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Countdowners 2014

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Farrowandbawlbauls Thu 26-Dec-13 18:31:56

Yes I know it's still Christmas 2013 for a few more days, but technically, the countdown started this morning.

So..Here we are again.

We will need:

Links to other threads about bargin hunting
Links to sales throughout the year
Links for decorations
Links for days out
Links for any good electrical sales
Links for budgeting
Links for really good gifts for men as they are generally the harest to buy for and grandparents/in laws.

There's no harm in starting a list now either for what you need to get next year, learning from this year and previous years.

The top of my list I must remember to write a card to SIL T&S, every single year they have sent a card and I've failed to send one in return for the 3rd year running now. Ditto Claire.

Must remember to buy crakers from M&S again, they were fantastic.

ChestyNutRoastingOnAnOpenFire Mon 08-Dec-14 14:22:00

<squeeeeeee> a puppy? How lovely!!

Yes let's start tomorrow, 1st one on starts fgrin

SevenSwansASwimming Mon 08-Dec-14 14:00:13

Why are we not doing sleeps threads this year anyway? Should we start tomorrow?

SevenSwansASwimming Mon 08-Dec-14 13:59:33

We don't really have a colour scheme, it's very much a family Christmas tree. The DCs each choose one nice tree decoration each year, so we have a random selection of pretty ones. They also made decorations last week from air drying clay using Christmas cookie cutters. They're messy and covered in glitter and look like they're were made by a 3yo and 6yo but they loved it, and I'll have plenty of years when they're grown up to have a perfectly decorated tree.

We're going to look at labradoodle puppies tomorrow in the hope of getting one in January.

ChestyNut Mon 08-Dec-14 10:07:03

Tried PMing her Seven but doesn't work, hope she's ok sad

So far do good with ChestyDog <crosses fingers>
Check up at vets later.

What colours did you go for on the tree?

SevenSwansASwimming Sun 07-Dec-14 18:05:11

mama how did telling DS go?

Hope chestydog is feeling better soon fsad

We put the trees up on Wednesday, enormous real one in the dining room and an artificial one in the front room. They're very top heavy though as DD2 keeps pulling the baubles off. Getting the tree was lovely, there was a deer running along the country lane in front of us which the DCs loved. I've got about half of my wrapping done this week too.

Where is smiles?

ChestyNut Sun 07-Dec-14 08:13:25

I know, it's such a worry sad didn't sleep much worrying bout him.

Watched hunger games, very good!

Have a fab day!

MamaPizza Sat 06-Dec-14 21:26:31

Oh, and what film did you watch?

MamaPizza Sat 06-Dec-14 21:18:39

Oh no, ChestyDog is not having a good time sad

Got the box ready, bursting with excitement.

ChestyNut Sat 06-Dec-14 19:47:39

Even out for lunch and cinema but came home to a poorly ChestyDog fsad

Let me know how tomorrow goes!

MamaPizza Sat 06-Dec-14 11:30:52

Yes, Nikolaus has been! He has brought a lovely warm winter onesie (for the video and pictures tomorrow fgrin), snowman socks and chocolate.

I haven't eaten yet today, yay to losing weight! ...

Are you doing anything special today?

ChestyNut Sat 06-Dec-14 11:19:03

Thankyou mama fsmile

Happy St Nikolaus Day! Did he come to DS?

Sounds so exciting! He'll burst with excitement I bet!

Boooo to the sickness but yes helpful as part if a calorie controlled diet fgrin

MamaPizza Sat 06-Dec-14 10:22:55

Happy birthday Chesty! Hope you feel better.

Sorry for being quiet. Work is madness at the moment - assessments, marking of assessments, marking of books on top of it, report writing... Will be back to the living near the end of next week.

Also not well with sickness. DS wasn't well early this week and now it has hit me. Ah well, a few more pounds to be lost before the big day, silver lining...

We are telling DS tomorrow! Picked up the tickets yesterday, also got a few Euros already which will all be added to the big surprise box. In the box to break the news we have:

- cuddly toys (husky, reindeer, santa, snowman)
- a ten day countdown for him to cross out and get excited with
- a map with a flight path from here to Lapland
- the tickets
- Euros
- Picture collage of where we are staying
- a personal invitation letter from Santa!!! It looks so good, got it on ebay.

So excited! Will video it fgrin

ChestyNut Fri 05-Dec-14 20:00:15

Mrs hello! Awfully quiet around here fsad

Ha be been out for birthday eve drinks and feel a bit squiffy!

MrsChristmasVamos Thu 04-Dec-14 20:58:01

21 sleeps

Oh. My. Blardy. Gawd. fgrin


ChestyNut Tue 02-Dec-14 22:14:26

Ha ha....damn you auto correct!

23 sleeps fgrin

ChestyNut Tue 02-Dec-14 22:13:43

We sleeps all!!

<slips mrs diazepam>

Are we normally on sleeps threads yet?

Where O we're is Smiles? fsad

MrsChristmasVamos Tue 02-Dec-14 20:52:00

<runs in screaming>





<runs out screaming> fgrin

MamaPizza Tue 02-Dec-14 19:51:08

My tree is finally up!

Chesty, at least yours matches, mine doesn't. Need to get new set of baubles and stuff in the sales for next year now that I have an ivory and olive lounge.

ChestyNut Tue 02-Dec-14 17:10:29

I need to attend CFAA (Christmas Film Addict Annonymous)

Well the tree is up, I'm not sure that silver, teal and white is vey festive but matches my decor fgrin

Need a few more bits to decorate the room tho.

mama is yours up?

MamaPizza Mon 01-Dec-14 19:38:13

Two Christmas films in one day? You go girl fwink

DS loved his advent calendars. Yeah, I know, he has two... One Playmobil one Usborne books. Both pretty cool though fgrin

Going to decorate the tree now, had to send DH out to get more lights, as the old ones are far too short for the big tree. At least we got a good stand at B&Q it's safe now.

ChestyNut Sun 30-Nov-14 20:46:56

Can't wait to open door one fgrin

I ran out the other day Seven fshock luckily managed to get a prescription.

I watched The Santa Clause and Home Alone today.

SevenSwansASwimming Sun 30-Nov-14 20:10:55

Calendar looks lovely chesty. I'm doing ok, but I forgot to take my tsblet yesterday and could definitely tell this morning.

Advent calendars to fill with sweets tonight, then I may put Love Actually on and wrap presents! fgrin

MamaPizza Sun 30-Nov-14 18:43:57

Oooh, a Yankee advent calendar, how cool!

I need to get it done Monday as every other day is full with stuff - dentist, give blood, visiting friends...

ChestyNut Sun 30-Nov-14 18:16:28

I decided to wait until Tuesday.

How are you doing Seven?

Early birthday present fgrin

MamaPizza Sun 30-Nov-14 18:07:16

Just in time, Seven! Hope DD feels better soon.

Well, I had no luck with the tree, the stand is not strong enough, because I decided to go for 8ft this time without thinking it through fhmm. Need to get a new stand tomorrow and then I can hopefully have Teresa Green in my house fgrin

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