She gets to sit on a chair and I think she’s decided she’s a lady that lunches. When it time to go she fully digs her heels in and for such a small dog, it’s difficult to move her when she’s made up her mind. She’s also dragged us there mid walk before. I think the warmth and attention she gets whilst there trumps having to go for a walk.

The vegetarian breakfast, and Mia keeping her eyes on all the food on the table.

A before and after picture of the park visit. Two tired doggies.


Early in December I went round to my sister’s house to have a Grinch Themed Evening. I shared all the recipes in a blog post here.

Part way through the evening Max asked me whether we could do a dinosaur evening next. I fear I am making them rather high maintenance. But at least they are only expecting family time and not the newest toys, so I’m okay with them being demanding in that way. It was a lovely evening and I definitely would do another themed evening.


A couple of days after our Grinch Evening we visited a local Winter Wonder Farm. The kids got to meet Santa, experience a snow storm (of bubbles) and meet a few animals. Not to mention that the Grinch was there. Although whilst they were excited to see him prior to it, they didn’t really rate actually seeing him. I suppose a human sized Grinch is a bit unnerving.

Winter Wonder Farm

Emily’s clothes almost being eaten.

Winter Wonder Farm

Winter Wonder Farm

Winter Wonder Farm


Mid December the dogs went for their Christmas groom and I popped into town with my Mum. We went to a little cafe I hadn’t been before and then met up with my eldest sister and eldest niece. I then went and got my second and third ear lobe pierced, which is why my niece came down to see us. Much to her disappointment though as she was hoping I’d do something more interesting; translation – painful.

You can find the post where I DIY this Christmas jumper here.

DIY Pom Pom Christmas Jumper

DIY Pom Pom Christmas Jumper

Look at the festive set up my groomers has! She sent me this photo wishing me a merry christmas.


My above mentioned eldest niece turned 21 on Christmas Eve, but prior to that she had a party. She asked me to make her a three-tier drip birthday cake. And not wanting to disappoint I tried my best. It was a bit wonky, and a bit squashed. But I did it. And it had chocolate shards, which whilst incredibly easy to make I’ve never done before. So that part was fun.


On Christmas Eve we went back to our new favourite park. This time with almost the entire family in tow. That meant there was 10 of us and three dogs. It was really lovely to be able to all get together as we weren’t able to all hang out on Christmas Day. I’m hoping that it will actually become a Christmas Eve tradition.

Christmas Eve Outfit

After leaving the park me and Becky, plus her babies and my fur babies went round to my dad’s for an hour or so and then headed over to my eldest sister’s to actually do Terri’s (my eldest niece) birthday cake and celebrate her 21st.. again.

The kids wrapped Mia up like that by the way. And look at my sleepy baby Oscar.

Oscar round at my sister’s house, admiring the tree.


Christmas Day

Christmas Day 2018

Usually Becky will come down and open presents with us, but as she was hosting Christmas this year it was just me and my mum – and the dogs, opening presents.ย 

Christmas Day 2018

My mum being incredibly impressed with a pill popper I got her! It’s the simple things.

Christmas Day 2018

This Christmas was the first I actually spent with my dad! Well, kinda. I imagine I spent a few with him when I was a kid but I honestly have no memories of them. And whilst we always go round to his house on Christmas Day he’s never spent the whole day with us. That’s not for a lack of us offering either! For whatever reason my dad has always turned down any offers to spend Christmas either with us or his partner and her family. Each year we go and spend about an hour at his house and then later that day I’ll deliver him his Christmas dinner and he’s always been seemingly happy with that. But each year we still put the offer out for him to join us and this year he said yes! So that alone made my Christmas.

I’m really lucky that whilst my mum and dad have been divorced basically my whole life, they are friends. So come family meals there is no awkwardness or having to separate them.

So after opening our presents at home and getting ready we went and picked up my dad then headed up to Becky’s.

Christmas Day 2018

Christmas Day 2018

Oscar set up his position at the table, jumping up onto my mums momentarily empty seat. When he got kicked off that he moved to the head of the table to ensure we didn’t forget about him.

