I figure it’s a little bit late to wish you a Merry Christmas, but I hope you’ve had a good one. As you may have noticed there’s been a bit of a leave of absence on the blog over the last few months. Totally unannounced, I know, but the long and the short of it is that I have been adapting to returning to work.
Being a working mother hasn’t been quite as easy as I expected, but is as enjoyable as it is challenging (and I’m only working 3 days a week!) Reflecting on the last few months, for me, bring a working mother means that I have had to become a logistics expert overnight, working out who will be picking the children up, dropping them off, with who, whats the latest time I can leave, deciding who’s making the christmas party sandwiches and will we get to our swimming lessons on time. And with out swimming kits too, bonus! It’s no wonder that the last few months have sped by like I’ve been asleep the whole time and just woken up from some kind of crazy high-speed race.
I’m planning to return to blogging over the next few weeks and have some wonderful things to share. I just need to get writing and photographing and I’ll be away… I’m so disappointed that I haven’t been able to keep up with the lovely living arrows posts, but I think that ship has sailed now! Sometimes it’s just not possible to do it all.
The last few weeks have been full of a few new things, including the start of what I hope will become a Christmas tradition. Nye’s first ever trip to the cinema on Christmas Eve. We went to see Paddington and the atmosphere was just wonderful, full of families giggling at the jokes and children chattering away. I am in no doubt that it would be hell if you didn’t have young children yourself, but to me it was quite magical. Sitting in the deep seats, in the dark on his booster, Nye sipped on ribena and ate Cheerios and blueberries then demolished a chomp bar he picked out as a special treat.
I also made a ‘christmas eve’ box full of PJs for all of us, some christmas books, a new film (robots) and some chocolate coins. Because we saw the film on the 24th, we actually opened the box on the 23rd which is Neil’s birthday. I think this could become a lovely tradition too.
Another joint Christmas present I was really excited about was the Tuff Spot I bought. My plan was to set up a winter season for them to play with on Christmas morning (this was somewhat overshadowed by PRESENT UNWRAPPING). But it was wonderfully successful in the kitchen when we filled it with flour, polenta and lentils. We wrote letters and made shapes whilst Evie climbed in and rolled around!
Christmas itself was a bit too full of tantrums, but one of the highlights has to be the brined turkey, (thanks Heston!) Boxing day was better and the 27th we had a sucessful day of sale shopping I’ll share with you later. Have a great holiday and see you soon!