Words can’t express my love for this little boy.
My nephew, Blake, turned 3 on the 28th of May. I got up at 5AM to get a flight home from Amsterdam to surprise him for his birthday. In the run up to his birthday, he kept FaceTiming me and asking if I was coming to his party. The guilt was too much so I happily changed my flight to an earlier one.
Blake had a party at his house with all of his friends. There was a bouncy castle that I perhaps spent too much time on (wow, what a workout). The sun came out for his birthday and I think it was a success. Well done to my sister, Carolyn, for planning it all.
It was lovely to start 2018 with a family holiday to Lanzarote. This was my nephew’s first time on a plane and he loved it—even through heavy turbulence on the flight home. It was special to experience everything with him for the first time.
It was all-inclusive and I was expecting to come back fat. Fortunately the hotel had an amazing salad bar (yes, I get excited about salad).
Merry Christmas! I spent Christmas in Edinburgh with my family this year. On Christmas Eve we went to The Paper Mill for dinner. The food and atmosphere was lovely, but we all agreed the service wasn’t great. This was the first Christmas my nephew has understood Santa and presents, so there was a lot of excitement on Christmas Day. I got an Amazon Echo, but these days I am enjoying giving presents more than receiving them.
Oops, I’m late in posting these Halloween photos. I was lucky to spend Halloween with my nephew, Blake. He’s just over 2 years old and beginning to understand what Halloween is. Well, not in any depth—but that he gets to dress up and eat sweeties!
My sister, a dress designer, made my nephew’s costume. She asked him what he wanted to dress as and he was adamant he wanted to be a duck.
He got very sticky and hyper from all of the sugar, so we gave him a bath before bed time. It was a fun Halloween!
My sister and I stayed at Atholl Palace on Sunday. We were treated to a three course dinner, access to the spa and a full-Scottish breakfast. I think it set both of us up for the festive period. It was like a winter wonderland!
This was all booked through 5PM, which has a selection of deals for Christmas. My sister and I are going to book my mum and her partner an overnight stay as a Christmas present. Don’t worry, my mum doesn’t read this blog.
We explored the Atholl Palace grounds on Sunday when we arrived. It had been snowing and it was freezing, but we heated up afterwards in the hot tub. Then we relaxed with cocktails in the bar before dinner.
This morning we popped into the village, Pitlochry, and wandered around the boutique shops. There was a Christmas shop, so we bought my nephew The Elf on the Shelf.
I would definitely return to Atholl Palace, but I’d book two nights and take advantage of some of the popular walks. We were lucky with the weather. It stayed dry except from a light dusting of snow. Beautiful!
I can’t believe how big my nephew is getting! He’s definitely not a baby anymore. We’ve have such a good bond. My sister says he never stops saying my name, “Auntie Ashley”. That’s because I’m a fun Auntie.
We visited my Gran as it was her 85th birthday but she was unwell. It’s really sad to see her health deteriorating, but Blake put a smile on her face.
I asked Blake what book he was reading. He has odd taste for a toddler…