Seriously, no hug, no kiss, no chance for me to say "have a great time, don't forget to brush your teeth, change your undies every day, your hat and gloves are in the bag, your money is in your wallet...." you know how it goes, those 101 last minute things parents feel the need to say when all the children want to do is go and be with their friends.
All the parents hung around the playground to give a last minute wave as they all boarded the coach, but even then I only got a cursory glance. He was too busy chatting to his friend, probably about some latest Xbox mission they've been on.
Back home I got down to a bit of present wrapping. This year Thomas has only asked for an Xbox game. I've learnt my lesson where he's concerned about buying things. If he hasn't asked for it that's because he doesn't want it. Quite often I find myself passing things to the charity shop mid-year so I don't go overboard any more buying loads to make the pile look big. Amy has asked for lots of bits and bobs that teenage girls always want so she's got lots to open. Her pile is on the left and Thomas' is on the right.
My cross stitch is coming along nicely. I thought it would take longer than it has but I'm not complaining. I like quick projects these days, I'm a sucker for instant gratification when it comes to crafting.
I've decided to put a few Christmas decorations up, nothing too over the top though until Thomas gets back, so the Nativity is now in place. I've never heard of a mouse featuring in the nativity story but it was Mark's contribution so I'll leave it for a couple of days before moving it.
And I bought this little countdown board as well.
For a bit of festiveness upstairs, (I don't usually bother), I've hung a bauble wreath on the bathroom door.
And put the reindeer list at the top of the stairs.
With Thomas being away it meant I was able to cook just the one meal tonight. I choose lasagne and actually I didn't cook it, Mark did which is very unusual but very much appreciated. It's probably a once a year occurrence and he insisted I took photographic evidence.