Well we have had a lovely Christmas...we made it to Kennilworth OK as there was no more snow, so once we were past our drive and road which were pretty slippery things were fine. The roads were fairly empty so we were able to make good time, arriving just as the mincepies came out of the oven! It made a great elevenses keeping us going until lunch. Alex enjoyed having his grandparents to himself, especially as it meant that he could play with Granny and Grampa Pete's quad bike. The others arrived about 45 minutes later and the chaos started! The boys get along very well and had a lot of fun playing games with balls and bats. Kath then produced the crackers which contained whistles of specific notes so we were all lined up to play music which was very funny! Then it was time for Champagne and nibbles...delicious onion tarts, mushroom puffs and sausage rolls. During the pause before dinner we let the boys have a run outside in the garden with the football, to work off some of the excess energy while Jenny and I shivered, and then came in for more food. The traditional turkey dinner was wonderful and followed by more mincepies or raspberry crumble. Yummy...I ate far too much! After dinner we had more fun in the sitting room (a cousin pile up!) and then it was time for the presents. Alex was in small boy heaven...he had more than 25 cars as part of his presents, including a remote control one from us. The other boys were delighted with their presents as well. Finally we had a game of pass the parcel which Alex was rather confused by, although he did join in and enjoy it for the most part. Then it was time for us to go home with an extremely tired little boy. Once we had settled Alex (which wasn't easy), Tim and I had a gentle evening watching a movie. All in all it was a lovely Christmas day. We decided a while ago that as we wouldn't have time on Christmas day morning to do Alex's stocking we would have presents in bed this morning (Boxing Day). It was so much fun playing together as a family and watching Alex enjoying opening his presents and playing with them. He has been playing with all his new toys all day. Although we tried to go out to the park this afternoon the snow has got to that nasty icy slippery stage and we had to give up and came back home after only a short trip to the corner shop to get some more milk. I have even had some time today to play with my new presents..Tim Holtz distress inks, blending tool, craft sheet and new Crafty Individual stamps. I have never played with the distress inks before but really like them. This first card fits with the thank you card theme from PTW for this week. The second card is a birthday card for someone who loves birds and uses all Crafty individual stamps, distressing inks and stazon black ink. This fits with the CCC challenge of a celebration. I hope you are all having a lovely holiday season.