I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, we certainly did. We were all really spoilt with lovely things and established some Christmas and New Year traditions. We are lucky enough to spend Christmas Day and Boxing Day with both sets of parents and treated to yummy food and extra hands to help with the children. At times, this holiday has felt like a juggling act, trying to ensure one child’s toy has batteries, another has time to talk to us about their favourite book or show us a picture whilst the other one needs help with setting up their Hexbugs and the baby needs feeding……all this amongst the basic of tasks like trying to clean the car or keep on top of the housework. Oh the house! It literally looks like a ginormous party popper has exploded over the family room and the lounge has a carpet of pine needles and for some reasons all the children’s rooms are covered with small bits of paper?! I love our Christmas tree but I’m sure I’m not the only one who is excited about packing up all the Christmas decorations and establishing some order ready for 2017!
I am pleased though, that we managed to do lots of lovely things this year to remember how special Christmas is. Carol concerts, seeing the lights in central London, making Gingerbread
Houses trains, special breakfasts and having our Kindness Elves visit to help us spread love during the Christmas season are just some of the things that are becoming our Christmas family traditions. Here are some of our Christmas snaps….
New year was spent with our friends as we’ve done for the last few years, in Cheltenham. We only see them once a year but our family really looks forward to heading up there- particularly as they have older children who are excellent at painting nails and doing hair, make- up and face paints! Even Fin-Bob delights in being made up as a dinosaur complete with glittery nails! It’s always a lovely, relaxed time, our families slot well together and there’s always a lot of yummy food and winter walks. This year we toasted marshmallows on a bonfire and watched the magical new BFG film to see New Years’ in which felt a cosy way to see in 2017! Oh, and we played our traditional, if slightly morbid, New Year’s Eve game. Now…….please do not judge us for this one! We have no intention of doing anyone any harm but we have an odd tradition of choosing the celebrity that we most think will die in the next year! I know it’s a slightly weird tradition, we have our Swedish friend Eva to thank for this one, but we write it down and see who was right the following year!! Obviously, 2016 was a shocker for lost celebrities that we never would have guessed, so we were a bit thrown for choices for 2017. Our choices this year were The Queen (I will be devastated if this happens), Maggie Smith, Alex Ferguson, Reese Witherspoon (??!!) and Brucey. We are weirdos…….I know!
New Year’s Traditions
2017 brings with it a few changes, Elle looks forward to beginning her new school which comes with lots of logistic challenges as we now have to juggle two school runs along with a nursery run and a baby. We are fervently praying that this is only short-lived. The local school did not have a place for both Elle and Fin but by taking one place you jump to the top of the list for the other, so it had to be done. Fingers crossed, a place will become available for Fin soon and we can actually walk to school!
More changes will come about in June as I head back to work but I’ve finally managed to negotiate a 3 day week whilst still remaining an Assistant Head, so we’re happy this will still make time for the family too and I’m hoping I’ll still be able to feel ‘part of the work team’ too.
I’m not really making any New Year’s Resolutions, I’m more thinking about what I’m going to spend more time focusing on this year, which is to…..
- Have more adventures
- Do more making. Make lovely things for our home.
- Do more running
- Take more Photos
- Make some mini films, time capsule-like films.
This year, we started a new tradition of using our advent tree and turning it into a Thankful, Wishing Tree. We wrote down things that we were all thankful about during 2016 and our hopes and wishes for 2017 on little stars, decorated them and hung them on our tree. It’s going to be the base for our Family Marble Adventure Bucket List for 2017 (more on that later.) I’m going to try and be more intentional this year and create some regular special family time. I often think family traditions should just develop gradually but I’ve been reading a book about creating a ‘family home’ this year that suggest otherwise. So, this year I’m focusing on cultivating a family centered home, where everyone can carve out their own space and everyone feels special and lots of happy memories are stored.
Happy New Year everyone! What things have you been reflecting on this year and what are your plans to make 2017 super special?