I remember writing that our luck would run out soon with family days out and this week proves it might just have done! I garentee this life of ours is far from picture perfect, anyone eves dropping into my disciplining Elin today can agree with that (in her defense she has been ill and in my defense I have been house bound with two kids for a week 😉 ) but occasionally when everything goes right these girls really are the sweetest.
Earlier this week James got rained off work which meant a bonus morning together where we decided to decorate our tree. It had been stood there with just its lights for a few days waiting for when we were altogether (and actually I think this helped curb Etty’s obsession with it as she’s totally ignored it since, bonus!) but hanging all the decorations really was lovely. We snacked on mini marshmallows and told Elin stories about some of our special decorations and what they represent in our lives. It was lovely. Elin’s energy is still a bit lacking from this nasty bug she’s had but for an hour here she had a genuinely brilliant time and it made me some really happy memories.
We picked up the girls pajamas from New york this summer and they are just the best. I’ve driven James nuts since because he keeps grabbing them for the girls at bed time and I’ve been insisting on saving them for a special occasion. After this I will let them wear them like a normal person would (before neither of them fit anymore) but it was really cute seeing them properly twinning for the first time. I’m still working on James to allow full on matching family Christmas Pajamas but for now these will do!
One of our traditions, which I know lots of other people do too, is try and buy one or two significant decorations each year. Slowly I’d like our whole tree to be full of decorations that mean something to us and have a bit of a story behind them. This will take much longer if we break any more like we did our first Christmas together, but we won’t mention that. Those special ones are right at the top of the tree away from little curious fingers but it was special telling Elin about them, the places we have visited together and the milestones we have met. She also got to hang her own first decoration on the tree this year. (Etty’s is hiding in the christmas eve box for later this month!)
She gave Etty the last marshmallow. Take away from the fact I’d never really offer Etty a marshmallow just yet, it was still adorable. Especially as it was her last one. Moans for England does our Elin, but she does have a heart of gold.
So while our tree seems pretty safe and Etty is more enamored by the stairs than the decorations, the train track is a different matter. James had this idea and quickly arrived home with one and admittedly it is cute as anything. But the song of jingle bells and tiny chubby fists permanently grabbing train track pieces lost its novelty factor fairly quickly. For me at least. Elin on the other hand could sit and watch it for hours (okay, it is beautiful) and she promptly pulled up a chair to listen and watch in awe. While I can get on board with this as a new family tradition I’m also quite okay just bringing it out of a morning or evening to keep it feeling that bit more special for longer!
Miss Ettienne seems pretty happy with it being her first Christmas. And mummy’s quite thankful to not be pregnant this Christmas and enjoy all the wine. (so much wine).
No matter what your traditions are or how grand you celebrate there really is nothing better then being surrounded by those you love. These babies truly test me beyond anything but they are good kids and I wouldn’t be without them. I think the holidays remind us of that and there is no better time to feel grateful and blessed then right now. Happy weekend everyone!