The school holidays have started and panto performances are coming thick and fast.
Here’s our week in pictures…
Day 349 – Sunday 15th December – our Christmas tree is up! We always put out our tree up around the 15th, it doesn’t feel late at all to me, it feels like the right time. I would have liked to put more decorations on it, but my daughter and husband were being strict! They also insisted on only silver and red decorations (although I’ve managed to hide one colourful one round the side).
Day 350 – Monday 16th December – the last few days of school and I’m juggling work and Christmas preparations. I went to meet my friend Emma aka Crazy With Twins and her son, Bear, for lunch. Luckily we managed to choose somewhere that does two-for-one burgers on a Monday!
Day 351 – Tuesday 17th December – a cold, misty morning for a run and the first outing of the fleecy headband of the winter.
Day 352 – Wednesday 18th December – panto day again! My daughter is now halfway through – today was day seven of 15 and performances 13 and 14 of 28. I went to the morning show with her dance teacher, who loved it. As an added bonus, my niece and nephew were there with their school (my daughter’s old school). My niece was so excited to see her cousin on stage, and I got to chat to teachers, TAs and dinner ladies who had known my daughter. They were all amazed at how tall and grown up she is now.
Day 353 – Thursday 19th December – as a freelancer, you might think I don’t get a work Christmas do, but I’m very grateful to my client who invited me out for their Christmas lunch for the third year running. It was a lot of fun, with delicious food. (This year, another client invited me out too, but I couldn’t go as it clashed with The Wonder Stuff.)
Day 354 – Friday 20th December – this was my view for most of the day. It was the last day of term and also the only time this year when my daughter had a morning panto performance and an evening performance. Usually she has either a morning and an afternoon or an afternoon and an evening. So I had to drive to the theatre four times, plus pick my son up from school early for the end of term. Between torrential rain, Christmas shopping and schools and workplaces finishing early, the roads were gridlocked.
Day 355 – Saturday 21st December – the Christmas T-shirt came out for parkrun – I bought this for £1 from Primark last year, especially for parkrun! I then spend the best part of three hours driving to pick my son and his friends up from a party. It sounds like it was quite an eventful one.