And the tests are over too. To round off the year on a high note, my son achieved two of the items on his wish list this week. I am so happy for him.
I took Smiley back to her old school for their annual Christmas play: she was treated like a returning celebrity, and loved all the attention as well as the drama and the music.
Letting go of the festive competition
I bought no new decorations this year, not one. Some of the bulbs are gone on the (coloured) Christmas lights. And I don't care. I spent too much on the kids, but I'll worry about that in the New Year. A few people got left off my Christmas card list: I hope they'll forgive me. I did a quick clean of the main rooms of the house on Tuesday (before the babysitter arrived) and that's all I'm doing: the kids want to spend time with me, not listen to the hoover. There will be no big Christmas dinner because no-one wants one: we will be having roast chicken with Tiramisu for afters and the table will have little more than a seasonal cloth covering it.
I'm going to enjoy all the pictures of other people's festive tables and their Christmas feasts and not worry that ours is a bit different. At least no-one will be eating pizza here for Christmas Dinner any more.
And finally, I hope you all have a very happy day tomorrow, whether you celebrate Christmas or not. See you on the other side.