Santa Doesn't Rock - He Swings!

08:27 Karen 0 Comments

After a fabulous Boxing Day walk the girls, who did the whole walk in their Santa hats, found a swing in the garden of the family who hoasted the walk and couldn't resist sharing it (as they do with most things)! I am so glad we invited Hannah along as Gracia and Hannah walked the whole 4 miles without a single moan and in fact finished long before we did.

Reasons to be cheerful:

1. So far I am keeping up with my photo a day.
2. David seems to be a little better after his 2 day major migrane.
3. We are meeting up with the Webdale family for a walk and back to our house for tea - I anticipate a fun afternoon.


xxxxx A Very Happy Christmas To Us xxxxx

08:42 Karen 1 Comments

What an absolutely fabulous Christmas Day! - It started with midnight Communion.

Then after going to bed at 1.00am I had to wake Gracia up at 8:30 because I could not wait any longer for her to open her stocking - she still climbs into our bed for this :) A cooked breakfast (one of the few times during the year that I make an effort and 'do a fry up') Then, all the things on my Christmas list and more, a long walk with my most favourite walking companions (David, Gracia and Kiera) relaxing, and planning projects from Cath Kidstone's book (a present from Gracia). Dinner at David's sisters house - who, with the help of the fabulous Dot, cooked dinner for 16 people. Wallace and Gromit on the TV and then home to copious amounts of chocolate biscuits and chocolate. What more could you ask from a Christmas day?

Guess what we all had on our Christmas list!

Reasons to be cheerful:

1. I am still basking in the glow from an absolutely fabulous Christmas Day spent with family.

2. We are going on a long, organised, Boxing Day dog walk followed by a delicious lunch with friends (hopefully Hannah is going to come to keep Gracia company.

3. I am going to play with my new BIA (thank you KarenC) this afternoon.


Christmas Greetings

18:18 Karen 0 Comments

So far so good with the photo taking! We have just returned from a few days at my parents, in Shropshire, and had a fabulous time (waves to mum and dad xxxx). Gracia was thoroughly spoilt, as usual, being my mum's only grandchild and my little sis was there for a couple of days too so we had an early Christmas celebration.

We also went to Telford to do some last minute shopping and the centre was absolutetely spectactular with its grotto and decorations. Gracia managed to spend nearly £50 on new clothes (what a surprise).

Tonight we are going to the late night service at church, 11.15pm and Gracia is doing one of the readings. The church will be my photo for today, I hope.

I wish anyone who reads my blog a very happy, safe and healthy Christmas and all you would wish yourself for the New Year.

Reasons to be cheerful

1. We have all had a fantastic few days visiting family.

2. For the first time ever I have all my presents wrapped, the house relatively tiday and am ready for the big day.
3. The most important reason to be happy today "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son".


It's A Wrap

21:48 Karen 0 Comments

I am going to try to take a photo everyday over the holidays as a reminder of how we spend our time. This year is different to how we normally spend Christmas as circumstances have dictated that we change things around a little. Today's photo is of all the presents I wrapped today - these are only the ones for friends and family and not the ones I have for David and Gracia!

Yesterday was a slow day (too much partying on Friday night) spent tidying up the lounge and boy did it need it and then I went to Girls Club where Caroline, Helen and I helped the girls from our church make Christmas themed crafts. They made cards, 2 different ones, dolly peg angels, baked cakes, made chocolate Christmas pudding truffles, decorated gingerbread biscuits to name but a few things.

Reasons to be cheerful:

1. I have almost finished wrapping presents (the job I hate most at Christmas)
2. I have finished all my Christmas shopping.

3. I am now off for a well deserved early night.


Deck The Halls ...................

22:04 Karen 0 Comments

.......... Sadly, not with boughs of holly as our holly tree has very few berries this year :(

I love this time of year when the frost is really thick first thing in the morning and everything looks so magical. The view from my gate onto the heath was just spectacular this morning.

I especially love the first Sunday in December because that is the day we put up or Christmas decorations. Gracia and I are really big on Christmas – the Christmas fairies still come every night and put a little something into her Advent Calendar!

Note the Acro Jacks (I have two in my lounge) that go from a hole in my lounge floor – through holes in the ceiling – through the room above (which incidentally, does not even have a ceiling) – right up to the roof joists. Well, at least they are somewhere to put some extra tinsel!

Also, at this time of year, I love how excited the children at school get and the fact that our social life goes into orbit (well we do at least go out several times in December). For example, David and I went to a Mozart concert yesterday and then for a pizza after – it is the first time we have been out for a meal with just the two of us for ages. It was such an eye opener though, coming out of the restaurant at 11.30 and seeing the delights of Colchester’s youth, literally rolling out of the pubs and clubs, girls sitting on the kerbs and being sick or fighting in the street and dressed in only tiny shorts and tops and when there was a thick frost on the ground – only another couple of years and Gracia will be old enough to drink – eeeek. I think I am turning into a grumpy old woman as I was so outraged by how they were behaving, without any dignity or self respect.

I have made 25 of the 50+ Christmas cards I need to make this afternoon – a really simple design for speed as I have left it so late! I now only have to get them written and in the post tomorrow. I have cut out the componants for all the others so they should get finished by Friday, I hope!

Finally, a little peek at the page I have made for a class using my January Scrapagogo kit.

I really must get it together and get the pages I made last week at Wyverstone photographed and uploaded.

Reasons to be cheerful:
1. We put up the Christmas decorations today.
2. I am so blessed to be living where I do, even if the house still needs a lot of work.
3. I have made a vast inroad into my Christmas card making!