Monday: which seems like a very long time ago now, was a usual kind of Monday. Dimples was extraordinarily tired and ended up sleeping all the way through my shopping experience, waking only as I popped her in the car for the school run. I did get to eat my lunch in peace though so there’s a silver lining! The sunset after I picked up LBG was divine: we spotted colours all the way home, and finally decorated our Christmas Tree. It lights up our hallway!
Tuesday: I hung out with a few crafty bloggers whilst the girls were at school, wearing a fabulous Elf hat that the people from Coca Cola had sent as a Christmas gift to remind me that this year’s Designated Driver Campaign is up and running. Had a funny moment on the hangout when DH- who was working from home- casually wandered into the kitchen and made toast whilst we were live on air!
Wednesday: Santa and I went up to London for lunch with a former employer and I called in at Peter Jones on the way back to the station where I scored a perfect dress as well as a pair of shoes I have coveted for a while- and both in the sale! It was meant to be! LBG has been making flower pots for the teachers, and the craft bug bit DH too who crafted a wood pig from logs in our log store.
Thursday: Nativity Day, photos from which I am not allowed to share for the usual legal reasons. LBG made a great villager- she knew all the words and actions and her eyes were permanently on the Drama Teacher who was directing! Dimples made the school video hall of fame by falling asleep whilst sitting on the front row in a star costume! Home to Granny, who was babysitting, and I had a swift turnaround before heading up to London for a Christmas Party. In a room filled with people who came direct from work I felt quite pleased to be wearing my new red dress and shoes. We had booked a cab to bring us all the way home too, so no rushing for trains in new shoes.
Friday: I was tired, so tired. But I had little time to sleep as I got everything ready to head up to Birmingham after school for a weekend with friends. The Girls were fed, bathed and onesied before we loaded Barbie A Perfect Christmas into the DVD player and hit the road. It was a relatively painless journey, broken in the middle with a loo stop, gingerbread latte and doughnuts, and we reached our hosts at 9pm. Then lost track of time talking and didn’t get to bed until nearly 1am!
Saturday: a bright day made better by children who slept until 8am, we had breakfast then headed out to nearby Packwood House for a walk in the gardens, a shopportunity at the local Christmas Fair and a lovely pub lunch down the road. The men went to the pub later in the day too, whilst the women made salt-dough and watched four very tired children lose the plot altogether. Post-Strictly they fell fast asleep and I managed to get to bed before midnight.
Sunday: another moment in history where the girls woke after 8! Too bad we had to leave to head home! But we had a clear run and were back hugging Granny whilst the sun still shone. I had a go of her fab new gadget which may become my new best friend, and we toasted marshmallows on a bonfire Daddy had built in the wood. DH and I caught up on Masterchef but were in bed before 9.30am afetr a very busy week!