Monday, 28 December 2009

Christmas Day

We had a fabulous Christmas day, this year we decided to spend it on our own at home - I can't believe I was worried it would be quiet!! Unfortunately the camera battery decided to go flat about 2 minutes after I started updating the blog so more photos will follow tomorrow but for now I will leave you with these two ...

The after picture!

The Before Picture...

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Well we have finally put our Christmas tree up, we decorated it this morning. Despite the fact I am a self-confessed perfectionist/control freak I did let the children have free reign once I put the lights on. I think they did rather a good job and I only did a bit of minor tweaking once they'd finished.

We also went to see our elderly neighbour this afternoon to take him a Christmas present. We spent a while chatting and he loves spending time with Noel and April. When we came home and while we still had wellies and coats on we decided to sprinkle the "Reindeer Dust" the children brought home from Calke Abbey. We put some on the front as well to be on the safe side, although I don't fancy Father Christmas' chances of landing his sleigh on our front garden, although its the width of the house, its only about 3ft long!

All that remains is for me to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and may all your wishes come true for 2010.

Lots of love

Jem, Stu, Noel and April x x x x

Monday, 21 December 2009

I just had to show you this

I found this photo while I was looking at the nativity photos, I thought I would share it with you ...


Is there anything nicer than little children performing a nativity? I don't think so personally. Last night it was the Salvation Army carol concert and the children from "JAM club" put on a nativity, as they do every year, only this year both of my children were in it! Noel was Joseph and April was a shepherd.

It was really lovely, especially so as the costumes are real traditional costumes - complete with tea towels on the head and all the children sang at the end - and out came the tissues of course!

Unfortunately for some reason Aprils photo is a little blurred, I think this is because Stu took it while she was moving
Joseph and Mary awaiting the birth of Jesus

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Calke Abbey

I took the children to Calke Abbey just after lunch today - it must have been good, we didn't get home until half past seven!

We enjoyed the tree walk so much we went round twice, once in the daylight and once again when it was all lit up. Then we warmed up in the restaurant with hot chocolate and scones - delicious!

There was an old fashioned organ grinder, which the children were fascinated by.

I'm hoping all that fresh air will help them sleep through tonight, even though I have to be up at 5am for work, I still could do with catching up on a few hours. I can't remember the last good nights sleep I had - probably before I was a mummy!

Everyone enjoyed listening to the organ grinder - he even had a little monkey to keep him company ! (not real obviously...)

April admiring one of the trees

We always have our photo taken by the wishing tree - I don't know why Noel is pulling that face though! Noel wished for a Reindeer (!), April wished NOT to see Santa, and I can't tell you what I wished for (yet)...

Friday, 11 December 2009

Christchurch Tree Festival

We all went to have a look at the trees on Wednesday before I went to my Homestart awards lunch and mum took the children home to have lots of fun. There were some gorgeous trees, unfortunately I wasn't really in a position to take any pictures as I was too busy trying to make sure April didn't run off, and Mum was trying to take care of Noel as two of the angels had balloons on for their heads.

However, I did manage these pictures..

April by the nativity - she loves Baby Jesus

Noel went into the side chapel and made up this little nativity scene

At the entrance - the head is paper mache so he was ok with this one

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Fun at Woodlands

On Tuesday mum came over and took Noel, April and myself to Woodlands for the day. For those of you who aren't familiar, Woodlands is an enormous garden centre in Hinkley.

The Christmas displays were out of this world. An enormous nativity and a grotto with a "sleeping" polar bear. Unfortunately the photos don't really do it justice, it really was fantastic.

Mum kindly treated us all to lunch there too - what a fabulous day!

Monday, 7 December 2009

Happy Days!

I took the children over to Derbyshire on Saturday to visit friends. First Di and John and then over to see Jenny and Andy. Noel was in his element at Di's house, as John let him have a sit on his bike - even April hopped on for a photo!

I love December, and the feeling of anticipation it brings. Noel has already told me that he doesn't want me to put up the tree until Christmas eve, as he said last year he was disappointed every morning he got up to see there were no presents underneath it!

Next weekend promises to be just as busy, Calke Abbey on Saturday for the tree festival, and then Sunday to see my niece Amy for a pre-christmas get together. I am trying to counteract this with lots of quiet activities in the week. Today we sat filling in a Nativity activity book together, April stuck in the stickers and Noel filled in the questions and did the puzzles. I think we may have another attempt at snowflakes later - last time we tried a well meaning neighbour popped in with gifts from his holiday and that was the end of our quiet activities!!

Tuesday, 1 December 2009


On the Bullet Train at the National Railway museum.

Having fun on the rides at York Christmas market

We've just come back from a few days in lovely York, we had a great time staying at James and Hannahs, and the children especially enjoyed themselves. There were a few sad faces when it was time to go home but hopefully it won't be too long before we visit again!