In a Nutshell – December 2016

Well December was a crazy crazy month. We squeezed in so much and life threw us a bit of a curve ball. So I won’t waste anymore words on introducing our December in a Nutshell.


The first of December brought the advent calendar. We do a bit of an alternative advent for Luca and so it included things like decorating baubles for the tree, making snowmen, baking a gingerbread house and buying a Christmas tree.

Luca had his last couple of riding lessons for the year. We decided to take a few weeks off in the run up to Christmas. One to save money and two because we were just so busy we didn’t seem to have time to squeeze them in. He will be starting them again soon though.

Ant managed to get a Friday off work and so we spent the day together. We went for breakfast together and then shopping for Christmas presents. It was so nice to have a day together. Alone.

We also managed another (kind of) date night when we went out on Ant’s Christmas work do. Luca was tricked into a sleepover with his uncle Frazer & auntie Abbie whilst we drank and danced our way into the early hours together.


I was very kindly featured in three Instagram round ups this month. #heartfluttermoments #explorerkids and #whatevertheweatherkids with these shots.


Luca was awarded a gold merit at school and I was left feeling like total crap as I couldn’t attend the awards assembly. Luckily Ant could and so he brought him to meet me after work at Farmer Copley’s to see the Christmas light trail. We then went to pizza express for our tea.

With Christmas fast approaching it was time to go and buy our Christmas tree. We love this tradition of picking out the perfect tree and Luca really got into the spirit of it this year. In fact he found the best one there without any of our help.
After we had decorated our tree we headed to Roundhay Park and the Magical Lantern Festival to see Santa. It was a really magical experience as it was in a tipi. There was a roaring for in the middle and lots of activities for the kids to do whilst they waited for Santa to call them into his tipi. Once we were in there Luca was enraptured by the big man himself and hardly said a word. Just sat and nodded at him mostly. It was very cute.

There has been more legal stuff and decorating stuff to sort out for our new house this month too. It’s all getting very close now and hopefully we will be exchanging on it in January. Eek!


Luca’s last week at school meant we got to go to his first ever nativity. He was a narrator and learnt his line like a pro. Unfortunately though when it came to saying his line he got all nervous and shy and you could barely hear him.

With school over we kicked our holidays off in style with a trip to the Hidden Christmas market. It was truly magical and really got us into the Christmas spirit.


Another day out, this time to Temple Newsam where Luca took off with my camera before I made friends with a cow and fussed over piglets.

There has also been Christmas at in-laws and a meal out with our GG (great-grandma).

Ant worked till late on Christmas Eve so I took Luca to the cinema for a treat. Before we went back home to get ready for the big guys arrival.

Then it was Christmas Day!! What else is there to say about that!


Our new house saw big changes in December when they started to put the roof on. Eek!

This good news was followed by bad news though as my Grandad, Chips died just after Christmas after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

We managed to end the year on a high though as it is my mums birthday on the 30th and we all went out for a big family meal. ¬†Then it’s my dads birthday on the 31st so we celebrate my dads birthday and New Years Eve all in one. We managed to get our hands on Speak Out too which is absolutely hilarious.
Phew! What a busy month it was. We had lots of fun but equally, I’m very glad to see the back of it.

Bring on 2017.

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