Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Merry, etc.

I just found a mix CD that Anja made for me last year for my birthday, but I never really listened to it properly. So I'm currently enjoying the sounds of Kate Bush, Coco Rosie and Nancy Sinatra - who needs Christmas music?

Yesterday I delivered cards to some of the family, and I'm hoping I didn't forget too many people. I ran into my cousin's husband, who told me that they deliver their cards on the 24th, which somehow convinced me that everyone does that, and I was an idiot for not doing so... Hello, seasonal anxiety, where did you come from?

Anyway, I came home and Ross informed me that I was a dork for worrying about it, which I was, of course! A couple of people came by with cards yesterday, so it obviously isn't a sacred tradition here to only deliver cards on Christmas eve. And even if it were, who cares? I don't think anyone will get angry at me for giving them a a card on the incorrect day...

I think the worrying was probably to do with Christmas traditions - Henry is eighteen months old, so he's almost at the point where he'll start remembering things, and I want him to have awesome fun memories of the holidays! But I think my awesome fun memories are more to do with people, rather than particular activities.

So my message for anyone else feeling bad holiday feelings: as long as you're not hurting anyone, you're probably not doing Christmas wrong. And worrying about it will suck the fun out of everything and defeat the whole purpose, so, you know, don't.

Aaaaand that's my upbeat Christmas post! Hope you guys enjoy the holidays, if you're celebrating them, and I'll no doubt update with a million photos of Henry and his million presents!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Musician in the making...

Another thing that I meant to share a while ago - you might want to turn your volume down a touch:

He's really into the counting in bit - future drummer, ahoy!
 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My triumphant return!!

Or maybe triumphant isn't the word, but it seems to fit so well... Does that mean it's a cliche?

Anyway anyway anyway! How have you been this past month? I have been doing the usual mix of nothing and everything, and have somehow managed to not post any and/or none of it*.

*And at some point in the past month, I lost my grasp on the English language. So be it.

My last draft had a little story in it that I still definitely need to share: we gave Henry a pickle at dinner, just to see what he'd think. He took a half bite, so a little flap of pickle was loose, but still attached at one end.
Henry looked at it, then looked at me. 'Door', he said.
Then he poked the door - 'knock knock'. Followed by 'hello?' It was the cutest thing ever.

Well, cutest ever, unless you also count this picture:



 Henry and Eddie (Edda and Gerry's son), both looking super Icelandic in woolly jumpers. They came and visited after the mini-Christmas festival thing that happens when the tree in town gets lit. It was great to see them, and they are now back in Scotland visiting family and friends for Eddie's first Christmas.

Also in the category of cutest ever:


 Henry is  getting really into this self-portrait business.

Um um um, what else did I want to tell you about? Vicki's sisters arrive this week, they're staying for Christmas and New Year's, and my Mum will be coming on the 30th (which is my 29th birthday, wowsers).

We put up the Christmas tree the other day, which felt like an achievement. Henry helped me untangle lights...


... and put up the decorations...


And voila!

Hello, tree!

Henry is going to get his hair cut this afternoon, so I'd like to try to get a Christmassy family photo sometime... Heck, I'll settle for not Christmassy, just all three (four, if we include Nina) of us looking decent and in focus. I'll share if it ever happens.