Colin celebrated his 30th birthday just before Christmas. My original plan was to have a party on his actual birthday, but training at work means that he is currently out of the house 14 hours a day, 6 days a week. Instead, his mum and sisters organised a surprise meal out at his favourite restaurant on his day off.
Afterwards most of the family came back to our house for mulled cider and birthday silliness.
When Colin got home from work on his actual birthday, we surprised him with cards, decorations and a homemade fruit cake. For a special treat the children stayed up late to watch Arthur Christmas with us.
We finally brought our little potted tree inside just before Christmas. It’s looking a bit sad this year, with quite a few dying branches, but the children did a great job of decorating it.
We spent Christmas Day at home on our own for the first time ever. The children woke up at 5 am and were promptly sent back to bed, although I don’t think much sleeping happened! They got two small presents each from us this year. Aaron was so surprised when he found out, he said something about how fortunate they were to get “double the normal amount of presents” which made me smile! We gave him some army figures and some die-cast cars, which he rushed straight off to his bedroom to play with. Tabitha has been asking for a ballet cardigan for ages, and also had her heart set on a pink owl soft toy she saw in a shop. I kept worrying that I should have got her something “better” instead but she was absolutely thrilled with it, even though she doesn’t do smiling at the camera!
They also had some lovely gifts from family and friends.
I ordered our Christmas lunch food from Marks and Spencer, back when my morning sickness was really bad and the idea of cooking seemed almost impossible! It was more expensive and not quite as nice as homemade, but I definitely enjoyed the minimal preparation and washing up required!
In the afternoon we watched the film Arrietty, played with new toys and enjoyed some board/card games before bed. It was a very peaceful and relaxed day and it was lovely just to spend quality time together.
Boxing Day was spent at my parents’ house with my brother and sister-in-law and my granny. Aaron played “Jingle Bells” on the piano for everyone and Tabitha showed us some ballet dancing. Yesterday we spent some time with Colin’s mum and sisters and today we went to his mum and dad’s house and visited my grandma in the care home. Tomorrow my granny is coming round to our house before travelling back home, and then it will be time to start easing back into our normal routine!
I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas time, however you did or didn’t celebrate it, and will have a blessed 2016!