Here are Joe and my stepson James at dinner, getting into the spirit by wearing their cracker hats. In keeping with the occasion, as the family went home our friends arrived and we spent the evening playing Pictionary which has become a bit of a Christmas tradition in our house. This is Sam, Joe and our friend Kirsty.
The winning team... Ben, Jacob and Kirsty's Mum Patsy.
And finally the two I had on my team... Ally and Stewart... both looking like they've had (at least) one too many!! Think I was at a serious disadvantage here!
I think the centre of attraction though was definitely the newest member of the family, my brother and sister-in-law's new puppy, Gemma. Here she is stealing Barley's ball. Not sure he is very impressed!
She finally flaked out. I can't believe Barley used to be that tiny and cute... he seems huge by comparision.
I'm not one to stay low for long and the following pictures arrived last night which definitely brought a smile back to my face. A brief explanation...
Last year I met my friend Jude at the Knitting and stitching show at the NEC. Whilst wandering around Jude spotted a book called "Stupid Sock Creatures" which caused us both to completely crack up with laughter. So for her birthday last November I made her "Mr Sock"... which was my first ever sock creature and the inspiration for my recent sock creatures. Mr Sock has been following my blog and noting his various family members that have been appearing and as a result has decided to go public! So here are his holiday snaps from his recent vacation to Lanzarote... (photos and captions courtesy of Jude and Steve)
"Mr Sock covers up" (swimwear Mr Sock's own)