It’s been a while since I’ve posted and a lot has happened! Christmas, illness, family visits etc….
Last week we trundled down to Exeter to stay with Steve’s family for a Christmas visit. He had wanted to go on the Thursday night once I was back from my office meal out, but I put my foot down and we headed off at 7.30am the next morning. And there was no traffic, the roads were dry, we could see scenery and got to Exeter with a happy Joel in time for lunch. His parents were pleased!! He went down for a nap in his cot there after lunch and we had a nice day!
On the Saturday, we went with them to a farm which puts on live nativity scenes where the children get to dress up and be in it too! Joel (and I) were innkeepers and he had to wear a furry hat and gilet which he wasn’t sure about but didn’t mind in the end. I got to wear a silly hat too. Yay.
It was a lovely little skit, with carols and all the animals were very good!! Except near the end, the sheep were just behind us and tried to eat a shepherds costume which made Joel cry!
After a hot drink and a mince pie it was time to visit Santa and Joel gave him a hi-5, and had a lovely little cow toy. We took a look around the site (as it’s somewhere to visit in the summer) and they have a baby bouncy castle, which he thought was very funny, and diggers in sandpits, and he had a lovely morning.
On Sunday I wasn’t feeling too well, so missed church, but we had Christmas dinner and then opened presents with all Steve’s family. Joel had an aquadoodle from his grandparents, some new clothes, an echoing microphone and some bubbles of the others.
Then on Monday I woke up and felt like death. We managed to get me into the doctors, and I had an upper respitory infection, so onto the anti biotics for me 😦 I did not want to be ill for Christmas Day!! But it seemed inevitable.
We set off for home before lunch and Joel slept all the way home, I couldn’t sleep through feeling bleurgh, and on getting home I crashed out for 4 hours! I didn’t do anything. I’d meant to set up Joel’s brio train track but didn’t bother. I just about managed to stuff his stocking, and we threw the reindeer dust onto the path (porridge and glitter!!) and off to bed I went.
Christmas morning came, and Joel was awake about 6.30. So up we got, and opened his stocking in bed with us. It was really nice. He enjoyed opening his presents! In his stocking he got bubbles, a harmonica (which he can’t blow yet!)! stickers, a notebook, crayons, a DVD, books, and his Charley Bear. Steve got me a Thomas Sabo bracelet, and Joel got me a charm which was nice.
Joel in turn loved his little electric guitar toy and keyboard, and when my parents brought out a cosy coupe car he was ecstatic as he’s loved the one at toddler group, and he spent the rest of the afternoon trying to climb in and out of it whilst holding his guitar and bopping to the music!! My sister thought he was hilarious and very cute. My Mum had got him and Martha matching fleecey onsies, with In the Night Garden’ on them and they looked adorable.
We managed to have a good day, although Steve then came down with some lurgy and neither of us could eat much at all. And the rest of the week has been us off our food, tired and lethargic and just about feeling ready for work on Wednesday! Typical!! I shall plan to not be poorly next year.
And now it’s New Year’s Eve, and we’re staying in to watch a film together and have a bottle of bubbly to open, possibly before midnight!!
And for 2013, we’re hoping for a new house, and a new baby and good health. And although this year hasn’t been terrible, it could have been better! So come on 2013, let’s see what you have to bring.