Ok so not the most creative title (providing I’ve not changed it from Christmas yay) but it explains everything. Jingle Yells came to mind but it sounds negative.
Christmas eve… I’ve already explained.
Christmas day, the morning was lovely. It all kicked off when we heard some Jingling and Ruby (at 7am) was surprisingly still asleep so needed a hand waking up and luckily the jingle bells continued until she got up.
We opened presents together, and i got a few things that I’d wanted for a while, like yummy Ferrero Rocher, and some really cool things like hungry hungry hippos and how to draw comics like Marvel. Its probably the best set of presents since my last childhood christmas.Aphre really did a good job. Ruby got a good bunch too but she’s really considerate sometimes about what others get her, although I think she’s honest with ours and polite with others.
Aphre also had someone make me a Koala which I’ve called Ganley (after the little monkey on the telly who got lost from his family).
Finn got a nice set of presents, I’m suprised about some of the stuff he got from others. We didn’t really get him lots as it’s his first christmas and wont really understand what it’s for but he got a really nice train from his great uncles and aunties on Aphre’s side. My dad hit jackpot on Ruby and Finn’s presents. He got Ruby a dragon which i think is like a draft excluder… but Ruby loves it (named it Stormflower) and hasn’t put it down and Finn got a train set, although strangely he couldn’t find a selection box so got them advent callanders… on christmas day… made me laugh. They also got some classic quilt covers which used to be part of my childhood.
After a day of presents (and not so many sweets to the point of feeling uncomfortable ) it was the afternoon, time to prepare for christmas dinner. We did 3 different meats and loads of vegies to go with ut. It went ok but we were so busy that by the time the food was out and all the extra stuff it went cold by the time anyone ate it, and we were rushing around trying to get things prepared, then we did too much food because my sister wasn’t well and didn’t know she couldnt eat, and my niece was sick too, and we baught extra chairs than didn’t get used because they were not well enough to sit, some had a dinner beforehand so there was loads of food left and it was a bit late, plus they had to go not long after eating. Aphre wasn’t well either and she tried really hard to get it all done. There was so much to clean up afterwards. Quen, Alex and Elena helped us clean it the day after before the first annual boxing day sausage fest… which i will go into in a second.
Anyway we enjoyed the presents they got us, and hope they enjoyed theirs too. Matt even went to the garage to get me some little bottles of Jack Daniels because he felt a bit bad about not bringing me something. I’d have settled for another time, but thought it was nice. We got him a Compton hat. Aphre got a wisk and a cherub amongst other things. My dad gave us a tin of nice biscuits (nice as i tasty not nice as in the place in france). There were others but too many to single out really.
Boxing day was nice. We had a little tidy before Quen Elena and Alex came round. We all opened more presents, Finn tried to lick and bite some of his open which he is too little to understand it.
They got me a batman bear from Build-a-bear which smells of apples.
It was really fun. After making our epic sausage dinner platter (where 5 types of sausage was showcased) and lovely roasted vegetables were on offer with the left overs from the day before. At the end of it, we played an 80s pop quiz with Ruby being the audience, then a game of articulate – which i was bad at because I can’t articulate well when I’m under pressure – thanks Dyslexia. Thankslexia. It was fun though.
The night was rounded off with a game of charedes and one of pictionary.
If you’d have came to our house on the 27th, you’d have seen me, Aphre and Ruby snuggled up in blankets on the sofa chilling. It was nice. Our guests had all gone by lunch time, and after watching, tidying and general admin, we all played with the various toys that we had for christmas and ones from before.
We’d got Ruby some lego and a sylvanian families nursery and her dinosaurs so played with those. It was fun. It ended up with the creation of John Wham, it was a lego person made with a bridge for legs that made him big hips so he walked funny and i referred to him as John Wayne. I converted the pascal show to the “big world entertainment presents cinematime” as a theatre and cinema, and John Wayne kept starting the show an hour before anyone got there and I was the boss, and i told him off from my lego car. Ruby got the name confused and ended up calling him John Wham and it stuck, it was shortly followed my Mrs Wham. She also let dinosaurs run the nursery.
This morning was rubbish because it was time to take Ruby home. She said goodbye to Aphre and Finn, and we made our way to the train station. The train trip wasnt bad today, there was hardly anybody travelling, we even got table seats which hardly ever happens. She played on angry birds all the way there and made the journey so quick. We had chats about all sorts, did the whole daddy explination about her general life questions and then had to pass her back to her mummy. I always hate it when she goes, but i get to see her again in a few weeks.
I got home where dpthe lovely Aphre was to cuddle me, and we had takeaway. I’m getting through my Ferrero Rocher golden collection nicely though see…
There are lots of cherry ones bevause they are my favourite so I’m saving them. I’ve eaten the coffee ones dispite being the least nicest.