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December Favourites. Christmas Themed.

Welcome to this December round up. We’ve reached the end of 2017; I have no idea where the month has gone. It has sped through very quickly.

Looking back it has been relatively busy; which is probably why it feels like it went so quickly.

Ralph the Reindeer

For the past few years we have had a special Christmas Team to make December fun, and help with the excitement. The children love the reindeer the most; well better than the elf or the Penguin. To be honest we haven’t been particularly active with him this year, a little disappointed with myself for not keeping up with him; but we have been busy.

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Nights Out

It isn’t something I do a lot of these days; I have low confidence and I just love being at home with my little family; even when they do drive me nuts some times. But this month I ended up on THREE nights out, one with the Majorettes’ Committee, which was such a giggle – including Naughty Secret Santa; which ended in me receiving The Puppetry of the Penis DVD. Another night was with Mums from Reception Classes; I don’t normally go out with people I barely know; but I am pleased I did as it was a lovely evening.


Finally work’s Christmas outing, again another brilliant night out; where we have all agreed we need to do it more often!

School Performances

My son was included in the multiple school choir concert, which was lovely. He really enjoys performing. This month also saw Little Red’s first Nativity; it was all very sweet they were all so good performing.

Festive Trip

We took our annual trip to Killerton House; where they had themed their decorations on Wind in the Willows, throughout December the children loved it!

We then took a trip into Exeter for lunch and some shopping. The children were all beautifully behaved.  It was really nice to spend the day as a family.


Cinema Trip

A long with a friend and her little one, we took a trip to the cinema to see Paddington Bear 2 it was a lovely treat for the girls, the film was really good.

December Inset Day

Little Red and Baby were invited to go to Little’s friend’s house, where other girls were there too, they had a brilliant time, dressing up, giggles and lunch. It has been lovely making new friends.

Majorette Christmas Party

End of the year Majorette Christmas party which was nice, fun to have a dancing partner too.


Christmas Fairy

As an offer from the Charity in which I volunteer, there was an opportunity for Santa to visit children’s homes who have lost a sibling. As Little Red isn’t keen on Santa, we requested a Fairy instead, they loved it, each of them receiving a gift, it was a very special half an hour.


Melody’s Christmas – random acts of kindness

Each year I say to myself that visiting her will get easier, that decorating her will be an “Okay” tradition. But it isn’t 5th one since we lost her, and still as painful as the first one. It really will never be okay that she is in a cemetery away from the warmth of her loving family. Yet it isn’t something we will stop; at least not for now.

Christmas decorated headstone

We usually buy her gifts, garden ornaments or candles, but couldn’t find anything we liked; I am reasonably fussy on what we do get for her. So this year we decided to do random acts of kindness. There are three I won’t reveal, it was nice watching from afar on how much the recipient enjoyed our offering. We candy bombed cars, and benches, even our local café too, that was fun! Finally we donated books to the school in Melody’s memory; the school really loved them. Books and stories are so important to our world.

Secret Santa

A few years ago as there are a few of us in the house; and it can get busy and low funded; we decided to start a Secret Santa – although whilst the youngest two can’t really read or shop alone it isn’t quite as secret as you or I would imagine. Names do go into a hat; we have a budget, and then shop for our selected person. They love it and have asked to do it every year, will be nice when it is fully secret. I was given a notebook, pencils and a diary.

Christmas Part One

This year our Christmas Day is celebrated on Boxing Day. The girls here at home have had small gifts from Santa, but the fairies will deliver Christmas Day night, ready for our Christmas. It always weird when they’re not around for Christmas, we usually go away but this year decided to stay at home, watching Christmas films including Wallace and Gromit (okay not entirely Christmas, but I remember it being on at Christmas), we had pizza for lunch.

Christingle Church

This year we also went to the Christingle Service, wrote Melody’s name on a star for the memory tree, it was lovely going with friends.


Christmas Part Two

10:30 Boxing Day Morning our Christmas finally begun! The children returned, it was absolutely wonderful, piles of presents, which I had collected over the year (spreading it over the year is so much easier. I cannot wait to restart). I’d brought my older two the Instax Cameras, which they love, Little Red also has a camera and Baby Red a Rainbow Tea Set.

They all seemed to love every minute.


I received an action camera, kindle (I can once again play Township!!), loads of books to read! (I know the irony of having a new Kindle AND new books).

My Mum in Law came to lunch where we had a Fry-up (well, grill-up), that was lovely; followed by my Father in Law visiting in the evening, with my sisters in law too. It was a wonderful time.

