First up, was the toddler group Christmas party in the morning. We go to toddler group every week, but the party session is even more fun than usual as they hire a bouncy castle! Last year Toby was too little to go on the bouncy castle, and this year he wasn't 100% sure about it - he kept going on for a minute or so, falling over, quickly scooting off it, and then wanting to go back on! This photo was taken soon after we arrived - he did start enjoying himself a bit more after a while!
Each parent contributes some food for the party, and this year I made cookies. Lots and lots of cookies!
|This x2 - I was very glad I had 3 cookie sheets to get them all cooked in 2 batches!|
I only took about 35 cookies to the toddler group party as there is always too much food as it is.
While we were playing on the bouncy castle, playing pass the parcel etc, the ladies who run toddler group set up the "lunch" in the other part of the hall. There were 4 tables this size, plus a double sized table at the end. Sensibly, they put out the savoury food first...so this was just round #1!
|Blurry photo - rush to take before everyone sat down!|
Not surprisingly, once we left the party, the tiredness overtook him...zzzzz!
The second party of the day was in the afternoon - Isabelle's school party. I actually knew about this since Sunday - when I saw her teacher at another party - but we were only officially told about it at school pick up on Tuesday afternoon (!) I'd been planning to make a double batch of cookies to cover both parties, but luckily I hadn't already made them as on Tuesday afternoon it was requested that we bring in a food contribution, shop-bought only. Don't really understand why homemade wasn't allowed at Izzy's school when it was at the other infants school in town (and they supposedly merged in September so officially all one school), but hey ho, luckily I had some kit-kats lurking in the cupboard!
The third and final party of the day took place 4.30pm-6pm and was for one of Izzy's classmates. I hadn't been planning to send Izzy as a) I thought she'd be too tired and b) she doesn't seem to play with this little boy much, but then I found out that he'd only originally wanted to invite 5 boys and Izzy, and had subsequently been persuaded to also invite Izzy's best friend so they could play together! So I thought I'd better send her, bless. As it was, they all played really well together and Izzy had a great time. She came home with a new flowery headband and her face painted with snowflakes!
Today, thankfully, is much quieter. It's so far consisted of a latte by the Christmas tree (my new favourite tradition if I get time before the school run!)...
A trip into town, with lots of the time spent playing in the area at the back of the toy shop...
And chocolates. I bought a box of these for my friend and they were on offer, buy 2 for £5...so I just "had" to get a box for myself to check they were nice enough to give to my friend, right?! ;-) These definitely get a thumbs up from me!
Only 1.5 more days to go until the Christmas holidays! I can't wait!
Who else is counting down until the holidays?? How long do you have off for Christmas? I know all the teachers, parents and children that I've spoken to are looking forward to a bit of time off...it's been a long term! Liam has to work next Monday and Tuesday, but then he has a week off which will be lovely. His office is only closed 24th-27th but he had some holiday left to use so was able to extend his time off. It will be the first year since we've known each other that neither of us have worked Christmas Eve - I'll miss the amazing reductions/free food Waitrose used to give to the staff at the end of that shift, but I'm definitely glad we'll all be home instead!