Well I’m back. That’s at least twice so think yourself lucky! ~wags finger at blog~
I have had a really most wonderful few days, such a lovely Yuletide, shared with so many people special to me. Warning, this post is just going to waffle on about this and not much else!
Yule the weekend previous was truly lovely, our brief but warm fireside ritual (this time led by Luisa) with friends and family, treasured memories and special exchanges of handmade and hand baked gifts to all those nearest and dearest within our chosen family.
Naturally several days of shopping followed, long days and nights buying and wrapping until the tree heaved happily with it’s sheltered burden.
I popped to deliver gifts on Christmas eve to Abi. Abi is Liane and Katie (my step-daughters) half sister and has just had a baby as I mentioned in the last blog, Declyn. I left gifts for her, baby, Jono her husband and had a quick cuddle of the baby of course! En route home I also dropped off gifts to her other sister Kim and their mum Mandy.
Christmas day itself was sheer unadulterated chaos but so much fun, visitors came and went all day. Everyone was thrilled with their gifts.
We gave Rachel a new netbook (although she’s currently still debating whether to swap it for a laptop!) as well as a special gift from me, a night out to see a new production of ‘Alice’ in Sheffield this summer. I gave Luisa a bear paw silver and turquoise money clip, which she loved. For Aimee some sweet but silly costumes for her build-a-bear; spiderman and full leathers which she loves.
I received lots of college ‘stuff’ like a new bag, stationery (whoo hoo! ahem sorry it’s a virgo thing) and oodles of unhealthy snackage. Lina was also totally ecstatic with her coveted perfume, GHDs (hair straighteners) and from Kirsty & Kerry a brand new mobile phone!
Before lunch the 84s (Sue, Andrea and Sue’s daughter Jo) came from over the road (the annex; we have two houses to live in since there are too many of us to live in one) so we shared another present unwrapping frenzy that encapsulates Christmas proper nowadays.
Next came step-daughter Katie (complete with baby bump Bethany due in March) and her partner James, lovely son, my grandson Corey who loved his ‘stocking’ full of gifts. Sadly I was enjoying their visit so much I forgot to pick up my camera so there are no pictures!
Then my son Tony came with his dad David (who still shares Christmas with us I’m happy to say). Tony was thrilled with his brand new pool cue for playing his friends at University!
My daughter Kirsty came with her fiancée Kerry and son Kyle, they stayed the whole day including Christmas dinner. Kirsty’s gift was a digital picture frame; I knew she’d love it as she’s as soft and sentimental as me. I’d filled it with pictures of the three of them, plus plenty of family and friends.
Elder step-daughter Liane then arrived with her son, my older grandson Connor who was equally thrilled with his pile of presents! Liane looked lovely, sadly after a few short hours she had to leave as the dogs and cat had inflamed her allergies really quite badly!
Later on our friends and chosen family members Hugh, Lelani and L’s brother Mark came for dinner, more present swapping and over indulging! ~grin~ it’s been pointed out that I missed both Lee and Nancy from this list… I guess I just figured them in! 😉 heh
Today was Boxing Day and we spent the day en masse down Matlock Bath watching the hysterically nonsensical ‘Raft Race’. Basically grown men and women on home built rafts decorated like Parade floats, trying hard and usually failing not to fall into the fast flowing, freezing cold river! GREAT fun, especially with the added company of friends Nadia and family from Birmingham and John & Sandy from London outskirts. Of course we had to have a chippy dinner on the front (Matlock Bath is like a weirdly inland Blackpool!)
So, lots of special times, so please feel free to share our enjoyment of them via my new photo set on Flickr which can be foundHERE!
Unfortunately after so much fun I managed to have a bit of a relapse this afternoon with a pretty big heartspaz episode. Not good. I went to bed for a few hours when I realised my brain was pretty friend (nothing seems to be able to coordinate), hence why of course I’m wide awake again now. Insomnia does not rock!
OK that’ll do for tonight, I’m off to bed to try to sleep some more.