Project 365 2018 Week 52 Days 357 – 365
Sunday 23rd December – Day 357
After a lazy morning the menfolk headed off to Banbury to go present shopping. I’ll never understand why ‘they’ AKA as the OH leaves it until the very last minute. It’s not as if the date changes. But it was lovely to have a few hours to myself to enjoy the flowers I received yesterday and to chill out.
I’ve only recently started to make proper use of the films I can watch on Amazon Prime, so I finally got to watch Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society and in peace too.
After dinner my son had an early bath so he could watch the second part of Watership Down with me. I haven’t seen the original in years, and this adaptation was far less harrowing.
Monday 24th December – Day 358
Christmas Eve has arrived along with a my son’s Christmas Eve box, full of goodies including some reindeer food for us to sprinkle in the garden.
My son and I decided to head to Stowe for a good walk. I hadn’t checked the website and we soon realised that the main gardens aren’t open on Christmas Eve. Disaster was averted though when we discovered that we could still do a walk in the parklands. We’ve wanted to see if we could walk to Bourbon Tower for ages, so that became our goal for the day. My son, king of the tower.
After the reindeer food had been put out and Santa’s plate had been prepared in the kitchen, it was time to say goodbye to Berry the Elf. I wonder whether he’ll be wanted next year?
Unfortunately the earlier walk hadn’t worn my son out, and over excitement meant he was still awake at midnight. There was some covert present movements, before I agreed he could sleep in my bed.
Tuesday 25th December – Day 359
Christmas Day and the duvet thief had a lie in, which was welcome after last night’s antics. It was a lovely day, full of Lego building, Gravitrax extension kit fun and just general chilling out.
It wasn’t until about 9pm that I realised that Santa’s helper had totally forgotten to use the Santa sacks for the presents. Luckily no one else noticed. I might also have forgotten the cranberry sauce at dinner time.
Wednesday 26th December – Day 360
Boxing Day and we headed over to Stowe again, this time knowing that the main grounds would be open. Hard to believe that my son first visited there on Boxing Day when he was two weeks old, now look at him. We finally got to see the Christmas Trees inside one of the temples which is normally closed, and walk around the far end of the grounds before walking out into the parklands so my son could show his Dad our Christmas Eve discovery.
Thursday 27th December – Day 361
I can’t stand trying to park when the world has gone mad on post-Christmas bargain hunting. Throw in the fact that Bicester Village traffic causes the rest of the town to come to a standstill, and we decided to ditch the car and walk into town. I needed to buy a couple of things in town and my son’s birthday and Christmas money was burning a hole in his wallet.
The toy shop didn’t have anything he really fancied, but Sainsbury’s had a few Lego sets which were reduced, and was a Speed Champions car he didn’t have, another was an Arctic set which went with one his Uncle and Auntie had bought him. One happy little shopper.
Friday 28th December – Day 362
We spent the morning at home, watching films and chilling out. Brewster is counting down the days until my son goes back to school.
Daddy P finished work early so we could all go to the cinema to see Mary Poppins Returns. It’s magical, such a cleverly put together film, we all loved it.
Saturday 29th December – Day 363
It’s really mild for the time of year but my son was adamant that he wanted to wear his new hat and gloves. We finally agreed earlier in the week that his beloved hat really was too small for him now. My son wanted a bobble hat like mine, and his new one matches one of his jumpers. I’m lucky that he’s never not wanted to wear a hat or gloves when the weather turns, so I don’t want to discourage him. I’m sure it won’t be much longer before he refuses to wear anything that’s going to keep him warm!
We walked up to the local glass recycling centre to clear out our glass bottles, this chore is one he loves for some reason. Then some chill out time and a bit of present tidying up.
Sunday 30th December – Day 364
We got up early and headed down to West Wittering for the day. We live as far away from the sea as you can possibly get in England so it’s always a real treat to spend a day by the seaside. We decided to visit somewhere new and were so pleased that we did. The beach is vast and we made the most of it. There were shells to be found, sticks to be carried and artwork to be created. That was all before lunch. Afterwards we headed in the other direction to explore the sand dunes around East Head. It was a lovely adventure to end the year.
Monday 31st December – Day 365
New Years Eve and the first one I’ve worked in a very long time. I set the alarm to make sure I’d be ready as my normal alarm clock has learned the art of the lie in over the last week. Work was busier than I’d expected so it flew past. Then home to swap childcare duties with Daddy P so he could go to work. Who knows when he’ll be home.
My son helped me pack up all the Christmas decorations and the tree ready for Daddy P to store away when he gets home. Washing and ironing caught up with and hopefully I can sit and chill soon. I’m not a fan of New Years Eve really, but I’ll enjoy watching the fireworks. Hope you all have a good one, whatever you are doing.