I didn’t write a round-up last week, there was no time! But don’t you just love that festive buzz? Trying to get it all done, all the festive anticipation?
This year was always going to be different. The proverbial cat was now officially out of the bag and Christmas promises never to be the same again.
This is something I have twittered on about all year. Determined to keep the spirit of Christmas going strong in my little family. And you know what? There is life after the big guy! The secret to success for me was managing expectations, not expecting less, just different.
The signs of life changing and the boys growing up were a huge feature of our festive season with Jack passing his driving theory test the day before Christmas Eve.
His test was booked for 8am in Skipton, which is a good 40 minutes away from our home and called for an extra early morning. Chris and I wandered Skipton in the dark watching the market waking up for day and sipped coffee as we waited for what felt like forever. Before Jack appeared grinning from ear to ear clutching his certificate.
So now we are excitedly looking for cars, trying to work out which are the best value to insure whilst still being cool. Of course he still has to pass his practical test. However is thrilled to be one step nearer, I just can’t believe one of our children will be driving very soon.
Excited doesn’t even cut it, I am beside myself. I have spent loads of time reading about the resorts and still can’t decide which resort we would rather visit. But think we might have narrowed it down a little. Ooh to feel the Caribbean sun on my face!
What a wonderful early Christmas presents? We don’t know whether to look at cars or flights first, exciting times?
Snuggly jumpers, and cozy dresses. Christmas has been a time spent chilling with family and friends. We seem to have packed loads in despite the obligatory winter colds! Have enjoyed family time and been busier than we usually are at Christmas, but had the most wonderful time.
Lovely memories, the boys were thrilled with their gifts and enjoying a bit of family time has been wonderful. I just wish I had picked my camera up a little more! The break from the Internet has been very much welcomed, its nice to have a little time to just focus on family life. We have seen family and friends, been for festive drinks and had chill days, its been perfect.
And the most delicious tiger bread with Camembert, if you haven’t tried this its super easy and delicious, its wonderful as a starter or with soup.
I have added a gin fave to my little gin shelf. Have you tried The Botanist? Its delicious, so fresh, a real easy drinking gin with citrus flavour and notes of apple mint, coriander, orange and lemon peel, honey, coconut and wild mint. I think it has to be one of my top 5 gins. And is perfect for celebrating our recent successes.
Now we look forwards to the New Year
It promises to be exciting, I am trying to work out if we can get flights to the US from the Caribbean to squeeze a few days in New York or a cruise, but not having much success finding anything.
We have a very exciting trip to Center Parcs at the end of January, it’s the perfect winter break and something to look forwards to in the dark winter months.
Hopefully there will be a house move on the horizon, new cars and maybe a new school; the jury is still out on that one.
I haven’t started to think of New Years resolutions yet. I think because there is so much change on the horizon it almost feels like enough to be dealing with but none the less all very exciting.
Have a wonderful New Years Eve whatever you are up too