December At Last!

Well December is finally here! For us this means our eldest daughters birthday to celebrate and Christmas to prepare for. In case you were wondering this is not our house, we have just the one inflatable Father Christmas out front!

This year our daughter chose our local gymnastics studio for her birthday party location and usually she requests the party theme to be Hello Kitty, One Direction, a Princess of some sort....well this year as it's her first birthday in America we came up with a new theme we hadn't used before....I had to order the partyware online from a UK site, ship it to my parents house in the UK then they shipped it over to us.....totally worth it though!

We always wait until after our eldest daughters birthday to get a Christmas tree and decorate the house, working on the theory she won't grow up remembering her birthday getting mixed up with the Christmas celebrations.

We drove a few miles down the road to choose a tree, of course over here there is always more choice on everything...and Christmas trees were no different! Is it just me or did you know there are multiple types of Christmas trees with different smells, pines, height etc we chose one which was bigger than we have ever had before (10ft) and just went mid-range on price. 

The staff help hubby strap it to the top of the car and we take a slow drive home, two of us then need to carry it into the house and of course we do not have nearly enough lights and decorations for all of it so another shopping trip is now required!

An unexpected unfortunate accident happened this week with our eldest daughter managing to fracture her wrist at school after falling off the monkey bars....we take her to a children's hospital emergency department and she gets seen and accessed immediately, pain killers as a mist up her nostrils, couple of X-Rays and a short wait later we have the results, luckily the fracture is not as big as they thought so she'll just need a splint and assessed again next week.

Out of curiosity I asked the staff how much this whole procedure would cost us if we didn't have health insurance.....minimum $7000!! It certainly gets you thinking about the NHS in a different light

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