December has been a brilliant month for us, one of the biggest changes is that Ben is now working from home permanently! He has been commuting to London since 2004, and at times I have felt lonely during his long work days. I know that working from home will have its own challenges, but at the moment we are in a honeymoon period. We make each other lunches, and we have been spending our lunch breaks together going for walks or running errands.

I made him my favourite soup, Butternut Squash and Red Pepper, and although I have not got to grips with food photography (my goal for 2019), the recipe was too good not to share!

Favourite Recipes

The first weekend of the month we took a trip to West Sussex to stay with Ben’s Parents. While we were there we took the kids out for a walk on the seafront. We get very excited about seeing the sea, Ben and I both lived in seaside towns during our early years. Weather doesn’t stop us from having fun on the beach.

School Events

I was invited to special assembly at school because Max (5) was “star of the week” for the work he did during innovate week. He made a superhero cape, and later that same day we were treated to a year 1 fashion show where the children cat-walked in their capes. He was an inn-keeper during the nativity earlier that week. I went with Sam (1) who sat on my lap which means it was difficult to get photos, but it was brilliant. The only disappointment for me was that he wore his home-made costume back to front!! I am consoled by the fact that everyone would be watching their own children anyway. I also had the opportunity to see the school’s wonderful Christingle service at the end of term. It was a busy term for school events.

The children all came home from school at an earlier time on the last day of term and Ben took them all ice skating. I thought Sam would be too young this year, so we hung around the shopping emporium while the rest of the family skated. Max put so much effort into skating solo with his penguin, the older children are better now at skating on their own now.

Christmas Time

Christmas was special this year. We bought our children one present each, and spent the day at home together as a family. On Boxing Day we had our extended family come to visit so it was like having 2 Christmas Days.

Between Christmas and New Year we went to explore Badby Woods in Northamptonshire. On the blog I also shared our experiences of Fineshade Wood in Northamptonshire, and Marston Vale Millennium Country Park in Bedfordshire.

After speaking with my Grandad at Christmastime, he inspired me to write about the 5 generations of Greaves’ who worked in the construction industry, including me! My Granny was the inspiration to me launching a series of 52 stories. I hope to make it a weekly feature on my blog in 2019, my main goal for the blog this year.

I hope you have had a good time over the Christmas period, and are now ready to take on the New Year! Happy New Year to you from all of us.

Clare xx

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