Oh dear - its been a while, well here's a little update on us...
An amazing Christmas time was had by us. We celebrated advent as a family together, took part in carol services, the school productions and the Christmas parties. The children were off a week before Christmas so in this time we made decorations (snowglobes and name settings), lots and lots of mince pies, followed by jam tarts, saw Arthur Christmas at the cinema and had fun. It wasn't always stress free though as the boys were very excited about Christmas coming! Christmas Eve was amazing as a Saturday Jon was not working so we had a lovely family day. We got all the prep done and went for a lovely walk at Hamworthy beach. Trying to run off all the pre-Christmas excitement. We then came home and I cooked the boys favourite meal, on our Christmas decorated table. We then did bath, bible and hot chocolate time before bed.
Christmas started with me waking up about 5.30am (as I was really excited). My husband made us tea and we waited for the boys to descend. Yes my husband thinks I'm crazy but he knows i get really excited about Christmas! All the hard work in choosing the presents I can't wait for them to open them and be blessed. The eldest came in about 6.30am and was followed by the others around 7am. We were thankful they did not come in through the night, however son number 2 had trouble sleeping and got upset as he thought Christmas would never come. We enjoyed stockings, present, church, goose and family presents. We then played and enjoyed being with one another. The days afterwards have been spent with the boys playing with their new toys whilst Jon and I prepare the room for when the new floor will be laid. We had a flood and the insurance has now been sorted out so we will begin the work in the new year. However it means we're living a bit chaotically. This is good for me as I need to learn to put aside my preference for perfection.
Well the decorations are now down, the celebrations have finished but we look forward to welcoming in the new year, with gladness and hope with Jesus in our hearts!