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Energyofasloth · 20/12/2019 21:36

I have some last min Xmas wrapping to do which I dread 😩
Pick up veg from Tesco ready for the big day and the turkey/sausage meat from the butchers.
Drop off some presents to extended family whom are not with us this Christmas.
& then to lounge about with my 10month old DD and see how many times we can watch frozen on repeat before DH pulls the last remaining hairs he has left from his head 😁

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ThisMustBeMyDream · 20/12/2019 22:09

I've had the most relaxing 2 weeks off work, fully prepared for Christmas with not single thing left to do. Went back to work yesterday. Am in on sunday too. So what do I decide to do today/tomorrow as the kids have already broken up? Go to London. On the train. With a 7 year old (who has adhd/autism) and a 4 year old (who has arseholeitis apparently). On my own.
Thought it'd be fine. Booked tickets for Stickman as the boys love it.
So far it has gone like this... I had travel sickness for 1.5 hours on the train. One of the kids would Not Stop Talking. For the entire 2 hours. Get to Euston, and find myself being charged at by a crowd of hundreds unexpectedly when I am walking in one way towards the exit, and a train everyone must have been waiting on is called out. 4 year old sustains some knocks to the head as a result of arseholes.
Finally make it to the tube. It is unseasonally warm. Like 13 degrees outside. And we are dressed for 4 degrees.... then as we start the walk to our hotel, the heavens open. I was drenched. Head to toe. My coat, it turned out, didn't have a hood. And you can't put an umbrella up when you have 2 kids and a wheely suitcase to hold on to.
So then I had to pay an early check in fee to freshen up, as was just planning to drop the luggage and run. So we all change in yo dry clothes, and I dry my hair. Great.
Back outside. Rain has stopped. Hallelujah. Get to tube. One kid is whingeing. Its 12.01 and we haven't had lunch (just two brioche, a packet of crisps, a banana and an apple 1 hour previous Xmas Hmm ). The other is bored.
The moans continue until we stop for lunch at 12.50. We make it to Stickman, amazing. Show is brilliant and kids seem happy.... until 3/4 way through when the one with Autism has a meltdown as he didn't get to touch the blow up ball being thrown about the audience. You ever tried getting a mid meltdown kid plus smaller other kid, bags, coats and all that, out of a theatre mid performance? Yeah..... that was beautiful. A moment to treasure.

Once all emotions are in check, we try to carry on with our day. Winter wonderland... a magical experience I am assured. No idea if that's true, as once we did the very long walk through the park to the entrance, the heavens opened once again. One ride for one kid in the pouring rain... then sat for 45 mins under a canopy we eventually found. Rain didn't ease. Had to do the walk back to the tube station with 2 crying and wet/cold kids.
Gave up the idea of a tube, and got a taxi back to the hotel, where we ordered food, and have been safely ensconced ever since.

We have another full day tomorrow before our train home at 7.30pm.

And I'm back in work again first thing sunday.

What the fuck possessed me to do this?!

Oh and one of my kids shouted out over lunch, "MUM DO YOU REMEMBER THE TIME THE MONKEY GOT IT'S WILLY OUT ON OUR CAR AND YOU TOOK A PICTURE, CAN I SEE IT AGAIN?". Fuck off kid! Seriously!!!

Ps. Anyone got any good ideas for saturday in London? I was planning to take them to Trafalgar square to see the tree and for the carol singing. Not sure after todays events!!!

Kahlua4me · 20/12/2019 22:09

We are supposed to be going to visit family for lunch but not sure I want to drive in the pouring rain.
It took me 1.5 hours to do a 15 minute journey this evening so not looking forward to going further tomorrow. Sad to cancel but don’t want the stress...

Tillygetsit · 20/12/2019 22:09

Doing a 400 mile round trip south tomorrow to see my nan then 200 mile round trip north on Sunday to see OHs family. With 3 kids in the car. Pray for me 😣

AuntieStella · 20/12/2019 22:10

I'm visiting PILs

Expecting a nice time with plenty of Wine

Deelish75 · 20/12/2019 22:10

Got a Sainsbury’s delivery first thing and then off to Bluewater to go ice skating and see Father Christmas

Pick turkey up and clean house

DC and I off to London to look at shop windows and see lights.

Mrskeats · 20/12/2019 22:11

In a hotel as it's dh's birthday today
Bit of shopping and lovely lunch
Too many gins today

EatDiamondsForBreakfast · 20/12/2019 22:12

Friday night: clean/tidied the whole house (again) while DH visited his parents & brings MIL back with him
Saturday morning: should go and collect some food bits but don’t want to Blush
Saturday afternoon: kids & I going to a pool party. Really should get that food....Xmas Grin
Sunday: off to visit friends, meeting at a pool (it’s hot here! Lol), 2 hour drive, over night stay
Monday: zoo then home to a clean house!

SoMuchToBits · 20/12/2019 22:15

Working all day tomorrow and Sunday (12 and a half hour shifts), then Monday picking up food, cleaning house, making trifle. Sister arrives that evening.

