Ho Ho Ho! Vs Disney!

Ho Ho Ho! Vs Disney!

Merry Easter!

Yes, it may be mid April, summer may (or may not) be just around the corner, but for Little Bear the spirit of Christmas is still going strong.

A while back I commented on how he was still singing Christmas songs, well guess what?  He’s still at it!  And yesterday afternoon, sitting in the warm sunshine, I had to be Father Christmas himself.  I mean, I know Christmas is great and I love it too but please Little Bear, is this not a step too far??

Our trip to Disneyland Paris is now only two weeks away, it’s time to set Mr C aside and shift focus to “the place with the ears” – a great code phrase coined by a friend! 

Little Bear is incredibly excited, and a new found love of Peter Pan is helping this along nicely…and Tinkerbell is everywhere in the park during the 25th Anniversary celebrations, amazing!  He can’t wait to see the castle, and the dragon in his lair underneath; he’s excited about the rides, the hotel, the fireworks; and he’s desperate to meet Buzz and Woody – fingers crossed!

 Yesterday we made a countdown chart which, thanks to Daddy’s wonderful input, I had to draw characters on.  Now, drawing isn’t exactly my forte but check out Dumbo, I’m quite proud.

It’s going to be a very busy trip but lots of fun too, I can’t wait to see Little Bear’s face when we arrive!  And hopefully, Father Christmas will be completely forgotten for a few days!

The Aftermath

The Aftermath

Well that was a crazy Christmas!  I feel like our feet have barely touched the ground since Christmas Eve and now it’s back to reality with a bump.

Little Bear had a wonderful time, and was completely and utterly spoilt by everyone and in every way possible – presents, food, time, and love.  The problem now is that whilst we know it’s back to normal, and so does Little Bear in some aspects, his brain is still in Christmas mode and is expecting the same treatment to continue.  It’s hard for him to understand, but he’s doing well bless him…and let’s be honest, after 10 days of company, I’m willing to still be a bit flexible to save my sanity.

I’m just eager to know when Little Bear will decide to stop singing Christmas songs…I’m not sure how far into the year I can cope with Away in a Manger!

Little Bear has also developed a love affair with the adaptation of “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”.  I can see why, it’s great…just perhaps not 10 times in 10 days!  His favourite part is the added “We’re going on a poo hunt”, his face opens up into the biggest grin everytime he hears it – toilet humour is alive and well in this house.

And the final great threat to my sanity…Playmobil!  Until now Little Bear has had Playmobil 123, the bigger, less parts, less painful to stand on sibling of regular Playmobil.  This Christmas saw all that change.  We now have a box full of microscopic ducks, vegetables, and wrist cuffs…I mean, wrist cuffs?! Why do they need to detattachable?!  I’ll tell you why, to torment parents! 

Anyway, Little Bear loves it so I suppose that’s the main thing…best get back to building a Duplo New York now, the Playmobil family need a holiday apparently – I’m a slave to my 2 year old!

Christmas Week – Thursday and Friday

Christmas Week – Thursday and Friday

We’re already at the end of our Christmas Week and I’m not sure how we’ve survived.

On Thursday we had a Christmas party at gymnastics.  It was basically our usual gymnastics session but with a Christmas themed Hokey Cokey warm up, three times the number of children, and some Christmas pictures hidden around for the children to find.  Little Bear loved it, although when Santa made an appearance he did question me on whether he was the real one or was Tulley’s Farm the real one.  And then Santa had a gift for everyone…reindeer food.  More blooming reindeer food.  They’re going to be better fed than Father Christmas if this trend is echoed across the nation!

Forget Hatchimals, this is the must have of Christmas 2016

In the afternoon we made a sparkly star to help Father Christmas find our house…thanks for the added Christmas craft activity Royal Mail Santa!  And then there was a lot of Christmas song singing complete with flashing Rudolph nose.

Today, Little Bear woke up really early and didn’t even attempt to stay in bed until his sun came up on his clock!  We didn’t even attempt to put him back to bed either, it would have been completely pointless, he was bouncing off the walls with excitement!

With a busy few days behind us today is all about preparing for tomorrow – tidying, cleaning, and finding plates that are only used once a year!  I’ve even had a toy shuffle to make room for some of the new ones.  And Little Bear is just happily playing, still in pyjamas, just enjoying having some time to himself before the crazy chaos of the next few days!

Happy Christmas Eve Eve!!

Christmas Week – Tuesday and Wednesday

Christmas Week – Tuesday and Wednesday

On Tuesday morning we had a minor meltdown.  Little Bear was making up songs and started singing “Father Christmas is rubbish”, to which Daddy replied,”No, you can’t say that or he won’t bring you any presents!”

