A Quiet Morning in the Run Up to Christmas

Today I left the kids alone in the living-room, while I went about the house sorting out a few things. Here is how I found them when I returned:


The twinkling of the Christmas tree and my two kids cuddled up together in an armchair, reading a book – to me, this is the perfect image of a quiet family day in the run up to Christmas…



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27 responses to “A Quiet Morning in the Run Up to Christmas

  1. Perfect indeed, and so very sweet! I hope you and your family have a very merry Christmas!

  2. How absolutely precious. I love the way your daughter has her hand on George; that both look so peaceful. Is she reading on a Kindle? I love mine! Great picture, Didi, looks like you are already having a wonderful holiday season, which is the way it should be. I really think it’s fantastic how much you appreciate those special “none” moments (when it seems nothing is going on but quite the opposite is true) as being the ones to treasure the most.

    • Yes, that’s a Kindle book reader…It’s actually her own (my husband and I still haven’t got one), and she saved all of her pocket money and volunteered to do all sorts of jobs for us so that she could buy it. It took her over 6 months of saving, but she did it…And yes, she likes it, although I think she still prefers holding a real book in her hands 🙂
      You are absolutely right about the “none” moments being special and something to appreciate and be grateful for. They’re also so easy to miss, and I’m doing my best to make sure I don’t…Nothing lasts forever, and these are the things I’ll remember the most when I’m old and grey 😉

  3. Chancy, Mumsy and Crew

    You can not get more precious and adorable than that. What a sweet picture. Hugs and nose kisses

  4. That is a very touching picture! Any thoughts on using it as the Wright family Christmas Card next year?

    • Funny you should say that, that’s exactly what I was thinking when I uploaded it onto the blog yesterday. We’ve already sent all of our Christmas cards this year, so it would have to be next year. Unless I take a better photo until then, it’s likely that it’ll be this one 🙂

  5. Looks like you’ve gotten your Christmas wish for the year. May you have many more such quiet moments.

  6. I love the picture – it’s perfect!

  7. So perfect. The Daughter was home for the weekend and that is how she and Chevvy spent most of the weekend. Curled up together either on the lounge or in bed…such moments are what life is all about.

  8. Now, that’s my idea of a pawbulous morning at home: finding a comfy-cozy spot and cuddling up with a good read. And if the furry one should want to snuggle up on the couch, too, well then all the better! You’ve captured the moment beautifully on film 😀

  9. Kas

    That picture is precious! 🙂 Have a very Merry Christmas!!

  10. Oh Didi, Can I come spend the day at your house? 🙂 I could be there by, well, it woudn’t work. But a girl can dream!

    I left my own kids alone this morning. For approximately three minutes. When I returned downstairs, a bunch of ornaments had been pulled from the tree, broken into tiny shards, and they were in the process of dumping out all their toys into a giant pile. (On top of the already existing pile of all their toys they’d made previously.)

    I can’t keep up! 😦 I don’t know what it is. Having a 3 and 4 year old, I guess. Just part of the territory. Last night I was up until 1am just cleaning! I got into a frenzy, and pulled out the vacuum, not even caring if it woke the kids up. Under the sofa alone, I found goldfish, a lightbulb they’d unscrewed from a lamp (shudder), piles of a sand like substance from a piece of foam they’d received at a show at our church, and of course, Legos.

    There is no end to the mess. I do enjoy these days, when they are little and home with me every day — but I do not enjoy the cleaning!!! 1 am? Come on. I want things to stay neat for at least a day. An hour. Okay, I’d take 10 minutes. 🙂

    Sigh. There. Thanks for letting me get that out of my system! And thank you for the beautiful picture of your darling little ones. I needed it today!

    • Melissa, you’re welcome around our house anytime, whether it’s for a few minutes, a day or a whole month! But before that, I have to warn you that our home is not exactly clutter free and tidy either… With all 3 of us humans being slightly on the messy side and a whippet who loves shredding tissues, toilet roll, etc., our den is far from spotless-clean showroom level … But who cares, right?
      I feel a bit sorry for you with all the cleaning and tidying up you have to do all of the time. I can only imagine how hard it is to raise 2 small children so close in age… I’m always amazed at how much mess little kids can make. But I know you’re tough, and I also know that (despite these necessary little moans) you love it 😉
      So hang in there, my friend, and when you’re too tired, just look away and leave everything exactly where it is… There’s always tomorrow 🙂

      • Didi, Thank you for seeing the good in me, despite my little rant. 🙂 You are such a naturally sweet person, and you really made my day. I think I will read your comment over and over whenever I need a bit of comfort!

        Of course there are messes, but as you know, that means we did something fun, and it’s all worth it. I see this rule exercised in your own family all the time. The organic gardening, the camping — none of it is neat! But yet you pursue, and your family grows because of it.

        You are a welcome friend in the blogosphere, and a welcome visitor to our house anytime! Hope you all had a great Christmas!

      • Little rants are healhy, so they’re welcome once in a while…I am really happy I’ve managed to make you feel a bit better, that’s what friends are for, right? Thank you for your nice words, I’m always surprised and overwhelmed by your appreciation and very grateful for your friendship. I wish I had friends like you in the tangible world, too 🙂
        We had a lazy, fabulous Christmas and I hope you and your family had a great time, too…xxx

  11. Ow…..how sweet!!! Mommy also always held one of us when she is reading.

  12. Oh yes, that is going to be the perfect Christmas card for next year:) How lucky are you to have the camera handy at the right time! I doubt you would get such a feeling of love and togetherness from a posed photo. Glad you had a lovely Christmas … I’m finally getting a chance to catch up on some blog reading, and it’s only 25 minutes from being 2012 here, so I’ll read your next post and then I’m off to bed:)

    • Hi, Sue, and sorry for the late reply…I hope you had a nice New Year’s Eve … I can’t believe you were reading my posts, I’m really flattered 🙂 Happy New Year!

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