I tried on the watch that Alexander and Georgina gave me, it was lovely colours and I was happy with the way it looked but it was very uncomfortable to wear. I struggled with what to do, I was worried that I might upset them if I said I wanted to take it back but they had spent so much that it was a shame for it to sit in a drawer unused.
I explained to them and asked if they would mind me buying a bracelet and they could choose some charms for it. I have looked at troll bracelets for months now, since Sally told me about hers but I didn't know there was a local shop to us and didn't want to buy one online without looking at size etc.
I bought the silver chain and a flower clasp then added some charms chosen by the children, along with a bead from Steve. I have worn it all afternoon and love the weight and feel of it, I am looking forward to adding more beads and charms during the year ahead.
Georgina chose a silver dragon for me and a green bead to go with it
Alexander's charm was 'Ocean' with a starfish, sea kelp and shells while Steve chose a pink glass bead which I liked because the little pattern inside looked like sea urchin shells
We called at a pet shop on the way home from Canterbury for Alexander to choose some decorations for his vivarium, he bought a lovely dried wood branch and some background. Georgina decided that she was the only person not to have her own pet so I told her she could have a hermit crab, I thought it would suit her as they don't need a lot of care and she could decorate new shells for it. I looked round with Alexander while Steve went off with Georgina to buy her crab and accessories but when we met up at the front of the shop he had decided to buy her a budgie! I don't particularly like them but Steve used to breed them in an avairy and seemed keen to have one again.
Christmas has turned our house into a zoo! I am determined not to get landed with the job of cleaning up and looking after them all. Steve is good with his snakes and I have no doubt that Alexander will take good care of his dragon (otherwise we wouldn't have bought it) but I am not sure how long Georgina will last with her budgie. Steve will have to be in charge because I don't like them flying around inside, maybe it will be good for them to have an interest together. At least I have lots of new subject matter for layouts!
Alexander decided to call his bearded dragon "Yoshi" after the one on Nintendo's Super Mario World. It suits him more than Jesus did :) It's great to watch and we have spent far too much time just looking at him. It's scarey when all of his lights go off and the temperature drops, he goes really cold and still, we keep thinking he's dead but as soon as they come on again the next morning he springs back to life. I htink Alexander will miss him when he goes to his Dad's this weekend and I will be left in charge (yikes)
I was going to scrap today but I didn't do anything. I can't get my new laptop connected to our wireless router and spent an hour on the phone to Apple helpline who were no help at all, suggesting things like typing $ in front of the WEP key. Obviously $$ were on their mind as they reaped the benefit of me paying premium rates for an hour :( They suggested resetting the router to factory settings which meant disconnecting my iMac, the kids lap tops, Alexander's XBox 360 and my PSP. If all of them work why doesn't my MacBook? I have emailed Mary Anne who is bound to be more help than they were and with Chris will probably tell me to tick a box somewhere and all will be well (no pressure there then MA) Still, it looks very nice and white and shiny:)
Mary Anne will fix my connection problem with a 5 minutes phone call
I will tidy the whole house of all the Christmas mess
We will go out to shop for some bits, get everything we need with no crowds and be back home quickly
I will sit down to scrap all afternoon and create something wonderful
What do you think my chances of achieving those goals will be?
But hey ho, there's always the next day :)
Merry Christmas to you all, I hope you have a great day.
We have been the most organised ever this Christmas, in the past we have always had something to do on Christmas Eve and not had time to sit and relax. This year we were finished the day before, all ready for today, all we had to do was collect Alexander's present, a bearded dragon lizard, from the breeder. We are all fascinated by him, especiall when he hunts his crickets and locusts for his food. Alexander hasn't chosen a name yet but Georgina wants to call him Jesus!
Georgina hung her stocking but I don't think she truly believes in Father Christmas this year, she hasn't actually said anything but I think somebody at school must have told her. Still, she enjoyed her presents, mostly toys with a few clothes by Bobby Jack, she loves their hoodies and shirts.
