Monday, January 7, 2013

5 wonderful things... times 10!

I think this is doomed to be a pictureless post - Blogger and my laptop are not playing nicely together tonight...

What a lovely holiday it's been. Like most of the rest of the northern world, we're back to school today, and that's been hard - both boys have been as healthy as something really healthy, but have come home with a general sense of back-to-school-itis tonight (still, they've done their homework, so I can't say they're playing it up too much). A look back over the holidays is well worth it for us, as we all agree it's been a super festive season. Here's a little set of highlights:

5 foods eaten:
  • Mince pies
  • Capon
  • Christmas pudding
  • Salmon
  • Galette des Rois

5 films watched:
  • Brave
  • Star Trek (the latest re-launch - we liked it!)
  • Monster House
  • Super 8
  • The Pirates (in an Adventure with Scientists)

5 books read by boys:
  • Calvin and Hobbes
  • Calvin and Hobbes
  • Calvin and Hobbes
  • Calvin and Hobbes
  • Calvin and Hobbes

5 quotes endlessly repeated:
  • 'Star trekin' across the universe...'
  • 'How do you know you like it if you won't even try it?'
  • 'It's life, Jim, but not as we know it.'
  • 'A prince does not leave his bow on the table!'
  • 'It's worse than that, it's physics, Jim!'

5 gifts given to me (or us):
  • An up-cycled bracelet (more on that when the photos work again!)
  • A macaron recipe book and baking sheet
  • A DVD of the History of Ancient Britain
  • A fruit drier
  • A mobile phone I can keep my diary on

5 exercises tried out by boys:
  • Cycling
  • Walking
  • Weights
  • Getting well and truly stuck in mud puddles
  • Attempted wrestling father to the ground (no actual success at this...)

5 games played:
  • Lego Star Wars
  • Skylanders
  • Spore
  • Keep-the-dog-out-of-the-kitchen
  • Indoor firework displays

5 families at our 'between the festivals' party:
  • An English family from our town
  • A French family from our town
  • A French family from Ben's work
  • A French friend from Ben's work (whom I teach!)
  • Our own family!

5 major things sorted:
  • Cobwebs attacked even in the highest corners of our barn-like ceiling
  • Donated wardrobe in Son 1's bedroom finally put up, to hold ski-wear and all the things that never had a home before
  • Weekend list of chores for boys including changing their own bedding (phew, phew, phew!)
  • Couronne des Rois baked and eaten
  • Time to do my cuttings scrapbooks - for the first time in about a year!

1 thing started and yet to be finished:
  • Making clothes washing liquid out of ashes (watch this space, it's currrently straining)
It's been a lovely holiday. I'm ready for the return to work... almost.


Carolyn Phillips said...

Love the books read!

And don't forget, "There's Klingon's on the starboard bow"

magsmcc said...

Such a lovely list. I bet you'll read it again after a while and it will bring the holidays flooding straight back! Like Wordsworth and his daffodils. I do love that about blogging! I wonder of WW had had a blog would he not have been a poet...

Elizabethd said...

Lovely! So good to read your list.

Jane and Chris said...

Don't fret,Blogger has taken a sudden dislike to quite a few of us!
Jane x

Kezzie said...

Ah, I like this, how lovely! Good luck with being back at school! I'm trying not to mind but now panicking about all the work I haven't done!x

Lorrie said...

Great list - especially the 5 books read by the boys.
Today is back to school for us, too. Rain and grey skies made it bleaker than it really is.

Winkel's Crazy Ideas said...

So glad to hear you have all had a lovely holiday, woked out really well here too. Children went back to school on the third of Jan. and were actually quite cheerful...but they wouldn' t do their homework first day though. Birthdays start soon here, first one on sunday for son 10 yrs. Week after we are arranging a forest party with games and food cooked over an open fire, the week after hubby turns forty, few weeks later daughter turns l had better get baking again :-) hope your week is a really good one, blessings Pam

Healing Woman said...

Love your list! Hope you are transferring your blog posts to a book form. Later, you will be amazed at what it means to your family.

Juanita said...

Oh, the suspense!

Fat Dormouse said...

Excellent to read your list. It gives a lovely flavour of your Christmas break. I hope everyone survived the beginning of work and school.