I have never seen a face crumple so completely.  Little Bear burst into tears immediately and couldn’t be consoled, and it was a good 5 minutes before we could convince him that he would still get presents.  Not the most festive of starts!

In the afternoon we watched Polar Express which is becoming his Christmas favourite, and then went searching for Christmas lights.  We drove past a house which has Father Christmas waving in the window which he loves almost as much as his “Christmas Light Searching Snack”…aka a few chocolate buttons!  Well, it is Christmas!

Wednesday was a busy day with a play date and card exchange in the morning before going to Tulley’s Farm to visit the big man.

It was a wonderful afternoon!  We visited reindeer, walked through the magic elf forest, and so much more.  We made reindeer food – the third bag this year that we now have to leave out having received some as gifts already, I’m a bit worried they won’t be able to take off when they leave here.  Little Bear decorated a gingerbread man – eventually…it was quite a long wait and as soon as we were in the kitchen with Mother Christmas he decided he needed a wee so after a quick toilet break he returned to his workbench.  He stood by himself next to children over twice his age who towered above him but he listened well and copied the others when it was time to decorate, Mr Independent!

He wrote another letter to Santa asking for a trumpet (thanks Nanny Willow!) which he left off his original letter (shame) and posted it in the post box.  He saw some reindeer and stroked their antlers, he watched singing chickens, and then warmed himself by the fire.

But best of all we went to visit Father Christmas in his house in the woods.  We took a sleigh ride with some other children and an elf, and then she left us with a sleeping Father Christmas.  It was a great Father Christmas and he told the children a story before they took turns sitting with him for a photo.  Little Bear got given a star to take to the workshop where we made our own present helped by the elves – a Build a Bear!

It was so magical and definitely something we will try to do again next year!

Only 3 more sleeps!

Christmas Week – Monday

Christmas Week – Monday

After a weekend full of Christmas activities, including a theatre trip and some early present opening, today marked the start of a crazy week leading up to the big day.

Our usual Monday consists of preschool but as it’s Christmas holidays we went to a dance group instead.  Little Bear loves this, plus loads of people we know go to it so it meant we got to catch up with them before Christmas.  He was so engrossed in the dancing and following the teacher that I could have got away with not being there!  At the end I told him we needed to say Happy Christmas to everyone, meaning everyone we know!  I looked round and there he was approaching everyone in the room!!  Nothing like being over familiar Little Bear!

Then this afternoon we had friends round for a pre-Christmas play.  The three of them, on the whole, played really well and us mums managed to drink hot drinks whilst they were, if not boiling, then at least warm!  There was exchanging of cards and presents, with everyone happy with what they got.  Except perhaps my friends as I gave their children big art and craft boxes, enjoy the glitter ladies!

On the topic of presents, it seems our Christmas morning might be slightly drawn it.  I had forgotten that Little Bear likes to read/open/play with everything he opens before moving onto the next present.  I mean, I love that he clearly appreciates new things, and I would much rather it be like this than the opposite, but…we’re on a tight schedule!!! We have dinner to cook!!  At his pace we’ll still be opening presents a week later!

“I was definitely an angel”

“I was definitely an angel”

No no Little Bear, you were definitely a shepherd!  Despite the outfit, and having to sit with toy sheep, Little Bear is still convinced he was an angel in his nativity.

I have to admit, I did well up a little bit when I saw him walk in, but that soon turned to suppressed giggles when I heard him asking around for tissue for his nose!

He did everything he was meant to, sang along, danced in his chair, walked round the room, and stood on stage. He looked quite serious throughout, determined to do things right!

The only issue with the whole thing…I still don’t know what the weasel was meant to be!

Little Bear’s Nativity Debut

Little Bear’s Nativity Debut

With all the chaos and fun of Christmas it’s been a busy few weeks for us, but today, for half an hour, I get to sit down and be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas – watching twenty preschoolers run around a hall forgetting their lines and waving at their tear stained parents!

Little Bear has told us that he is a Wise Man, a Shepherd, and an Angel.  However unlikely it may seem, it appears he is actually an angel given the costume description.  He also proudly told us he has to sing, “Wake up shepherds, shout to the weasel”…now I don’t know about you but weasels didn’t feature in my school nativities! He’s quite adamant though so I can’t wait to find out what he’s meant to be singing.

He’s been practising “Away in a Manger” for the last few weeks as well, and hearing that angelic tone multiplied by 20, well, it’s nailed on for Christmas Number 1!

In all honesty though, I’m actually really looking forward to it!  I’m expecting tears of every emotion, and it will certainly be one to remember!