Did you see that? Week 50?? Even with my dreadful maths, that means that there are only two weeks left of the year. [insert expletives here]
Sunday: I spent an enjoyable morning making roast chicken and decorating the Christmas Tree with the help of a few small people. All too soon, our friends were headed home and I was on the road back to Bromley and the last birthday party of the year. The Girls had a super time dancing (at least that’s what they told me they did) and the sugar high kept them going until bedtime.
Monday: My girls have been going to school for nearly two years yet Monday morning is still a shock. Never mind. Once LBG was in school, Dimples and I went for hot chocolate and a look at the Christmas lights. We also bought LBG’s Christmas present. And maybe a little something for Dimples’ ‘baby’. Unsurprisingly. She fell asleep and missed the school Christmas party but LBG had a great time.
Tuesday: Tra-la, I love the school drop off! Today there was the kids’ Christmas Fair and they dutifully headed off with their £2 to spend on all manner of activities and came home with bags bursting: reindeer food, cakes, biscuits and a gift from Santa, who came to visit them in their classrooms! Granny came to take care of my babies- or her babies as she tends to think of them- so that I could head into Holborn for a #SainsburysSparkling event. It was such a fun, and educational, evening and I got a bit giddy sitting next to Holly Bell of GBBO fame.
Wednesday: Another day, another Christmas event. This time The Girls had Christmas lunch at school. I curled up in the lovely Lavender House with delicious Spiced Berry Punch and a couple of friends as we set the world to rights. Then dropped them off before going home to finish wrapping presents and writing cards for all the teachers in Kindergarten. I nearly developed Carpal Tunnel, but made it in time for school pick-up. Then a night at home with my beloved and Masterchef: the Professionals. I can’t decide who I think should win.
Thursday: After school drop off, there were only a couple of hours before collection as term ended at 11.45am, so we all piled round to a friend’s house and drank coffee and talked houses until collection time. Then I whisked my babies away to Ruxley Manor in Sidcup to see Santa. We’ve never been before but I’ll be going again: it was an hour-long Christmas experience which the children have talked endlessly about since. Then we went out for tea with the Godlings and a last chance to see each other before the big day. Naturally we were all exhausted. There were fireworks going off so WH refused to go outside and in the end I slept with dog and two girls in my bed. It’s a good thing DH didn’t make it home from his Christmassy night.
Friday: The first day of the holidays and we spent all morning in our pj’s though that was more to do with the fact that I hit the ground running than any kind of plan I may have had. We all eventually got showered and dressed at about 12.30, ahead of the afternoon’s Gingerbread House Decorating Party. It went well, although that was mainly to do with a good friend running the kitchen so that I could keep the children occupied. LBG had a couple of melt-downs due to not being the first winner, which I put down to tiredness. I left DH putting the tired darlings to bed and went out to the end-of-term dinner with parents and teachers of Kindergarten (I am Class Rep) but headed home early when I felt what I thought was a migraine coming on. Good thing I did: both Girls were up with temperatures and DH was looking decidedly peaky.
Saturday: after a dreadful night it was clear that DH and LBG were quite poorly. LBG had insanely rosy cheeks and a temperature of 103C. She has spent most of the day curled on the sofa, watching TV and falling asleep and has barely eaten. DH is similiarly afflicted except he needs to work up until we go away next Saturday! Dimples was as well as she has ever been, creating mess and mayhem whenever my back was turned so by the end of the day I was praying for her to sleep. Which she didn’t. Until 10pm. On the sitting room floor. But it’s the holidays.