Wednesday, 28 December 2011

.......well that was quite a Christmas

Well After seeing father Christmas at his grotto in New york at the Bluewater shopping centre, Madison was uncontrollably excited everyday she would ask if she could hang up her stocking.
I too was extremely excited just seeing how excited Madison was and how much magic it brought to everyone around her was Christmas on it's own.

well after a couple of days preparing the house cleaning and making some more room for those all important new presents that would be arriving. we had a very festive couple of days which included watching those all important Christmasy films one of which I have introduced Madison too from my own childhood Santa Claus. Madison thoroughly enjoyed watching it along with ELF, The Snowman and the polar express.
which encouraged some questions from Madison "How will Santa get down our chimney?" to which my response was "Magic". Madison then pondered for a moment while the information digested its self and then said "OK and then proceeded to wink and tap her nose saying it's Santa's secret". well I did chuckle but she made her own mind up that Santa's magic was a secret.

We also managed to include some home baking which me and both my little ones really enjoyed Jasper mainly the sensory side of it, and Madison well she loves getting creative as much as I do and the rewards that can be eaten are the best, and of course the mince pies that were created were delicious and one very special one was elected to be father Christmas's snack .                                            

                      Well as much as I love baking as a family I also enjoy creating lovely things for my family on my own and this Christmas I made them a Chocolate Yule Log following a recipe from Kirsty Allsopes Homemade Christmas but changed the icing to suit my family's taste buds. I also spent ages making edible decorations but the finished result was well worth it. even though every now and then I would have a little hand stealing and running off with one of my holly leaves but hey that's a part of the Christmas fun.  And needless to say the whole thing disappeared Christmas day!!.  

my personal Christmas achievement.
Well Christmas eve was a whirlwind of "whens he coming mummy?"   "is it time for bed yet" and lots of coughs and sneezes from Madison as she had come down with a horrid cold and fluctuating temperature so bless her Calpol was a must, never less Madison was extremely excited, we were too for her but also being that it was Jasper's first Christmas made it even more special but finally the time had come for bed. Jasper had already gone down for the night totally bemused by the huge sock ( stocking ) hanging from his door handle which he found quite tasty.
After much deliberation between milk or blackcurrant drinks for Santa she finally decided on Milk, the home made mince pie and 2 carrots one for Rudolph and one for comet which she placed right in front of the fire place but quickly changed her mind as "Santa may step on it". Oh and she had to place her stocking by the fire also so Santa would not forget. I love the way in which her mind works she is just to clever even with a cold.
HE'S BEEN!!!!!!
Is what we were woken with at 6:00am and a full stocking in hand before she quickly jumped up on to the bed and proceeded to open all the goodies that had been left. It was absolutely magical being it was just us awake in the house as Jasper was still snoozing. " I can't believe it he's been" was all she kept saying.
After she had opened her stocking and mummy and daddy had opened theirs too ( big kids at heart). Madison had decided that 6:30am was long enough for Jasper to sleep and proceeded to gently wake him up by whispering "Santa's been) then once he was awake proceeded to inspect the snack plate which to her delight was empty. And well the rest is self explanatory really if you have children an explosion of wrapping paper and boxes soon covered our lounge floor. The most priceless moment was Madison's present to her little brother which she had picked out and made all by herself, and  from the reaction from Jasper I think he loves it equally Madison was as happy with Jasper's present a new outfit for her bear Annabel . I feel so blessed that Madison has such a loving nature towards her little brother and always puts him first even when present opening came she waited until Jasper had opened one and took it in turns.

Well Christmas day we spent at home and had my mum, dad and brother up for Christmas lunch which was cooked by me and Joe and went smoothly i might like to add makes a change from the normal chaos which is normally my kitchen.

Court Lodge
Court Lodge 16th Century farm house .

We also saw lots of family over the bank holiday but did not venture to far as Madison was still quite unwell so a couple of cuddled up days down at court lodge with Auntie Den and Uncle John were a welcomed break from home. And not forgetting playing with her elder cousin Molly whom she adores. And Jasper well he loves all the attention fluttering his eyes and beaming a smile for a cuddle.

As New Year is looming we take the time to reflect on the year that was 2011 and think about what we have achieved, done and what we would change. well for me there is nothing really I would change apart from loose a little weight but I think that is a general New Years resolution throughout the population. I have everything I could want or need so I'm just going to focus on what i have and enjoy my two growing special little guys while they are still little as time goes by to quick and I don't want to miss a thing.

Wishing you all a very happy New Year
and thank you for reading my mummy blog this year.

Love Crazy Daisy

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