Christmas and some exciting news!

by Kelly Sparkes on January 4, 2013

Christmas in the Sparkes household starts in early December, with the decorations put up on the first weekend. This year has been different, I got one of my trees up when the floor was finished on the 14th, a week before we travelled up north for Christmas and it didn’t seem worth doing the rest!

When it comes to decorating my tree I pick a colour scheme, but then anything goes, including faux flowers. I’ve even got a bunch of glass grapes on there and don’t like to see much tree when it’s finished! I’m thrilled with the silver peacock feathers I got from Liberty this year.

Christmas Tree
Mr S, buys me the Swarovski crystal tree decoration every year, he has done it since we met so I’m building up a collection, I look forward to having a whole tree full!

Swarovski Crystal Christmas Ornament
Christmas up north was the usual riot of colour and family fun. There were six children this year on Christmas morning. I was completely spoiled, Mr S bought me some wonderful presents, including this array of books to help with an online venture I have planned with a good friend for the new year (more on that soon!)

Online Business Books
The best present of all, was getting to the end on my first trimester and seeing our little baby Sparkes wriggling around on the ultrasound.

Baby Sparkes
So now I’m excitedly planning for bubba’s arrival in July and looking forward to shaking off the tiredness that has swamped me for the last few months, apparently the second trimester is easier…

Happy New Year everyone! x

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Tracey@chalkboard living January 4, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Massive congrats. That baby will be very lucky! x


Kelly Sparkes January 30, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Thanks Tracey :) I’ve already been perusing Chalkboard living for nursery ideas! x


annie January 4, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Seriously you’re past 12 weeks already? Where on earth did that time go? Wow July is going to come around so quick :) So excited!
Glad you had a lovely time and so pleased to hear you’re feeling better xxx


Kelly Sparkes January 30, 2013 at 4:32 pm

I know, it’s just flying by, roll on July :) xx


Sarah Edmonds January 4, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, I’m so delighted you’re having a baby! Is it a little boy or is that the cord?

Looking forward to talking ‘baby’ with you – and yes the permanent hangover feeling disappears in the 2nd trimester *yay*

Glad you had a lovely Christmas and I’m very excited to hear about your new business :)

Take it easy

Sarah x


Kelly Sparkes January 30, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Hi Sarah,

It’s too early to tell on this scan unfortunately, will know at the next one. ‘Permanent hungover feeling’ is the perfect way to describe it, even worse because you can’t tell anyone why! Someone actually said ‘heavy night?’ after the christmas party, where I obviously didn’t touch a drop, I wanted to say, yeah I stayed up past 9pm :)

Look forward to chatting baby with you too! I will be looking for lots of advicexx


Alex Parker January 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Congratulations on impending baby Sparkes! That is wonderful news. What a lovely Christmas present you will have by next year!
Very exciting sounding online venture too! I look forward to hearing more about it.
Congrats again, hope you enjoy the relief of the second trimester!
Alex xx


Kelly Sparkes January 30, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Thanks Alex, it’s very strange to think there will be three of us next Christmas, the perfect present xx


Laura Passey January 4, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Oh Kelly! Congratulations! I am so so thrilled for you. Do you know I had a feeling something was “up”!! Hope we can meet up soon and you can tell me all about it.

(Your Christmas tree is magic too!!)

Laura xxx


Kelly Sparkes January 30, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Ha, I’m not surprised you knew, I’ve been a total bore the last few months!

Can’t wait to catch up soon xx


Claire Thomas January 4, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Wow that is AMAZING news! Many congratulations. Enjoy the second trimester! It will also fly by!


Kelly Sparkes January 30, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Thanks Claire! Such an exciting time, I will be looking to all you experienced ladies for help :) xx


Kate Lovejoy January 5, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Wow Kelly!! Congratulations!! I look forward to hearing news through the year on your 2 new businesses!!! Xx


Kelly Sparkes January 30, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Thanks Kate, if the baby is anything like your two lovely kids I will be very happy :) xx


Sam Lennie January 7, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Woo hoo, a ‘lil Sparkle :-)
Congratulations doll, you’ll make a wonderful mum and I’ll make a great Aunty Sam, ha! Can’t wait for a cuddle.
Here’s to online adventures xx


Kelly Sparkes January 30, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Ha, you will be a fantastic Aunty Sam, Aunties babysit right ;) Online adventures indeed, very exciting! xx


geraldine January 7, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Happy New Year and Congratulations Kelly, such great news :) Baby already looking cute on the scan. Looking forward to hearing about your new online business xx


Kelly Sparkes January 30, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Happy new year to you too Geraldine! i think it looks cute too, but I’m biased :) It was my third scan and I’m amazed how much the baby changes with each one! xx


tina January 19, 2013 at 6:13 am

Wow, didn’t expect that after the sparkling Christmas Decorations and the announcement of the forthcoming online business (yay!).

Schemazing! Massive Congratulations lovely. That great news! x


Kelly Sparkes January 30, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Thanks Tina, lots of exciting stuff happening over the next few months :) xx


Laura January 22, 2013 at 11:23 am

Congratulations Kelly. I guess this is by far your best Christmas present. I look forward to hearing more exciting news about your new business venture too. Lots of love. Laura x


Kelly Sparkes January 30, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Thanks Laura, it was the best Christmas present, I felt the baby move for the first time on Christmas eve which was amazing :) xx


sue February 7, 2013 at 3:08 am

belated congratulations… all your buses are coming at once! isn’t life just like that!!! what a wonderful year you have to look forward to!!!


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