Christmas round of a claw* in pictures – month nine, December 2013

Christmas round of a claw* in pictures – month nine, December 2013

I’ve stumbled through this December in a blur of cheese, booze, family and twinkly lights. Now my head’s aching, so I’m not going to try and write about Austin and Gwen’s milestones. It would come out as gibberish.

Instead, here is our month in pictures, with a handful of words.

Austin and Gwen’s mischievous games continue apace.

This month, a favourite was box-car riding, amid the mess and mayhem that is our front room.

Austin’s fourth birthday was in November, but his party was held this month; a joint bash with a little friend.

We unimaginatively opted to hold it at a local soft play centre. Just like last year. Luckily – probably due to the fact that, for him, it happened a quarter-lifespan ago – Austin’s memory of his last birthday was hazy. So the experience was just as thrilling for him as the first time he’d ever set foot in the place.

He performed as a King in the pre-school carol concert. Here he is, practising his regal wave to teary eyed subjects parents.

We spent Christmas at home this year. It was our first time in this house, as a gang of four. Here we are, about to lay out provisions for Father Christmas and his helpers (the picture was taken by our dear friends Tom and Peter, who joined us for dinner that evening).

‘Mummy, Daddy, Father Christmas has been! My stocking’s full!’

One of my best awakenings ever.

About an hour later, Austin was joined by Gwen, who didn’t quite get it….she kept saying she wanted to thank Father Christmas.

Later: a drizzly stroll in the park, with new brollies.

This gift – Pig Goes Pop – was Austin’s present from an old school friend of mine. It was a HUGE hit; he insisted on playing it for hours on Christmas Day.

I had plenty of offers of help with Christmas dinner from our little kinglets. Despite their eager involvement with the cooking, they barely touched the duck in orange sauce I’d spent hours preparing (bitter……me?…..never……)

A few days later, Gwen chose to hide in the children’s play area during our shopping trip to Westfield Stratford (probably the safest option for her, given that it was rush-hour busy all day long, with queues to get into some shops).

We saw a lot of our family this month. Our first houseguests were Austin and Gwen’s Granny and Grandad; then their Grandma. This shot was taken on my cousin’s balcony, where we met up with another gang of relatives. And we’ve just said goodbye to Dave’s brother and his family, who stayed for New Year and have been entertaining us with West Country tales of ghosts, monsters and Scooby Doo.

Christmas and New Year have come and gone, and we’re pooped. But it’s been a grand month, and I have high hopes for 2014.

Happy New Year to all, from the Pigeon Pair and Me!

*’A round of a claw’ is what Austin has learnt to call a round of applause. For more about its origin, visit month one, April 2013.

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  1. Mummy of Two
    January 3, 2014 / 7:58 pm

    Great photos of what sounds like a fabulous Christmas. Happy New Year to you!

    • Nell Heshram
      January 4, 2014 / 10:23 am

      And to you!

  2. January 3, 2014 / 8:03 pm

    Some excellent memories here, what fab photos

    • Nell Heshram
      January 4, 2014 / 10:23 am

      Thanks – I hope we’ll be able to remember it when we’re old and crusty!

  3. January 3, 2014 / 8:11 pm

    Wow, what a busy month! I love the photo of Christmas Eve and the walk in the rain with the umbrellas…so sweet! Lovely set of photos and some great memories 🙂

    • Nell Heshram
      January 4, 2014 / 10:25 am

      The walk was cute – Austin insisted on sheltering Gwen with his brolly the whole way!

  4. Claire Toplis
    January 3, 2014 / 9:25 pm

    Awwh what beautiful children

    • Nell Heshram
      January 4, 2014 / 10:25 am

      They don’t scrub up too badly 🙂

  5. Louisa
    January 3, 2014 / 9:34 pm

    Lovely photos, they tell the story of your month so well 🙂

  6. Jenni Clutten
    January 3, 2014 / 10:00 pm

    Blimey, sounds like you’ve had a very busy December. The photo of you all together is charming!

  7. January 3, 2014 / 10:26 pm

    Happy New Year!

    Amazing family photos – birthday cake, smiling faces and even the word Saurus in there – what more could one ask for ? 😉

    • Nell Heshram
      January 4, 2014 / 10:26 am

      Gotta have a Saurus!

  8. Steph Curtis
    January 3, 2014 / 10:27 pm

    Wow that does sound busy! But lots of fun 🙂

  9. January 3, 2014 / 11:57 pm

    happy new year 🙂 lovely pictures!!

  10. Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily
    January 4, 2014 / 12:49 pm

    Aw lovely photos – Happy new year x

  11. AMummyToo
    January 4, 2014 / 3:44 pm

    Gorgeous pics. Lovely to see such busy fun. Happy new year x

  12. January 4, 2014 / 7:03 pm

    Ah, I love round of a claw, & sounds like a marvellous month. Love the brollied sleeping bag pose & the rather magnificent cake. We have pig goes pop too, or we would have if I hadn’t ‘mislaid’ it …

  13. Sarah B
    January 5, 2014 / 1:18 am

    Super photos, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  14. dragonsflypoppy
    January 9, 2014 / 8:40 pm

    Gorgeous photos – so full of life and joy and happiness. Happy new year lovely lady xx

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