Sunday, 28 December 2008

Christmas Fun

Mum was a "whizz" with her Whip and Top - she certainly hadn't lost the knack. Here she is demonstrating it to the children, modelling her new christmas wellies too

Opening their presents at Nanna and Grandpas on Boxing Day

Boxing Day craft trying out all those lovely new presents!

Having fun with Hungry Hippos in the afternoon

Laura, Dad W, Mum W, Stu, and Jake tucking into their Christmas dinner.

Opening their presents

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

All ready for Father Christmas...

We've had a lovely relaxing day today. A playdate this morning with Rachel and Robyn and then this afternoon we went to the Christingle Service at St John the Baptist Church - which is where the children were both baptised (we used to attend there before we started going to the Salvation Army).

We came home and had tea and prepared a little snack and a drink for Father Christmas. I let the children chose and they decided on brandy and a slice of Christmas cake! We left the obligatory carrot for the reindeer as well.

All ready for Father Christmas ...

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Special Guests

We had some very special guests to stay this weekend - Phil and his fiance Becca. Becca is over from America for Christmas and then shortly after she returns in the new year Phil will go over to start his new life there and to prepare for their wedding in the Spring.

We took them out for dinner on Saturday night to belatedly celebrate their engagement (we haven't seen Becca since they announced their wedding plans). We had a lovely time and thankfully as we went early it wasn't too busy either. Once the children went to bed we had great fun playing hungry hippos, connect 4 and all our old childhood games!!

On Sunday we all went to the zoo. I thought this would be a more practical christmas present than something physical that had to be transported back to the US. We all enjoyed ourselves immensely and it wasn't too cold either. The only thing that concerned me was that the Crocodiles are in "Pets Corner?!!"
Then it was back home for a quick change and off to the Salvation Army for the Christmas Carol concert. It was a real family affair, Noel and April sang with "Music Tots", I did a bible reading and Noel played the part of a King in the "Jam Club" nativity. I was so proud - I cried!! Mum and Dad came over too so the whole family got to watch his big moment.

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Playschool Christmas Party

Its been party, party, party here at the Wills residence, with lots happening!

On Friday the children had their Christmas party at Playschool. Noel has now left playschool and is officially full time home educated - although he only ever went one morning a week anyway - and April will be starting at a new playschool in January called Cheeky Monkeys.

The children aren't particularly party fans, especially with Noels balloon phobia, but they do enjoy a spot of party food... we only have treats on a Friday as a general rule so the children took the opportunity while it was there to make the most of it!

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Music Tots Nativity and Party

This morning we went to the music tots Nativity and Christmas party at the Salvation Army. All the children were asked to dress up if we wanted to, Noel declined but April dressed up as an Angel. There were some fabulous costumes there, ours was more of the home made variety though.
We all got to meet Santa and get a present - even me!

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey looked gorgeous all lit up

April wasn't in the mood to have her photo taken today

Noel and Phil by the Wishing Tree. Noel wished for a star.

Our Christmas tree - in our newly finished front room - hoorah!

Feeling Festive!

I'm very pleased to report that the Wills family are on the mend. We all still have a bit of a cold and a sniffle but nothing like it has been over the last week.
On Saturday the children and I decorated the Christmas tree, I thought it might give us all a bit of a lift and it seems to have done the trick. We all had a lovely time doing it and it put us in the mood for the this coming weeks festive activities.
On Sunday I picked up my brother Phil on the way home from work. Phil is Noels Godfather and my elder "baby" brother. We spent a wonderful afternoon at Calke Abbey looking at the beautiful christmas trees in the Christmas tree trail, having fun with different craft activities in the stable and a very welcome warming drink in the restaurant. We went back to have another look at the trees later in the day when all the laterns were lit, and finished off with a quick play in the playground before it got really dark. It must have been good as both children slept soundly all the way home!

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

All Ill Together

Shortly after I posted those photos on the blog I started feeling ill, and had to go to bed. As any mum will tell you it has to be pretty serious for us to go up to bed but I really felt that I couldn't carry on anymore. I was hot one minute, freezing the next, sneezing and coughing and I just felt like I couldn't keep my eyes open a minute longer. Thankfully Mr Wills held the fort, with the assistance of his parents in the afternoon.
I managed to go to work sunday although I really didn't feel well. I felt I had to simply because I don't get paid if I don't go to work and it was my turn to do a double shift. The bad news is now the rest of the family is ill. Stuart is in bed with a sickness bug, April is full of cold and Noel looks suspiciously like he might have conjunctivitus. Everyone is tucked up in bed at the moment but I dare say it'll be another sleepless night in the Wills household. Ho hum.

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Nearly there!

Mr Wills and I have worked our little socks off (him decorating, me cleaning and tidying up) and the front room is just about finished. It still needs a bit of work doing to it and then comes the fun part - finishing touches. I'm thinking of getting a nice red rug and throw to make it look a bit cosier in there and of course I want to put all my photos and little bits and bobs back. Hopefully we'll be all sorted by the end of the weekend - hoorah!

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Long Time, No Blog!

I can't believe its a week since I updated my blog but my feet really haven't touched the ground. This week Stu has been on holiday and has worked his little socks off to get the front room back to normal. He's painted it and laid a new floor, the builder came today to fit the new skirting boards and Stu is busy making a cabinet to hide the meters as I sit typing this up. Although I can't take any of the credit for the decorating I get to do the tidying up - and theres plenty of it!

I've still not heard from the library so I can take it that I've not got the job. To be honest after talking to one of the librarians I am friendly with I'm quite relieved! She said they have to work a lot more than their 9 allocated hours, which would not really fit in with our home educating family life and there are a lot of teenagers that hang around at night, so much so that I've noticed over the last few weeks they now employ a security guard.

My mum kindly had the children on Wednesday for me, so Stu and I took the opportunity to go to Ikea to get the cabinet and a few other bits and pieces. By all accounts the children had a great time baking and cutting and sticking, and visiting "Greatmar Connie".

Noel "laying a gas pipe" at my mums

Enjoying some baking at Nannas