Friday, 30 December 2016

Christmas day catch-up, our own Harry Potter and I'm all the 5's now!

I didn't get round to doing a pre-Christmas post and now we are almost ready to say goodbye to 2016.
The Christmas holiday hasn't really been what I had visions of it being, I had thought i'd have plenty of time to stitch, knit or crochet as I pleased but instead it feels like the time has gone and i've got nothing to show for it.  I can't say that i've even watched anything on the TV either.  It's been a strange one that's for sure.
Tomorrow the decorations will come down and be packed away and it will be time to think about plans for next year.

But, looking back to Christmas day, it was a good one, we all descended on Jenny, James and Oliver this year, they cooked a fabulous meal and it was lovely seeing Oliver so excited over his presents, goodness knows where they are going to put all the new toys and games Santa left!  We stayed until early evening and came home full and happy :-)

One of the things we bought Oliver was a Harry Potter costume, he has watched some of the films and loves them, once he opened this present he wore it for the rest of the day.

We all had a chuckle over how much he looked the part :-)

The girls always put a lot of thought into their gifts but this year they really have spoilt us.
Knowing how much we both love London they gave us the most amazing gift containing 3 envelopes, inside those envelope was.........

 A visit to Buckingham Palace
A gift voucher for a London hotel booking
An E-voucher to Kensington Palace
Breakfast at the Orangery (at Kensington Palace)
A London walking tour, (Kings, Queens, Politics and Power) 
View from The Shard  (O.M.G I'm going to the top of the Shard!!!!!),
AND a three course meal at Marco Pierre White!!!

Oh. My. Goodness!! how cool is that present? I was just speechless what amazing daughters I have.

I'm so exited!!  Although we have been to London many times these will all be new experiences for us.

That they put so much thought into this gift means such a lot to me.  We don't have to do everything in one visit so we are looking forward to arranging a few trips to the capital during 2017.

There was a birthday celebration on the 27th too, Mine!
I have now reach the half way point of my 50's

This time everyone gathered at our house for roast pork and stuffing sandwiches, and of course cake:-)

A lovely grey poncho and a crochet blocking board off Joanne and Gavin
(I got very excited over that blocking board) :-)

The Madame Chantilly chart and the lovely cake forks were from Jenny and James, the jar of squishies were off Oliver, they are mine, and his favourites :-)
The lovely flowers were from my friend Lyn along with a bottle of Amaretto, the Scholl pedi and CK makeup bag and Yankee candle off Stevie and the 'Sisters' figurine was off my sister.
And Mark gave me an M&S voucher which i'm saving for the for year as i don't really like shopping in the sales.

Last but not least, Julie sent me these beautiful knitted gloves.

Thank you Julie for thinking of me, I love them :-)

I really do feel very spoilt both at Christmas and my Birthday this year and few emotional tears have been shed over the generosity and thoughtfulness behind all my gifts.

So that's it for my 2016 blogging, I wonder what 2017 will bring ?
 I've been planning a little of what I might be doing but it's just in my head at the moment, I think tomorrow i will try and get it down on paper so that I've got something to refer to that will help me keep track, some are craft related some are not.  How about you? are you making list of  crafting goals for next year or making some changes or just challenging yourself ?

Whatever you are doing in 2017 I wish you  Health and Happiness

Until Next year


Mac n' Janet said...

Wonderful gifts and the vouchers for London are beyond wonderful.

Barb said...

Oliver makes an adorable Harry Potter. We spent Christmas with our grand children. Children make the day so special!! Lovely gifts and a very happy belated birthday to you!! I'll be looking forward to pictures from London in the future!!

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

Oliver does make an excellent Harry! Cute, cute, cute!!! Happy birthday, Maggie! It sounds like it was a wonderful and thoughtful Christmas and birthday!

Jo said...

Awww, just look at Oliver, he's so cute and he makes a fantastic Harry Potter. What wonderful gifts you received, both for Christmas and for your birthday (happy belated birthday). You're going to have some wonderful trips to London this year, you've got such thoughtful daughters.

Carol said...

What an adorable Harry Potter you have there :) And happy birthday, Maggie--what an amazing gift!

Wishing you and your family every happiness in 2017!

Vickie said...

Oh Maggie! It sounds like 2017 is going to be filled with amazing trips and sights!

Julie said...

Such great gifts, my sister in law and gather recently had afternoon tea at the Shard, they were very impressed (that was a gift from their son).
So pleased you liked the gloves, you said you were making socks yourself over Chrisymas lol xx

Carolien said...

Hello dear Maggie,

A belated happy birthday to you! Have a very good new year to come and yes a great 2017 too ;) Love the small Harry Potter at your place ...
What a wonderful presents and wow! a London tour like this! I look forward to the pictures already :) You have such sweet children! Enjoy, enjoy ...

Have a good day,
xxx Carolien

Desiree Ehleiter said...

Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday, and Happy New Year! Those were certainly wonderful gifts from your girls!

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Happy New Year. You received lovely Christmas and birthday presents.

Lowcarb team member said...

Oliver, is just so cute ...

What a wonderful array of gifts.
Many good wishes for 2017

All the best Jan