A slow toy birthday and Christmas

January 4, 2014

PODcast IMG_2840 v2Following our recent visit to see Father Christmas in a crystal grotto, POD did begin to believe he might do more than just fish. She wasn’t convinced though.

With her turning three on Christmas Day, it was a perfect time to step up the magic.

So on Christmas Eve a biscuit and a glass of Baileys were left out for Father Christmas along with carrots for his reindeer.

PODcast IMG_2916The following day POD was delighted to see he’d left some presents for her. These included a colouring book and pen set, a finger painting set, Mr Grass Head, a couple of DVD’s and a blue balloon. She‘d asked for a scooter and a blue balloon when she visited Father Christmas in the crystal grotto. 

The look on her face when the balloon was blown up was priceless. She didn’t let it out of her sight after that and even held onto it throughout our subsequent car journey.

Christmas presents came once we’d arrived. Daddy looked even more excited than POD when he set eyes PODcast IMG_2979on her Bubble Guppies bath toy – he’s yet to see purple streaks in her hair turn pink in water though!

POD also received a TOMY Megasketcher, several books including The Rhyming Rabbit, Paper Dolls and The Snow Queen as well as CD’s for the car and great crafting sets.

On a recent short break to Bruges we purchased a wooden picnic table – already being fully utilised for meals and colouring. We also bought her a small wooden kitchen from Pintoy while we were there. Adopting a few of the little people from a red wooden bus of hers, she’s taken imaginative play to a whole PODcast IMG_3032new level! 

POD received some fantastic new games too including Peppa Pig Snakes & Ladders and Charades for Kids.

The Haba Sleepy Princess game from The Toadstool, is a great adaptation of the classic Princess and the Pea. The idea being to build a bed for the Princess without it toppling over. It’s a great idea for a game and POD’s already had it out several times so hopefully we can play it together soon.

PODcast IMG_3043The Shopping List game from Orchard Toys saw her win her first game – albeit with a little help. She also received Farm Snap although she’s not sharing her cards yet!

She loves her Doctors Suitcase from The Toadstool. POD already enjoys pretending to be a doctor so this set provides the perfect accompaniment.

Once she’d taken out the contents, she set about making her friends better. Peppa, George, a dinosaur, Mummy and Daddy were the first to be treated.

PODcast IMG_3067 colour editAll this activity was a lot to take in so POD was tired by lunchtime. Not that it deterred her from eating a sizable Christmas lunch!

In the afternoon we all sang Happy Birthday while she blew out the candles on her cake.

Among her presents was Baby Annabell, complete with beautifully hand-made clothes, a smart new coat from Monsoon, tickets to see The Gruffalo live, films, her first Cath Kidston bag, clothes, a wooden hobby horse and the scooter she’d asked Father Christmas for!

We’re linking this post up with The Toadstool’s Slow Toys Linky which is open until 31st January 2014.

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  • Notmyyearoff January 4, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Ahh it looks like she had a really brilliant birthday. Z loves his doctor set and is forever wanting to put ice lolly sticks in our mouths to check out tonsils. 🙂

    • Charly Dove January 4, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      That’s just adorable Tas – he’s brilliant 🙂

  • Mammasaurus January 4, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Ah how lovely – what smashing gifts too! Mine were the same, tired by lunchtime but still managed to eat nearly as much as me each! Love her reindeer ears to bits x

    • Charly Dove January 4, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      Thank you Annie – she got so many things, some great presents though. Quite fancy the Cath Kidston bag for myself! She loved the reindeer ears 🙂

  • Fritha Strickland January 4, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    aww lovely! looks like she had a wonderful day! xx

    • Charly Dove January 4, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      She really did Fritha – so much to take in bless her 🙂

  • anna m January 4, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Looks like a lovely birthday! What a double extra special day being on xmas too!
    Thanks for reminding about the linky, I am still meaning to link up with that!

    • Charly Dove January 4, 2014 at 11:32 pm

      Thank you Anna – she had a lovely day and we’ll do a party for her in the Summer too. I don’t want her to feel like she’s missing out. Linky’s open until the end of the month which is great 🙂

  • Pinkoddy January 4, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    I’m jealous at some of those gifts – Gruffalo Live – Cath Kidston bag!
    Glad she had such a lovely Christmas and Birthday.

    • Charly Dove January 4, 2014 at 11:37 pm

      She’s a lucky girl! I may have to have the Cath Kidston bag, it red with white spots – totally my colour 🙂

  • mellissa williams January 4, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I’m so jealous she has a Cath Kidston bag lol. Glad she had a great Christmas/Birthday 😉 or should I say Chris-Day !

    • Charly Dove January 4, 2014 at 11:41 pm

      Hehe Chris-Day very good! Thank you 🙂

  • Janie January 4, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Having your birthday on Christmas day sounds magical. I have a 3 yo with that Peppa top too (in fact I should probably check, she may need to be surgically attached to it). Lovely post.

