Phew, it’s been a busy week!
On Saturday my mum and I had a craft stall at the school Christmas fair. I’d been knitting lots of little decorations, and my mum had sewn lots of lovely things too. It was a good day and we enjoyed sitting at our little stall, listening to the town band play outside. All of my snowmen have now gone off to new homes. We’re all a bit sad to see them go, so I’ll have to make some more.
After the fair, I got straight on with the challenge of making Tom’s birthday cake. This year his only wish was for it to have a horse on top. I made a three-tier sponge, iced with vanilla buttercream – plus a horsey on top!
Tom’s 5th birthday party on Sunday was a great success. The children’s entertainer was very funny – the children were in stitches and loved all the puppets and magic tricks.
Tom’s actual birthday was on Monday, so after school there were more presents and cakes. It’s hard to believe that the baby of our family has turned five. In many ways time has passed quickly – but equally, that snowy morning he was born seems a very long time ago. Does anyone remember how incredibly cold the winter of 2010 was?
The rest of the week has been spent recovering from the excitement of the birthday boy’s big weekend. We missed out on our usual weekend lie-ins, and I can really feel it! Birthday parties always seem to equal a bad back for me, so I’ve been taking things pretty easy and not venturing out too far. Mainly drinking lots of tea out of my favourite Christmas mug…
Christmas mugs are about as festive as we’re getting in this house so far, apart from our lovely kindness branch. We don’t decorate the house properly until the end of term (although I’m sure a few things will creep out before then) and quite frankly I have been in Christmas-denial this week. I have done very little so far, and I’m mainly procrastinating. Which is pretty normal for me, and it’ll all pull together in the end – which is all part of the fun, surely? Panic will probably begin to set in when the school plays start next week.
I may be avoiding my to-do list, but I did buy some new wooden hearts for 50p each in Wilko’s. These will surely come in useful as gift tags when it comes to wrapping up my presents (when I remember to buy them).
This week I have also been…
Eating… all the leftover cakes from the party.
Having… my carpets cleaned. Not the best time of year, perhaps, but they’re slowly beginning to dry.
Reading these lovely blog posts…
Emma Mitchell’s post all about foraging and preserving plants for homemade decorations. I’ll definitely be using some of these tips!