It’s Tuesday night and as the last bank holiday draws to a close it feels like Christmas 2016 is now officially over. It’s been a great one; our first at home and of course also our first as a family of 4. However regardless of that it’s been packed full of festive family fun.
An open apology to my children
It’s Christmas Eve’s eve and today the three of us survived Tesco, just about. This was not how the morning was supposed to go but the crafty plans of cake decorating soon fell short when I realised that the icing for the cake had gone hard. Completely my fault – sorry babies.
Off we trekked and we knew it was going to be a bad one when we had to wait for 10 mins for a parent and child space with you Henry – my car hating child – screaming in the back all the while, only to see that the woman who finally came out had no child with her. But it’s OK…..she had a sore toe (don’t even get me started on that one!) Finally parked we managed to all load onto the pram and in we went.
Oh. My. Days. It seems that the Christmas spirit is alive everywhere except supermarkets on Christmas week as we were shoved and knocked every few minutes. It wasn’t pretty, she was crying, he was crying – I was almost crying for goodness sake. It was a snot fest in the aisles!
So sorry babies that I did not remember to check the icing before today, and sorry that we had to brave the shops. Alas though we’re back home in the warm and refusing to go anywhere. You were both so exhausted by the experience that you’re now sleeping. 5 minutes peace you wake up…….do you reckon I could fit in wine??
DISCLAIMER- no Darcie’s were actually upset during this trip….the tears were mainly because mummy had the audacity to pick up the WRONG chocolate coins. Bad mummy!! It seems all gold covered chocolate coins are not in fact created equal….who knew?!?
EDIT: no I couldn’t not even a brew as the peace was shattered by a DPD driver pounding the door and waking the baby. Made worse by the fact the package wasn’t even for us.
Tonight was another festive calendar highlight as Darcie and Henry’s Nonna and Grandpops arranged with Father Christmas to have Sharon the Elf from Happy Hippo’s deliver a very special Christmas box to her.
It is such a cute idea that basically has an elf come to your home and provide a special treat box from Father Christmas as they have been such a good girl / boy and have made the nice list. While there she reads a lovely Christmas story and has a chat to the child(ren) as they work their way through their boxes.
Last weekend we went to the Cheshire Reindeer Lodge to meet Rudolph and the crew along with the big guy himself. It wasn’t cheap – adults were £9.50 each, children £12.50 and babies free – but it was our first time meeting Father Christmas and I didn’t want to book just a simple grotto if the Bear decided she hated Santa and I’m so glad we did!
On arrival we immediately came in through the stables putting us in the perfect mood for the occasion as we gazed in at some of the reindeer as they rested. We then turned the corner to where the rest were grazing in a field and enjoying being fed by visitors with Reindeer food which was handed out by a few of Santa’s elves.
This has been an upsetting week (if you’re not a regular reader then the reason can be found here) so this Little Loves post is going to be purposefully positive, focusing on all the great details of what else made up this week.
Winter has well and truly arrived and has brought with it some festive cheer. I absolutely love Christmas and now that December is upon us I feel like we can start to celebrate, plan and enjoy the season. The holidays are a’coming!!