Hello and Happy New Year! Sorry for leaving it a whole month without posting, things became very busy and something had to give. Actually a lot of things had to give, namely blogging, housework, crafting, sleeping, thinking … you get the picture. But, everyone was fed, everyone was clean, everyone survived and most importantly we managed to get the living room finished for Christmas. Yay! I don’t have loads of photos to show you yet because it’s been Christmas and now we’re sorting out our huge backlog of boxes (they’ve been packed since 2009!) of books etc that have been in the corner of TTB’s room for a long time. We’re getting there. In the meantime, here’s a photo of it all Christmassed up. It’s hugely thrilling to have this room done and we’ve been SO enjoying using it – finally! I’m so proud of Andy for working so hard on it and doing such a good job.
Here’s a few before and during photos …
It’s been a lot of awful, dirty, dusty work. I hadn’t looked at those photos until the other day and it made me feel like crying remembering just how dusty and hideous it was taking all the plaster off. Still, it’s done now! (Just the rest of the house to go …)
In amongst all of the work we did (and trust me, every spare minute of November and December was spent working on it!) I did manage to do some festive things. Unfortunately our cooker never materialised because Tesco and Indesit are lying liars who lie. Andy bought us a little mini cooker (I know a lot of you suggested this at the start) and that’s been nice to have, I’m still getting to grips with it because of how shallow it is, the food is always close to the elements and it often burns the top of things if you use the top element or makes the bottom of things very tough if you just use the bottom element. HOWEVER, baking cakes and biscuits for the first time in a year was super and I felt all giddy with excitement.
My mother in law knitted an advent calender for TTB, what a huge amount of work went into that! Look at all those little pieces to put inside it. He’s loved it. Now I’m just trying to work out where to keep it for the rest of the year as it’s quite big. We’ve done lots of playdough, written Christmas cards and I treated TTB to Christmas pyjamas – I’m quite jealous they don’t come in my size!
Christmas Eve was lovely – I was able to spend a lot of it baking. It didn’t yield much because you can only do tiny batches in the mini oven but it was fun nonetheless and I was happy to be able to make some puff pastry mince pies like I did on Christmas Eve in 2012. It’s daft but I’d been really sad about not being able to make them, what with having no oven and all, so I’m pleased it all worked out. In the evening we left one of the mince pies for Father Christmas, along with a drink (TTB assured me that Father Christmas drinks “purple squash” aka apple and blackcurrant – who am I to argue?) and a carrot for the reindeer. It’s both wonderful and surreal to be the parent in this situation rather than the child. Being the eldest of 4 meant I was able to play along with this for a lot longer than if I’d been the youngest! I think TTB had forgotten about having left the tray out when it came to morning though, but he was delighted to find new matchbox cars and brio trains in his stocking. He loved opening presents too, well, he was very lovely about it actually and was more concerned with handing them all out and making sure that people opened them rather than the contents. Then later on he was a bit taken aback to find a new box of duplo and books and things on the floor!
The day after Boxing Day we travelled down to see my family. I was so looking forward to seeing them! We’d planned to visit before Christmas but had to postpone it what with getting the living room finished. Unfortunately it took us five and a half hours instead of three hours to get there, gah! Snow in the Midlands and thousands of other people travelling were not a good combination. I don’t ever want to travel at Christmas again! I loved seeing my family though and wish the visit had been longer. I had planned to go down again in the next half term holiday – until I realised just how close that is to my due date. I keep forgetting how pregnant I am – it explains why I feel so tired at least. I have started doing some planning and cleaning now which feels good, somewhat necessary since I’m 30 weeks already. Goodness me. 2015 is going to be a busy year I think.