Ok, here I am. Number 36. YES, you read that right, number THIRTY SIX.
Do you know what that means? This is blog marks the end of the third year of my twins blog!!! My twins are now three!!! Wow. Doesn’t time fly? I simply can’t believe it. I know that I’ve been ramping up this magic number for the past couple of months and finally we are here. And a lot had happened this month so the blog is a little longer than usual and a few more photos to share 😀 Enjoy!
December is always a big month for our family. Our twins’ birthday is in December. Then there’s Christmas and the New Year count down. While most are winding down and getting into festive mood, I am still relatively busy for my photography work. I am also preparing a few new projects for 2016 so I never have enough time to get through everything to be frank. But hey, it’s still December and I am going to have a good time with my kids and family.
First is my kid’s third birthday. After last month last party (yes we celebrated a little early for them), we took Ashton and Annabelle to Drayton Manor’s Thomas Land. It’s probably the first time we took our kids to a theme park and we really wanted them to remember something. It’s quite a journey from London and it took us two hours to get there. We also booked the hotel and stayed the night on our arrival as we wanted the kid to have a whole day in the theme park.
Upon arrival, when we entered the hotel entrance, we were greeted by a giant Thomas model marry-go-round. Oh my lord, Ashton as really excited about it. The motorized model helped entertained the kids while Susan went to check in at the reception. It was brilliant. It was an awkward time when we arrived, too late to do much but too early to have dinner. So we took them to the small garden at the back of the hotel for a run around.
The next morning, we left just the right time for the opening of the park. It was nice and quiet but I noticed something weird about Annabelle. She didn’t seem like her usual self but she hung on and had some fun venturing around the real sized Thomas model village. It was a cold day. While the park was opened, none of the rides was so we just walked around and eventually found ourselves in the arcade centre. Annabelle was playing a penny machine and Ashton was just glued to a giant flappy bird gaming machine. The huge screen and loud music got his attention! It was actually quite funny and I’d never seen him so focus before.
After a while, we got out again for the rides. We did almost everything and both were very excited indeed. However, that excitement soon disappeared as soon as we went to see Father Christmas. Nope, they didn’t like it at all. Annabelle was already feeling unwell and sat in the buggy and Ashton was screaming and crying again. What a disaster… haha. This was probably the first time I saw kids reacted like this in front of Father Christmas… Oh dear… a little embarrassed. Father Christmas gave each of them a little gift bag and we left. Ashton was back on the buggy when we went through the Christmas park.
It was lunch time too so we just settled down in a covered area and bought some hot snacks. There we gave milk for both Annabelle and Ashton. Soon they fell asleep. We had some quiet moment to ourselves and we went to the zoo. Yes I love this zoo and it had many things that I don’t usually see. Things like cheetah, leopard, giant anaconda! They even had a real-size Dino park!!!! Yes, when we got there, Annabelle woke up and she absolutely loved these giant dinosaurs!!! After a few more rides, Annabelle fell asleep again and Ashton woke up. So he played with my wife until night fall and we all waited for the fireworks. So in the end, neither of them played together because each fell asleep and woke up at different time. But the most important thing was that they all enjoyed it.
That evening, we went to Sue’s sister place in Northampton before going back to London the next day.
After this BIG adventure, we settled back down to our normal daily life. So it seemed. Sue and I were both busy preparing for Christmas. Speaking of Christmas, yes now that both Ashton and Annabelle are bigger, we started to educate them about it. But despite our efforts, Ashton didn’t seem to care too much about it, not even presents. However, he loved food so it’s a great opportunity to stuff himself with everything that he liked. Annabelle, while seemed not to care about the actual content of the presents, she loved ripped and tearing them open. Both also loved the Christmas songs and I believed they sensed the festive time.
On Christmas eve, Sue made ginger bread with them. At first we were a little skeptical about whether they would like the taste of ginger bread but it turned out that they absolutely loved them. Talking about eating snacks, for the whole month in December, we let them follow the advent calendar and open and eat a piece of chocolate each day. They loved the idea and kept asking to open every morning!
Both Ashton and Annabelle were still young so they never really exploit the full spirit and staying up late. We as parents could but we just utilized the quiet time to wash up and clean up. We sat down for a little and watched a little bit of Christmas TV. Umm.. same went to New Year’s eve. Yes, this is the end of 2015. The end of our third year as parents. Next Christmas, they will be much bigger. I am looking forward to seeing them grow and at the same time, missing them when they were little. It’s fortunate that I am a photographer and I do have an archive of their photos for our pleasure and keeping 🙂
Good bye 2015 and welcome 2016!!!
Before I go, I would like to thank all those who follow me for the past three years! My blog has grown so much bigger and I will work harder to give you more stories and my experience as a Leica photographer and a father of twins 🙂
Here’s a small gallery to end year 2015!
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