I really hope you all had wonderful December.

My Cheerful List Christmas Week

Welcome back to My Cheerful List. Each Sunday I share with you things that have made me cheerful during this past week. In times where life can feel overwhelming, it is nice to try and find something, even if it is one thing that has made us Cheerful. Week 17.

It New Year’s Eve!

This week of course saw Christmas Week.


Christmas Eve

I took Little Red to our local Christingle Service with my friend and her daughter; it was a lovely service, Little was a little overwhelmed by it all, the church was busy with many adults; as well as children. Maybe next year she will understand it a little more. Returned home my older children as I have mentioned before were at their Dad’s for Christmas Day this year. So we just had the two girls to put to bed. It was quiet.


Christmas Day

Mr and I were excited about the morning ahead, to see the girl’s faces when they find a couple of presents had been left for them. But we were awake an hour before them; the one day we could have done with a lie-in the girls SLEPT! Maybe it was their Christmas present to us!! They only had a few parcels as the main Christmas Day would be when their older siblings returned. The girls loved their presents.

We had Pizza for lunch!


Cheerful Boxing Day

The children returned at 10:30am but it felt like forever waiting for them to be collected. It felt so wonderful when they turned the corner towards the car. Our Christmas period could begin.

A mountain of presents; nothing really expensive, just little things I knew they would love. Father Christmas had brought them “boring” things like socks and underwear – why should he get all the fun?!

My Mum in law came for lunch and spent the day; which was lovely. Followed in the evening my Father and Sisters in Law popped in for a visit for some supper. It was really lovely. We don’t do it nearly enough. Busy lives I guess.


Family Time

We had the most wonderful of days as a family, we had no plans. Unfortunately I had stomach pains for most of the Christmas period, and my biggest had been struck down with viral flu, feeling groggy; so planning anything wasn’t really in our thoughts. I did see the GP, but it wasn’t until my pains had almost settled. I’m not particularly forward at visiting the GP.

These winter bugs are crazy this year. I really hope no more will come.


I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.

This is my final Cheerful post of 2017. I have some great things lined up.

I have been a little lapse with it all recently; having some time away – apart from this regular post; I hope I can return with a good clear head.


Happy New Year. Have fun and stay safe.


The Red Head Diaries




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My Cheerful List – #16. Christmas.

Welcome back to My Cheerful List. Each Sunday I share with you things that have made me cheerful during this past week. In times where life can feel overwhelming, it is nice to try and find something, even if it is one thing that has made us Cheerful. Week 16.

I am once again unsure of where this week has gone; there hasn’t been a great deal of things I have done this week. But what I have I will list.

Final Week of Term

Once again the week has gone so quick. Which is good as the term has been an incredibly long one, and quite hard on the children too. Still we’re glad it is done, and that they’re now home for a few weeks; which is the best part.

Christmas Work Do

The Dinner Ladies all went out for the evening, it was lovely; not something we do very often, but it was lovely and we’re planning on doing more. They really are a lovely bunch of women.

Christmas Crackers

Final Work Days

I know a little work related, but it was a real lovely time at work this week. The children all very excited for the coming week; but most of all was that the fundraisers for the school (“Friends of…”) had raised enough money for all the children who don’t normally have hot lunches to have them and not charge the parents. They each had a lovely Christmas Dinner, followed by Chocolate Cake and Custard. Was busy trying to feed the whole school in a short pace of time, but they really did seem to enjoy every single minute. It was lovely being a part of it.


Cheerful Festivities

On the final day of term a friend and I went to our local farm shop for a spot of cake; which was lovely; followed by in the evening with my eldest and different friends a spot of late night shopping. It was crazy; I am definitely relieved to have not needed a lot, I have really enjoyed shopping throughout the year and will do so again next year – it certainly made things a lot easier; although I will do the stockings earlier, as it is my least favourite thing to do; I don’t even know why!

Christmas Play

Mini and Baby were invited to have a play around Mini’s friend’s house, with other children. They both had a brilliant time, food, dress up lots of giggles and fun, neither of the wanted to leave.


First Gift of Christmas

Another year of visiting of a grave of a daughter we only got to know for a short while. It generally hasn’t gotten easier, especially this time of year.

grief at Christmas

Christmas Eve today, although we’re not having our Christmas Day until Boxing Day this year, so we have an extra day to wait.

I hope you all have a safe and wonderful Christmas.

Merry Christmas to you all, thank you for reading.


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My Cheerful-Christmas List #15 One week left!

