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Wednesday, 31 December 2003

Christmas type photos...

Here is our Christmas 2003 photo collection. I've just realised - I didn't take any photos during our unfeasibly brief afternoon pre-Christmas in Bexhill, especially annoying since almost the whole family was down there. It was a bit crazy, with lots of comings and goings, but I'm sure we'll have another opportunity.

In a kind of chronological order, then...

Christopher's pre-school performance took place on the 10th December - I wouldn't have missed it, especially considering how quickly our little ones are growing up. The older and younger groups took part, and we were also treated to some carols by the local secondary school band (on the left of the picture).Pre-school play

Christopher as JosephThe Pre-school performance this year (as, I recall, it was last year, too) was a nativity play, with some Christmassy bits added on the end (such as Frosty being a Snowman and Santa getting stuck up the chimney). Christopher was chosen to be Joseph, which gave us one of those "parental pride" moments, and sat, distractedly, at the front centre of the stage throughout the performance, occasionally coming out of his dream world to sing or poke things with his staff.

Here's the traditional photo of the children in front of the Christmas tree. It was taken shortly after the tree was put up, and before some of the decorations and tree lights were chopped off by small hands in conjunction with unwisely placed scissors.Children and the Christmas Tree

Ella's Christmas DressElla, wearing her Father Christmas costume. The hat didn't stay on for very long.

On the Sunday before Christmas, we took Christopher for a special trip to Gulliver's Land where they had a seasonal theme day. This included a small meal, and a visit to Father Christmas, and unlimited rides. The weather was chilly, but at least it stayed dry. Christopher appeared to have a good time, and brought home a "hungry hippos" type game as his gift - a good choice.Gulliver's Land

Chris and EleanorChristopher (or Chris, as he prefers to be known now!) and Eleanor (or Ella, as we prefer to call her) on Christmas Day.

Here's a picture of Beth and Chris, taken on Christmas Day. It's something of a rarity to see him stationary like this - when there are presents to be ripped apart, he certainly resembles the Taz on his waistcoat.Beth and Chris

Ella on Christmas DayElla on Christmas Day. She can pull herself up to standing now, and climbs between the furniture. She can also crawl at an astonishing rate when the need arises (she can spot something she shouldn't have before we can!)

Chris and his second cousin Sammy played very well together. He's about 14 months older, and a little bossy, but they get on excellently. It's a shame they don't get to see each other very often - Sammy's family live in deepest Surrey.Chris and second cousin Sammy

Ella and PennyPenny, Sammy's sister, was born a couple of days before Eleanor, and they're both tiny for their ages because of illness during their early infancy. It's amazing to see two babies interact, as there are no prejudices, and they are completely natural.

This is one of those "I wish there were toys like this about when I was younger" presents - from Christopher's grandparents, who are also custodians of the rest of his rather impressive miniature Transformer (Mini-Con) collection. It's the flagship Optimus Prime which does some clever electric tricks, converting into a robot almost automatically!Chris and Optimus Prime

So there they are... I'm hoping to keep this more up-to-date as we go into 2004. No promises, mind!

Posted by james at December 31, 2003 6:46 PM

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