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Christmas <3

Christmas was lovely, but hard.

My dad is in hospital so I spent a lot of the day there. They were lovely to him, he had a big Christmas meal (and I brought up some too) they also bought all the patients on his ward a present, he got two - apparently because they like him and he makes them laugh! They were pretty decent presents too he got a mirror and a ted baker mens wash set.

In the morning we woke up and brought the boys downstairs to open their stockings in their PJs. Jakob got a bird shaped wooden whistle, a wooden cup and ball game, a pack of wooden beads with string, some hungry catapillar playing cards and a finger puppet. Joshua got some coloured wooden haba beads, a soft teddy/blankie type thing, a crochet rattle and they both got some fruit. 



Jakob had helped me wrap up a present for Taz which he was quite excited to open!


We all got dressed and I went to pick up my mum, my nan and my aunt and then we all opened presents together. Ians family were doing their own thing and his parents live in the US, which is why it was just my family over.


Jakobs 'main present' was an early rider balance bike, which he absolutely loved, and joshuas main present was some wooden rainbow stacking cups. They both got the XL Grimms raimbow to share. They got some beautiful plates, and cutlery sets etc from Ians family sent over from the US and my family helped to put money towards things we needed for them such as new car seats.



It's funny when we go round friends houses and see piles and piles of toys and sometimes I feel guilty, like we are not buying the boys enough things? But then I just need to keep reminding myself that they are just objects, the boys aren't going to hate us because we haven't bought them enough when we more than compensate with love.

After Christmas dinner Ian and the boys went on skype to see his parents which was lovely.


then Joshua was shattered and went to bed but Jakob didn't want to so he spent the evening snuggled with my nan on the sofa reading, and eventually brought down his duvet and stayed there until everyone went home :)



Christmas Cards

This year we are leaving it very late to make Christmas cards, considering a lot of our family are the other side of the word and it's 11 days until Christmas!

Actually a lot of people don't even send cards anymore, prefering to donate to a charity or send something electronically. For us cards are one of the best bits of Christmas! I have kept all my birthday and Christmas cards for as long as I can remember, and can look back at cards written by family members that are no longer with us. Christmas cards mean something to me, they are usually chosen carefully with a personal message inside. Since when does an email suffice?!

Nowadays Christmas cards are even more important to me since we do them with the littlies. This year we decided to do Christmas tree cards - and they haven't turned out great (note the perfectionist in me) they are beautiful because they are made my son.

I got the idea from another blog somewhere. I don't really follow blogs, more stumble upon them when looking for inspiration. I wish I could remember this blog to link back because her Christmas tree card post inspired me, and they turned out a LOT better than ours!


So we cut a Christmas tree shape out of a piece of card which was roughly the same size as the front of our blank Christmas cards. Paperclipped the stencil on to the front of the card. Mixed up some green paint with a dash of other colours for interest - red etc and then let him go to town on the cards. Some ended up as big green blobs because he loved putting the brush under the side of the stencil but it was fun watching him work out why some turned out looking like Christmas trees and some turned out like green blobs!




He then got bored of the stencil method so I got one of his triangle shaped blocks and we 'stamped' the trees out instead of using the stencil. Quite nice to have a different design on some of the cards!




Once they were dried we got some PVA glue and dipped fingers and the end of a pen that had run out into it, dapped at the 'trees' and then poured glitter on them. Jakob LOVED this. Well, he loved the glitter! He was rubbing it all over himself with glee, so I ended up pouring it onto most of the cards!





We have leftover glitter. Quite a bit actually, all colours mixed together from pouring over the trees. I have an idea what we're going to do with the glitter :)

ETA: After adding pictures I realised I forgot to take any pictures of the finished product! Well I will definitely do that, and will upload one when I get a chance! I will also link back to that blog if and when I find it!

ETA Again: pictures currently deleted, will be added again later x

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