High Hopes, Nativities and Beach Walks…#LittleLoves

Jess McGlynnDecember 11, 2015

I can’t believe there are only two more Little Loves left before Christmas…all the excitement!!  I feel a bit more ‘ready’ now having spent a couple of evenings this week wrapping presents and writing cards.  Now I just have to make sure I don’t forget anything next week (the kids are supposedly ‘winding down’ by having something special to do on literally every day next week at school) … I’m sure I am going to get my Panto day muddled with my Festive Jumper day or something.


Still plodding away with Inkheart. I just haven’t had 2 minutes to spare this week as I’ve been racing from pillar to post.  I managed a chapter or two but I haven’t read nearly as much as I’d hoped to.  Hopefully whilst we are away I will manage to get it finished.


The High Hopes Choir on Really.  It’s about an conductor in Ireland who is putting together two choirs in Dublin and Waterford consisting of people who are homeless, living in shelters or who have been affected by homelessness.  He believes music is uplifting for the soul and could have a real impact.  Honestly, I don’t know if I will make it through the series, I will in tears after just the first episode!


It’s a total cheat this week but I will be wearing my new winter hat as you read this post.  Other than that I have just been wearing the usual and trying not to get too wet or frozen on the school run!


I know last week I was harping on about my children but I’m going to have to go there again this week.  Yesterday was Meg’s nativity and I was literally blown away by her.  She had told us she was ‘just a star’ and we were fine with that, loving listening to her practice in her room.  Little did I know when I turned up to watch yesterday that she was actually the star of the show.  I had so many people come up to me afterwards and sing her praises.  Then this morning it was Eli’s nativity and he did a super job.  One of the teachers told me I had the coolest kids so I will take that as a pretty good compliment!  Of course now I have all their songs whizzing around my head but I can handle that.  Maybe.

Here is Meg looking suitably awkward after I insisted that the Headteacher let me take a photo.  Nothing wrong with being a proud mum, is there?!


I am quite proud of the fact that despite having had the busiest week I only missed one day with the elves coming to visit.  We have done card writing and Christmas story telling, and today the kids took some chocolates in to share with their class and congratulate them on the hard work they all put into their nativities.

And Lastly…
I think this time of year is always so hectic and it can be so hard to find time to slow down and appreciate the smaller things but I have to say that this is really my most favourite time of year.  From the cosiness of homes which are decorated to the hilt to the general cheeriness that random strangers feel the need to share with you whilst out and about, the excuse to sing songs all of the time and spending time with family…I could go on and on.  

Earlier on in the week I enjoyed a walk along the beach with the dog and we happened to be there whilst the sun was setting.  It was the perfect time to reflect and take a step back from the present buying and elf organising and just the stuff and to think about the things I am really looking forward to this year.  It made for a pretty good picture too.


  • Morgana

    January 6, 2016 at 11:29

    What a gorgeous picture! I miss walks on the beach, they really do help don't they?
    There is nothing wrong with being a proud mum, I had lots of Nativity related proud mum moment recently too xx

  • Louise Fairweather

    January 6, 2016 at 11:29

    What a beautiful star you have there!

  • Lucy

    January 6, 2016 at 11:29

    I love how many people's little loves involve nativities this week, so glad your two did well. We've had the biggest's this week, and have the other to watch next week. I do love a good nativity. And I'm jealous of your beach walk; I love the beach at this time of year for blowing away the cobwebs. x

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