14 Days till Christmas by Rose

@ Port Seton

Yup - 14 days to go and today the Christmas Tree came out.

Jack very nicely woke up at 5.20am and no amount of ignoring him was going to make him go back to sleep. Ed very kindly got up and left me to have a little lie in (something to do with the fact that I had been up for 2 hours during the night due to someone’s snoring!) and I finally got up at 8.00am as Jack was clanging the washing machine!

Jack went for a nap at 9.30am, and got up at about 10. Ed and Jack had a bath while I continued getting the livingroom sorted out and re-arranged for the tree to go up. After a quick visit to B&Q for tinsel for the tree and batteries it was home to commence with the tree decorating!

Ooo - sparkly things
Ooo - sparkly things
Found the tinsel and meowing cat
Found the tinsel and meowing cat

Then unfortunately Jack decided he needed a nap, so his tree decorating was abandoned and I was left to do it on my own again!

Decorated Tree
Decorated Tree

Once the tree was finished, Jack handily woke up. So Ed got him dressed in his party gear, and walked him through to the livingroom to see the tree in all its (ahem) glory.

First time he clocked the tree
First time he clocked the tree

He was a bit confused for around 5 seconds, then got really excited and had a good old tug at it!

Look at this Dad!
Look at this Dad!
Smiling for the camera
Smiling for the camera
Licking the chocolate decorations
Licking the chocolate decorations
Investigating mid-way up the tree
Investigating mid-way up the tree

I have also managed to get the first picture of Jack standing up on his own, unfortunately he isn’t facing the camera but the fact that he is more than willing to stand at the tree on his own and then walk over to the couch (3-4 steps) un-aided means that hopefully soon he will be a bit more confident at walking himself.

Standing at the tree
Standing at the tree

We then got sorted out and went up to the Rugby Club for Jack’s first Christmas party.

He had a great time, he got a little bit excited about 10 minutes in when he was playing musical chairs and walking holding Ed’s hand. He thought it was great fun to cruise along the stools set up for the food table at a great speed, and only fell over once.

He had some of the buffet and sat with his little friend Alison (Denham) for the sandwiches and jelly.

Mmmm - sandwich
Mmmm - sandwich
Jack and Alison
Jack and Alison

Then it was on to Tricky Dicky the magician. Jack sat for about 5 minutes of this before Grandma and Grandad arrived and he wanted to go and see them, although Ed certainly enjoyed it and was killing himself laughing regularly!

And, once Tricky Dicky had finished it was time for the big fella himself - Santa. The kids got themselves really excited and were at the window looking for him, when suddenly through the fire exit came the shortest Santa I have ever seen! Honestly - he was almost a dwarf, I swear!

Anyway - jack’s name was called and Ed took him up to see Santa. Unfortunately, Wee-eye’s son wouldn’t move his head for the photo so hopefully Grandad will have a better one for us!

Santa, Jack & Daddy
Santa, Jack & Daddy

We took Jack to sit over at the pool table to open his presents as it was the cleanest place to sit (and it wasn’t that clean really!).

Tearing off the paper
Tearing off the paper
Papers off, and its a Fimbles bath toy!
Papers off, and its a Fimbles bath toy!

For those of you who are eagle eyed, yes the balloons at the party did say "Happy 80th Birthday". I am not sure why, I can only presume they were purchased and not required, a bit of a strange choice for a kids christmas party though!

Showing Grandad his new toy
Showing Grandad his new toy
Playing with Alisons present too
Playing with Alisons present too

We got home at about 5 and gave Jack a little tea, although he didn’t want much after all the jelly, sausages, sandwiches, crisps and sweeties he had at the party.

Then it was a quick play with Daddy again with the red lights.

Playing with the red lights
Playing with the red lights

And then off for a bath to play with his new toy from Santa!

Jack with the Fimbles
Jack with the Fimbles

After a hectic day, Jack is now snoring his little head off in bed, dreaming of sausages and jelly!