Monday, 23 December 2013

Early Christmas celebrations

We have had a super weekend starting our Christmas celebrations early.

My family came to visit on Saturday and Sunday and Harry performed three times in the Christmas display at his gymnastics club, City of Newcastle Gymnastics Academy. He really enjoyed it and we were very proud of him as the children perform in small groups in front of over 200 people, which I would find daunting! This was part of his kung fu themed routine.

We had a lovely family lunch yesterday with a gingerbread house made by my sister, Christmas jumpers and hats. The boys were delighted to receive early presents. Harry spent both afternoons building Lego kits and Peter has enjoyed playing his new game, Insey Winsey Spider, reading books and playing Octonauts. 

We were busy making food gifts of peanut brittle, spiced nuts and biscotti on Friday and we also visited the Crisis Centre in Newcastle to drop off a donation of food and toiletry items. It is a large homeless centre and they have an annual Christmas appeal and wish list. We donated last year too and it seems a good way to get the children thinking of others in need at Christmas time.

Stuart finished work on Friday so we had a nice day together today. We went to a friend's house for lunch and tidied up after the weekend ready for Christmas. 

We have been reading James and The Giant Peach this weekend to Harry. I am pleased he is enjoying another Roald Dahl as I have very good memories of reading his books. We have previously read George's Marvellous Medicine and listened to Danny the Champion of The World on CD.

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