Christmas 2017 🎄

As ever I’m typing this when I should be getting some sleep.

I should be in bed but I’m on the sofa watching the Christmas tree lights twinkle and glow.

Everywhere I look there’s presents and the odd sweet wrapper. It’s quiet,so quiet everyone’s gone home and the kids are sleeping.

It’s been a lovely few days~there’s been tears,laughter,food,drink and obviously presents but the very best thing which there has been lots of is love.

After a quick tidy up earlier I thought that’s it we did it and we did it together. We’ve celebrated and made new memories.

It’s been crazy at times and loud but why shouldn’t it be, as long as we are altogether that’s all that matters.

Family times are the best even if we are squashed in, scrabbling for chairs and a space at the table. Tired, over excited and stuffed with too many sweets.

So cheers to you all~here’s hoping you’ve had a fabulously, jolly Christmas.❤️x

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Christmas Eve

Well it’s been a lovely but long old day today.

It started at 6am, when after grabbing coffee and waiting for both the kids to be awake we had stockings because they have gone off to be with their Dad until tomo eve.

We then had our traditional Christmas Eve breakfast~pancakes of course! Complete with crackers and party hats.

After watching ‘The Polar Express’ it was time for them to head off and for me to take a trip to Surrey stopping off enroute to see my big brother.

Next stop was Mum and Dads followed by a visit to see Nan.

The journey home seemed to be never ending but at last I was home for a quick shower and a tidy up.

Finally I got to see my lovely boyfriend who had dinner ready (a very yummy curry) and the wine open wahoo a girl couldn’t ask for more.

So now that my backside is firmly planted on the sofa and I have wine in my hand the countdown has begun until my two are home to celebrate Christmas with us 23.5hrs to be precise!

Happy Christmas Eve everyone may you have a merry one.❤️x

Christmas holiday tag 🌲

Thank you to Victoria @thegrowingmum.com for tagging me in this Christmas tag.

It actually doesn’t seem possible that tomorrow is Christmas Eve~where has the time gone?!

I’m actually feeling quite scarily organised and keep convincing myself that I’ve forgotten something,I guess we all feel like that during this busy time.

So here we go a few questions about Christmas and how it is in the crazy household.

What’s your favourite Christmas movie? It’s a hard one to choose really but if I have to absolutely pick just one I’m going to go with Nativity (which my two are currently watching as I type!)

Have you ever had a white Christmas? Funnily enough the kids asked me this the other day and I said I can’t remember! I will have to ask my parents.

Where do you usually spend your holiday? Always with my family, the venue usually differs from whose house but generally either here or at my sisters with everyone there.

What is your favourite Christmas song? Hands down~Last Christmas by Wham, always loved it when it was first released and still love it now.

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve? No we save them for the big day.

What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year~ ooh well as those of you who follow my crazy little blog will know, things have changed in a very good way for me and the kids this year. So we will be having a bigger family Christmas and I’m looking forward to starting new traditions all together.

Is your Christmas tree real or fake? For the first time in 13yrs we only have a fake tree, we usually have a fake one and a real one. We do however have two tiny real ones in pots, I can’t bear not to have a real one~next year a real one will definitely be back.

What is your favourite holiday treat/food/sweet? My Mums mince pies are my absolute favourite they never last long.

What is the best present you’ve ever received? Just being with everyone at Christmas is the best present I could ever hope for~seeing the kids happy faces and sharing that with everyone I love is really the best thing ever.

Where is your dream place to visit for the holiday season? In an ideal world I would put all my loved ones on a plane and jet off to somewhere snowy and cosy!

Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably? I wouldn’t say I was a pro but once I’ve got started I’m not too bad although I’m a bit basic with my wrapping I guess, no bows etc for me.

Most memorable Christmas memory? I remember the excitement and hustle and bustle of my parents getting everything ready and me watching Christmas films whilst waiting for the family to arrive. It’s such a wonderful feeling and one I love to see in my children. I just love to pass on to them the importance of this time of year being more than just about presents. It’s about family,friends, loved ones and spending time together.

What made you realise about Father Christmas (Santa)? Easy~my big sister told me hehe.

What makes the holidays special for you? Being together as a family,spending time with loved ones and friends and hopefully just having time to relax and unwind.

On that note I would like to tag Libby @ libbyssimpleeat.wordpress.com

And Hope @romanticadventuresblog.wordpress.com

Wonderful times

I’m literally breathing a big sigh of relief aswell as cooking dinner(nothing like a bit of multi~tasking.)

For ‘I Ms totally unorganised ‘have finally finished my Christmas shopping. At times this month I’ve thought that I’ll never get it done but low and behold after a fab trip to Crawley we managed to get the last few bits~I’ve even wrapped one or two check me out!

I find this time of year is always cause for reflection~the stress I have felt makes me wish I was more organised, I laugh about the chaos that often surrounds me but truthfully at times it’s quite overwhelming, if I could change anything about myself, getting organised would certainly be top of my list~but then hey on the flip side it’s part of what makes me the person I am today and I do like to say that’s part of my charm!!

