Project 365 2019 Week 52 Day 356 – 365
Sunday 22nd December – Day 356
My son spent the morning playing snowball skittles with the snowballs Berry the Elf had bought him and his birthday balloons. So easily pleased, and it kept him laughing for ages.
We headed over to Stowe for a few hours to blow away the cobwebs, the smile says it all.
Monday 23rd December – Day 357
Paddington is under house arrest until Boxing Day after last week’s adventures, and my son is making the most of every second. I’m on holiday until 2nd January but Daddy P has only got 25-26th off, so my son I walked into town and did some shopping. We had to get him some new trainers for PE as his old ones were broken and I couldn’t fix them. He appears to have gone up a size too, same as his Granny now and only half a size off me!
We went home and made some Christmas chocolates and Reindeer Christmas crackers.
Tuesday 24th December – Day 358
Christmas Eve and there was much excitement as my son opened his Christmas Eve box with Lego to make, DVD’s to watch and chocolate to eat!
We headed out for a few hours to see my ex MIL. She’s not been well again and isn’t well enough to go out, so my son took his Lego train set over to show her. She has the vintage set that’s he’s played with over the last few years whenever we’ve visited. My son is also now as tall as her, much to his delight.
When we got home, we had a message to say that Daddy P was on his way home. It’s the first time he’s ever been home early on Christmas Eve so my son was thrilled.
It was time to say goodbye to Berry for another year, sprinkle animal-friendly reindeer food in the garden, leave a mince pie and milk for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph. Unlike last year when my son took hours to fall asleep, this year he asleep in minutes.
Wednesday 25th December – Day 359
Christmas Day started at 1am, but thankfully even my son agreed that that was too early to open presents and he went back to sleep in my bed. We managed to get some more sleep and had a far more civilised time opening presents with my parents joining us thanks to Skype as my son got a few shocks. He’d only really wanted Lego train track extensions for Christmas so he was over the moon when he received the Cargo Train set and a rare pack of flexible train track too.
I got some lovely gifts and my secret Sants was very clever indeed. We spent the day together, eating, drinking and playing with Lego.
Thursday 26th December – Day 360
Boxing Day, a day when we normally go out for a walk at the very least, but it soon became clear that I had to chance that my son would leave his Lego train set for even a minute. The sunshine had been replaced by grey skies and rain, so I gave in and we just had a really chilled out day at home. My son spent the day in his pjs and in the afternoon we sat down together to introduce him and his Dad (how he can not have seen it before is beyond me!!) and then watched the first two Johnny English films which none of us had seen.
We let Paddington out for the first time after his disappearing act over a week ago. We were all feeling a little sick but he was desperate to be outside and we have to hope he stays closer to home from now on. He was in and out all day, and I made sure he had a couple of treats each time he came in. Late afternoon saw him curled up under the Christmas Tree, home and asleep. It’s been a miracle but he hasn’t been bothered with the tree at all!
I realised as I was making Daddy P and I an evening treat that I hadn’t taken a photo all day, pavlova to the rescue. It didn’t last long!
Friday 27th December – Day 361
Just me and my son today as Daddy P is back at work. I’m going away for a few days to stay with my bestie as soon as he gets home, so I got my packing sorted out first thing.
Our neighbours knocked on the door as they hadn’t heard that Paddington was home and had seen him out this morning. We filled them in on the tale of our adventurer and congratulated them as they’ll be having a baby next May. Exciting times for them, and we’re really thrilled for them.
The motorways were clear and I ended the day in Derbyshire catching up with my friend.
Saturday 28th December – Day 362
I had the luxury of a real lie-in which was much appreciated. My friend and I spent the morning chatting before walking along the disused railway line to Melbourne. We’d booked a table at Harpur’s for lunch on my last visit and decided that we’d walk there and back so we could both enjoy a drink and chill out. It’s a two hour walking round trip, but the weather was mild and it’s a walk we know very well. The food was delicious and just what we both needed.
After our walk back we decided to veg out, watching a couple of films, The Way and Wild, both are walking films and I can recommend them.
