On Friday I had a pretty busy day. I started off working at Base School for the morning and then headed out to Owhata for the rest of the afternoon. It's been quite good getting to know all the different kids, teacher aides and teachers at the school.
After school I had an appointment to get a manicure and Dougal begged me to come along. I really enjoy having my nails done and it's a lovely bit of pampering at the end of a busy couple of weeks. Dougal was very attentive to what was going on and made little comments about how his nails could 'use a little trim'. I told him that Daddy would do them just like he does Toby's but that wasn't good enough for Dougal. He went on... and on... and on about his nails needing a 'buff and polish' and in the end Aleisha said she'd do them for him... Dougal certainly knows how to get his own way! Lots of people get 'mani pedis' but Dougal gets a 'pedi pedi'!
While we were having our nails done Aleisha's son was washing her car... I jokingly said I'd pay him $5 to wash my car and quick as a flash he got stuck into it! By the time my nails were done my car looked fabulous!
Then it was time to get home because Mum had arranged to come over and go out for dinner with me. When she arrived she gave me a gorgeous Christmas card. In fact I'd seen it a couple of weeks earlier and commented that I really liked it... little did I know that she'd made it for us anyway!
Mum got to have her first look at the art studio and she was very impressed with what Michael has achieved. It is definitely my favourite part of our home at the moment! We decided to have a glass of cider before heading out and we had a great catch up. Then we headed out to Brew since I was keen to have the mussels in Thai broth again. We were really lucky to get a table but it must have been our night because they had a little corner table that was just perfect for us. I had the mussels and Mum got a chicken satay pasta which was also yummy... I know cause I sneaked a little bit from her plate LOL
After dinner we went to Lady Jane's Ice Cream Parlour and got ourselves a little dessert cone each and we went across the road to the park. What a lovely way to end our meal.
As we were heading home I told Mum that there was Carols by Candlelight on at Kuirau Park and we decided to go and join in. When we arrived I heard a little snuffling going on in the car and couldn't quite figure out where it was coming from. Mum heard it too and when we got the blanket out of the back of the car it revealed one small stowaway!
It's a good job we didn't know Dougal was there earlier because we would have turned around and taken him home again... but since we were already out we decided to let him join us for some festive singing. Everyone was in a wonderful mood and there were loads of people without it feeling crowded. We bought ourselves a couple of candles and found a space on the grass.
Dougal kept asking when he could light his candle but with daylight savings we had to wait until almost 9pm before it was dark enough to make it worthwhile. We had such a lovely night and not long after we got home it actually started to rain so we were most definitely pretty lucky!
Dougal was so excited that he got to hold his own candle that he forgot to sing! He sat up with a huge grin on his face and kept looking at his candle... sometimes it's the little things that really make life worthwhile!
For the creative pieces on the first page I used a small photo of a fisherman Santa complete with a net and starfish walking stick... and then I simply added the date star. For the lower piece on the first page I made a little white poinsettia and then added some small green stars to an offcut of patterned paper.
On the Carols insert I added some music printed on vellum along with the die cut words 'Christmas twinkle' cut from glitter cardstock. For the piece in the lower pocket I cut a Tim Holtz lantern and added some holly.
It really is starting to feel like Christmas now xx