Project 365 2017 Week 52 Day 358 – 365
Sunday 24th December – Day 358
Christmas Eve and the disorganised members of the family headed out to do their Christmas shopping, whilst I enjoyed some quiet time curled up on the sofa watching a couple of films.
Berry the Elf headed back to the North Pole and Monkey came home to discover he’d gone, but he’d left him a Christmas Eve box brimming with treats.
We left reindeer food in the garden and Monkey’s Christmas Eve plate on the kitchen table, completer with mince-pie and carrot. Apparently Santa didn’t need a drink this year. Monkey was the most excited I’d ever seen him about Christmas so it was gone 10.30pm before he was asleep. A lie in tomorrow maybe?
Monday 25th December – Day 359
Christmas Day, no lie but a normal wake up time so it could have been worse. Monkey was so happy to get the one thing he’d wanted, his RC Excavator. We Skyped Granny and Gramps in Spain so they could see him opening their present – John Deere overalls, a very happy boy indeed.
I staggered our three course Christmas dinner over a few hours and we watched lots of TV, built Lego and I chilled over a glass or two of prosecco, bliss all round.
Tuesday 26th December – Day 360
Boxing Day. We’d planned to go out for the day but it was obvious that Monkey was shattered, and a chilled out day at home was a much better idea.
I’d totally forgotten to take a photo all day, luckily Brewster is always available to save the day. He was chilling out too.
Wednesday 27th December – Day 361
The weather forecast was looking rather dire so Monkey and I stayed at home and Daddy P headed back to work. Another chilled out day, Lego everywhere and a new fashion accessory. Doesn’t everyone want to wear a bucket on their heads?
Friends popped in unexpectedly, which was lovely and Monkey got to show off his presents.
Thursday 28th December – Day 362
An icy start to the day, as we headed out to meet friends for a few hours. Thankfully we didn’t get the snow that others had, but as we drove up the motorway towards Packwood House, you could see it lying on the fields. Luckily the roads were clear and we got to enjoy some much-needed crisp fresh air. Monkey was in his element, needless to say, his waterproof trousers and coat went straight in the washing machine when we got home. I think he’ll sleep well tonight.
Friday 29th December – Day 363
Panto time and Monkey’s first proper panto experience as we went to see Jack and the Beanstalk at the Oxford Playhouse. The story line was a little different but Monkey enjoyed it. We had really good seats but an added bonus as the two seats in front of us were empty. The only ones, so he had an unobstructed view, result.
From there we headed to Westgate for lunch and to see if I could grab a few bargains in the sales. I’d been asked to review the shopping centre and had been sent some vouchers. Found a few things I liked and i might pop back again next week when Monkey is back at school.
No visit to Oxford is ever complete without a visit to the Natural History Museum to check up on Gramps’s bugs. It’s always top of Monkey’s list of things to do there.
Saturday 30th December – Day 364
We spent time catching up with my oldest friend and her daughter at Winchester Science Centre. He looks so grown up in this shot. It’s a really tough time for my friend and I truly wish I had a magic wand right now, but hopefully a shoulder and an ear helped a little today.
Monkey had a great time and ran around like a loony, hopefully he’ll go straight to sleep tonight.
Sunday 31st December – Day 365
An eight-day round-up to complete the year with New Years Eve, another completed year of Project 365! I decided that as Daddy p is home today, we’d (meaning I) take the Christmas decorations down and bring some normality back to the house ahead of the new year. I can’t reach where he stores all the boxes, so it just made sense. Now to just figure out where all the birthday and Christmas presents are going to live!
I think we’re off out later to finally catch the lights at Waddesdon Manor before having a quiet night in with a bottle of fizz. I’ve never liked NYE if I’m honest and with my friend’s Dad’s funeral to attend in a couple of days, I feel even more reflective than normal. I’m thankful that my parents are both doing well, my 96-year-old Great Auntie is still full of laughter and that my brother-in-law is ok. My niece is making me so proud, facing her fears and doing it anyway down in New Zealand and my other nieces and nephews are all following their own paths. My great-niece is just gorgeous and it’s lovely to see her growing up. Then there’s Monkey, apple of my age, the smile that gets me through every day. He is just the most awesome little boy, even when he insists on living life at full volume. As for me, I’m just glad to have got through the year in one piece. Not everything gets shared on the blog, and there have been some really stressful times behind the scenes, I’d be grateful for a few less of those! But anyway, Project 365 2017 is done, tomorrow we begin Project 365 2018, hope you join me.