As we settle back in the post-holiday routine, and the kids going back to nursery, I thought I would catch up with the blog and tell you all about Eric and Elisa’s third Christmas.
This has been a pretty good holiday. Definitely much better than last year. It’s been very quiet, just the four of us most of the time, which was great for a change. I really didn’t fancy rushing in and out of the house all the time, so since we didn’t have to be anywhere at any particular time, we woke up very late every day! Our normal wake up time has been around 8:30 almost every day, a couple of days even later than that! Which also translated into going to bed much later than normal. Oh well…
On Christmas Eve it rained A LOT. Eric and I went on a little trip to Waitrose to buy some special things for our Christmas Eve dinner, and we got very wet in the process! Still, it was a very good experience of Eric and I spending some one to one time together. At the same time, Dad and Elisa went to the co-op to do their own shopping, having some dad/daughter time too! (long story short, once Eric and I had left, Elisa insisted in going to the shop too, so Jon had to take her) For dinner on Christmas Eve, I wanted to follow our little tradition of eating seafood and Spanish stuff mainly, however the twins weren’t keen on the mussels, crab or jamón serrano. What a shame. More for me!
Christmas Day was actually very good. We woke up late (again!!) and came down to find out that Santa had left lots of presents! Their faces really lit up when they saw all the shiny presents under the tree and wouldn’t wait until after breakfast to open them! (who can blame them…) The main one was a pair of balance bikes that they really liked straight away. There were also some books, a box of Zoobs (which I love), Minion plushies, puzzles, kiddie jengas, and several stocking fillers like bubble mixture, kaleidoscopes and bouncy balls. We got dressed (eventually) and went out for a ride on the new bikes. Elisa got the hang of it within minutes. She’s a natural! Eric on the other hand was a bit disappointing, as the seat seemed to be too high for him and looked like he couldn’t push properly. So we lowered the seat again, but then it was too low for him and his feet seem to drag along all the time! (we have now done a bodge by sticking some pads to the seat which makes it be half way between both levels)
We were supposed to have Jon’s parents and grandma over for Christmas lunch, however, due to ill health it got cancelled. It was a big shame, as we were ready to have them over… we even bought a new table especially to seat 6 people! (well, we needed a new table anyway) But since they were not coming, we decided to make it a Christmas dinner rather than lunch, and we skipped the turkey completely and went for chicken instead. It was a lovely roast meal and even the kids ate theirs!
On the 28th we went to Banbury to meet the family. We all met at this very nice restaurant. Unfortunately, Jon’s brother and his family broke down on the motorway and he never made it to the lunch! (his wife and daughter did, they were picked up by her parents who live nearby). It was nice to catch up a bit with Jon’s other brother who lives further north, however just as they finished their lunch, the twins didn’t want to stay at the table and started running up and down the restaurant, for the amusement of other clients and annoyance of the waiters.
The rest of days in between have been very normal. We managed to do a couple of days out in Little Street and Finkley Down Farm, but the rest we just stayed at home playing, watching films and just having some nice quality time together. I am sure that next year will be even better, as they will understand more and it will be even more exciting for them. But compared to last year, this time has been amazing 🙂