As usual mine started with a grateful thought that 4 years to the day I'm still here to see another year in. In fact it's the first thing I've noted in my Thankful Diary.
It also started earlier than usual with this little monkey waking up at 7am although what a great way to start 2017 with a new member of the family.
Last night was a pretty quiet one although we did stay up to welcome in the New Year. Mum came down for a couple of hours which was nice and I did a bit of a buffet, although to be truthful we are all fed up of food now. In fact the noisiest part of the evening was when we pulled the party poppers, in the Xbox room with the door shut just in case they woke Sienna up! This is the first year Thomas has mastered this skill. I wonder if we all look like this when we pop them!
I've decided to take an index box with me into 2017. I know lots of people keep journals and bullet journals seems really popular, but they seem a bit all over the place for me, although I'm sure they make sense to the people using them. I'm a simple creature and wanted something that can be flicked through in a minute while adding and discarding thoughts, projects and ideas as quickly as they flit in and out of my mind. Of course I wanted it to be pretty so spent an hour fixing strips of sticky backed fabric to the top.
The week between Christmas and New Year has been a slow and easy one with lots of PJ days and reading. I love my new book Few Eggs and No Oranges. It's nearly 600 pages but already I wish it were twice as long. I shall never complain about lack of sleep again. Those poor people in London mustn't have got a decent nights kip throughout the whole of the war with the amount of bombs dropped and yet they carried on regardless with their lives.
I didn't get anything crafty for Christmas so I bought a cross stitch from The Works which I've made a start on. There is something very relaxing about cross stitch. Maybe it's because it requires little thought; it's just a case of following the pattern and letting the teeny tiny stitches turn into something pretty. I think I might have to change the yellow flower to another colour because Sadie's husband asked if it was an egg and every time I look at it now that's all I can see :)
Me and Thomas have also spent a few hours playing this new game. If there's a skill element to it, it's evaded us so far. It seems to be a cross between noughts and crosses, boxes and those little puzzles where you have to move the tiles to make a picture. The idea is to end up with 4 coloured balls in the shape of a square which isn't as easy as it sounds. My balls were black and I'd won again, hence the look on his face.
And so to my thoughts for 2017. Once again there are no resolutions being made but there's a bit of re-affirmation in some areas of my life.
Family - I'm very happy and content and it feels good to be able to say that. Changes are afoot with Amy and Thomas as they get older and their desire for independence grows. As a Mum I want to be able to give them their freedom while still keeping us all connected together. I hope that makes sense. I know what I mean, not sure if it's come across how it should.
Home - the housework rota is working well so I want to continue with that. I also want to make our home a comfortable haven and as relaxed as possible for all of us. On the practical front there's a fair bit of decorating that needs doing this year.
Health and Exercise - diet and exercise need looking at again - it is New Year after all :) Also regular BP checks are on the list, (I can do these), and of course no putting off my blood tests in future. I'm also aiming to get out and do a bit of walking every day.
Finances - to try and keep track of my monthly spending. I start off fine but lose my way after a couple of weeks.
Crafting - to continue crocheting and sewing which gives me pleasure and also helps others.
Hobbies - to make time for a new one in calligraphy, an old one in reading and to pick up with the jigsaws again. Cross stitch might feature more regularly as well. And of course, to continue to blog weekly.
Fun and Leisure - my beloved caravan will feature a lot under this heading and we've already booked holidays for this year. We're still members of the National Trust and I'd like to visit some more places. There is a theatre trip booked in February with Mum and Amy and this is something I'd like to indulge in more often.
And I think that's it really. Nothing mind blowing, as I say just re-affirming what's important to me and what I'd like to do over the next few months.
I went to a wedding years ago and the vicar said to the couple, "I'm not going to wish you endless days of sunshine, because without some rain you can't flourish" so I'm also taking that thought with me into 2017. Life is not always perfect. There will be good days and bad days but the older I get the quicker I'm able to get over the bad days because it really is a waste of my time dwelling on things.
Anyway, I hope 2017 is a good one for all of you and that you all have enough sunshine and rain to keep you healthy and flourishing.
Happy New Year to All of You from Me, Mark, Amy and Thomas.