Steve said he was stuck with what to get for me so I suggested a troll bracelet with some beads. He told me that he went to buy one in Canterbury but the jewellers had closed down a month ago. We had to drive past it on Saturday and it looked open to me so I was convinced that he had bought me one and was trying to throw me off the scent.
When we opened our presents mine was very heavy, certainly bigger than a bracelet so I thought he had put some bubble bath in with it. as I opened the paper there was a canvas material so I thought maybe there was a scrapbook tote with something inside. I was wrong on all counts. This is what he gave me a beautiful macbook laptop, all white and shiny with a gorgeous ice blue and orange bag. Steve has spent the last year telling me how I don't need one and can borrow his old laptop if I want to use one, I never dreamed he would buy one for me. I am so spoiled. Now I can use my computer and sit in the family room, watch DVDs in bed if I want to. I will sit down and play with it this afternoon and maybe get some scrapping done this evening. I love Christmas day!
Are you enjoying your day?
We managed to fly home last night despite most of the airports in the South being covered in fog, luckily we were flying to Stansted but the closure of Heathrow and Gatwick meant that extra planes were trying to land so we were caught up in delays. We expected to be home about 10pm and arrived round about 2am but we were safe and sound.
I took Alexander & Georgina into Canterbury today to buy presents for Steve so I gave them some money each and sent them off together while I bought some stocking fillers. They had £10 each from Grandma with them but when I met up with them for some hot chocolate, they had spent their own present money on a gift for me! I have no idea what they bought but they obviously thought it was worth the extra money. It was so sweet of them, I only found out because I offered to take them to spend it and they didn't seem too keen then Georgina blurted out the truth. Of course I gave it back to them so that they didn't miss out. It was lovely to see them going off together for the first time and they enjoyed having so much money to spend without anybody interfering.
I don't really care what they bought for me, the whispers and exchanged glances between them in the cafe was worth every penny.
It was freezing all day today, with thick white frost on the ground but we wrapped up warm and took the children to Barnard Castle for lunch and a visit to the toy shop. On the way home we stopped at Raby Castle to visit Santa. Although he was very unconvincing and there was only one elf in residence, Georgina and Fergus seemed to enjoy their visit. They aren't sure if they believe any more but they weren't taking any chances! This is a photo of Gill and I modelling Laura and Georgina's new ear muffs!
We're off again on our travels this morning - only to Durham this time though! I managed to buy some cheap flights with Easyjet to Newcastle so I am flying up with Alexander & Georgina to spend a couple of nights at Gill's. We'll fly this monring, call at the Metrocentre for some shopping and then in the evening we are going to take the kids out for Pizza and a film.
The boys are excited as they have tickets for the Newcastle v Chelsea match tomorrow night in the Carling Cup competition.
We're back home on Thursday night to start Christmas celebrations (and spend some time relaxing and scrapping!)
I bought this fab outfit in Build a Bear while we were away, of course I had to give it some Crocs to match mine! They had loads of outfits we don't see over here, it was interesting that there were no other crafts outfits which just goes to show how popular scrapbooking is!
I have to wear glasses now, one pair for driving and another for reading and close work. I can read books quite well but I can't see tiny writing and sometimes have trouble threading a needle so that's when I wear my glasses. I tried wearing them for scrapping but they always fall forward when I bend over my work and it irritates me so much I take them off and do without. Steve discovered the answer on holiday last week. He found these in a store and bought them for me. They are perfect! They fasten together with magnets on the bridge of my nose, they are comfortable and adjustable so they fit round my head and don't move when I look down - he bought red because they were Christmassy but I would love more in pink or maybe lime green. Aren't they fab?
I had a yummy DT package from Scrapgenie waiting for me on Friday, I'll take a photo later of the lush goodies I get to play with, I am so lucky to be on this team, we get all the gorgeous stuff when it comes in and Becks always sends surprises, it's like my birthday every time one arrives