A final catchup on Christmassy things and all that went on in the holidays.
First up, the Church Nativity, where Lydia had a surprise upgrade from "shepherd" to a more central part...
|All packed and ready to go!|
First, a fine walk out in the increasingly dark countryside near Granny's house.
|I particularly like how moody this looks.|
|All set for Christmas night|
|Most impressed by the thanks-in-anticipation here|
|Just liking the irony of this one.|
|...and on to Christmas morning with a 7am present opening|
|Lydia has remained attached to this pen ever since!|
|and Esther LOVES here doll's buggy|
|On to Grandma's house and cousins to play with!|
|The end of a busy day. Naomi set up a little surprise for Lydia.|
We had a few trips to Aden, where there are a load of new outdoor toys. Very nice!
|Standard shenanigans setting up a family photo with so many small ones.|
|My family had a meal out a couple of days after Christmas - Esther got a massive load of ice cream!|
|Lots of time for fun games|
|We also made use of the sales to get some new school shoes: on to a good thing at John Lewis, where there is some Lego to keep everyone occupied.|
Most trips north we drove along Aberdeen beach past Codona's and the girls have been consistently asking to go there for years. This time we did and they had a brilliant time!
|Lydia was excellent at the penny falls|
|And some treats as well.|
|I got this game as a present; essentially a bit like Tetris and right up my street. Hours of fun and there are two board so I hada a few races with the girls, who are impressively good at it.|
|Naomi set up a birthday party for me, complete with games. Here's pass the parcel.|
|Grandma's swing is still in good working order.|
|Another nice moody picture, this time in Grandma's front garden.|
|Naomi went for a nice long walk with Jay to have a bit of Mummy-Daughter time. There is now a new path between New Deer and Maud that provides a really decent walk.|
|Holidays nearly over, here we are back home.|
|Esther in her superhero costume.|
|Miriam had some spare clay left from making her snowglobes, so she gave me the red present here to put in my office. Here it is!|
|...and the extensive thankyou letter writing begins.|