December 28, 2014
Soooo things have been very busy around here the past few weeks, as i imagine they have been for most people - but we've had a couple of extra things to celebrate as well as Christmas which has meant extra parties as well.
It started off with the big dinner/dance 'do' for Sir's work at a posh venue in London. i haven't been for the past few years, not since we had the kidlets really as it goes on quite late and it's difficult to find someone to look after Finn and William for the night due to their complex needs. But Sir has recently received a big promotion at work and part of the evening was in honour of that so He really wanted me to go along as His partner this year. After thinking about it and taking some good advice from a friend i decided to hire 2 babysitters who work as learning support assistants at William's school, so are very experienced with special needs kiddies, plus i also asked my Mum to be there for the first part of the evening to help get all the kidlets ready for bed as that's the most stressful and difficult part of the night. Once they're tucked up in bed all of my children sleep really well on the whole (apart from Oliver recently, who has decided the middle of the night is a good time to want to be up and roaming around but can't get out of his cot so screams in frustration!), so i felt confident that the 2 experienced babysitters should be fine until we got back. Although i was a bit nervous because we've never left the boys or the bitties with anyone overnight before (except for a few stays at my parents' house), once we got to the venue i was able to relax and enjoy myself and we soon received a text message to say that everyone was in bed and sleeping peacefully so i felt much more confident about our decision then and was able to thoroughly enjoy the rest of the evening. i had a really lovely time despite feeling a little out of my depth at some moments due to the 'poshness' of the whole thing, but everyone was really nice and it was clear to see how well esteemed my Sir is by His work colleagues and we were sat on a table with some really interesting people. The food was delicious and the drinks were free and the dancing was fantastic fun and it was just lovely to spend time with my Sir kidlet-free for a while and have some grown-up entertainment. (And i was very lucky that Sir bought me a new dress and shoes and handbag for the evening, but i'm not allowed to post pictures here).
Then on Tuesday we celebrated Katelyn and Oliver's first birthday! It's unbelievable to me how quickly the time has gone as i can vividly remember anxiously awaiting their arrival last year and praying they would come before Christmas so that we could be home for the big day - which in the end worked out perfectly though they did cut it a bit fine! Finn is still convinced to this day that they were brought by Santa in the night as the first time he ever met them was Christmas Day morning, and i think that's a really cute thing to believe. We wanted to make their birthday special and separate from the Christmas festivities, but everywhere was unbelievably busy and fully booked so we opted in the end for a family party at home, which the kidlets enjoyed just as much as if we'd hired somewhere. We had all of the bitties' favourite foods (Oliver in particular has a surprising number of favourites considering he's only been on solids for a few months!) and we played games together and just had a great time as a family. Finn kept telling them it was their 'special' day and he really understands the concept of only the birthday boy/girl getting presents now, which has helped a lot with the tantrums when it's not his day! Not sure how much longer i can refer to them as the 'bitties' either as they're getting so big and learning so many skills, but i reckon i can get away with it for a while longer!
And then of course we had Christmas, which we celebrated at home as a family of 7. All of the kidlets were very well-behaved and delighted with their presents. We caved in in the end and got Finn a pet of his own, which is something that he has been going on about for months - though we didn't get him a goose or a snake or a llama or any of the other crazy animals he suggested. In the end we got him 2 degus (which are similar to gerbils but bigger) and he was absolutely thrilled with them and has called them Tigger and Digger (!) and so far he has been very responsible in remembering to feed them and give them water and has even been happy to help clean their cage out, so so far so good. Finn is actually really good with animals, despite being so impulsive and out of control with everything else and he is really gentle when handling them, so i have no worries there. The degus are friendly little things and seem to really enjoy being taken out to run up and down his arms and sit on his lap to be fed treats, and i am hoping that they will teach him more responsibility, so overall a good buy. Finn also got some Olaf goodies (the snowman from Frozen) as he has really fallen in love with him, plus lots of active toys for outdoors to try to burn off some of his never-ending energy. Poppy also got some Frozen goodies, arts and crafts things, books as she loves reading, some pretty girlie stuff and also a camera which she had requested. William got sensory toys and also some puppets as his teacher said he has started to respond to some puppets she uses in class. And the bitties got more toys and clothes (their main Christmas present was some outdoor toys for the garden as most of the stuff we have is too big for them to use). i was very very lucky in the presents i got, as usual, and Sir was also very pleased with all of the things He got, so everyone was happy. (i am allowed to tell you about my main present which is an 'instax' polaroid camera, which i have been lusting after for months - going to use it to take photos for my scrapbook). Sir and i cooked Christmas dinner together and we all ate too much and had a nap afterwards! And since then we have been enjoying visits to and from family and friends, watching Christmas TV and going to some of the sales.
i hope everyone had a great Christmas and Happy New Year if i don't post again before then.