Money is always a hot topic spending enough? Spending too much? Maybe we should concentrate on spending time and sharing love~these things are the most precious gifts and are both free and readily available~lets hand them out as much as possible, no one has ever said ‘I’ve given or received too much love’

Loved ones who are no longer with us,who are very much missed. The memories made will last forever and always be engraved in our hearts.

Now I can finally begin to relax, I say bring it on, all of it~making new memories,practising old traditions,being with loved ones and enjoying every crazy second of the celebrations.

2017 you’ve been pretty amazing so far, I can’t wait to see what 2018 has to offer.❤️x

Party~Time

Do you know that feeling when you’ve had plenty of time to get ready for a night out,a night out you’ve been looking forward to for ages? The feeling you get when everything as gone to plan and your ready on time,relaxed and ready to go?

Me neither~I can’t remember the last time that happened. Last night was our works Christmas night out and my preparation went something like this~ my morning started ridiculously early 4am to be precise, when I awoke coughing and streaming with cold. Not quite the start to the day I was hoping for.

Fast forward a few hours and I had picked the kids up from school, feeling tired and pretty rubbish, I jumped in the bath to try and warm up. After spending too long in said bath, I had to rush to get ready, obviously at this point nothing was going right my hair had a mind of its own and no amount of make up was going to disguise my red, sore Rudolph nose!

After refereeing several arguments between the kids (which I’m sure the neighbours loved hearing!) I dropped them off almost an hour later than intended. On my way back home I decided black tights weren’t what I wanted to wear so it was an impromptu visit to Tesco to buy some nude ones, never have I navigated a supermarket so quick and in heels I might add.

I quickly changed tights and shoes and left the house muttering to myself about not liking my outfit or quite frankly anything about myself, Having dosed myself up with cold relief tablets I was just about good to go.

Fortunately when I got there the atmosphere was great and everyone was jolly. After a lovely dinner we were soon up and dancing~pretty much taking over the dance floor.I have to say we totally owned the phrase ‘dance like nobody is watching’ we danced and sang pretty much non stop, stopping only to remove my very high heels and then my tights, and for the occasional drink of water.

I was pretty impressed that I made it until 11.30pm especially after such an early start. I was soon back and drinking the coffee that was ready and waiting for me, I was less than impressed with the cramp that made an appearance when I went to bed I must be getting too old for all this partying hehe.

As I didn’t drink I was hangover free this morning and had a quick trip to town, my poor legs didn’t really like the walk up and down ten flights of stairs in order to get a parking space but I’m looking on the bright side~that’s lots of exercise I’ve had.

Fortunately now my backside is firmly on the sofa and hopefully will continue to stay put. Happy Saturday everyone.❤️x

Sunday night blues

As ever the weekend has absolutely flown by.

I was up and out very early on Saturday morning as I had to go to a speed awareness course. True to form I couldn’t find the place and went in via the golf course entrance and almost( and I stress the almost part here!)had to run. Whilst on the phone the huge unmissable hotel somehow appeared before my very eyes and thankfully I wasn’t late. I did however feel like I was about 5yrs old when I had to walk into a room where I didn’t know anyone and had the dreaded task of finding a seat at one of the tables he he.

Once that was over it was time for a quick change and then to hop on the train to take my lovely other half out for a surprise birthday treat.

As we left we couldn’t quite believe we were child free for 24hrs~with 4 lovely kiddiwinks between us getting time alone is no mean feat.

We had a fab time at the spinnaker tower and of course enjoyed a wander around Gunwharf Quays where they had such beautiful lights and decorations.

We came home and had a nice dinner and some wine which went down very well especially as I had stuck to my month of not drinking any alcohol. I must be good and stick carefully to my slimming plan again to make up for it!

The rest of the eve was very relaxing enjoying the peace and quiet, we caught up on first dates(always my favourite).

Today has been good fun, playing quiz games and organising Christmas and birthday presents too.

All too soon though it’s time to get ready for another busy week~ironing and packed lunches here I come, I can hardly contain my excitement!!

Still on a positive note I am thankful to of had such a lovely time.

Happy Sunday everyone.❤️x

Fabulous View

As well as Christmas approaching we also have some birthdays coming up too.

Yesterday we took a trip to Portsmouth for our very first visit to Emirates Spinnaker Tower as a surprise for my lovely boyfriends birthday.

It was a cold but clear day and the view was fab. We went to the first level and took in all the scenery particularly the good view of all the boats and ships. The sky was full of beautiful colours. I had a little peek at the glass floor but wasn’t quite enough to give it a try~although lots of others did!

Next stop was the Clouds bar were we simply had to sit and have coffee and chocolate cake whilst taking in the scenery~we could see for miles and it was great naming the sights that we could see.

Last but by no means least we went up to the sky garden~with its deckchairs and grass it was peaceful and perfect to chill and relax.

Our admission ticket lasted the whole day and allowed us readmission before the tower closed.

As the sun began to set we were lucky enough to see lots of Christmas lights all around us~aswell as seeing all the hustle and bustle of people shopping and the choir singing and dancing. What a lovely day out both festive and good fun for a birthday treat too.

Happy days with more memories made.❤️x