We had Christmas at our house for the first time this year. We've had a great few days. Christmas eve was busy, last minute shopping etc. Unfortunatly both boys came down sick in the past few days. Ethan on Friday, Liam on Sunday (Christmas eve! poor thing) We made reindeer food from crushed weetbix, cheerios (no one will eat them, so we used them up LOL) and glitter. Liam crushes it all in the pestle and mortar, then they sprinkled it all over the front *lawn*. (well the space that should be lawn). They layed out two carrots and a bowl of water for the reindeer, and Liam decided Santa would like a milo, 2 Oreo cookies and some BBQ shapes. Seem's Santa did like his snack. He only left a few crumbs!
Christmas Day, Liam woke me at 5am. Not to see if Santa had been, but because he needed to be sick :( As we were freshening up, he asked if Santa had been yet. I told him no, it was still the middle of the night, then told him to hop into my bed. To take him back to his room we'd have to walk straight past the tree, and I wasn't ready to get up yet. Sorry bud. He snoozed on through till about 8am! He got up after me!! He forgot all about it until he walked out into the kitchen and saw the tree, then his eyes almost popped out of his head. As for Ethan (the reason I was up)... all he wanted was his bottle. Liam kept trying to tell him, "look Ethan, Santa's been" but Ethy just said "naaaaaw, bobow" After woofing down his bottle he decided to get in on the action and see what santa had bought him. He was impressed. His favourite things so far seem to be some wooden fruit that are velcroed together, and you cut through the velcro with a wooden knife, a toaster and kettle, and mum managed to find him a little 'boyish' tea set. Mugs, spoond, plates etc with NO PINK in sight :) He loves to cook. He also loves some toy cars, and the sit and spin thingy in the picture. Santa gave that to both of them. It's for 18mths to 5.5 years. Will be perfect to put on the deck for outdoor play, when the weather isn't so nice.
Speaking about not so nice weather.... how nice is the rain! OK so some Chrissy plans may have been disrupted, but I think a fair few prayers have been answered there. A few days of constant rain is almost unheard of now. (Gem, I know, it's probably rained non stop in Wales, and you are not so excited about it LOL)
And today DH and I dropped the boys off at his mum and dads and headed off to Ikea. We couldn't take them, cos we needed all the car space we could get. One thing I learnt today, my DH can pack a car like no-body's business! Guess what he managed to fit in a Magna.....
Looks pretty full huh.
A couch! A red leather one. Looks quite pink here, but it's not, its a deep red IRL. It's for my photography studio, along with the dark brown tables. Photos are straight off the Ikea website. Not sure if thats OK.
A wall unit. Liam already has this in his room, so we bought one for Ethan's room. Couldn't get the baskets though so we got 8 of the "ugly boxes" (see next pic) ... we made up the name LOL, but they actually look OK once they are in the shelf, and it's easy to see what toys are in which box. Liam had the wicker baskets, so I've swapped him the ugly boxes for the baskets, cos the smaller unit is going on it's side in our family room, with the baskets in it.
Must admit I said a few not very good words when I opened the box to realise I'd picked up the WRONG COLOUR! Bugger! Picked up 'birch' instead of 'beech'. Grrrrr. So now DH and I have to make another trip back this week. Which is at least an hour drive, plus organising a Citylike pass. Bugger, bugger, bugger!!!! On the up side. I'm already making my second shopping list ;)
We also bought lots of nick-nacky things.
So, there goes my holiday pay... I forgot I was owed holiday pay :) Well spent I say.
I got on the Ikea website last night, made my shopping list, and added it up. Was actually shocked at how cheap it was. Re added... same. Got to love that! Did over spend from that list, but not out of the budget... and we did upgrade from a fabric couch, which I didn't like once I got there, to the leather one. I am a happy girl.
Brett and I had to laugh as we (he) was packing the car. Our house is quite minimilistic in furnishings, and I pointed out that we had more furniture in our car, than we had in our house! I love my hubby... he's so good to me :)
And finally... a wonderful Chrissy present for Megan and Andrew. So, so happy for you guys. Congratulations. I couldn't think of a better Chrissy pressie :)
Hope you all had a brilliant few days, and managed to spend it with people you love. Merry Christmas!