Fuelled by Ferrero Rocher and coffee. The daily scent of Christmas Eve by Yankee Candle. Boys hiding in every nook and cranny - their cheap, Amazon-bought nerf bullets (damn you Santa!) pelting your skin when you least expected it. Snoring Cavalier King Charles as the soundtrack (on repeat). Too many Bayview Luxury Hot Chocolates to keep count of. Long fresh walks with intermittent sprints to shelter from storms hammering down outside. Stodgy turkey and cranberry sandwiches with a pint in The Nook. Listening to the fast-paced American accents of all those mad people come to see the Giant’s Causeway in winter. Lost in our thoughts on a daily basis in an abundance of breathtaking sunrises and sunsets.
This was Christmas by the sea. Summed up here as best I can in a series of snaps and sentences.
Some other random notes:
- I lived and breathed The Affair and This is Us when I was off. I sobbed…and I mean SOBBED so very hard at This is Us. Then I told Andy about it - barely - as I was sobbing too hard when I tried to describe it - and re-watched the entire season with him, only to sob all over again. Wow.
- Because we didn't have a visit from Alfie The Elf this year, I treated the boys to Christmas Eve boxes from This Box Rocks. I highly recommend this lovely local company! What a fab idea and our three loved every single element in that box.
- I started a new Christmas Eve tradition this year as Santa left pyjamas not only for all three boys on Christmas Eve, but mum and dad too :) He also left memory books from the year that had passed - from holidays and family shoots etc. These went down an absolute storm with the boys and I will definitely do it again (it's also good to have a deadline for making family albums!)
- I knit so many snoods, blankets, wraps and newborn rompers this Christmas that I have barely had time to block and finish them! Just the rhythm of the knitting was comfort enough.
- I read Tools of Titans and made so many notes that I’ll have to spend another week re-reading my notes and condensing them.
- I started journaling again and am absolutely loving The Five Minute Journal.
- I am so grateful for a place by the sea, boys who laugh from the belly, space and time to breathe and collect our thoughts, big walks and big talks, a home-from-home and a crazy little kid whose imagination allows him to believe that his fake motocross bike is a real motorbike, so much so that he has to kick start it every time he gets on it.
- For the first time in 20 years of togetherness we stayed in on New Year’s Eve. It was important this year that we somehow didn’t say goodbye to the old but instead welcomed the new. So, we got up early on New Year’s Day and walked in the dark and cold until we found the perfect spot to watch the New Year sun rise in the sky. There we waited with a flask of warm coffee until the sun rose beyond those perfect waves rolling across the sea. It was divine…and perhaps one of the best things we’ve ever done.