It’s a lovely morning here with a beautiful sunrise. This is looking out of our side window over the woods with next door at the forefront. It’s got colder suddenly at night but when the sun’s out it makes a difference.
I’ve not been sleeping so well at night again. I think I might be excited about Christmas!! And baby was swimming about last night and actually pushing along the inside of my tummy which was very weird. It made me think of shark fins for some reason. In my groggy 4am state I don’t feel that I’m properly appreciating all this movement. Joel was coughing a lot so I kept getting up try and prop him up on his pillow to help and dot karvol around his duvet.
Yesterday was Joel’s nursery Christmas fayre so we three went along to spend some pennies. We bought Steve a Christmas present of mini speakers which he said he wanted from a stall and some cakes, sweets, Joel said hello to Father Christmas, went on the Lucky Dip, made a tree decoration and generally ran around and caused chaos with all the other kiddies. It looked like fun if you were two!!! His friend Trudy was glad to see him as well and those two seemed to end up everywhere they shouldn’t!! Pickles the pair of them although I do feel that Joel is a bit of a naughty ring leader and leads others into doing naughty things!
This is our tree this morning. I’ve put the lights on a timer so they are on when we come down in the morning. Joel loves it and thinks its the prettiest tree ever! It’s a 5ft one I’ve had for 10 years and it’s starting to show its age. We’ve collected different decorations over the past few years so it’s not a ‘designer’ tree by any sense of the word but I think it’s all the more charming for it!
We’ve put our presents around it, (and hidden a lot under the table too) which he’s not really showing any interest in yet. I finished all my wrapping last night thank goodness and just have cards to write now. I find it easier to spread everything out on the floor and do it that way but it’s certainly getting harder with a bump in the way and my pelvis feels as though it’s actually falling apart now. The only issue was that the Wow Playmat I’d ordered from Amazon turned out to be the wrong thing! I hadn’t opened it, as it’s quite big and bulky but I should have checked I know. I had ordered it two days before the extended Christmas return period so was a bit stuck with a giant (what I assume was) plastic sticker sheet! It was meant to be a fleecy carpet rug. Panicking I rang Amazon directly who were very helpful, refunded me the cost of that and are sending a courier tomorrow to collect it. I’ve since ordered a new one which should be correct and also arrive tomorrow. Could have been disastrous.
This is my lovely fireplace. I love my Willowtree nativity scene. We bought the garland to sit on it this year and it’s always nice to get Joel’s first Christmas pic out again! And my scented candles and tealight burners. We don’t light those when Joel’s around though. He already seems to have a fascination with fire!! I just need to work out where to put a nail to hang Joel’s stocking ready for Christmas Eve!!
Oh, and also you remember my messy corner which needed sorting in the dining room? Well, we took our old freezer to the recycling centre yesterday (it’s been stood in the utility for months getting in the way!!) and noticed that the big charity shop next door was still open so called in to see what they’d got by way of furniture and we found this TV unit which sort of matches my Grandma’s walnut bureau. It’s not proper wood at all, it’s a veneer, but it was £15 and does the job for now and blends in with our furniture:
So all that is remaining now is to put the wooden floor down. Steve didn’t like this cabinet to start with. He has something against old furniture. I however wouldn’t let him get the silver plywood units that were so popular in the 1990’s as they are hideous!!! I wanted something that looked classic and blends with the era of the house. And on getting it home he agreed with me. I just wish he could accept that if he were left to furnish a house it was be terrible and to go with what I say to start with! It would save a lot of time and energy.
This store is sort of a recycling centre for second hand furniture and you get some gorgeous antiquey pieces. I fell in love with a hallway unit with coat hooks, a little drawer suitable for a dogs lead etc… umbrella compartment, it had a mirror and some lovely woodwork but Steve said he didn’t want old things in the house! Honestly. I could have replaced the hooks, given it a wax and it was a lot cheaper at £75 than anything I’ve had my eye on. He just doesn’t see potential in things. But I’d got my way with the TV unit so left it at that!