It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Little Hearts, Big Love household and we are all enjoying getting into the
spirit. We performed in a Christmas concert last weekend, put the tree is finally up and most of the presents have now been bought (although cards have yet to be written!). At one point this week I was feeling like I was drowning in a sea of things to do before Christmas but having taken a deep breath and written my to-do list down, dividing all the tasks in my head into ‘essential’, ‘desirable’ and ‘if time’, everything suddenly seems a little more manageable.
Out and About:
We enjoyed a playdate with Dr Miriam Stoppard and Galt Toys at the beginning of the week. Later in the week Jessica helped me deliver some of the Christmas cards that our local Churches Together group produces with details of all the Christmas services and loved posting them through letterboxes. Our toddler signing class finished the term with a bit of a Christmas party session and both girls seemed to enjoy dressing up for this – Jessica particularly loved wearing her princess dress!
Fun at home:
I was very proud of my big girl for hanging her dummies on the Christmas tree for the baby reindeer. She did struggle to settle the first night and we had a few tears the next day with the realisation that the dummies had actually gone but four nights on, she’s coping well without them and she was very happy with the little gift of a toy kettle that the baby reindeer left behind as a thank you.
Time for me:
I spent an evening sorting through the girls’ toys in preparation for Christmas – we’ve filled a bag for the charity shop and the toys are now organised into different types (musical, puzzles, animals, imaginative play etc.) with room in the boxes to spare.
My happiest moment:
Watching my little girls playing peek-a-boo with each other through the glass doors at church and laughing together. I also had a proud moment earlier in the week with the arrival of the Charlie Jones Foundation 2015 calendar which features pictures of children who have hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) or who have gained their angel wings as a result of HLHS and Jessica’s picture is there for May.
Next week I would like to:
Get everything done that I need to before Christmas Day and then just enjoy time with family.