I’ve written a number of posts about our NCT group, friends who I would never be without. Friends who I would never even have, if we hadn’t all been due to have babies in December 2009. It still amazes me that we get on so very well, whether we’re with the children or not. I’ve loved watching all of our children arrive in this world and grow into the most amazing group of children. They’ve been joined by a number of brothers and I wonder if our group will grow some more yet. Every December since 2010 we’ve had a Secret Santa with our NCT group.
Although Miss E decided to surprise everyone and be a Halloween baby in 2009, we agreed right from the start that we wouldn’t do separate birthday and Christmas presents for our group. We decided to do Secret Santa instead. It’s worked really well, and we’ve included our new additions as they’ve joined the fold.
These photos were taken in December 2010 at Rugrats and Half Pints in Banbury. We spent a lot of time there in the childrens’ first year – they have a great baby sensory area, it was a special place for us.
We’ve spent the last two Secret Santa get together’s nearer to home, but this year we decided to return to Banbury and spend a few hours celebrating Christmas with all of our NCT group. Even the Dad’s were there this year, extra special. The kids played and then we all sat down to lunch, even the youngest of our gang is sitting in a high chair, eating now, at 10 months old. I looked around at this wonderful group of children, all happily munching on their lunch. All, so much a part of my life, all so much a part of Monkey’s life. It was a magical moment, just looking at the children, looking at the parents, a group of friends I’m sure I’ll have forever. A group of children I love watching as they grow up, each amazing us in a different way.
Fate pulled us together, happiness, sadness and of so many wonderful moments, have kept us together. Secret Santa with our NCT group is an annual event, a magic moment, a time to reflect and just enjoy our truly amazing little people.