Sunday 29th December – Day 363
I headed back home after lunch and the book of one of the films I watched yesterday was waiting for me. Got to love Amazon Prime.
My son was pleased to have me home and we had lots of hugs before bedtime.
Monday 30th December – Day 364
My son just wanted to play about at home, so he headed out to the garden with his partner in crime following behind. We’ve been letting Paddington back out since Boxing Day, but we both feel a little uneasy when we don’t see him for an hour or two. But so far, so good.
In the afternoon I introduced my son to the first of the Indiana Jones films. It was a hit, so just as well I’ve recorded the others that have been on lately.
When I went to bed the duvet thief was already there. I’ve no idea when he got in my bed this time.
Tuesday 31st December – Day 365
New Year’s Eve, a day I’m never overly keen on, but I’m really ready for 2019 to be over.
We headed into town first thing to get a few things for tomorrow’s dinner. I’d finally got my son to agree to have his hair cut, only for his barber’s shop to be shut. He won’t go anywhere else, so we’ll have to try again on Monday.
We bought ourselves a treat lunch, pizza for him and mussels for me. Might as well end the year with something nice. When we got home we realised that it was already 2020 in New Zealand so we sent my niece a quick message.
When I was sorting jobs out my son got his writing pad out and started to write about his passion for steam locomotives!
I would have liked to go out this afternoon especially as it’s the end of my holidays tomorrow but my son wanted to chill out, so I guess that’s what we’ll be doing. We are going to open up our memory jar and have a look through the happy moments we’ve shared each week.
Have a good New Year’s Eve if you are going out later. See you for Project 366 in 2020!
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15 thoughts on “Project 365 2019 Week 52”
A busy Christmas period, lovely to have Andrew at home a bit more and fab to get some time away to yourself with your friend, love the idea of the 2 hour walk so you could both drink, I’d be getting a taxi back lol Happy New Year to you all and see you soon
Aww! How lovely that Daddy P was home early on Christmas eve. My fella has had the whole of Christmas off work for the first time since we’ve been together. The joys of not working in retail anymore.
It sounds like your son was overjoyed with his Christmas presents.
Happy new year! Wishing you all the best for 2020 xx
Thanks Kim and to you guys x
Phew that PAddington’s sticking around and not venturing off for too long. Glad Christmas went well. We’ve done nothing except go out to pick up food, sort out the xbox and book a birthday party. I feel very lazy, but trying to agree somewhere that N won’t moan about is a nightmare. Happy new year.
Hope the Xbox is now fixed
Your son has an adorable smile. oooo chocolates and crackers! What a fun Christmas. OoOO pavlova; i’ve yet to make it. Your son especially had a busy week. Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
Thank you, he’s definitely cheeky.
Nice to get a few days away to unwind by yourself.
Nice that you have a few weeks off, shame Daddy P only got the 2 days.
Santa knew the train stuff would be very loved and worth every penny Santa spent.
How lovely of him to take his train set and share it with you ex MIL.
It’s definitely been much loved already
Happy new year! I really hope 2020 is a better one for you. Am impressed that your son got to sleep so quickly on Christmas Eve, but 1am is definitely too early to wake up! I’m glad Paddington is behaving himself so far, you must be so nervous letting him out. Here’s hoping he’s learned that it’s far better to stay close to home!
Happy new year! My son has the same size feet as me and my mum and got through 4 pairs of shoes last year as his feet wouldn’t stop growing! They grow up too fast… #project365
Glad you managed to convince him to go back to sleep until a more reasonable time. Sounds like he was very happy indeed with his Christmas present. Nice for you to get time to see your bestie too. I hope you had a lovely New Years Eve, wishing you all the best for 2020 xx
I realised that I missed your post from the last week of the year. Such a lovely photo of Monkey with Paddington. Lovely to hear that he’s so delighted to be as tall as his Gran now. Your Christmas jumpers are very pretty.
I imagine it’s a worry for you to let Paddington out now, hope the silly boy stays in the neighbourhood.
That sounds nice to get a few days away to unwind by yourself and to have a few weeks off. The train is awesome. That is nice to share with your ex MIL xx