Last Saturday, we invited our church family to join us for Open House in our home. We have done this for the last few years, and it is a good chance for catching up with each other. We ate cake, drank tea, and the children brought the guinea pigs and the hamster to entertain our guests, which was well received.
On Sunday, we had an All Age Carol service at church, with craft activities beforehand. The children really enjoyed this, and we now have a number of new decorations for our Christmas tree.
I have lightened the workload for the children this last week as they really are very tired. We took one day out to go for a walk by the Thames with friends, which was well received. Fresh air, good company, exercise, and a number of different playgrounds along the way was just what was needed at this stage of a long term.
Today we have travelled up to Derby to visit Michael's family for an overnight stay in the run up to Christmas. It is good to see family, and also to get a break from home and our responsibilities there, albeit for a short while.