I'm finally getting my bum in gear to blog about our festive season. We had a really good Christmas this year. Gracie was so excited she was fit to burst, and Ewan was just buzzing off all the Gracie energy :)
The kids got SOOO much stuff for Christmas its untrue (so I'm very glad we made a conscious decision not to go mental on our spending for them this year). Some of the highlights for Gracie included the infamous Peppa Pig Campervan, Scooby Doodle Doo (which, when she opened it, she asked where the washing machine was (because on the advert you see them putting him in the wash when he's been drawn on) and her Vtech Password Journal (well, it would be, if she could get it to open more than 30% of the time! LOL). Ewan's favourite is definitley the drum kit from Auntie Jaqs - but I suspect we might come to regret letting it into the house before long, he's also got a million "Little People" things including a Noah's Ark, garage and Pirate ship (which fires cannon balls - that's REALLY cool :)).
Father Christmas brought me a nice shiny new digi camera - not a DSLR (that will have to wait for next years Christmas list!) but a nice step up from a point and shoot with some easy to manage manual settings for me to play around with.
So, on with the photos. Here's the kids Christmas morning, and some snaps of our Christmas lunch (don't ask about all the things I forgot to buy, or bought and forgot to cook! I think I'm banned from cooking Christmas dinner forever, which all things considered, might not be a bad thing ;)).
After all the hustle and bustle of Christmas Day and Boxing Day was over the kids pretty much drove us insane for two days with being stuck in the house because of the crappy weather. So, we made an executive decision Friday night that we were having a family day out on Saturday (come hell or high (rain) water). After much debating, Chester Zoo won out as the venue of choice for our family outing (which was also the perfect excuse to test out my new camera (which just takes THE best photos. I couldn't be happier with it :)). The price for the zoo was really reasonable (as it's off season) and I think we actually got to see more than we did the last time we went in the Spring (mostly because it wasn't totally chockful of people). We still didn't manage to see everything though (I just don't think that's possible in one day!) and the rain did eventually call play to a halt at around 3.00pm. It was a great day though, and the kids had a fab time (and more importantly were almost whine-free for 5 hours! Woo hoo!!).
Here's a couple of the snaps I took with the new camera:
We haven't got any plans for New Year this year - well, unless you count a date with some movies, the sofa and a big-assed bowl of popcorn, so it'll just be a quite one for us. Here I go again with my Rock n Roll lifestyle! ;)
I have to confess that I haven't done ANY Christmas journal entries since the 22nd, which is a bit bad, but I'm not stressing about it. Enjoying Christmas with the kids was more important that writing about Christmas with the kids, and I've got all year to catch up :)
That's it for now, pretty photo intensive today, but I guess that's what happens when you don't blog over a big event.... you have to play super catch up with pics when you do.
Happy New Year to all.