Our December

The last couple of weeks have been a bit of a blur there is so much going on.  We’ve had lots of Chritmasy fun, an overseas friend visiting, some very badly times potty training and a swearing old couple disrupting our lunch. Here’s a little round up………….

Visit from Stanka

It was fantastic to have our friend Stanka come to stay for the weekend. Stanka is an old friend from Slovakia who now lives in Vienna. We really enjoyed giving her a little tour around Cambridge and having a look around some of the beautiful colleges. It was a treat for us to go into Sidney Sussex College which I’ve walked past hundreds of times but never visited before. The weather was a bit rubbish but we persevered. It was fun to introduce Stanka to mulled wine, minced pies and English pubs.

After two full days with us completely wore Stanka out – a weekend at our house is not very relaxing!

Audley End Christmas train

This was such a magical experience. There is a miniature steam train that takes you through the woods to Santa’s grotto. The train comes to a stop and the elves come out and dance and give sweets to all the children. Then the star of the show Santa came to speak with all of the children. The boys’ eyes were wide with amazement and Sofia was beaming. I think it is the most excited I’ve seen the boys. Sam whispered “It’s really Santa!” The elves are very helpful and take photos for you.Audley End Christmas Train

I would completely recommend the Christmas train as a real Christmas treat. My top tips are bring wellies – the site is very muddy (we forgot!). You can turn up on the day if you haven’t pre-booked tickets, this is what we did. We were quite lucky that we didn’t have to queue for too long (about 30 minutes). There was free mulled wine or coffee for the adults and they handed out sweets and umbrellas in the queue (it was drizzling a little bit). Stanka and I held places in the queue as the kids are not the best at waiting. Next year we will definitely pre-book online.

School concert

This is the first year that Sofia has done a carol concert instead of a nativity play. Sofia sang her heart out and I felt a very proud parent. It was funny to see her as one of the youngest children there compared to the older KS2 pupils. The not so fun aspect of the evening was trying to get the twins to sit still and quietly through the service. There is something about a candle lit church and needing to sit quietly that makes the boys extra wriggly and noisy. I was a bit on edge through the solos and readings trying to make sure the boys weren’t being disruptive. Rolando had to take them out towards the end when they’d reached the limit of being well behaved.

Advent activities

We’ve been busy doing our annual advent activities, this is a family tradition that we have done since Sofia was very young. The idea is to do a little activity each day of December.

My favourites so far have been the 3D Christmas house that I made with Sofia. It was easy to do and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. We all loved the hot chocolate. I found some chocolate covered teaspoons in our local deli for an extra special touch.3D Christmas house

We’ve still got a few great treats lined up – I’m especially looking forward to chocolate fondue.


In a moment of madness we started potty training, not the best idea when we are so busy – seriously what was I thinking?! I promise not to go into too many gory details. I’ve discovered that Leo is a sucker for match makers and with lots of chocolate bribery he’s getting the idea. Sam is having none of it. A particular low point was Sam cuddling up on my lap for a story and then weeing on me. It’s a bit tricky when you have a visitor staying and one of your kids is weeing everywhere!

I took the boys out to lunch this week which was really lovely. Except for the incredibly sweary old couple sat on the table next to us. Every other word was F**k. I was completely cringing. Sam and Leo – do not repeat this word at preschool!

Funny things

Sam made me smile the other day talking about the banana moon – meaning the crescent moon. He also calls aeroplane vapour trails shooting stars.

Sofia is learning the recorder at school and is supposed to practice every day. Forget water boarding recorder practice would make me confess to anything. The boys are not massive fans either. Sofia made me laugh the other day when she said to the boys “Get out of my room or I’ll play the recorder!”

I’m looking forward to Sofia and the boys finishing school and preschool and having some time off in the run up to Christmas.  I feel like we all need a bit of a rest.

14 thoughts on “Our December

  1. Awww what a lovely December!! So lovely to have friends over from so far isn’t it? That train ride looks absolutely incredible! I wish we had something like that near us. It sounds like you’ve had so much fun getting into the festivities. I’m so excited for Christmas!!!!! Merry Christmas to you and all your family. xxxx
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    1. Thank you Chloe. I’m quite happy that today was the last day of term and we can have a few relaxing days (well as relaxing as you can get with 3 little ones!)

    1. Glad it gave you a laugh – this is pretty much what all our days are like, since having the twins. A mix of wonderful and funny with chaos thrown in.

    1. Thank you. It took me a while to figure out what Sam was saying, I thought he kept asking for a banana!

    1. Thank you. I’m looking forward to a bit of a test this week now that school and preschool has finished.

    1. The train is amazing and because we’ve gone every year it is lovely to compare the photos to see the kids growing up. I’ve given up potty training with Sam but now Leo is determined not to wear a nappy so I’m going to have to stick to it with him.

  2. Your build up to Christmas sounds so exciting – minus the potty training. I’m waiting until after the holidays to start with our daughter. We keep talking about it & she knows it’s the plan. I hope it goes smoothly. Chocolat bribery is a great idea – best of luck with it! x
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    1. Thank you I’m feeling so Christmasy this year! Not enjoying the potty training too much definitely bad timing!

  3. Oh no the potty training times!! I’m not looking forward to starting ours either!! I kind of tried a little bit but Sienna is not ready yet. We have the potty out though so she can star familiarising with it more. It looks That train sounds super fun. I should try that. It is always nice to have guests around. It looks like you had a fantastic time!! Your December sounds great so far!! 🙂 xx
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    1. Thank you! It has been so hectic. Definitely looking forward to a bit of a break over Christmas now I’ve had my last day in the office. Good luck with potty training in the new year.

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