I do love this time of year: the sights, the sounds, the smells - it's a feast for the senses...
And if ever there was a time to savour the season; I mean, really savour it - soak it, breath in the scents, stand wide-eyed, be in awe, appreciate and enjoy - surely this is it.
Our week has been a wonderful one; illness, infections and bugs have sought to hijack it unsuccessfully... amidst trips to A&E, midnight visits from little people and copious amounts of calpol we have managed to make homemade play dough, bake biscuits, see school nativities, attend a couple of Christmas gatherings, do the rounds of the neighbours, celebrate half-birthdays and write a tonne of Christmas cards... phew!
It's been manic, but it's been lovely... and somehow (aside from a brief spell on Sunday evening when things got really scary with Heidi's illness), I have yet to feel the usual late December panic and feeling of being totally overwhelmed.
Don't worry... there's still plenty of time for that!
One of the highlights of the week was Ava's Nativity (Heidi's performance as Mary above was also awesome, and she was talking about it for days afterwards!) Ava was a narrator, and spoke out her 6 lines so clearly and beautifully. Definitely a proud Mama moment! The children performed every song in Makaton, and it was just so lovely to see our little lady up there singing and signing away. What a wonderfully inclusive idea! Perhaps it was that still in my mind that helped me pick out my favourite post from the linky the week... I adored Hayley's post about fabulously festive Christmas ideas for SEN children. I love the visual and creative way she has approached Christmas with her girls, one of whom has Down Syndrome. Hayley's story is incredibly inspirational, so if you've never popped over to her blog, please do so! It's a wonderful place to nosey around!
In the meantime, you have all been flooding the hashtag with beautiful images... its so exciting to see this community pulling together. I get such a thrill every time I click over and see all the wonderful images being put under #savouringtheseason ... thank you so much for joining in the fun! Every week it grows a little bit more, and every week I find it that little bit harder to pick out my favourites...
But here we go... clink on the links underneath to follow these gorgeous accounts - these ladies really know how to savour this particular season for all its worth!
If last weeks theme was wreaths (and it did run into this weeks too!), then this weeks theme was reading. So many lovely festive books to be read; by both adults and children alike... just check out these lovely bookworm shots...
Clockwise from top left: @letstalkmommy // @frontfortyfarm // @brickdustandglitter // @poppy_creates
What are your favourite Christmas reads?!
So with the big day now being only 8 sleeps away, I'm imagining the #savouringtheseason hashtag may go a little mad this week! Either that, or we'll all be so busy running round like headless chickens we won't have time to even think about capturing it on camera!
In the meantime, why not link up all your festive posts to the linky this week... and don't forget to use the button in the sidebar >>>
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It's that simple!
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