Advent 2015 – Day One

Hartleigh has four Advent Calendars this year, and before you think that’s a bit OTT, it may be, but there’s no Advent police running around dictating how many you can have, thankfully!

So he has the usual ‘chocolate-a-day’ one, and he has two ‘build-a-bit-each-day’ calendars – one is a Star Wars 100 piece jigsaw, and the other is a Minecraft Lego creation, his fourth and final is our traditional Activity calendar. For this, I have usually completed all the activities before the start of the month, but this year it’s a bit of a moving beast as I’m making some last minute changes depending on things that are happening.

The first day of December saw the return of our Elf On A Shelf. I had hoped to have him wired by now, but time got away from me and firstly I couldn’t find my wire so I had to buy some, then I needed a quick unpick, which my sister dropped off to me this morning. but I also need a needle to sew him back up. Went to Spotlight today, forgot to get one! So I’m going to wait until the weekend now.

Anyway, here are today’s calendars (I won’t be posting a pic of each calendar each day – the Builders will be every few days when there is something to show, and for the Activity if it’s simple I’ll just post a pic of the card, if it’s ‘something’ then I’ll include that).

Day One Advent 2015

Elf On A Shelf sits atop the ‘Minecraft Lego’ advent
‘chocaday’ advent – duly tested by the mother
Activity Advent ‘Your Choice For Dinner’ = BurgerFuel
The bags hide a 100 piece Star Wars jigsaw

Ten Things I love About You

It’s Sunday evening, and the third term of the school year starts tomorrow, so I thought I would blog about the ten things I love about my son (at ten).

  1. He can dress himself (and organise his clothes, sport gear, etc.) he’s still a bit poor on having laundry in the right location
  2. He can go to the toilet by himself, and knows I should do the same
  3. He has opinions about things, especially when he cares about the subject
  4. He has a super personality, and a great sense of humour
  5. He still loves showing affection , sometimes a bit more subtle than others
  6. He’s a great bartender – pouring and delivering beverages
  7. He’s caring and thoughtful. A little too caring at times. I predict many broken hearts.
  8. I know that if something were to happen to me, such as an accident, that he would be able to contact someone to help us
  9. Whilst still introverted, he is learning to manage situations that are unfamiliar or trying
  10. Lastly, I love that he’s my son. #teamcole

Hartleigh Spiderman 10

Where Have You Gone?

I’ve been back in New Plymouth for just over 9 years now – the only reason I know how many years it is is because of Hartleigh – honestly if you asked me I’d say 4-5 years at the most – the time as flown! Hart is going to be NINE on Saturday. the last of the single digits for my June 2005 baby.

I thought it might be a good time to do a bit of a review of the past nine years.

I moved home (to Taranaki)

I had a baby

I got divorced

I bought a house

I put on weight (a lot as it turns out)

I sold the house (and lost more money than I can deal)

I lost the weight

I fell in love

I fell out of love

I got a tattoo (after 19 years of deliberation!)

I found some fantastic new friends

I’ve said goodbye to some who should still be here

I fell in love again

I resigned myself to the fact that insomnia is now my friend

 

I still fail at most parts of my life

I have succeeded in places I never thought I would

I know I’m not the person I want to be but I’m going to keep trying to get there because it’s the least I can do for Hart. Protect him from making my mistakes. If only!

 

Advent Calendar 2012 | Day 16

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Day 16 already! Today the card was playing board games, something I traditionally associate with holidays, especially summer at the beach. Hart decided he wanted to play cards which was fine by me. We played ‘Go Fish’ with the Ben 10 pack, a little tricky when I don’t know all of the characters lol. Really need to play games more often! Adding that to the resolutions for 2013.

Advent Calendar 2012 | Day 15

Day 15 was another favourite for me, watching a Christmas movie (spot the typo on the card – ooops). With a large number of Christmas movies now playing on all the channels we decided on an old favourite, and despite it not strictly being a ‘Christmas’ movie in the traditional sense, it definitely has a Christmas theme running through it. Hart and I love watching movies together!

Day 15 collage