I can't believe it's been three weeks since we all headed back to work properly after Christmas. Both Jase and I have had a mad time at work and haven't really had time to do anything extra at all. On top of that, poor Jocey has been really unwell and had the winter vomiting bug for about 6 days, resulting in both of us having to take time off work.
I guess the impression that the festive season was a long time ago was compounded by the fact that I had to work in the week running up to the New Year, so only had a week's break.
We did manage to cram quite a lot into the festive period and had both sets of parents down to spend time with us in London. Mum and dad were the first to arrive and spent Christmas with us.
The girls were thrilled to see their Gung Gung and Po Po and really enjoyed all the extra hugs, kisses and attention.
I think this was the first Christmas that Lauren actually understood in terms of the actual celebration of Christmas and may be the first one she will properly remember. Jocey enjoyed herself but still didn't really understand what the fuss was about!
Christmas saw the house full of family; we had my cousins Amy and Antony over on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day we had Jason, Charlotte and George, Charlotte's dad and his partner Jen over so it was a really merry affair.
The girls and the grandparents also really enjoyed playing with George. It was fantastic to see the children all so happy together. I cooked roast goose with all the trimmings and was very pleased with the outcome. There were many happy faces at the dinner table; I was glad that it was all well received.
Charlotte provided a lovely Christmas pud for dessert, which everyone greatly enjoyed some time later, when we felt ready to eat a little bit more. On Boxing Day, we had a more laid back affair and had a wonderful beef rib roast. The children did more playing and everyone had a lovely time.
Lauren had a great time pretending to be Dora the Explorer and made Jocey Boots the monkey. Quite apt for a little girl who discovered a great new game - swinging from our standard lamps.
When Jocey wouldn't co-operate and wanted to do her own thing, I had the honour of being the monkey!
However, the girls did play a lot together and clearly had a lot of fun in the process.
We were sad to see them go on the Monday after the Christmas weekend but didn't have to wait long before Jase's parents came to spend some time with us. When they arrived on the Tuesday, the girls were thrilled and somehow knew that the festive fun was bound to continue for a bit longer.