Tuesday go for a swim, lunch out, other guests arrive in the afternoon, make mince pies. Out for dinner with guests.

Wednesday (Christmas Day) work all day... Guests fend for selves.

BenevolentEzza · 20/12/2019 22:15

Working this weekend 😊

superram · 20/12/2019 22:16

Go to the museum of London or museum
Of childhood. A bit quieter than the South Kensington ones. Forecast for rain until 1pm. Also did Ww in rain today-was shite.

PumpkinPie2016 · 20/12/2019 22:17

Tomorrow, I am planning to take DS to a Christmas craft session at the local library before having my hair cut.

Tidying the house up - it's very messy at the moment!

Watching something Christmassy and doing the last bits of wrapping.

Oh and dropping my mum and dads presents off on Sunday.

I am fortunate to be off work now until Jan 6th so once all the jobs are done I can relax.

ThisMustBeMyDream · 20/12/2019 22:18

Thanks @superram. They like Museums, so good shout!

Mammyloveswine · 20/12/2019 22:22

Grandparents and DH are taking dc out tomorrow so I can get wrapping done... he's then going out "for a few drinks" tomorrow night.. Sunday I'm taking the dc to story time with Santa and then DH will join us to go see the Christmas lights!

Jupiters · 20/12/2019 22:25

I'm working... Next day off is Boxing Day (finish at 7am).

cheninblanc · 20/12/2019 22:26

Having some much needed us time with my husband, the teenagers will lie around watching friends whilst enjoy an afternoon in the pub. Have a good time whatever you are all doing

Turquoisetamborine · 20/12/2019 22:26

We have to take one child to play in a football match tomorrow and the other to a birthday party in soft play hell. Feel like dropping out of the party but we won't as I know how shit it is to have a birthday this time of year.
We are going to a lovely restaurant afterwards.

Sunday we are picking up my niece early on and going to visit my H's grandma in her care home then going to a national Trust place which will hopefully be festive.

ooopsupsideyourhead · 20/12/2019 22:27

I’m home alone this evening while DH is meeting friends at the pub and the toddler sleeps sweet deep dreams, so, I’m neck deep in the new series of Mrs. Maisel. We managed to fit in the supermarket shop between work and dinner, glad it’s done!

Tomorrow we are hosting a children’s christmas party. Quite easy as it’s a Jacobs Join so my contribution is a venue and crockery. DH and I will squabble over who gets pre or post house clean tomorrow Grin

Sunday is another Jacobs Join, this time somewhere else with another group of friends. My contribution is a cheese board.

I’m pretty sure I’m going to get away with cooking nothing until Monday. I’m winning!

Ragwort · 20/12/2019 22:31

Working (retail), genuinely don’t mind as I have a lovely team & lovely customers. Christmas concert tomorrow evening and a carol service on Sunday morning before working in the afternoon. Feeling very relaxed and festive. Smile

SanFrancisco49er · 20/12/2019 22:38

Very little except decorating Christmas cake, watching Die Hard, and cleaning the house (which I like doing😊)
And eating all the best bits of Christnas food, the seal is officially broken on that 👍

Willow2017 · 20/12/2019 22:38

Working till 8pm both days so out from 11 -9pm.
Have to finish wrapping a couple of presents and still to decide what main we are having Xmas day! Nothing fancy prob just chicken as have a pork roast in freezer for rest of week. We don't need a big turkey nor like it.😀

Working up till 5 on Monday and Xmas eve so not doing much else except try keep house tidy and prep veg.😁

666onmyhead · 20/12/2019 22:45

Drinking bolly and watching Graham Norton 😂

DivisionBelles · 20/12/2019 22:48

Town in the morning tomorrow for coffee and a last bit of Xmas shopping, then The Big Christmas clean and tidy up tomorrow afternoon. Shopping for the fresh bits on Sunday, followed by a lazy afternoon hopefully.

Charlottejade89 · 20/12/2019 22:51

Visiting my family in Devon. My mum has kindly offered to babysit so going for breakfast with dp in the morning, and thennoit for drinks with dp, my sister and her husband in the evening. Childrens 1st birthday party on sunday afternoon, so I hope I dont get carried away on the drink or I'll be losing the will to live

loriat · 20/12/2019 22:57

Panto on Saturday with my sister and her grandchildren, then babysitting our grandson on Sunday as his parents are working. Looking forward to spending time with all the children.

Lndnmummy · 20/12/2019 23:00

Sorting out our house which is just a chaotic mess at the moment. I have family coming from overseas so it desperately needs doing. I will do as much as I can but I might have to resort to a spare bedroom being used as a junk room and deal with it after the new year. Dh has done all the Christmas presents (for my family too Blush) and wrapped it all. And has planned and ordered all the food. I have been working ALOT. So this weekend we need to sort ourselves out properly with the house. Our toddler has moved into his own room this weekend too so we might have some unsettled nights.

I need to take the boys (7 and 18mnths) for a run around too. It’s too boring for them to be stuck indoors. We do swimming and park run which saves all our sanity.
I’m really run down and annoyed at myself for letting the house get into such a state. Trying very hard not to being a martyr but ...

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