Well for those of you that don't already know, on Friday 28th November (black Friday, oh the irony!) we had a fire in the kitchen.
My day went something like this ....
7am - woke up late, worlds quickest shower, got the children up, went to school.
9am - in the school office, sat on the floor doing stuff for the PTA.
10am - rushed home, emptied the tumble dryer, popped it on top of the hob like always (so out of the reach of the boys), decided not to put another load in as it could be a fire hazard (more irony there), put laptop on side in kitchen - printed out a poem for school, rushed out the door.
10.15 - Went to school to drop off poem and ask for 190 copies to be made to stick on paper plates over the weekend.
10.30 - I put my rubber gloves on, and helped my friend scrub her house as she was moving out.
12.30 - I got home to find the road cordoned off and the fire brigade putting my house out...
It would appear that somehow, the hob got turned on. Whether I knocked it with the laptop, caught it with the basket or one of the boys somehow got in and turned it on I do not know, and never will. Needless to say, it was a bit of a shock. I had to phone mum and dad who were in Germany at the time to ask if we could sleep at their house that night, and we are currently residing in a hotel whilst our home is sorted out.
You can't really tell from this photo but the front room is all streaky, and needless to say I need new nets and curtains.
And our lovely dining room ...
And our kitchen ...
However, I am a big believer in the power of being positive, and despite the odd day where I have been tearful, I have tried very hard to be upbeat. I have been so touched by the kindness we have been shown by neighbours, mums from school, friends and of course my family. I have had people donate clothes, toys, do our laundry and someone even sent me some money so I could buy the children some new clothes (we only took a handful of clothes with us to the hotel). The hotel we are in bought us a box of celebrations for Christmas and they have loaned us a Christmas tree. I must admit, it doesn't feel very Christmas like but I am sure that on the day, we will have a lovely time because we will be with family, and family are what make Christmas special after all.
And on that note, we would like to wish each and every one of you a very Healthy, Happy and Safe Christmas.
Lots of love Jemma, Stuart, Noel, April, Hermione, Samuel and Isaac x x x x x x x