Today the girls returned to school and nursery. The decorations came down. I hauled my ass back to the gym. And 2017 got serious.
Apart from in the tummy area, I can’t help but feel a little flat after a month of fun, sun and partying – sorry, but it was a bit spoiling. Little D keeps asking whether it’s Christmas again soon and whether “St Nicholas” (for some reason she prefers this term), is coming? The answer to which, fortunately, is a resounding no – neither the bank balance nor Daddy B’s belly could bear it 😉
A lot of people were I think pretty pleased to see the back of 2016 for good reason. At a personal level, it had some major highs – the most awesome being welcoming Little O, my amazing smiley nephew, into the World. But it was pretty bruising too – particularly when things started getting out of shape with the the contractors working on our house. Those are months I’m glad to see the back off.
Probably my proudest moment was when Big D gave a star turn in her school nativity play. She was Mary and at 4 years old belted out both word and pitch perfectly a solo that would make even the Grinch’s heart melt. With it she stole Christmas.
Little D is blossoming at home and at nursery. Her, slightly parentally imposed, new year’s resolution was to use the loo and potty, and so far she’s made amazing strides. The potty is covered in Peppa Pig stickers notching up her successes to date. I even managed to take her to Moana at the Cinema yesterday and she got through it – #relief! Is it wrong that I slightly mourn the passing of the nappy stage…?
Speaking of sitting through things, my Dad very kindly invited Big D along with us to watch the Royal Ballet’s production of Sleeping Beauty between Christmas and New Year (on ’til March 14 at the Royal Opera House, Cov. Gdn – and really worth a visit). Its world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magic spells was right up Big D’s street. But with a 3 hour performance (from 7.15 – 10.15pm), I was seriously worried she’d be the real sleeping beauty that night. Fortunately, my concerns were unfounded – she loved every moment, although I slightly suspect her favorite bit was was when Grandpa treated her to an ice-cream at the interval!
It’s her birthday soon – and I can’t believe she’ll be turning 5. We have her party all planned out. The theme will be Unicorn:Popstar (her request – what’s not to like?!), and we’ve booked a room at the Beaufort House for her little buddies – which should be great. Last year we went to Number 11 Pimlico Road. Their entertainment room is also great (in fact it’s where Daddy B had his 30th when it used to be the Ebury) – ahh the good old days ;-). I’m really looking forward to this one, as Big D has only spent a term with her new school mates so there will be lots of relatively new faces. I can’t wait to see how they all interact on Big D’s Big Day.
As 2017 stretches out before us, I’m feeling relatively calm, settled back into my home again and excited about what’s in store for me and the girls. It will be what we make of it.
Wishing you a happy, safe and loving 2017.
Love Mummy B