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Huxley’s 1st birthday party

Huxley is 1 today! I can’t believe it! This past year has flown by so quickly. It’s been the best year of my life. Huxley makes every day like Christmas. I’m not going to write a big gushy post because I’ll never be able to put it into words as well as Amy did.

We had a little party for Hux on Sunday at Nick’s parents house. We had some cake, some pulled pork and luckily it was nice and warm and sunny so the kids could all run around in the garden.

I didn’t get to take many photos as I was so busy running around but I did manage to snap a couple.

Today we’re off to the Sealife centre in Weymouth :)

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Had a little birthday party for Hux today :)

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A day at Moors Valley Country Park

Moors Valley is a country park on the border of Dorset and Hampshire. It’s amazing. It’s got a great big play park for big kids and a separate one for smaller kids, a huge field for picnics next to a fishing lake, a golf course, a visitor centre and cafe, a train you can go on, GoApe course & segway tours, a huge playtrail that takes you around the forest, a tree top trail and best of all, it’s completely free. (Except the car park, which is quite expensive, but there are plenty of ways to access Moors Valley from other parts of the forest without paying for parking).

We go to Moors Valley quite often but I’ve only actually blogged about it once before, back in March when Hux was only 5 months old and couldn’t really go on many things. Nick and I have both been going since we were little and we really love it. We park in my hometown of Verwood at Potterne Park and walk 20 minutes through the forest to get there as it’s quite a nice walk and means you don’t have to pay for the car park.

Now that Huxley can walk he had an absolute blast. He crawled around the bird’s nest and the snakes and just went for it on the massive slide in the park. When I put the video on Facebook, my stepdad said ‘wow you were brave letting go of him at the top of that big slide’ and I said we didn’t even get a chance to grab hold of him let alone let go of him! He was off as soon as he got there!

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Snapshots of Spain: Part 2

Another day trip we took was to the Old Town of Marbella which is really beautiful. It’s full of quirky boutiques and bustling cafes. We had a slow stroll round followed by a rather large half portion of churros served with deliciously thick hot chocolate. Best. Breakfast. Ever.

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This required a Londoner-style drippy action shot!

Churros & hot chocolate at Churreria MarbellaDon’t let Huxley’s expression fool you, he wolfed them down!

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T-shirt – Jimmy’s Iced Coffee

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I took lots of video while I was away because for some reason I totally forgot to film any of Huxley’s first holiday to San Francisco which I was a bit sad about so I thought I’d make up for it by filming lots this time so I’ll edit that together soon and post it.

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