Two weeks today it will be Christmas Day and I admit there is a huge amount of excitement in our household this year.

For my daughter, it’s the first year that she understands the concept of Father Christmas.  Olivia’s counting down the days using her very cool re-usable advent calendar and getting excited about the prospect of presents (as long as she’s been a good girl of course).

For my son, it’ll be his very first Christmas (not that he even really understands anything about it). It’s so hard to believe that William wasn’t in our lives one year ago.

For myself and my husband, we’re looking forward to seeing in our first Christmas as a family of four.  But there is something more.

We’re particularly looking forward to marking the occasion in sumptuous surroundings.

You see, our house has needed modernising on a scale never normally seen by man. It’s taken just over one year but the ground floor renovations have at last been completed. There’s still a lot more to do, but at least the immediate work on the ground floor is done. Finally.

I can’t tell you how happy this makes me.

We moved into our house a couple of years ago. We were well aware it would be the mother of all renovation projects; the ground floor needed an overhaul, the first floor needed extending, a general, 2-storey extension needed to be built across the back of the house, the driveway and garden needed landscaping, the exterior fascia of the house needed updating, and it was desperately crying out for new external doors.

Oh yes, and we would have to live amongst all the rubble and havoc while the work was being carried out.

The renovations on the ground floor started around 18 months ago. Walls were knocked down while other walls went up (not in the same places though, that would have been totally stupid). The electrics were updated, a new heating system was installed and all rooms were re-decorated.

I won’t bore you with all the details. They say a picture paints a thousand words so I’ll let these photographs explain what we had to live through…


Hopefully now you can understand our relief that this mess is no more! Yes, it’s been a lot of hard work and our bank balance has nigh on disappeared, but it’s definitely been worth it.

I’ll write a bit more about how we’ve transformed our kitchen and other rooms in future posts. For now, I just want to concentrate on Christmas. The one thing I’m most looking to is cooking the dinner in my kitchen and enjoying it my new dining room. Sad but true!

What are you looking forward to most about Christmas?