Welcome back to My Cheerful List. Each Sunday I share with you things that have made me cheerful during this past week. In times where life can feel overwhelming, it is nice to try and find something, even if it is one thing that has made us Cheerful. Week fifteen.

I am once again unsure of where this week has gone; there hasn’t been a great deal of things I have done this week. But what I have I will list.


Mum’s Night Out

It was a Christmas evening out with Mums who have children in reception. It isn’t something I have done before; or thought I would go to that one. But I pushed any anxieties I had and just went with it. I am glad I did; I didn’t drink; but it was nice to go out with different people.



Mini had her first ever nativity this week; although she didn’t want to be a traveller; she did seem to enjoy being on the stage. She looked like she enjoyed the singing. It, to me did feel incredibly bittersweet; how I should have had a nativity last year. When I went to my son’s first I was newly bereaved and pregnant with Mini. How everything changes; everything is so different, but we’re all the same too.


Cheerful Special Visitors

Thanks to Somerset Charity Towards Tomorrow Together the children had a visit from Father Christmas’ helpers in a form of a fairy and an elf. My older two were away for the night, but were left parcels. The younger two loved it; they had a story read for them as well as their own parcels too.

Majorette Christmas Party

End of year party for my children’s troupe. I had a wonderful time with the other girls from setting up through to dancing the night away, and packing away too. The children seemed to have had a wonderful time too; we barely saw them.

Christmas Decoration.


Fundraising Bingo

Our final 2017 majorette event; it was a fun evening at our annual Christmas Bingo; busy but good fun.


Not sleeping particularly well lately; so I do hope this week will bring better nights rest!

Hope you have a good week, that it isn’t too stressful. This time next week it will be Christmas Eve!

Thank you for reading My Cheerful List.


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My Cheerful List – Week 14

Welcome back to my Cheerful List. Each Sunday I share with you things that have made me cheerful during this past week. In times where life can feel overwhelming, it is nice to try and find something, even if it is one thing that has made us Cheerful. Week Fourteen.

The week hasn’t been overly full of things which I have done. The week has certainly gone by super-fast!


Christmas Night Out: Take One

Majorette Committee night out was last Sunday evening; we had a brilliant time – well as company; We didn’t go much on the place we chose to spend the evening, without mentioning the venue, we’d most likely not go again. They were very slow in service (minimal customers), and quite pricy. BUT as an outing; I cannot remember the last time I laughed as much as I did, tears and almost struggling for breath. It was lovely. We talk all the time and work together for the troupe; but we don’t really socialise a lot outside; we’re all really busy; it is wonderful when we do.


Carol Concert

My young man is in the school choir, this week they got to perform in our local Guildhall along with three other schools, as per normal it was brilliant; he loves every bit of performing he can. He did also have a DVD showing of a “university” project; but unfortunately bad Mama forgot! But he forgave me.  Once the concert had finished we treated the children to dinner out.


Christmas Preparation

This weekend I had attempted to blitz the upstairs of our house, being ruthless and donating or throwing things which we no longer use. I am looking forward to decorating in the New Year; a complete overhaul I think. Present wrapping is almost completed too.


Girls Day Out

Today (Sunday), a friend and I took our four and three year old out for the day; took them to do a little shopping, some lunch at McDonald’s (their choice), then the best bit – a cinema trip; we watched Paddington 2. Now I will admit; I love the books, I love the bear and even the series growing up; but wasn’t overly keen on the first Paddington. But I really, really enjoyed the second one; so did my girlie. It was lovely.

Cheerful Moments

This week the husband and I decided to perform random acts of kindness, donations to the school, candy cane bombing and a third – which I am happy to stay anonymous for; although it was lovely to watch from a distance to see it was received well. We’re going to do two more, which we can’t decide exactly what yet – but it is of course in memory of Melody. We haven’t found a gift we like for her this year; we simply couldn’t do anything for her; so we decided to do things for others instead. One for each week she was with us.



I hope your week has been kind to you. We have so far had no rain – but I can see we will be needing boats before long as the local rivers begin to burst.

Stay safe. Have a good week.

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Christmas Outing – Killerton House and Exeter.

For the passed few years we have embarked on our own family tradtion by visiting a National Trust Property with friends. This year it was just us; although missing our friends, we had a wonderful day.


Killerton House

Each year Killerton House decorates their property with a film, which so far seems book themed. It is always lovely. The people who put it together work really hard and pay a lot of attention to detail. Last year it was Fairy Tales; which included a very creepy Sleeping Beauty; the children remembered her well.