    • Charly Dove January 4, 2014 at 11:47 pm

      Thank you Janie, really kind of you. The Peppa top is one of POD’s pyjama tops – she loves Peppa though 🙂

  • Vicky January 4, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Aw….hello POD – what a lucky young lady you are. Fabulous pics – takes me right back to present opening when my two were little. There’s nothing quite like the excitement of a young child opening presents. My little girl used to adore baby Annabell too. I love the Princess and the Pea style game idea – it sounds enchanting.
    Love Vicky
    Love Vicky
    Around and Upside Down

    • Charly Dove January 4, 2014 at 11:52 pm

      Thank you Vicky – she was so excited bless her although it was a lot to take in. She loves Baby Annabell and the Sleepy Princess game, just wonderful 🙂

  • Mary @over40andamumtoone January 4, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Sounds like POD had a wonderful Birthday and Christmas too 🙂

    • Charly Dove January 4, 2014 at 11:55 pm

      She really did thank you Mary 🙂

  • The Egyptian Mummy January 4, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Looks like the had a lovely day with lots of fab pressies 🙂

    • Charly Dove January 5, 2014 at 12:00 am

      Really nice thank you 🙂

  • Jets January 4, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Aww what a lovely day it looks like she had, and the Gruffalo live rocks! My 3 y/o ADORES the Gruffalo, however seeing him on stage made him rather scared (he buried his face in my neck and shook like a leaf) just thought I’d warn you of that!

    • Charly Dove January 5, 2014 at 12:07 am

      That’s good to know and thank you for the warning. POD loves The Gruffalo too, I hope she likes it 🙂

  • Keri-Anne January 4, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    wow, peppa pig snakes and ladders sounds like fun! My girls would love that, will def look out for it x

    • Charly Dove January 5, 2014 at 12:11 am

      It looks like lots of fun – we’ve not played it yet but if it rains any more we’ll be playing everything!

  • Aly January 4, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    I love her helmet! I’m jealous of her Cath Kidston bag, even I don’t have one of them.

    • Charly Dove January 5, 2014 at 12:15 am

      Thank you – it looks so funny on her little head! Waiting for the weather to get better so she can get out and use it. It’s a lovely Cath Kidston bag, quite fancy it for myself!

  • Emily @amummytoo January 4, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Lovely pics and sounds like fun was had. Happy new year 🙂

    • Charly Dove January 5, 2014 at 12:19 am

      Thank you Emily – was a lovey day. Happy New Year to you too 🙂

  • Dean January 5, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Lovely photos! I love the look on POD’s face – aren’t they the priceless photos ever? 🙂

    • Charly Dove January 7, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      Thank you Dean – she had the best time 🙂

  • Jen aka The Mad House January 5, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Some fantastic gifts and I adore Plan toys

    • Charly Dove January 7, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      Plan toys are wonderful too – she had such a good birthday and Christmas 🙂

  • Foz January 5, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Aww sounds like she had a lovely christmas and birthday!

    • Charly Dove January 7, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      It really was – thank you 🙂

  • Cass@frugalfamily January 5, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Aw looks like she had a fab birthday – I’m very jealous of some of her presents x x

    • Charly Dove January 7, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      She did thank you Cass – a lot of excitement for one day. Rather fancy her bag 🙂

  • thebeesleybuzz January 5, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    so special to have her Christmas and birthday together! Such lovely photos and such lovely smiles when she’s opening her presents. xxx

    • Charly Dove January 7, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      Thank you very much – she had such a wonderful day 🙂

  • Laura @ Kneadwhine January 5, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    How lovely that Father Christmas brought her what she had asked for! What a brilliant birthday/Christmas. D got a scooter too – he’s three and a half and he loves it.

    • Charly Dove January 7, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      He’s very clever isn’t he! Good to hear D got a scooter too, POD’s not managed to really use it yet *glares at sky*

  • Lori January 5, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Such cute reindeer antlers! Looks like she had a fab birthday/christmas combo with lots of lovely gifts x

    • Charly Dove January 7, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      She loved the reindeer antlers! Great day though – thank you 🙂

  • Swazi January 5, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    What a lovely birthday / Christmas celebration. I worry that birthdays get missed around Christmas, but it looks like your little one has the best of both 🙂

    • Charly Dove January 7, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      She really had a lovely day. Always want to make sure she has a special day and gets the chance to celebrate too 🙂

  • Kara January 6, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Love love love her helmet – Happy Birthday Poppy xxx

    • Charly Dove January 7, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      Thank you Kara – she has matching Scooter Earz and the scooter ties in too 🙂

  • Niki January 12, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Oooohhh I love how a balloon gave her that extra nudge to really believe in Santa!
    It must be ever so confusing for her to have her birthday on Christmas too!

    I love how young kids ask for small things to Santa (like balloons) and that us parents can make those wishes come true! (mine asked for a hat and scarf only, we tried to make her believe all presents were from Santa, but she kept saying Thanks Mum. The scarf and hat however she believes were from Santa!

    Thank you for joining the linky!