Sally has no concept of time so doesn't understand what and when Christmas is until it arrives. All she knows is that it is VERY EXCITING. Joshua on the other hand has really understood who Santa is this year and has been giddy every time he has met him. We were getting him going by telling him Santa was bringing lots of presents tonight which lead him to want to meet Santa tonight. So, how do you explain this then! We just put the Simpsons on for him and said goodnight.
Sally was up first so we took her downstairs to the waiting presents under the Christmas tree. She has been wild this week and is waking up extremely excited and raring to go. Wish I could say the same at 5am! Sally has found heaven, lots and lots of presents to open. She became a present opening machine which meant she would rip off the wrapping paper, look at the present and then throw it over her shoulder before moving onto the next one. Joshua soon joined us and opened his presents at a slightly slower rate but was equally as giddy. Once the piles of unopened presents were depleted Sally started looking for other presents at the back of the tree as the process of being allowed to rip open a present, tear paper, throw boxes around the room was just the best thing to do. Joshua had a nice neat pile with his favourite being a set of small Kung fu Panda books.
As the years go by the speed of present opening quickens with a new record this year of about 30 minutes. The morning was spent playing before heading to our parents for a big Christmas meal. Sally and Joshua went to bed happy with Sally not slowing down the whole day but fell asleep as soon as her head hit the pillow. Joshua had spent all afternoon eating and an hour after the Christmas meal wanted a sandwich which he then wolfed down. He really should be obese but is very skinny.
The next day was spent with Tracy's parents with lots of presents opening. Again both children helping everyone open the presents. This was followed by a very relaxing pub lunch in the countryside with both children being little stars and very well behaved.
One last trip out to keep the hyper blood flowing in the children was a trip to the Chill Factor E in Manchester. An indoor ski slope with real snow for some tubing. My sister is back from Spain with her three children so we wanted to give them a Christmas present to remember.
Sally and Joshua loved the tubing, which involved sitting inside a kind of inner tube and racing and spinning down a real snow slope. On every run Joshua had his mouth in the shape of an ‘O' with laughing all the way down. Sally shouted and squealed on every run, at one point she was like a rigid plank her muscles were that tensed up with excitement Both children must get their adrenaline buzz from Tracy and I. Tracy loves rollercoaster rides and I love windsurfing and off-road mountain biking. We are also really pleased that we have found somewhere that we can take the children as days out can be limiting when you have mobility issues. Just a final note is that the staff were fantastic with the children.
And there we have it. A very happy, bug free, hospital free, relaxed and manic Christmas.
It is now the 30th and Tracy and I feel Sally is not quite 100% as she had lots of coughing fits this morning bringing up some green mucus, not a good sign but good that it's come out of her. This involved lying her down my legs whilst gently patting her back to move the fluid around her lungs. We will see what tomorrow brings.
Happy Christmas and New Year.