Catching Up

Christmas summary 2013

♥ Christmas had kind of lost its magic over the last 10 years or so. It just wasn’t special anymore, not like when I was a child. But this year, Christmas got its mojo back. Being a parent at Christmas is the ultimate feeling. Watching N’s face as he opened his presents, so full of intrigue when we put up our tree, it was just amazing. I love Christmas again!

♥ I took part in a Secret Santa with my mummy group. I got some awesome socks, a fab eyeshadow palette and a parenting book that has been on my “must read” list for a while. We did a Smile Exchange in the summer, which is basically the same idea but just not Christmas. I love putting together parcels for my swapees and love the element of surprise and anticipation in receiving a gift.

♥ I put our Christmas tree up as a surprise for the mister while he was at work. I even made my own decorations out of slices of dried oranges. I also made some gingerbread men out of salt dough and a salt dough print of N’s hand. The mister was really happy and it made me feel all warm and fuzzy :)

♥ I had already done my nails ready for Christmas but felt that Rudolph was looking a little lonely, so added Santa to keep him company!

♥ I had planned to do all my baking on Christmas Eve but I’d gone to bed ill so I had it ALL to do on Christmas Day. One of the things I baked were these amazing chocolate chunk cookies using a recipe from Crepes of Wrath. OMG they were amazing. I will definitely be making them again. Maybe as soon as I’ve finished writing this post...

♥ This Christmas was the first year ever that I have cooked Christmas dinner. I’ve always been to someone else’s house for – usually my parents’ – but I have now graduated to “proper grown-up” status as I have done a full-on Christmas spread for five people all by myself. Okay, so it was two adults, two children and a toddler, but hey, I still deserve a high-five as I was in the kitchen for pretty much the entire day. Apart from when we ate dinner, I didn’t sit down until gone 9pm. I well and truly earned that glass of wine!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

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20 comments

  1. I felt the same about Christmas but it was just magical this year spending it with my 2 nieces who are 5 and 3! Your nails look lovely by the way! Happy New Year xxx

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    1. Happy New Year to you as well xx

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  2. Absolutely love secret santa as a recip and giver(so much fun & joy esp at xmas time:-) !I agree wholeheartedly about christmas with kidz too(so true:),glad you had a good one:-)

    HNY 2014 hope it's the best ever from my wee family to yours!

    X

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    1. I love secret santas, they are so much fun :) happy new year to you and yours too xx

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  3. Aw, I'm glad Christmas got it's mojo back for you

    xXx

    Follow me too? Oh So Gawjess

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  4. I love all the decorations you made! Great idea making gingerbread men, but out of salt dough. Must file that away for next year. I think I might also steal the smile swap idea :) Sounds like you had a lovely Christmas
    Sarah xx

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    1. I'm hoping the gingerbread men will still be okay next year, if not I'll just make some more as it was so quick and easy xx

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  5. ***HIGH FIVE*** I also cooked my first Christmas dinner- quite a big thing isn't it?! I have a huge list of things to work on for next year but did allow myself a little pat on the back.
    Your nails look fab.
    I hope that 2014 is a fantastic one for you and yours. Happy New Year. :-)

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    1. We definitely deserve a pat on the back for our efforts. Well done you! xx

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  6. I'm so pleased you had a lovely Christmas! Happy new year lovely, I hope this year brings you nothing but happiness <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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  7. I love your blog
    followed
    http://minimaysi.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. I bet it had such a magical feeling having N to enjoy it, I just enjoy the food now :)

    Those nails are amazing too! I never have enough patience to do something like that though x

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    1. It helps being able to cure them so quickly so I don't have to wait ages while each colour dries! xx

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  9. I love your blog, kisses
    happy new year

    Sab*

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