Rocks in the bag!

On the fourteenth day of advent my kiddiewinks brought to me

14 rocks in a rucksack

13 is unlucky for daddy 

12 days of Christmas 

11 Christmas carols

10 moments of peace

9 Christmas cuddles

8 Christmas smiles

7 advent calendars

6 ways to Christmas calm

5 Christmas lists
4 early mornings

3 spectacled reindeer
2 toilet decorations
And a tantrum about the Christmas tree.

I emptied little man’s school rucksack tonight, and he has been carrying 14 rocks around with him. When asked why? He explained he loved them as they were part of his collection! I have no words! 

 

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Unlucky daddy

On the thirteenth day of advent my kiddiewinks brought to me

13 is unlucky for daddy

12 days of Christmas

11 christmas carols

10 moments peace
9 Christmas cuddles

8 Christmas smiles

7 advent calendars

6 ways to Christmas calm

5 Christmas lists
4 early mornings

3 spectacled reindeer
2 toilet decorations

And a tantrum about the Christmas tree.

Well, the kiddiewinks were sent money to school to buy me and daddy Christmas presents, eldest was on mummy duty, little man was on daddy duty… He ran out of school proudly telling me he had got daddy two presents, peeking in the back I could see three. He replied, I bought myself one too, look! Such a character, it had me roaring! His sister was pretty incensed and felt daddy was unlucky to have got little man in charge of buying his presents!

 

On the twelfth day of advent my kiddiewinks brought to me

12 days of Christmas

11 christmas carols
10 moments peace
9 Christmas cuddles
8 Christmas smiles

7 advent calendars
6 ways to Christmas calm
5 Christmas lists
4 early mornings
3 spectacled reindeer
2 toilet decorations

And a tantrum about a Christmas tree.

Quite simply the kiddiewinks love the twelve days of Christmas song, trying to remember the order and speeding up the pace. Drives daddy bonkers!

Kiddiewinks Christmas Singing

On the eleventh day of advent my kiddiewinks brought to me

11 christmas carols

10 moments peace

9 Christmas cuddles
8 Christmas smiles
7 advent calendars
6 ways to Christmas calm
5 Christmas lists
4 early mornings
3 spectacled reindeer
2 toilet decorations
And a tantrum about the Christmas tree.

Christmas fever has begun in our house, not least because of Christmas nativities, christingle and carol concerts, kiddiewinks are constantly singing (with me joining them), much to the hubby’s annoyance! For me, Christmas songs have memories, so many memories

Here is little man singing a few of his favourites to get you in the Christmas mood…

1) when a child is born- wonderfully sung by a talented group of 7-11 year olds several  years ago, and a solo for the first verse was absolutely beautiful.

2) hallelujah-totally amazeballs and powerful when sung by little voices

3) we wish you a merry Christmas-has to be mentioned, one of our funny decorations plays this in silly chipmunk style voices.

4) silent night-like the German version stile nacht, the English always reminds me of a year group many moons ago who were not the keenest (singing)

5) holly and the ivy-this song has never been a favourite of mine, it has always grated on me, a bit like mistletoe and wine. At the moment, eldest kiddiewink is  is humming and singing this on repeat at the moment, as its part of the Carol concert! She is even annoying herself!

 6) Il est ne le divine enfant- A French carol I taught to the juniors and they nailed it, a truly beautiful song

7) jingle bells- eldest kiddiewink is learning this on the ukulele and recorder, not to mention the various rude and silly versions there are (my kiddiewinks particularly like ‘uncle bills lost his silly on the motorway, hey!)

8)Rudolph the red nose reindeer- I love the extra bits you can add in, kiddiewink 2 has several very amusing takes on it.

9) when Santa got stuck up the chimney-my kiddiewinks love it!

10) o come all ye faithful – this always makes me smile and I automatically go to sing it in an ‘opera voice’, and am always really tempted to sing in the twiddly soprano parts

Ten minutes peace

On the tenth daydream advent my kiddiewinks brought to me…

10 moments of peace 

9 Christmas cuddles
8 Christmas smiles
7 advent calendars
6 ways to Christmas calm
5 Christmas lists
4 early mornings
3 spectacled reindeer
2 toilet decorations
And a tantrum about the Christmas tree.
We had my nephew over and he happily kept my bit two playing junior monopoly while littlest sleep. Cue ten whole minutes of peace….

Advent calendar crazy…

On the seventh day of advent my kiddiewinks brought to me

7 advent calendars

6 ways to Christmas calm

5 Christmas lists

4 early mornings

3 spectacled reindeer

2 toilet decorations

And a tantrum about the Christmas tree.

Yes, this year we have seven advent calendars in our house. Do I think this excessive? Of course I do, but it just sort of happened…

1 )We have had a cloth advent calendar for years and years, granny always buys the chocolates for it.

2) a gorgeous wooden calendar (again courtesy of granny)

3, 4 and 5) thorntons chocolate calendars courtesy of Grandma (apparently little man told her to remember to buy them one)

6 and 7) playmobile advent calendars .As the kiddiewinks finally have their own rooms I treated them both to one (bought when on offer for £9.99). Poor littlest kiddiewink didn’t get a WOW one as they were extortionate!