Happy 2017 everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and new year?
I was planning on having this post up a lot sooner, but I took a much-needed break from blogging over the festive period so I’m sorry this is a little late.
The run up to Christmas was a bit of a blur to be honest. Between the school parties, discos, nativity plays and the boys both having chicken pox I lost my mind somewhere along the way. I did manage to squeeze in some really fun things for them though. On the 16th, I took them to visit Father Christmas in his grotto at our local garden centre. They got to help the elves in the workshop, draw some pictures and make some reindeer food, which was lots of fun.
On the 17th we went to see Sleeping Beauty at the Pantomime with my mum, her partner, my sister, her fiancé and my niece, which we all really enjoyed and the kids were so well behaved throughout. We went last year as well and have decided to make it an annual tradition so are excited for Snow White in 2017!
Now we get around to Christmas 2016, which was a strange one for me.
I’ve not mentioned this on the blog previously (and I’ll probably never mention it again), but the boys’ dad and I actually separated in 2016 and as Christmas fell on a weekend, it meant they spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with him.
Waking up on Christmas Day morning without them was completely rubbish, but they did facetime me and I didn’t have to spend the day alone so I’m pretty thankful for that. I’m lucky to live next door to my mummy so I spent Christmas Day with her and her partner, his mum and dad and my sister, her fiancé and my niece also joined us.
We swapped presents, we talked, we laughed, we listened to festive tunes and we tucked into the most delicious Christmas dinner. It was such a lovely day, but by the time the evening rolled around I was just looking forward to my babies coming home.
I’d decided that Sunday evening would be our Christmas Eve so when they got home, I gave them their Christmas Eve basket which was full of Christmassy goodies such as pyjamas, Christmas jumpers, books, dvd’s, chocolates and letters from Father Christmas etc.
Before the boys went to bed, they hung up their stockings and got changed into their new Christmas pyjamas. They also put out a glass of milk and mince pie for Father Christmas, as well as a carrot for Rudolph. Harry decided that Father Christmas would probably like some cocktail sausages so he put a couple of those on the plate as well.
I took them up to bed, read them “The Nightmare Before Christmas” like I do every year, tucked them in and once I was sure they were asleep, I brought all of their presents and sacks down from upstairs to set up under the Christmas tree.
In true form, Riley and Harry woke up super early the next morning literally bursting with excitement and wanting to rush downstairs to see if Father Christmas had been. The look on their faces when they realised that he had was absolutely priceless. That moment, for me, made the whole Christmas and that’s what I’d desperately missed the previous day.
They went into a present unwrapping frenzy and the whole living room descended into chaos. I actually described it to my besties (Kerry, Lotte and Nicola – go check them out!) as resembling a bomb that had gone off in a toy shop. I couldn’t see through toys and mountains of wrapping paper. The boys were thoroughly spoilt, but they’ve had a tough year with lots of changes to adjust to, so I feel like they deserved it.
We pretty much spent the rest of the day playing with toys and watching Christmas movies. I did cook them a Christmas dinner (thank heavens for mums that live next door and can whip up some Yorkshire puddings when you realise you don’t have any frozen ones!) which was super yummy, although I’m sure I’ve gained like 2st!
On the 28th we went to watch Disney On Ice Presents Frozen at the o2 and were SUPER LUCKY to be treated to one of the executive suites by my mum’s partner. We had the most amazing time and the best view in the whole stadium. Honestly, we couldn’t have asked for better seats and the show itself was absolutely incredible – the kids (and adults) loved it!
N.B. I apologise in advance for the quality of these photos, they were taken on my iPhone.
And that was our Christmas 2016…how did you spend yours?