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22 December
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Getting ready for Christmas…

I can’t believe Christmas is upon us already. In many ways it feels like last Christmas was minutes ago, but in others it feels like it was years ago. Last year I was stroking my tummy and stuffing my face with chocolate while Tom ran around the kitchen cooking the Christmas dinner. But this year I have no excuse not to pull my weight in the proceedings – and we have our little Buzz to add into the mix too. I know he’s too young to understand that it’s a special time of year, however I’m sure he’s going to enjoy having me and Tom at home for a couple of weeks doing nothing but playing with him and showering him with love and attention. I can’t wait. It feels like Tom and I have been so busy in the past few months – it’ll be lovely to just regroup as a family again and shut the world of writing and band-life out for a little bit. Next year is set to be a crazy one – so it’ll do us good to get some chill time in before that!

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In preparation for having fourteen over at our house on Christmas day, we’ve had a practice run with the dinner. The Judds and Willis’ came over at the weekend to try out our new brussels, parsnips, carrots and nut roast recipes. Judging by the fact that everyone was suitably stuffed at the end of it (having gone back for seconds AND thirds) I’d say the meal was a huge success. Hurrah. Roll on the big day…

Buzz update… It seems he’s only been crawling a short while, but this week that has progressed to him pulling himself up into standing with the aid of the sofa, my leg, or anything he can get his hands on. He’s having so much fun exploring his surroundings and seeing what he can do – it’s utterly gorgeous to watch. I think we’re finally saying goodbye to his cold – I’m so thrilled. Seeing him poorly was so horrible – and irritating! And the best thing about him being well again is that he’s started sleeping through the night again! Hurrah! This week he has slept 7 until 7ish. Fingers crossed it continues.

And that’s all from my days this week… the only other exciting thing to have happened was that I got chased by some swans and geese while having a little walk with Buzz. Petrifying and funny all at once.

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I wish you all the merriest of Christmases – whether you’re surrounded by family and friends, or having a quiet one.

Big festive love flying your way!

Gi. Xx

30 December
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Our favourite time of year came with a touch of sadness…

Christmas is always a magical time in our house – my husband starts playing carols immediately after the bonfires of Guy Fawkes night have been extinguished, and the tree is up pretty quickly after that. Both of our families come to ours – and this year they were all looking forward to there being a bump to rub and talk to all day long.

 

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Although, sadly, our Christmas plans didn’t quite start the way we’d hoped. On Christmas Eve our much loved ginger cat Marvin passed away. It was the strangest thing ever, and if I’m honest it still doesn’t feel real. He was sat in his favourite spot in the lounge, and simply looked like he was in the middle of a peaceful sleep. Marv was very ill last year, and we almost lost him then, so we’re very grateful to have had that extra year and a half with him. There was no sign that he was poorly – he was eating, playing and giving us kisses as normal that morning. If anything he was being more affectionate than ever. Because of that, we don’t believe he was in any pain.

 

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I know a lot of people think highly of their pets (something non-pet owners probably don’t understand) but Marv really was special – he was one of a kind with the most awesomely loving personality. We’re so saddened that our little dude is no longer with us, but are grateful that he was a part of our family.

With 12 guests to feed and a whopping big turkey in the fridge, Christmas Day still came with all its madness – a nice distraction from the previous day’s events.

This year it was Tom who took over as chef on the big day (as I’m six months pregnant I was banned from any responsibility), and my oh my he did a wonderful job! He took the task very seriously and practised his potatoes, stuffing, carrots, parsnips and Brussels beforehand. All were superb. It was a real feast and, as is tradition in our house, everyone had to roll away from the dinner table once it was all gone.

 

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The evening was spent stuffing our faces further with chocolate (mostly me) and cheese and wine (everyone else), whilst watching Doctor Who and playing games of Pucket (the best game ever invented – my sister is the champion) and Heads Up (ridiculously funny).

Boxing day was a lot calmer, with us going for a walk to feed a donkey and horse before curling up to eat even more chocolate.

 

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Unfortunately after that my body decided to stop fighting the cold/cough I’d been struggling to hold off– meaning we had to cancel tickets to see the wonderful Tom Hiddleston at The Donmar in Coriolanus. Gutted, but I didn’t want to be the annoying lady in the audience who coughed and spluttered throughout!

 

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I’m still full of snot (lovely), but looking forward to welcoming 2014 – I just know it’s going to be a magical year for so many people!

Happy New Year!

Love Gi. Xx

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