14 for dinner & some festive fun
This has been on my list to post since the 'big event' but have held off due to the deluge of 'my 1st blog' posts (some good I may add, some rather short). If I leave it any longer it'll be Easter, so here goes with the expectation it'll get buried over the weekend!!
It's a simple blog based around our Christmas week...
Christmas morning and not a creature was stiring... This drives Lesley mad as she's always the 1st up Christmas morning, usually about 5am, and has always been the same ever since I've known her. Even in the days before we were married she'd arrive at my mams at silly O'Clock... Anyway, looks like the big guy has been... spot the photographer..
Finally after much slamming of doors and flushing of loo's, the boys managed to drag themselves from their pits...
Good old Patrick makes that extra special effort....
As the blog title suggest we had a houseful for dinner: my sis and kids, her hubbies m-in-law, my brother and his partner and my aunt and her friend. Table set, emergencies chairs at the ready, all systems go!
Good old Lesley has done Christmas dinner for the whiole family every year since we've been married, even when we moved house on Christmas Eve in a wreck of a kitchen.. my heroine. Mind you, she on the slurp early this year.... Aunt Bessies Yorkshires (I know not traditional with turkey, but the kids demand them!!)
Dinner over we retire to the lounge, and after a chill and a quiz, the Wii comes out and teh dance games begin. Dylan in the swing of it,
Sums up the day perfectly for me!
After the dance off Part I we retire back to the conservatory for cheese and biscuits and Patrick has a lesson off Pops on DOF. Not a bad effort lad...
Now the serious stuff starts!! Pats takes on big bro Josh aka 'shapes' in the dance off, clearly all those years at Uni haven't been wasted as the big lad shows us his moves...
What more can I say, it might not look pretty, but it's effective...all together now Y.M.C.A. My aunt looks on horrified behind me... :-)
Mark and Les get into the Bollywood mood, oh the drama...
Amidst the chaos, Dylan finds some quiet time with his new DS game. Loved the lighting on this.
His dad Lee keeps a watchful eye, and guarding his glasss of wine verrrry carefully!!
All danced out, it time for more party games. this is Dylan concentrating on the chopstick game. You have to pick up as many M&M's as possible and place a each colour in a seperate cup cake holder. Not was easy as it sounds. 10 in a minute was our record, not by me may I add....
Lesley has a go, and you can tell by her shiny nails it's not her who does the washing up!!
We normally always try and fit a walk in over the Christmas period, but the weather this year was soooo bad, plus I was on nights, so we headed back to Ambleside and booked a session on the climbing wall. Joe hanging on in the Bouldering room.
The Bouldering room is a great way of improving technique and building strength. Joe traverses the difficult section.
Josh crosses the corner as his brothers offer some support...... yeah right!!
Eventually we move into the big room and Pats and Joe head up the wall.
Pats tops out, although that harness looks a bit tight, Soprano in the choir next week perhaps??
Poor old Josh has a terrible fear of heights. But give him his due he had a real good go, and the instructor with us did a great job of encouraging him... not like his brothers who relished in calling him a wuss... I thought you were very brave son :-)
Joes flies up the tricky corner route. Ah, if only I wasn't taking pictures I'd have been up there like a shot....
After pancakes and a coffe in the cafe which overlooks the wall, we headed back to the car and manged to grab this reflection towards the main road. Love the old white street lights, they cast great light.
I worked NY Eve, but was off NY day, so had a walk round to our local sports club for teh Old Rivals RU fixture between Vickers and Furness. It was a bracing day and a hard fought contest, including several altercations> Vickers in the red coming way victorious.
It's my neices birthday on Ny eve, and she 'presuaded' her uncle Ian to do a photo shoot party for her friends. I manged to borrow some studio lights off a mate, and we had a great afternoon doing some fun stuff.
Manged to get some interesting shots with a ring light as well.
Of course, it really was about having fun, and the girls didn't disappoint!!
Difficult to get a group shot in the space we had, plus the fill flash on the right had packed in, so this was the best I could manage.
And finally, a belated Christmas gift off the big man as my new boots arrived.. I wonder how long it'll take to wear these out..
That's how we did it this year, a lovely family Christmas and we are lucky to have a squad who get on so well and enjoy each others company.
Thanks for stopping by.
Ian and co.
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