Happy New Year! 2017 seems to have whizzed by at the speed of light. But I couldn’t let it pass without taking a look back at what we got up to in December.
It was a month of firsts. As funny as that sounds with a 6 and 15 year old, it’s true. We’ve lived abroad for so long now, that things we so often take for granted in the UK, like playing in the snow, are completely alien to the little dude. And boy did he have a ball.
We ended November with a trip on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch railway. A Santa Special none the less. This little guy was first surprised by a visit from his best friend, who let him into another surprise – we were off to see Santa on the train. He was ridiculously excited and loved every minute of it.
We were lucky enough to see Santa again the following weekend when we headed to the Rare Breeds Centre in Kent. Their whole Santa experience was brilliant. We walked through a huge door into an enchanted forest with twinkling lights all around to be greeted by a naughty snowman and Santa’s elves. Santa himself joined us to sing carols, before handing out gifts from his beautifully crafted sleigh. It really was such a wonderful experience and one we’ll definitely repeat next year.
And once we’d finished seeing Santa we had a whole farm, with its own woodland and plenty of places to play to explore. The little one made friends with a bunny who he spent a great deal of time ‘chatting’ to. As weird as it sounds, it’s a bit of a breakthrough for him as he’s very much a child who likes animals as long as they’re behind a fence or in a cage. Having spent close to half an hour with the bunny and all day with my sister’s dog on Christmas Day, I’m hoping we’re starting to make a bit of progress with his fear of animals.
We spent a lovely weekend with family in Lincolnshire in mid-December. We’re often there visiting the Mr’s grandad and this time we were there to celebrate his birthday. We enjoyed a lovely meal with my brother in law and his partner and when we woke up the next morning we were quickly buried in a blanket of snow. We had such a great time playing in it. The moody teen actually cracked a few smiles, especially while teaching the little dude how to make snowballs and throw them at me. And everything looked that little bit more magical that morning. Unfortunately for us, the roads weren’t quite so delightful and it took us a mind-numbing 6 hours to crawl home. Despite the delays, it was wonderful to run around outside our hotel with the kids enjoying the little one’s first experience (that he remembers) of snow.
The little one had a whole host of Christmas activities to enjoy at school throughout the month. Including his first appearance in a nativity play as a shepherd. He may look angelic, but believe me, this little shepherd was waving his crook about and swinging his sheep by it at one point, little monkey. He also had a Christmas party at school and his first Christmas disco, which he loved.
And in another month of firsts, he lost his first tooth. The second looks like it’s due to follow any day now.
Then, of course, we had our first Christmas Day since we moved back to England. Our morning started somewhat sedately compared to the rest of the day and we had lots of fun opening all of our presents, this little one and the moody teen in particular. Can you tell he’s obsessed with Star Wars?
And of course, a certain Christmas Day baby celebrated his 6th birthday. It was a crazy affair, much busier than our usual celebration for 4, but we had a fabulous, if somewhat frenzied time, celebrating surrounded by family. And a certain young man spent the entire day dressed as Poe from Star Wars, what’s not to love when you’re 6!?!