So long 2016, thanks for all the memories

Well this is it. We have come to our last few hours of 2016 and as the dawn of a new year slowly creeps in I’ve reflected on the treasures that 2016 have blessed me with. There have been highs and lows but I wouldn’t change it for the world. We have enjoyed several camping trips, some with our closest friends and others with our dogs (for the first time), week away in north Norfolk, days out, fun filled family time, my 40th birthday party and the arrival of a puppy in our house.

There have been moments of frustration both at work and home but I don’t see these as negative I see them as character building, testing your resilience. We lost my uncle this year, the only uncle out of many who always remembered me at xmas, birthdays and our wedding anniversary. I always looked forward to his niece cards and always wrote a letter in his birthday and Christmas cards updating him on our lives. This chirstmas and anniversary I missed that but he lived a great life.

My dad was diagnosed with suspected dementia so this year has been a learning curve and next year will bring further challenges for which I feel ready to face alongside my mother and sister on this.

I have watched my eldest enter the ‘tween’ phase and the attitude that seems to have developed alongside this. Testing is the word that comes to mind. I suspect next year will see my gin intake up again … good job I discovered Copper House gin in October!

But I will finish with some words from me to you. Look back and reflect and look at how you have grown over the year. Look to the next one not with a list of resolutions but with a goal of doing more to make yourself happy, promise yourself 5 minutes of time each day to do something just for you. mine will possibly be stalking the Emma Bridgewater website or going for my pre school swim or even having a quiet coffee on my own in the fresh air, I wonder what yours will be?

I wish you all love, peace and happiness for the forthcoming 365.25 days, happy new year xx

Christmas, family and Emma Bridgewater

So as the mini whites enjoy their Christmas gifts I have time to stop and take stock. It’s been a very busy term for me although I really do live my job. I have notched up 3 parents evenings, 2 open evenings, not as many gym sessions as I should have, 2 weeks of being ill (including 1 day where I actually couldn’t get out of bed so did not go to school), 2 nativities, 1 weeks away in Norfolk, approx 70 early morning dog walks, numerous disagreements no scrap that arguments with eldest child re getting homework done, used up several red and green pens, many bottles of prosecco and hours of laughing with family and friends to name just a few things. I was truly spoilt this Christmas mainly with new Emma Bridgewater gifts but with a hint of Pandora and Maria Carey MAC lipgloss (I had almost bought it when shopping with my good friend but didn’t …. but she surprised me with it on Christmas Day). 

Looking forward to 2017 I want to try and slow down a little. Enjoy just being with my boys and family. My father is in the process of being diagnosed with dementia so I want to make sure the boys have lots of happy memories with him. Next year we will celebrate 15 years of marriage, and 23 years of being together, so time to devote to our relationship too. Next year will also see my youngest leave his infant school and the start of us looking and applying for eldest secondary school place. All in all next year is going to be a fantastic year and even better than 2016. So for how I wish you restful new year.

A little bit of Emma B

I have to admit I love having a special coffee cup and tea mug. Nothing makes me smile more first thing in the morning when waiting for the coffee machine (other than my grumpy children that is) than my favourite cup. And when I get home from a day of trying to enthuse children I love a green tea in one of my favourite mugs. Now these aren’t just any mugs and cups, they’re Emma Bridgewater ones. I adore her patterns. My love started years ago with a simple love heart tray. I love pink so this was me to a tee. Then I got the matching tins. Slowly it progressed to mugs. Not all in the same pattern but that’s the beauty of them, the colours seeminglessly blend from one pattern to another. Now I have pieces from 45 different patterns, generally mugs. When I eventually redo my kitchen a dresser will be a must I think! Until them happy Friday everyone.