Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Sunday 6th
Good day today. Woke up to rain pelting down. I mean, we have double glazing, so that's a serious amount of rain to make that much noise to actually wake me up. Mum popped in with a birthday present for Ella from Dawn and Collis - a Go Go Hamster. Dad and Sandra came up for most of the day. They're off to Italy at Christmas - lucky sods - so we had a Christmas get-together today. Jeff's new table top invention was fantastic :) Got an all round thumbs up, room for everyone and the food. Sandra and I debated whether this was actually in our favour as in the past we would both sit in the front room around from the melee! But seriously, you know me, I love the Italian style meals so I loved it. Also, got Sandra converted to Facebook and Farmville - I hope I haven't created a monster!
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Saturday 5th

Another busy day. Don't think it being December helps. One has all the 'usual' stuff to do, then we have to include all the 'extra' stuff. So today we start the morning with only 2 extra teenagers camped out in the boys room. Ben's football starts at 9am - should be interesting as he didn't go to sleep till gone midnight (ETA ended up losing 5-1, but the goal scored was by Ben, not bad for a defender!)

I have a couple of letters I have got to get in the post today. The den needs blitzing - all the pressies and dec's have been stored in there. And as the weather is pants we've been drying clothes in there. And Jeff has his tools in there as he's been doing a few odd jobs. Not including the 2 comfy chairs and floor to ceiling wall unit. And the room is only approx 8' square! Should keep me busy! Then we want to blitz the living room so we can get the Christmas decorations and the tree up.

Tonight I'm going to see one of my oldest friends, Julie, who was a bridesmaid for Jeff and me, for a get-together and a take away. Jeff is kindly chaffeuring me, so I think a little bit of alcohol may be appreciated :) (ETA, yep, much alcohol was enjoyed! :) )

Saturday, December 05, 2009
Friday 4th

Busy old day. Jeff has been making a table top for our dinner table. It's designed for 6, but then special occasions are a bit of a squeeze - ok, a lot of a squeeze! So we should now comfortably seat 8. He's such a clever old sod :) Teaching for me this morning. My apprentices. Was nice today to see their assignments taking shape and putting anxieties at ease.

Lunchtime we went to the Old Manor pub together. I have fond memories of this place. It used to be a Berni Inn many moons ago and my dad had the cleaning contract for it. One of my earliest memories (I couldn't have been more than 4-5) is sitting in the bar playing. The smell is the kicker. It's been over 40 years, but it still has the same smells that evoke these memories. We try and have lunchtime every couple of months. Nowhere fancy, sometimes using Tesco vouchers, but a couple of hours adult conversation and eating with no interrruptions, bliss.

And tonight he took me to the flicks. It's been years since just the 2 of us went to the cinema together. We decided to see Nativity! It was hilarious - loved it :) It's had mixed reviews, but for this time of year, and just a film to kick back and smile - perfect!

Friday, December 04, 2009
Thursday 3rd December

Yesterday was my last day for teaching 10 of my DPP students. They've hopefully successfully completed their last unit. I've been teaching them weekly since September 2008, the first regular course I taught. It hasn't all been easy. With our money worries; Joe's head injury; studying for the Playwork Awards; as well as the Teacher Training; etc, etc, etc, it has meant some weeks I have honestly felt like giving up. But I'm so pleased I didn't, it was so nice to see them all go. You know, I didn't mean that the way it sounded! LOL! Maybe 'move on' would be a better choice of words! Anyhow they gave me a lovely heart shaped keyring with Hopes and Dreams written on it. You can just see it. And this gorgeous basket of flowers. Apparently when the student that bought them was in the queue, Cliff Richard was in front of her :) Better not tell mum, she'd nick them on the offchance that Cliffy babe had breathed on them LOL
Thursday, December 03, 2009
This was supposed to be posted yesterday but flaming internet decided not to work! So we'll pretend it's the second LOL

Today we take a side-step and forget about Christmas. Today is Ella's birthday. She's 11, which means we've been blessed with her for 7.5 years. This year she really seems to understand her birthday. "Where's my cards and presents?" and "Where's my birthday cake?" Yep, she's sorted out the important stuff! So tonight we shall be watching Ice Age 3 in front of the telly. Ben and Josh will be joining us. They knew we'd got it for her and had hoped to get a sneak peek, but we kept the cellophane on and made it impossible :) So, tv, blankets, HSM3 cake, hot chocolate and the kids. Perfect :)
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
First of December, so out comes the Advent calendar. We've actually got 2. One in the traditional A4 sized paper one with a lovely nativity scene and doors. Except we've had it years, mum gave it to us, and the doors never get opened! The other is one I bought a couple of years ago in a B & Q sale. Initial thoughts were to alter it, but I've grown used to it as it us. Ella helped me last night put a chocolate in each drawer - I wonder why that was LOL. And of course, the first thing she said this morning happened to be about Advent chocolate. So here's a photo of said Advent box.
On a small forum today we were encouraged to write about what we consider "Holiday Values". This is what I wrote. ' For me Christmas is about valuing the time I get to spend with my family. Appreciating the Christian beliefs behind it, and renewing my faith in the 'season of goodwill'. I value the warmth and happiness I feel as the decorations go up in the house and Christmas music is played. I have tried to instal into the children the value that less is more. Each year we buy a present from the local charity shops to help them understand the importance of giving and that the cost is not the main priority.'