Christmas Day 2018

Mia on the other handย took more of a sly tactic. Watching from a distance to see if anyone dropped any foods. Notice how she’s closer to the kids as she knows they’re probably her best bet for snagging fallen food. Don’t feel bad for them, they always get their own version of a Christmas dinner once all the humans have finished.

Christmas Day 2018

This year was also the first year we had a cheese board. I’ve actually never even encountered a cheese board so this was my very small-scale attempt at one. Also look at how tired Mia was after all the day’s (and previous days) activities.

Christmas Day 2018

Emily showing off her new hair clips.

Christmas Day 2018

I mentioned over on my Instagram that I didn’t end up taking all that many photos this year. As for the most part I didn’t spend any time on my phone. Which, despite the lack of photos, was lovely.ย The day just passed by in a whirl of being present with my loved ones.

After leaving my sisters and dropping my dad back off at home, me and my mum went round to see my eldest sister. We hung out there for a bit, playing the game Heads Up! which we’ve done every Christmas for a few years now. I really love playing games on Christmas Day and that’s one of the reliable ones that I know I can get everyone to join in on.

We then came home and all went to bed very early. All in all it was a really, really lovely day. I wish we’d spent a bit more time at my eldest sisters house (she’s called Sam by the way. I feel like most people know who Becky is by now but I usually refer to Sam as my eldest sister instead of just Sam. I’m stopping that – so learn her nameย ๐Ÿ˜‰). Anyways, I wish we’d spent more time round at Sam’s but by that point my mum was essentially asleep on her feet. The dogs were getting irritable from needing to sleep (as they don’t nap anywhere but at home as they just aren’t comfortable enough) and I was not only very tired, but was in desperate need of taking my splint off, elevating my leg and swallowing an awful lot of morphine.ย 

But it was a lovely day!ย 



Instagram Highlights

@twolittletails –ย If you aren’t already following Oscar and Mia on Instagram, then why not? I like to think that the captions are pretty funny. Well, they amuse me anyways, which I guess is all that matters. Because if you don’t find yourself funny you’re really in trouble.

@twolittletails

@vintagetearose

@vintagetearose

I’ve been posting more on my Instagram stories, so if you don’t follow me over there then you are missing such gems as:

@vintagetearose

@vintagetearose

…. – I know. GEMS.



Happy New Year From The Dogs

HAPPY NEW YEAR. And I hope everyone had a lovely December.


How was your December? And what has been your favourite memory looking back on the month?


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36 Comments

  1. January 8, 2019 / 9:29 pm

    Love love love this December memories post! It looks like you overall had a very lovely December! I have so many things to comment on but I doubt I will remember to write them here… All the photos of your dogs are just the BEST! Mia sitting at the table is too funny and equally adorable. I love that the cafe allows dogs! So many places with food don’t allow dogs due to health laws, so that is just the sweetest.
    I would be unnerved by seeing a life-size Grinch too, lol, so I don’t blame the kids! Oh and for some reason I completely forgot that you had another sister, so when you said your niece was turning 21, I was so very confused lol. I was thinking of Emily haha.
    Speaking of her 21st birthday, you did an AMAZING job on that cake! Sarah you are so so so good at baking and decorating! You could open a bakery. That drip cake was simply stunning. <3 How nice of you to make it for her!
    Those Christmas Eve pictures of your walk at the park are absolutely lovely! The park looks kind of eerie and I love how the sun is shining through the trees. Beautiful!
    How nice that you were able to spend your Christmas with your dad! Especially after so many years of him declining, what a nice change, I'm sure. ๐Ÿ™‚ It really does sound wonderful that your parents are friends so you can all have family dinners without any added stress.
    I love that Oscar jumped up to the table for Christmas dinner as if he was just going to take his seat there, lol. Your dogs have so much personality!
    It really does sound like a fantastic Christmas! It's the best feeling when you can just enjoy time with your loved ones and not even notice that you haven't been on your phone. <3
    Sorry for the long comment! I really did have a lot of things to comment on, haha, and I loved this post! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sarah
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      January 10, 2019 / 1:11 am

