I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a celebratory New Year. We had a wonderful break over the festive period with no work for hubby or I and no school for the boys. It was bliss. Hectic at times as we celebrated 3 birthdays, but it was wonderful.
Lucas, my baby boy, turned 8 on Christmas eve, the start of our celebrations. He loved his gifts of an iPad mini and some Minecraft Lego, when we all set off to do some bowling with his twin cousins and a spot of lunch.
It was a lot of fun and even Aria had a go at bowling. Later on we had a family dinner with the Grandparents, Aunt, Uncle and Cousins with an awesome cake. He had a great day, we all did. It’s harder to have a birthday at Christmas time as I’ve blogged about many a time. But Lucas loves it, he had a great day and we have the extra excitement of the anticipation of Santa visiting.
We track Santa with all the kids from around 6pm, including the cousins and then once the family goes home, the elves have usually delivered new pjs. The reindeer food is out and Santa’s plate is out, then it’s sleep time until the morning. I remember as a child, an only child, getting up at 4am and going to open my stocking with my mum in her bed then going back to sleep, a fond memory. My boys come through to open their stockings in our bed in the morning too, thankfully not at 4am. Love their little faces and Aria was little miss sleepy head.
I love stocking gifts, they are one of my favourites to buy and I love to see their wee faces. This is the first year that Aria has really been aware of Santa and gifts and she was so cute. Present opening was a bit frantic, but they loved what they got and it was lovely. Because they have birthday’s so close to Christmas I always put some gifts away and bring them out throughout the year, rather than all at once. They forget what they have and it’s always too much at once. Next stop was the inlaws for gift opening and back again later on that evening for Christmas dinner. Which I’m not a huge fan of the dinner part, but it’s lovely to see all the extended family.
Boxing day and a few days after was all about finding homes for the new toys and gifts and building lots of Lego. I love building Lego and the boys are just getting into it. I was so proud of Lucas building his first piece of Minecraft Lego on his own. Speaking of Minecraft Lego it’s awesome. Really amazed with this and how well it works and is built.
One of the days in between Christmas and New Year we went to the Irn Bru Carnival. This is the first time we’ve taken the boys here. It’s on every year at the SECC in Glasgow, it’s not far, but thought they might be a bit young. I was wrong, there was loads of rides they could go on, in fact loads of rides for all ages. From the flashing lights, candy floss, rides and games, the Irn Bru Carnival has it all. They had a ball and we will be back next year. Even Aria was on this little big wheel. It was fun to get out and have some fun here as it’s been so cold and wet outside.
Throughout the holidays we did baking, shopping, playing, film watching, reading, lots of Diary of the Wimpy Kids books and had lots family time. We celebrated Robert’s brother in law’s birthday on Hogmanay and had brought in the bell’s at Robert’s sisters. The boys love spending time with their cousins. It was a lovely evening, albeit with grumpy, tired children the next day, we all have the memories of wishing us all Happy New Year. Monopoly Empire has been one of the biggest hits with the boys and hubby and I over the holiday season. If you love board games and especially Monopoly, but find it quite long, you need this in your life. It’s excellent. Little ones need a little help with the cards, but over all a great game and over within 30 minutes. Lots of crafty deals can be done. Love this game.
Our final celebration of the festive fortnight ended with hubby’s birthday on Saturday. We had balloons, banners, family dinner and Tyler and I made a lovely Gluten free chocolate cake for him. So much so that everyone that had it wants to change to gluten free. He had a lovely day and the boys made him a great mug with lots of little personal details on them.
This has been one of my favourite festive periods ever. Even with some health issues. Having the time off work, blog, etc and just time to build Lego, bake and cuddle the children was bliss. I love my little family and with everything that goes in, it was just nice to be together with no real ties. I was really sad when I had to go back to work, the kids back to school, etc. It was perfect and I loved it.
How was your Christmas and New Year? I’d love to hear what you got up to?
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