Monday, 31 December 2012

Another year over

Another year is ending and as I sit and reflect on events from the past year, Is wonder what the new year will hold for me.

Without dwelling on anything too much, 2012 had lots of ups and down; very much like most years I suppose.  It's been too easy for me to just think about the negatives from the past year, but I don't want to start a new year feeling like that.  There have been struggles and tensions which are usually money related but lots of good times with the children too.  My youngest started walking, my older boys have won trophies for kickboxing, and we've had a few swimming successes.  In fact, just before Christmas my 5 year old did his 25 metre swimming badge which is utterly amazing as in the summer he was afraid to put his face in the water!

                   

My oldest learnt to ride his bike, and my youngest took took a huge step just before Christmas when he gave all his dummies to the Christmas Fairy.

We've enjoyed a fabulous holiday at Coombe Mill in Cornwall (which I won) and we've spent an amazing weekend at Bluestone National Park Resort in Wales where we visited The Kingdom of the Elves.

On the feed run at Coombe Mill

Santa is under there somewhere.....

It has been a really good year!

But it's now time to say goodbye to this year and look forward to the next.  So what's in store for us?  I wish I knew that but all I can do now is try to make the most of it.  I never usually make resolutions but there are a few things I'd like to do for the year ahead.

This is the year that I am determined to become more organised.  It doesn't come naturally and as I spoke about it early last year, you'd be forgiven for thinking that I'll never manage it.

I'm going to try with a few small things.

Firstly, I am finally going to meal plan.  I've managed to save a bit of money this year by changing my food shopping habits but I still feel that I'm wasting money by not having a meal plan.  I'm going to do some research online to try to come up with interesting ideas for meals.

Secondly, hubby and I started writing down everything we spent before Christmas to see where we can save some money.  I've already had a look at free online budget plans/spreadsheets so we can do this properly from now on.

Finally, I need a bit more organisation for my blogging and competition entering.  They are my only real hobbies but I feel that I need to allow myself set times to get things done.  It's something that I think I'll need to work on a bit as there's going to be a lot of organisation for me to fit everything in.  I think I need to get involved a lot more with everything.

I can't be too rigid in my plans as I'm easily bored so need a bit of flexibility in there.  If you have any tips or ideas that could help me then I'd love to hear them.

I'll keep you posted.

Happy New Year to you!


Thursday, 20 December 2012

Has anyone got a magic wand?

I need someone to wave it over me. I promise to be back by midnight.

I don't know how many times I've started writing this post only to delete it and start again.  I'm struggling to string a sentence together and my thought processes are all over the place.  It's kind of how I feel in general at the moment.  I feel like I'm going round in circles trying to get organised for the big day next week.  I'm just not succeeding.  I feel very stressed and have spent the last 24 hours not knowing whether to cry or scream.

I've tried making a list, but I keep adding and adding to it so that it's beginning to look like an impossible task.  I've tried actually doing things, like wrapping presents, but I look at the mountain of stuff in front of me and feel sick.  I've tried burying my head in the sand but that gets me nowhere.  So what do I do?

I do realise that I'm highly unlikely to be the only person feeling like this at the moment.  It's supposed to be a magical time of year, but for most parents the pressures of money and time weigh heavily on our shoulders.

Yesterday I felt like running away.

Christmas just doesn't feel right this year.  My parents aren't looking forward to it as my uncle is seriously ill, so we won't be spending Christmas Day with them.  It's so upsetting for everyone and I'm struggling to just carry on as normal.  Though I have to because my three lovely boys are very excited at the prospect of Santa stopping by.

I didn't want this to be a miserable post but it's starting to head that way so time to change tack and look at the positives.

My shopping is just about done, except for a few fresh food items that I need to get on the weekend.  My boys are unbelievably excited and even though they get a little wound up at times, it's lovely to watch.

And, hubby has bought me some surprise Christmas presents!  I haven't got a clue what he's got for me but he's got a lot of making up to do as he forgot our Wedding Anniversary last month.  Though even that wasn't all bad as I received my latest item of jewellery for the Tru Diamonds Trendsetter competition

This stunning ring arrived the actual day of my Anniversary (at least somebody loves me ;-)


It fits!
Isn't it gorgeous?  It's just like the famous Kate Middleton engagement ring so I decided that if I'm going to wear it then I need to pretend that I am a princess.  I just need some museums to open, and possibly speak at a few charity events..... Hmm, maybe that won't work.

At least I can shine in work....
Decorating the office tree in Tru Diamonds





















It is a very pretty ring that attracts attention wherever I go.  When I posted the photo of it on Facebook, everyone thought that hubby had bought it for me and I had a few comments from men saying that their partners were nagging them for a ring for their next anniversary.  I did admit eventually that he hadn't bought it for me, but it would have been the perfect gift if he had.  I've been leaving my computer page open on the Tru Diamonds website in the hope that he'll take the hint and possibly buy me some nice earrings to match.

For now, I'll have to settle for pretending that I'm a princess and planning what I could do, and wear.  And also how I wouldn't have to wrap those three thousand presents in the next few days; or do my own shopping.  A girl can dream.....  For now, I'll sip my glass of wine, and keep writing my lists.

Will you be getting any surprise gifts for Christmas, and if so, what are you hoping for?



Princess style
Princess style