December 2014

We started the November entry with a 'selfie' by Matthew so, to make up for the lack of Cassandra pictures last month, here's her take on the selfie to kick things off...

Here's another picture by Cassandra - this time hand-drawn...

Just one more before we move on to the Christmas Stuff. Back in November, Matthew and Chris created a Lego Star Destroyer and whilst breaking it up decided to see if they could come up with a stable design for a giant Star Wars Tie Fighter. Matthew actually already had a little model and the final result wasn't too bad...

Okay, so on with the Festive Fun. Actually, we'd already had some with the switching on of the Christmas Lights in Aldershot in mid-November but now it was Christmas Show time at school. Cassandra wasn't in her school's production so we skipped that one, however Matthew played a First World soldier in his...

... and got another chance to reprise his rendition of Silent Night on the violin before they all sang it in German and then English.

Matthew Violin at Christmas

As school productions go, it was pretty good - and they certainly put lots of effort in, especially towards the grand finale.

Matthew Violin at Christmas

The weekend before Christmas, we headed up to Southport for a family get-together, including the usual birthday celebrations around this time of year. One treat for the children was the re-emergence after many years thought lost of a set of unfinished domino blanks which Chris used to play with as a child, creating elaborate 'domino rallies'. With four children around, all wanting to build at the same time, really extravagant constructions weren't really possible but this wasn't too bad...

Domino Rally

Back down south in time for Christmas, Matthew had time to build the Gingerbread House that he'd won in the raffle at the cubs Christmas Fair...

... and then it was time to set out the usual goodies for Father Christmas and sprinkle some reindeer dust in the back garden...

For this, we were all rewarded with a nice array of gifts which kept us very busy over the holiday period.

Cassandra's revolved a lot around arts and crafts together with some music (CDs and piano music for her to play) and Lego.

Matthew also got more Lego as well as an illuminated globe and a tablet computer...

... and, from Granny and Grandad, a general purpose knife as recommended by the local scout leaders, ideal for whittling fun.

Hope you had a great Christmas. We'll see you all in 2015. TTFN.