I've not blogged since last year. The 23rd December to be precise and it is all down to one man - HAW. He has been off work for two glorious weeks and we have had an amazing, family time. I love it when he isn't at work, it means we spend tons of quality time together and true to form, he has gone into work today and I am up with him whilst the kids sleep in!
This Christmas has been much quieter than previous ones, we were both exhausted during the lead up to Christmas as we were both working so hard. We had our annual day out together and this year, rather than sticking to the traditional cocktails and dinner we decided to go racing at Ascot. We had a really lovely day out that started off (true to form!) with us drinking pimms and gin from tins on the train. We were lucky enough to have a box and had a really rather lovely day placing bets (HAW based on form, and me based on random things like racing colours and horses names) and the champagne flowed freely. He scoffed at my choice in the last race, a horse that was 33/1 but an each way bet saw me counting out the money as the only female jockey came in 2nd!!!
The kids finished school on the Friday (same as HAW) and we had a frantic few days buying last minute presents. We went to church on Christmas eve for the crib service and HAW got the giggles when BoBo bought baby Jesus up to the crib as we all know that honour is bestowed to the naughtiest child in the congregation!! Pixie was honoured to be picked to be Mary, in fact, I would say that the priest had no choice, she was straight up to the front when he was asking for volunteers! It was a lovely service. We then went back to friends for Champagne and canapes afterwards that went on a bit longer than we all had planned!
After putting the kids to bed, HAW and I opened another bottle of champagne and the wrapping began in earnest. This is one of my favourite times of the Christmas holidays as it is a chance for us to have some peace before the whirlwind of Christmas socialising begins.
The kids didn't wake up until 8am (SHOCK!) and it was Beansey who was up first with squeals of "He's been, He's been" we then headed downstairs, crashed through the wrapping paper placed over the sitting room door and were met with this sight:
We let them open their stockings (top tip, colour co-ordinate each child with their own wrapping paper!) to many squeals and happy little faces. I tend to spend more on stockings as I buy them things that they need and will use rather than plastic tat that will be lost or broken by Boxing day, we then we moved on to the big event:
|What could be hidden under here?|
The kids were ecstatic - Beansey got a BMX, customised with union jack saddle and grips, BoBo to my dismay, got an electric blue DS and our little Pixie got a dolls house. They were so happy and grateful it was lovely to see. This year, we bucked our tradition of a 3 bird roast and went for a bronze turkey. HAW cooked everything (how lucky am I!) which left me plenty of time to play with the children, set the table and get everyone ready and entertained.
|My lovely dad and I. He has worn this silk shirt every Christmas Day since the 80s!|
It was a lovely, chilled, relatively squabble free day and one that I hope they children will all remember.
We have then spent the last 10 days in a family bubble. We've been swimming, shopping, gone on long walks in the woods, met friends, been out for lunch and dinner, and celebrated New Year.
Now, the decs are down, the detox begins and I'd love to wish you all a happy, healthy and wealthy 2013.
Peace and Love