Friday, December 31, 2010
It's 2011 tomorrow? Seriously? Okay, so round up ........ breath in.......no head injuries; no trips to the police station (oh God, when they're out celebrating should I really have posted that?!) since April; 2 lots of lodgers have come and gone - family and friend; passed my teacher training; passed my Playwork Level 3 qualification; Joe passed his BTEC in business studies; Josh is loving his sports course; Josh is playing for local Allied County team; Joe kept his job for nearly 3 years; Ben is, um, Ben, loving drama; Ella started secondary school; Josh celebrated his 18th birthday; I had a couple of fab weekends away; managed to keep the roof over our head; both still working; spent 5 incredibly relaxing weeks in France; had a couple of day trips out; caught up with some of my favourite people; and have had overall a good year .......... breath out :)

Just checked my word for 2010 - BALANCE - I actually think I did quite well with that one. I had a few manic weeks with the studying, but on the whole feel I got to do a little of everything. And you know what they say..... a little of what you fancy does you good :)

Here's to a good 2011 to everyone I know and love xxxxx
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Ella is 12! When did that happen? That's all :)
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Ben's confirmation was lovely. Dad was his sponsor and Mum was a Eucharistic Minister so family affair :) Even managed to get the boys to go - one of those "I don't insist on too much...." guilt trips. whatever works;) But what is it with the Catholic Service? They had a full congregation of 55 families - predominantly teenagers, and the Mass was so uninviting, even the hymns! Although the Sermon was interesting as the Priest was talking about his chaplaincy role in the TA's and how he's off to Afghanistan. But you'd think they look at keeping the teenagers wanting to come back! Now this is a yummy drink :) Found it in a BBC Good Foods Magazine and thought we'd give it a go. Disaronno, sparkling white wine, orange juice, orange and ice. Only thing? You have to like almondy, marzipany (good use of the English language?) flavours!Decided I needed to craft a bit. Nothing exciting, but made some labels for these jars :) Like the jars? Complete mixture - charity shop. Tescos bargains, and one so old I can't even remember where I got it from! But realised just how many I had so decided to get them out on display and fill them, and have to say, saves so much time baking! The majority are from Jamie at Home and some were free as part of my hostess gift :) If you want a JAH party then just shout and I'll give you the name of my lovely party girl :)Finally, my beautiful girl on her last day of being 11 :) She insisted Jeff take her to Tesco's in the dress! Good girl ;)