A Blogging Happy New Year

Wow, just where has another year gone!

I seem to have taken a bloggy holiday over the last couple of weeks (or so!).  Like most of you I haven't had much time to spare with all the festivities, so blogging/writing has taken very much of a back seat and so it should where family and making memories are concerned.  Life has gone by in a whirl of all that Christmas entailed and we have had some relaxing family time together.

Along the way we had a pre-school party with (very young) Santa, a visit to (more mature, more believeable) Santa at a local farm (neither of them would she go near) and I managed 3 parties of my own in one week, one with the girls, one with visiting friends from Canada and one with family.  With so many early mornings and late nights it's no wonder I caught my second cold in 10 years within weeks, my immune system was sorely tested but I wouldn't have missed a thing!

Last night we saw the New Year in celebrating with friends and fireworks (we just got them in before the rain came down!), with our messages to loved ones gone but never forgotten for a minute and a glass of fizz raised to the dark starry skies and heavens in remembrance.

I love New Year, time for fresh starts, new beginnings.  New Year seems to have lost its sparkle for many, I asked the young girls at pre-school how they were celebrating the new year and all said they didn't, I was so surprised, at their age we were at Trafalgar Square every year whooping it up and walking home at 2am, sounds like hell to most but we loved it and I hold very fond memories of those times.  

I can't say that 2013 was the best year but also not the very worst I have ever known.  It has been a frustratingly disorganised year with delays in what seemed like anything and everything.  If I can do one thing for myself in 2014 it will be to get life around me more organised and to finally finish our house, there's a lot to do and I can't wait to get stuck in again!

The stand out memory I have for 2013 was the glorious summer, it really did seem to go on forever *sigh* oh how I miss it!  TC and myself had the best time together, we did so much and I look forward to many more glorious summer moments with her this year.  

So, what will you be hoping for this New Year, more of the same or will you be trying to change things in your life, I know I will as there are things I really need to adjust/get on with/move forward on.  They say If you change nothing, nothing will change or words to that effect, simple but so true.

Wishing you all a very 

Secret Santa - Fun Gifts Under £5.

It's that time of year again when I seem to be involved in several Secret Santa's.  The budget is usually up to £5.00, here are a few fun gifts most of which come in under budget!

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The Highlights and the Low-light of The Week

Thank goodness it's Friday.

It has certainly been a mixed week.  My only Low-Light (which impacted on the whole week so a big low-light!) has been that I have managed to catch my first heavy cold in probably a decade from those hard-to-resist wet sloppy kisses from TC.  She caught the dreaded lurgy from nursery last week and had shaken it off and been well all this week, with masses of 3 year old energy whilst Mummy has been feeling rubbish.

But as us parents all know we have to (try) to keep calm (ish) and carry on.

My Highlights were:

1.  First thing Monday morning I got on an early train to London for the Britmums Christmas Do hosted by Morrisons.  A really lovely event with so much delicious Christmas food and drink to sample and a great opportunity to meet more bloggers.  Also had a sprint through London's Underground (did I say I wasn't well!) and a lovely long natter on the way home with Anya from Older Single Mum.

Thanks to Britmums and Morrisons for arranging and hosting.

2.  I'm doing a month long course and we have reached the third week and the exciting part for me so I hope to be spending some of the weekend watching screencasts and catching up on coursework.

3.  I had decided to move TC to another nursery (a whole other post) and was delighted to be informed that I could move her to another branch, thus avoiding another admin fee of £75 if I started afresh at a totally different nursery.

4.  Our new front door has finally been fitted and is fabulous, well worth the long wait and once the front of the house has had a little paint makeover it will look even better.  

5.  The cold is now on the wane after a week of sleeping 10 hours a night (bliss), eating soup and drinking swamp juice (except for Monday when I ate a lot of cake, see no. 1).

6.  It didn't snow.

So although it has been a trying tiring week, a few boxes have been ticked and now TC is tucked up asleep in bed I can finally relax.  

Thank goodness it's Friday.

Have a lovely, warm weekend.