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Aiden’s New Christmas Stocking

In 2015 I made KayCee and Ella a new Christmas stocking each. I’d made Aiden a stocking when he was a baby but it was a very simple Winnie The Pooh one. The ones I made for KayCee and Ella were very intricate and took a lot of time.

All three of them also have a stocking each that my mum made them but Aiden’s is kept at his dad’s house. I wanted to be able to put matching stockings on the fireplace and Aiden’s Winnie The Pooh one doesn’t match so I made him a new stocking 🙂

New Christmas Stocking

Aiden's new Christmas stocking new Christmas stocking

20 Christmas Photos We’ve Taken This Year

Christmas Photos

I take lots of Christmas photos but this year I wanted to make sure I capture all those special moments. The girls are growing up far too fast and Christmas is changing now we don’t have any little ones here. In fact,  for the first year, we didn’t visit father Christmas. They didn’t even mention visiting him, which made me a bit sad.
We did have an elf for the first time and Ella loved looking to see what she’d been up to every morning 🙂

20 Christmas photos

  1. Welcoming our elf, Nutmeg

welcoming our elf, Nutmeg

2) Wearing a Christmas Hat

wearing a Christmas hat

3) Decorating The Tree

decorating the tree

4) Opening Presents

Ella opening her present from Kellyann

5) Watching The Grinch

watching The Grinch

6) New Christmas dresses

new Christmas dresses

7) Making Christmas Pudding

making Christmas pudding

8) Christmas Tree

Christmas tree

9) New Christmas PJs

new Christmas pyjamas

10) Our Christmas Trolley of goodies!

Christmas trolley of goodies

11) Reading a Christmas Story

reading The Night Before Christmas

12) North Pole Breakfast

North pole breakfast

13) Favourite Present

Ella's favourite present

14) Christmas Hot Chocolate

Christmas hot chocolate

15) Sprinkling Reindeer Food

sprinkling reindeer food

16) Presents under the tree

presents under the tree

17) Christmas Dinner

Christmas dinner

18) Christmas Eve buffet

20 Christmas Photos

19) Decorating a Gingerbread House

20 Christmas Photos

20) Visiting Family

Boxing Day 2017
Left to right – Gemma (sister in law), my brother James and my brother, John, who is married to Gemma

 

 

 

 

 

Our Boxing Day 2017 Photos

Boxing Day 2017 – Our regular trip to Derbyshire on Boxing Day started off with a visit to B&M to check out the Boxing Day sale!
I bought some candle decorations and some sparkly gold table mats for Christmas next year. I would have probably bought more if the reduced prices were on the items. Lots of things were on the clearance shelves but I didn’t know how much they’d been reduced by so I didn’t bother with anything else.

The drive to Belper was a nice one, there weren’t many cars on the roads and we made good time.

I got to see most of my family but we weren’t able to stay for too long because we wanted to get back before it got dark. We got some lovely photos of my dad with various grandchildren!

Boxing Day 2017

Boxing Day 2017
Dad, Nathan and Alyssa
Boxing Day 2017
Alyssa and Kaycee
Boxing Day 2017
Kaycee and Logan
Boxing Day 2017
Kieron and Kaycee
Boxing Day 2017
Mason and Dad
Boxing Day 2017
Dad and Kaycee
Boxing Day 2017
Logan and Dad
Boxing Day 2017
Left to right – Gemma (sister in law), my brother James and my brother, John, who is married to Gemma

Boxing Day 2017

 

Previous Boxing Day photos

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2013
2014
2015

Our Christmas Day 2017 Photos

Christmas Day 2017 – For the first time since having children, I was able to sleep in until 7 am on Christmas day! Ella and KayCee said they were going to get up at 4.30 am because that’s what time they always woke on Christmas day.

Ella actually woke at midnight to go to the toilet, just as we were going to bed. She noticed the stockings were gone and thought Santa had taken them but I told her I’d borrowed them to take photos. I’ve made Aiden a new stocking this year and had forgotten to photograph it.

Ant came to bed and around 20 minutes later we heard creeping to her door and taking the filled stockings to her room!
She woke KayCee who told her it was too early to open the presents. I think KayCee said Ella eventually opened them around 2.30 am then fell back to sleep.
I got up just after 7 and the girls were still in bed!

It didn’t take them long to wake up and remember it was Christmas 🙂
They woke Aiden, who unfortunately was still ill (he’d been at his dad’s until Christmas Eve and came home with a cold) but he put a brave face on and enjoyed opening his presents.

We had a lovely morning together then Jerome (Ants youngest son) and Kellyann (his daughter) came to visit. We don’t see Jerome much through the year so it was really nice to see him.

Kellyann bought her gifts with her and as usual, she’d totally spoilt them! She’d filled a unicorn box with everything unicorn for Ella, including a gymnast leotard that had a unicorn on and her name. I’ve never seen her so excited 🙂

Granddad and Jonathan came for dinner then stayed to play Kaycee’s new Monopoly Jackpot game.

A wonderful day was had by all 🙂

Christmas Day 2017 Photos

Christmas Day 2017

Christmas Day 2017

Christmas Day 2017

Christmas Day 2017

Aiden’s presents

Aiden presents Christmas Day 2017

KayCee’s presents

Kaycee's presents

Ella’s presents

Ella's Christmas presents

Ant’s presents

Ant's Christmas presents

Ant's Christmas presents

Ant's Christmas presents

My presents

my presents

my presents

my presents

my presents

my presents

my presents

my presents

 

Christmas Dinner and Monopoly

Anthony the Christmas chef

Christmas dinner

Christmas dinner

Christmas dinner

Christmas dinner

Christmas dinner

Christmas dinner

Christmas dinner

Christmas dinner

Jonathan

Anthony

Playing Monopoly jackpot

playing Disney Monopoly

Previous Christmases

2016
2015

2014
2013

Our Christmas Eve 2017 Photos

We had a busy but fun Christmas Eve 2017. As usual, we had a buffet tea and had an open house so family and friends could join us.

We don’t have much space in the house so Ant lit the log burner in the grotto (his name for the new covered BBQarea he built earlier this year) and he spent a lovely evening out there with his dad and some of his children 😊

I didn’t go out because it was too cold for me and I didn’t like the smell of the smoke!

When everyone had gone we opened our Christmas Eve boxes and everyone put on their new pyjamas. Even I got some new Christmas PJs this year, thanks to KayCee getting Ant to buy me some!

Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

 

Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas Eve 🙂

Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

O Holy Night

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appear’d and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born;
O night divine, O night, O night Divine.
Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here come the wise men from the Orient land.
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.
He knows our need, to our weaknesses no stranger,
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King, Before Him lowly bend!
Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
His power and glory evermore proclaim.

Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas 2016

Low Syn Homemade Baileys – Slimming World Buffet

Christmas would not be Christmas without my favourite tipple. The trouble is, Baileys is really high in Slimming World syns. For a measly 25ml, it comes in at 4 syns. There’s no way I can have just 25ml so I was delighted when I found […]

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Berry Fruit Trifle – Slimming World Buffet

Welcome to day 23 of my 24 days of Slimming World Christmas Buffet Recipes. Today’s recipe is for Slimming World Berry Fruit Trifle.

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Strawberry Santas – Slimming World Buffet

Welcome to day 22 of my 24 days of Slimming World Christmas Buffet Recipes. Today’s recipe is for Slimming World Strawberry Santas.

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Brownie Bites – Slimming World Buffet

Welcome to day 21 of my 24 days of Slimming World Christmas Buffet Recipes. Today’s recipe is for Slimming World Brownie Bites.

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