Christmas has been and gone and what a magical one it was this year. The children made it extra special, their excitement contagious and their appreciation for the little things heart warming.
We spent our Christmas with loved ones down in Surrey. Elsie fell alseep on the motorway as we drove down on Xmas eve, her scrunched up cheeks nestled into Daisy. That night at Grampy’s house we laid stockings by the fire before tucking our two weary babies into their makeshift beds. I crept upstairs later on to watch their sleepy, innocent faces snooze their way into the most magical day of the year.
Christmas morning greeted us with much excitement. Rudolph had munched most of his carrot and the children’s sacks were filled with little treats – a harmonica, some books, a pirate set, a little dustpan and brush, a spinning top that has brought such joy, a trumpet (what was Santa thinking?!), a tiny french market basket, a small chalkboard with a message from FC himself and chocolate coins that were, perhaps, the most exciting gift of all. Nestled in the countryside up on a hill we spent Christmas day inside eating, laughing and chatting as the rain came down. The tragedies the world has seen these last few months were not lost on me, I felt more grateful than I ever have, for family, for safety, for warmth and love.
We are home now, snuggled between one year and the next, in the deep darkness of winter. Despite it being unseasonably mild, it is incredibly bleak. I’m craving light and confused by the blackness that greets me each morning. This is the season for hibernating, tea drinking, making soup, playing old songs, colouring in and creeping out each day into the gloom for a stretch of the old legs. We are planning a little escape just the four of us to the coast to wave our goodbyes to 2015 and make plans for the next year ahead. One that will see us into school life for one child and preschool life for the other. I’m in denial!
Happy 2015 to you all. I hope you were with the ones you love with full bellies and happy hearts.