Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Christmas time with our 16 children

Well Christmas day finally arrived I'm not sure who was more excited me or the children! 
Last night we were up until midnight as we had to wait for some of the children to go to sleep before we could do anything with the presents. After they were all asleep we could start on building some of the toys, I had got Tillie a huge dolls house that needed building, when Noel took it all out of its box he just looked at me and said  "i think its going to be a late night" after an hour of putting that together we then had to build oscars bubble car, we unpacked that Noel said "it says we need a hammer" we both looked at each other as we both know as soon as we need some kind of tools its a 20 minute search to find it and sure enough it wasn't there so we had to use a battery of the cordless drill, there's nothing like improvising but it did the job so once that was finished we went to bed thinking we would probably have a few hours sleep before they came pounding into our bedroom but i woke up at 6.30 and though they will be up any minute now but i must have gone back to sleep and we finally got woken up at 7.30 so we got a lie in! We went down to get Sophie and Joe up whilst everyone waited outside the lounge then as soon as they came upstairs we opened the door and they all ran into the lounge shouting Santa's been Santa's been! it was so magical there was wrapping paper flying everywhere and children shouting what Santa had delivered. Oscar was totally oblivious to what was going on and just sat staring at all his brothers and sisters opening their presents and little Casper just slept through it all. I remember Tillie being the same last year but this year she was so excited to open all her presents and she loves her dolls house. All of the children were so pleased with what they got and have spent all day playing with their presents.
Once we had finished tidying up it was time to get the turkey in the oven. We had a 10 kilo turkey, it was huge and just fit in the oven. Then we had to prepare all the veg, there was 7 kilos of potatoes and 4 kilos of carrot and swede and guess who had to prepare it all? yep, me and hubby! oh and 6 yes 6 sprouts for Noel and Chloe because nobody else likes sprouts, plus all the trimmings, we also had 50 pigs in blankets but when it was ready it was gorgeous and they all ate it so we have had a totally amazing day playing with toys and board games and seeing all there faces has just been so magical. We hope you've all had a fantastic christmas love the Radfords x
 Max with presents 
 Oscar opening presents
 Morning madness

 Casper and Daisy's 1st christmas, its just too much for Casper he's fallen asleep 


  1. looks like you had a great day hun, happy new year x

  2. Thanks hun we did I hope you did too and a happy new year to you all xxx

  3. Aww that brought tears to my eyes. What an amazing day time that must be in your house!
    I love Christmas I do. You're lucky - we had our 9 year old getting up at 1am - asking all kinds of questions because we hadn't finished at midnight lol.

  4. Totally amazing I absolutely love christmas and seeing there faces when they open there presents its just magical I hope you had a fantastic day I can remember last year we were up till late and our 9 year old daughter came downstairs and we quickly had to take her back to bed before we got rumbled lol x