Sunday, 2 January 2011

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all! I hope you have had a good Christmas, didn't it whizz by in a flash? We have had a very good Christmas here, everyone was well and the little ones have enjoyed the holidays immensely. Here they are on Christmas morning opening their presents.

All gifts were very well received and I think everyone got pretty much all that they wanted. Mr P treated me to a very lovely Pandora bracelet and three lovely glass beads. We had a lovely Christmas day with the in-laws, and then spent Boxing Day with my family. My sister had very exciting news on Christmas morning, her man had popped the big question and had bought her an engagement ring. I'm not sure when the big day will be but sometime in the next year I'm guessing. We were all very pleased for her, she seems to have picked a good un this time

We haven't done an awful lot during the holidays really, lots of time spent indoors playing with new toys and just chilling out. I have managed to make good progress on my big ripple blanket and it has really grown, still a way to go yet but progress none the less.

We did manage a trip to London on New Years Eve and had a pleasant afternoon visiting the V & A and the Science museum. I love the V & A, such a beautiful building, those Victorians certainly knew how to do things in style.

New Years Eve was spent with my sister and her man, we enjoyed a meal and saw the new year in together. Daisy stayed up to midnight for the first time too. She thought it was all very exciting.

I must admit, I am pretty glad to see the back of 2010, it has at times been a difficult year and certainly not one of our best. I haven't made any new year resolutions as such but I would like to make some changes this year that will hopefully make life better. It will be interesting reading this list back in a years time to actually see if any of these have happened.
Wishes for 2011

1) Loose weight and get fit (top of my list every year!)

2) Find a part-time job that will fit around my family and hopefully give me back a sense of purpose and direction. I have loved being a stay at home mum, but I feel it's time now to find a job and rediscover the deeply buried work/career side of me. I do a couple of cleaning jobs which I hate particularly as I know I am capable of doing so much more.

3)Be organised and not leave everything to the last minute all of the time. Being more organised will hopefully free up more time for crafting.

4)Learn a new craft (I have enrolled on a quilting course in January so hopefully that will be it).

5)Spend more time enjoying my family.

6)Find somewhere for our family holiday that doesn't disappoint. I really fancy going to one of the Greek islands but I hate the whole process of trying to find the ideal location and then being disappointed as it invariably doesn't live up to my expectations. Anyone got any holiday recommendations?

7)Find and cook a new recipe each fortnight. I am so bored of cooking the same teas, definitely time to expand the family's taste buds.

So there is my hastily written wish list, whether I achieve any of it only time will tell.

I will leave you with a picture of my smiling little man, who has been a real joy over Christmas. He is so excited about his up and coming birthday in January oh to be 7 again!

and a picture of Daisy sleeping in, we have done lots of this over the holidays, it's going to be a real shock having to get up for school again on Wednesday.

Till next time.


  1. Sounds like you all had a lovely christmas, happy new year and all the best for this one
    Hugs Pene x

  2. Daisy's quilt cover is lovely! Glad to hear you had a lovely Christmas. My cousin's just bought a Pandora bracelet with her Christmas money and it's so pretty x

  3. Lovely post Alison and a happy New Year!

    I'm totally with you on the new recipe a fortnight - I've resolved to do just the same!

    As for your holiday destination, how about Marbella, southern Spain? It's one of my favourite place in the whole world. Hubby and I used to go to the Greek island of Zakynthos/Zante which is beautiful.

    Anyway, good luck with your wish list!


  4. It looks like you have all had a fantastic christmas!

    Thanks for the lovley comment on my blog. Sounds like we are both in the same boat in regards to work and family life. I wish you luck in your search too.

    Wish you all a very Happy New Year.

    MBB x