      She bloody loves it in that cafe! And I think it’s because it’s just a small park cafe, it’s not like a restaurant. Plus we aren’t near where the food is cooked. I think there is actually a reasonable amount of cafes and pubs that sell food that will allow dogs inside in the UK, which is great for me ๐Ÿ™‚
      Lol, I always find stuff like that eerie anyways, just knowing there is an actual person in there and I can’t tell what they are thinking by their facial expressions unnerves me!
      Yep, two older sisters and 6 nieces and nephews *exhausting* ;P And thank you!
      I agree about the park, it was because it was misty! Looked beautiful though, which is strange as you wouldn’t think something beautiful would also be described as eerie, but they strangely can be.
      And I know, I was dead surprised when he said yes so casually to our invite. We ask now knowing that we are just asking for the sakes of it as he’s always said no. So this year we were both like.. “wait? what? were you listening to what we actually asked you” lol. Was really lovely having him there though! And I’m very grateful for their friendship, it must be so awful not being about to invite both parents to family gathering without worrying about arguements or one outright refusing to come.
      — Oscar *eye roll*. He made his presence known lol. Just made me laugh how when I kicked him off my mum’s seat he was just like, “yeah, alright. Well I’ll just sit here, at the head of the table, where I belong instead”.
      And don’t worry about the long comment – I loved it ๐Ÿ™‚

      • January 10, 2019 / 4:03 pm

        I love that they realize the sitting area is far enough from the food to allow dogs!! It’s very rare to find a place here that will let you bring your dog in anyway, which is a bummer because I’d love to take Kona everywhere lol. Though it also works out because she starts whining if we are standing still for more than five seconds. XD
        Oh my goodness, me too! Mascots are definitely on my list of things that scare me lol. It’s just not natural lol.
        Agreed, I’ve noticed a lot of eerie things are beautiful! Unless they are just outright creepy/scary, I think there’s always a beauty to be found there! <3
        That's just so fantastic that he accepted your invite! Lol I could imagine your surprise after so many years of being turned down. Guess he figured he should get it over with so he's covered for future year. ๐Ÿ˜‰ In all seriousness, though, I definitely see how it would make your Christmas that much more lovely! My goodness, I agree, how hard it would be to cope with parents either refusing to come or making it stressful if they do come. :/
        Aww haha that's too funny and reminds me of why dogs are so great. Their personalities are the best!
        Oh good…I know some people don't like longer comments so I'm very glad to hear it wasn't annoying lol. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Sarah
          Author
          January 14, 2019 / 2:22 am

          It’s like abandoned locations, they are strangely beautiful – in a very terrifying way. Not saying I’d want to be there alone, but looking at them from afar can be nice lol.
          Well he did ask to book his seat for next year lol! So he must have enjoyed himself. Although not sure how next year would work out as Becky will be having dinner with her husbands family. They usually alternate years. Well, we’ve got months to figure it out ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • January 14, 2019 / 4:44 pm

            Agreed!! Haha it’s terrifying alone, but they are very pretty to look at. ๐Ÿ˜‰
            Haha you have a whole year to figure it out! But that’s still nice that he wants to come again. ๐Ÿ™‚ He must have realized what he’d been missing! It’s always interesting figuring out how to juggle family members for holidays, but it’s a good “problem” to have lol.

  2. January 8, 2019 / 6:03 am

    Looks like December was a month full of family time and celebrations! Your niece’s cake looks delicious – what flavour was it? x

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 8, 2019 / 11:25 pm

      It was! A lovely month all round. And it was just a madeira cake covered in icing ๐Ÿ˜Š x

  3. January 8, 2019 / 2:29 am

    Beautiful photo and definitely interesting Sarah ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 8, 2019 / 11:23 pm

      Oh thank you, I’m glad you found it interesting! ๐Ÿ˜Š

      • January 9, 2019 / 1:10 am

        You are welcome Sarah

      • January 9, 2019 / 1:03 pm

        Yes indeed. And you are welcome Sarah

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