Just a few Christmas decorations, advent calendars...and final baby decisions
The Christmas decorations have been brought down from the loft! The aim was to see what we had and what we needed to buy - i.e. to assess the situation only - as you can see, I didn't quite manage to stick entirely to that remit. A few 'select items' were dotted about the house.
When I went into work on Monday and found my parents had decorated the hotel, I could not resist. Stores and hotels are displaying their Christmas décor but no-one is decorating their house yet, except possibly me. Although I am excluding anything expressly Christmassy and instead calling it a 'Winter Theme.' Whatever it takes. Favourite no 1 - sneaky Christmas - ooops I mean 'winter' décor.
|A little bit of hotel Christmas décor|
Gorgeous George has been resplendently enjoying the new plush winter cushions. He enjoyed lording it over this snowy fox - favourite no 3 - this dignified fur ball.
In my zealous efforts to decorate, I handled the heavy boxes A was passing down from the loft. I can't even remember injuring myself but I woke up with a hand like this. It was originally more black. I am the worst for googling symptoms and by the time I finished I had all sorts of scary syndromes and arthritic fingers.
I am hoping that strategic placement of this cushion will indeed, bring a lovely light dusting (or heavy downfall - either is fine) - of snow. I am ready.
My favourite Christmas story books and food catalogues have been placed, ready for when I get that elusive sofa time with a nice cup of tea. Favourite no 4 - early Christmas reads!
I have also been clearing the bookcase shelves to create space for new decorations. I've had a good scan of what we have from previous years and we definitely need an update.
What is your Christmas decorating style? Mine is a bit of a hybrid - I like natural materials, a vintage look, with a homely twist. We had gone for quite a Scandi look in the past, with lots of decorations to appeal to Caspar when he was younger. I fancy something a bit more 'grown up' now.
Watch this space!
I thought I'd keep the small Advent tree out so I could think about what small delights I can hide in each drawer. Do you buy an Advent calendar? Do you buy a chocolate filled or even a toiletry one? I am quite the purist and actually buy just a paper one ( well A does for me as a pre-Christmas gift). As when a child I actually get excited in the morning seeing what is behind each door. I am not embarrassed to say I do, even as a grown woman, retain many silly childlike ways that I don't want to lose. I am quite liking this calendar from Fortnum and Mason this year (first, below) - favourite no 5. Saying that, I would not say no to the Charbonnel et Walker one.
Does anyone else have experience of this #motherphenomenon?
TV wise - I haven't had a lot of time for anything other than work this week - so TV has been few and far between. We did start the new House of Cards though - what do you think of this? It does seem strange without Frank, but I have the feeling Claire is going to become more and more like him:
She makes me literally suck my breath in sometimes - I thought she was going to crush that poor bird. Lots of gentle teeth grinding moments. I am mildly fascinated by her Vice President, a kind intellectual ice king. I am very fascinated by her wardrobe - I would love this jacket above. Does anyone know who designs her set wardrobe? I have done some internet searches and not come up with anything. Would love to know - I love a good power wardrobe - favourite no 8.
My last favourite - and I don't want it to dominate this post, hence its footnote status - as a family we have decided not to try for another baby anymore. We respect Caspar's input and have decided we don't want to take any risks to my health or a baby's health. We don't want to be in limbo anymore and feel we are ready to move into a new chapter - with new, different goals, while appreciating what we have. This hasn't been easy, and I know there will be days where I might question this decision, or see other's pregnancy news or photos and feel a little sorry for myself BUT I know it is the sensible decision. So stay posted to a post soon on moving on and future goals..
Ready, ready, ready for the weekend this week. It is set to be one of continued grim, dank weather so it will be all about the Christmas planning this weekend! I have spent hours pouring over websites looking for the perfect Christmas cards, so you can only imagine what I am like looking for decorations, food and gifts! Stay posted for a new series of posts (other than just life updates) on Christmas shopping, gifting and preparations - would that be of interest?
Big hugs - Joanne xx
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