Mammoth photo blog tonight. But before i say anything else, can Joyce please stand up and take responsibility for the hole in my bank balance, thanks to her mention of Lakeland and craft materials in the same sentence… drool… i’m going back in the sales to stock up for next Christmas.
Its been a lovely day – i got the first of the scrapbooks done and was fairly pleased – here is a couple of page examples. Twee, but good for a Great Gran.
Like i say, not bad. Chris’s photo of Josie featured for the last page. I love that photo.
I had to leggit out for more things this morning. Tescos was deserted, so was Toys r Us. Bizarre. Didn’t manage to get Maddy a cowgirl outfit, my only failure really.
When we came home Great Gran and Auntie Sue were here, with lovely pressies for them, 3 Hans Christian Anderson videos (lovely), a lunch box full of stickers for Moo, a beautiful and very grown up top and ear-ring stickers for Fran and a bizarre snake torch for Ammi that she calls a dragon but adores.
Showing off ear-rings and looking big.
Was nice talking to Gran today- Max really wants to do a family tree with the girls to help piece together the history and placing of his family for them. They are all very curious about his mum, not having ever been able to meet her and i think it would mean a lot to do it. I feel strangely glad that Josie has grey eyes, they must be a mixture of her genes and mine and its somehow special to have a bond through that, with a person i can’t ever know. Anyway, we have family history plans for next week.
The afternoon has been taken up with glittering…
Sparkly – and rather good.
Here is our nativity scene, just in case it doesn’t last another year.
I’m sure its Jonathan S. playing Joseph.
My “alternative” Christmas tree for their room.
After the glitter we went to the Crib Service at the local church which was lovely. We went with Kate and S and they all behaved really well. It was lovely to do, its important to me they know its not purely a festival of “take take take” but that its about kindness, thoughtfulness and change for the better. I love that they embrace the story but i know i have to leave that bit to them. What matters to me is that they should know they had the choice and support to accept Christianity if they choose to do so. I can’t offer them more than that really.
Once we got home, aside from the Birth Story from our Usborne Bible, we went secular. Picky tea all together, the Tracking Santa site from Norad and then Twas the Night before Christmas as a bedtime story. They’ve gone off to bed pretty calmly too, having helped to wrap pressies for Daddy and each other and put their stocking out for Santa under the fireplace downstairs. With carrots, naturally. Last year the Reindeer got Sprouts!
A very Happy Christmas everyone!