This year is Wind In The Willows. Used to love watching and reading it as a child; we have some of the series on DVD now.


Pretty Grounds

Walking from the entrance to the house the trees are beautifully decorated with giant baubles, and statues. Every year the children always like to pose with them. Each year we say we will visit when the weather is warmer; each year we forget!


Killerton House Christmas Tree



We were greeted with a very lovely volunteer, who spent a moment explaining the theme and the various badgers which are hidden around the property. The house is transformed into a magical fairy tale.

Each room has a beautiful Christmas tree, matching colours or themes. Making eyes wide with excitement.

Toad Hall

Toad of Toad Hall

Train Station

Dining Room with naughty Weasels – Bullet Holes all over the room.

So much effort, and if you’re a National Trust Member then, there is no entry fee.

We only did the house today and not all of the grounds like we usually do. But we still had a brilliant time. The children loved every moment exploring the house.


We decided against a picnic at the house – too cold. Although it has been known before to picnic in the cold or rain!

We had a naughty KFC, followed by some Christmas Shopping.

We took visit to the Christmas Market, where there was a steel drum band, who were awesome. The youngest slept through it on Daddy’s front (in the sling), whilst the others either hppily watched or danced.

It was such a wonderful atmosphere.

The children were all really, really well behaved too. They’re not bad children, but sometimes especially baby – run wild a little; making it almost impossible to do a lot. But I really wouldn’t want it any other way.



I love our Christmas outings, I do wish we could do more with them sometimes, like Santa visits, Lapland or Disney – but it just isn’t possible. But I know that they do seem genuinely happy with what we do with them.

What are your favourite festive family days?


Three weeks to go!

My Cheerful List #13

Welcome back to my Cheerful List. Each Sunday I share with you things that have made me cheerful during this past week. In times where life can feel overwhelming, it is nice to try and find something, even if it is one thing that has made us Cheerful. Week thirteen!


The week once again begun with sickness, but thankfully not for long with a swift return to work. It certainly has been a long couple of weeks.

To be honest there hasn’t really been a lot to report this week; the various bugs has left me fairly tired, and not much energy to do a lot.


Being cooped up for days, lead me to needing to get out walking the school run again, definitely helps bring the energy levels up. I don’t drive when it is icy; I am not a huge fan of driving, so I will be walking a lot more.



I have never had any real confidence; it is always been something that has bothered me. So I popped a status on my personal Facebook page; just as a release.

What’s on my mind? I wish I had more confidence. Setting up Little Daffodils and being committee for Majorettes have helped greatly. I’ve never really found making friends easy. I often find myself standing away from the crowd, at school or other social situations. I’m not rude, or at least I try not to be. I guess I’m awkward, to the point where I felt I wanted to change Kelsi’s choice of school, I thought it would be easier. I’m glad I didn’t because I wouldn’t have met the Mums I now have. I am not really sure what I’m saying to be honest. “I’m not crazy, my reality is just different from yours.” that’s the truth. I am actually nice. If a Mum has her face in her phone or stood away from the crowd it’s not because she’s rude, it’s most likely nerves. No particular reason to post this, just an outlet rather than on my blog. Why the hell are school runs such a mountain? . Anxieties are a bastard, but am grateful for the Mums who make it better. !”


Something I wasn’t expecting happened – friends, new and old replied how they too felt the same as I did. It was almost like a huge weight taken from me, I am not alone in the way I have been feeling. I am glad I opened up.


School Play

This week I was my son perform in his Year five play – Oliver Twist – NOT the musical, there was no watered down version – Bill Sykes really DID kill Nancy. My son played the part of Bill Sykes (along with two other boys); Most of the characters were played by more than one child, and Oliver was played by both boys and girls. They all worked so hard on it. He loved every moment; with even a decision to what he would like to do AFTER secondary school. A very proud Mama!

school play



Cheerful Days – Christmas

Work filled the week days, but as I said before; my energy levels are terribly low just now. Saturday we had our annual day out at a National Trust Property. We usually go with friends but sadly due to personal circumstances they were unable to join us – we really missed them though.

The theme at the house this year was Wind in The Willows, as always it was brilliant; which I will share more in the Christmas Series this week.

Tea Time

Afterwards we paid a visit to Exeter, and the children were AMAZING! So well behaved; it was a real pleasure to be out with them. Sometimes it can get very stressful; I am not perfect – far from it. But our outing was just lovely. It really was perfect.

Thank you for reading. Not long until Christmas.


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