So that was Christmas


 So it's all over, I don't think it ever really fully arrived at our house. I tried my hardest to still make it Christmassy for Theo, despite moving five days before. We did a few Christmas activities such as ice skating and taking Theo to see Father Christmas and I'm sure he was excited, but the whole thing just felt distracted. The actual run up to the big weekend saw us deep in boxes, Theo returning from Devon and my birthday. It was the busiest I think we've ever been, I barely ate a proper meal and I finally got round to putting up the tree and wrapping presents on Christmas eve. But it all more or less came together in the end. I managed to stop for long enough to soak up the excitement in Theo's face as we put out the food and drink for Father Christmas and him opening his Christmas eve presents.

He woke up early on the day, and we had to persuade him to just open one present from his stocking to let us sleep until at least 6.30am before he came into our bed and opened the rest of it. We then spent the rest of the morning trying to stop him opening ALL the presents before setting off to my mums for the night. The day itself was good, we ate, we played games, went for a walk and watched telly. What more could you want?

We spent the next few days fully relaxing. It was good to be home, to have a little space from lots of people and just spend time as a family of four. I felt for the first time in a while we were able to relax. The house was getting more sorted, we sat down for longer than five minutes and just breathed. That's what this holiday is all about right, slowing down for a few days, taking time to enjoy each other's company and just switching off. So that's what we did for the next few days, and it couldn't have been better.

Hope you all had a great time too!




So that was Christmas


 So it's all over, I don't think it ever really fully arrived at our house. I tried my hardest to still make it Christmassy for Theo, despite moving five days before. We did a few Christmas activities such as ice skating and taking Theo to see Father Christmas and I'm sure he was excited, but the whole thing just felt distracted. The actual run up to the big weekend saw us deep in boxes, Theo returning from Devon and my birthday. It was the busiest I think we've ever been, I barely ate a proper meal and I finally got round to putting up the tree and wrapping presents on Christmas eve. But it all more or less came together in the end. I managed to stop for long enough to soak up the excitement in Theo's face as we put out the food and drink for Father Christmas and him opening his Christmas eve presents.

He woke up early on the day, and we had to persuade him to just open one present from his stocking to let us sleep until at least 6.30am before he came into our bed and opened the rest of it. We then spent the rest of the morning trying to stop him opening ALL the presents before setting off to my mums for the night. The day itself was good, we ate, we played games, went for a walk and watched telly. What more could you want?

We spent the next few days fully relaxing. It was good to be home, to have a little space from lots of people and just spend time as a family of four. I felt for the first time in a while we were able to relax. The house was getting more sorted, we sat down for longer than five minutes and just breathed. That's what this holiday is all about right, slowing down for a few days, taking time to enjoy each other's company and just switching off. So that's what we did for the next few days, and it couldn't have been better.

Hope you all had a great time too!




So that was Christmas

So it's over, yesterday we took down the tree and cleared out the house ready for the new year that is so suddenly upon us. For some reason this year I just didn't feel all that Christmassy. It may have been the weather has been unusually warm and there were none of those crisp bustley days with hands wrapped round steaming cups of hot chocolate. Perhaps because Theo was in school and the weeks and weekends whizzed by until Christmas week was suddenly upon us, or perhaps it was because we had too many other things to actually think about, post Christmas. 

I tried to make an effort to make this year extra magical for Theo though, as it will be his last as just him and I wanted to make it one he would hopefully remember. For the first time ever I made him an advent calendar, which as well as little treats had Christmas activities in too. We went ice skating, visited Father Christmas, went to the local pantomime for the first time and did a few other festive activities. I hope that he enjoyed them all! 

All in all we stayed pretty close to home over the holidays, missing out on our usual trip across the country to see family and friends as I was a little scared about going into labour and being so far away from home and hospital. But it was actually good to have a break, it forever feels like I'm the one travelling all over the place to see friends, but sometimes you just need to realise your limitations and say no. If it means missing out on seeing people just because I didn't travel then that will have to be. Anyway, so it was different this year, we spent our weekends with little outings and tried to go on a few walks without the weather being totally rubbish, but it did mean that once again I rarely took any photographs. Sometimes though, it all passes in such a blur that you just need to be present to soak it all up. But here are the ones that I did manage - enjoy!


So that was Christmas

So it's over, yesterday we took down the tree and cleared out the house ready for the new year that is so suddenly upon us. For some reason this year I just didn't feel all that Christmassy. It may have been the weather has been unusually warm and there were none of those crisp bustley days with hands wrapped round steaming cups of hot chocolate. Perhaps because Theo was in school and the weeks and weekends whizzed by until Christmas week was suddenly upon us, or perhaps it was because we had too many other things to actually think about, post Christmas. 

I tried to make an effort to make this year extra magical for Theo though, as it will be his last as just him and I wanted to make it one he would hopefully remember. For the first time ever I made him an advent calendar, which as well as little treats had Christmas activities in too. We went ice skating, visited Father Christmas, went to the local pantomime for the first time and did a few other festive activities. I hope that he enjoyed them all! 

All in all we stayed pretty close to home over the holidays, missing out on our usual trip across the country to see family and friends as I was a little scared about going into labour and being so far away from home and hospital. But it was actually good to have a break, it forever feels like I'm the one travelling all over the place to see friends, but sometimes you just need to realise your limitations and say no. If it means missing out on seeing people just because I didn't travel then that will have to be. Anyway, so it was different this year, we spent our weekends with little outings and tried to go on a few walks without the weather being totally rubbish, but it did mean that once again I rarely took any photographs. Sometimes though, it all passes in such a blur that you just need to be present to soak it all up. But here are the ones that I did manage - enjoy!