Friday, 26 December 2014

Christmas Time

Just before Christmas, we spent our time at home eating snowflake tortillas and having picnics on the floor:

Monty the cat often joins us when we have cereal for breakfast and tries to sneak a lick of the milk from Isla and Evie's bowls.

We had a few walks around and about:

Isla spotted a rhino shape on the pavement:

Isla and Evie loved having their cousins to play with on Saturday:

On Sunday we went to Granny Margaret and Grandad David's house. Isla and Evie were lucky to receive their Christmas presents and open them up early. They also enjoyed eating chocolates from the Christmas tree and running about in the garden.

We visited the animals and park at the garden centre. Evie made friends with a friendly cockerel and Isla liked the slide.

We spotted a train coming as we were on the railway bridge. The train driver spotted us too and waved back at Isla which was very exciting!

We headed across to Granny Ilene, Grandpa Alan and Uncle Peter's house to continue our festivities after a brief stop at home to open some of the presents from Uncle Ian and Aunty Lucy.

On Christmas Eve we helped Grandpa pick up the turkey from the shop and then went to the best park in the world.

Granny, Andrew and Isla put together the gingerbread house. Then we sat down and ate it!

Isla and Evie put out a glass of sherry, some shortbread and a carrot for Santa and his reindeer and then went up for some sleep. The next morning it was Christmas!! Evie and I were up first. Then Isla, Andrew and Peter woke up and we all went to see the presents under the tree. Isla and Evie were very excited to see what Santa had brought them and that the sherry and shortbread had gone, but a little bit of carrot remained. They opened up their presents together with Isla helping Evie to open hers quite a bit!

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Getting a bit Christmassy

We have been doing lots of Christmassy things this week, as well  as meeting up with granny Margaret and grandad David. At pre-school, Isla has been practicing for her nativity play where she plays an angel. She has been singing all of the songs at home, such as 'We wish you a merry Christmas' and 'When Santa got stuck up the chimney' and 'Christmas pudding' with lots of cute actions. She was also practicing bowing today!

Evie got to meet Father Christmas this week at the toddler group party. She wasn't too fussed, and was more interested in getting back to riding in the toy cars after she had met him. We decorated a candle holder together at the party and she played with some play dough too.

Isla and I made a Christmas tree counting game and a Christmas tree matching game as well as some cut out snowflakes and paper chains at home. Evie has been enjoying playing with happyland, doing her animal puzzles and her shape sorting bus when she hasn't been rolling around with Isla on the floor or chasing her around the living room!

Here are Isla and Evie decorating the tree at the weekend:

I made some Christmassy play dough with glitter and peppermint in it using a recipe on the nurture store website. We made some Christmas trees with it and Isla wanted to make some squirrels too to live in the forest. Evie is starting to enjoy using play dough like her sister. She pulls little bits off and puts them inside other things or piles up little pieces into big mounds. Isla has also been using her play dough dentist set this week too. She has been full of energy and play dough has been good for occupying her in this exciting Christmassy season.

We went to look at the Christmas lights at the garden centre. They were really impressive although this photo only shows a slightly spooky looking Cinderella mannequin! We had a look at some reindeer, donkeys and goats and then headed for the main attraction of the tractors and playpark in the rain.