It was all over so quickly wasn't it? I so enjoyed Christmas and New Year but I am sure that time speeds up over this special family holiday period. It felt like we had only just got up and then it was bedtime. I guess I was just having too good a time!
The living room was a great room to spend Christmas in, the new layout works so well. We still haven't decided on a sofa yet as we cannot agree on one we both like (nothing new there!) so for now we are still using the old ones.
Christmas day was a day full of presents, lovely food and drink, much laughter and board games as was Boxing Day. The kids, old and young, really enjoyed themselves and we had the fire going the whole time. Alfie stayed in his pyjamas for 2 days!! My mum came to stay for a few days which is just so lovely and then my sister announced that she had a webcam for Christmas. As she is in Colorado this was a great present because now we can hook up through Skype and chat whilst seeing each other. This is doubly wonderful because she has just had a baby and we can now see her grow and can talk to her so she gets to know our voices and faces.
We had a few lazy days in between Christmas and New Year where we visited other relatives and played with our new toys and went on a bracing walk to Peppercombe Beach to wake us up again.
New Year was fun. We went out into Bideford in fancy dress, which is traditional in these parts. I have lived in North Devon for 9 years and have never managed to go out, but this year I managed it. It was fun but, boy, was it cold!!!! Paul dressed as a German Officer (using one of the uniforms they use at the battlefield for games) while I went dressed in a black tutu and very little else (which is why I was so cold!). We got back just before midnight to see the New Year in with my mum who was babysitting and to connect on Sykpe with my sister so that we could toast the New Year with her. I was so glad to get home and sit by the fire. I think I got a little overexcited though because I ended up drinking too much chmapagne and had to go to bed. The next day I felt so dreadful. I had a hangover that lasted the entire day and seemed to get worse, not better, as time went on. I huddled under a quilt on the sofa with my little ones and watched Catweazle, Harry Potter and Mr Bean moving very little until 5pm when I just had to go to bed with 2 Neurofen to see if my headache would go away. My daughter cooked dinner and when they woke me up an hour later I felt much better. So silly! I don't drink that much and I certainly can't remember the last hangover I had. I don't think I want another for a very long time.
Anyway, I wish you a Happy New Year with all good things for each and every one of you. There are some of you out there (and you know who you are) who have been so good to me during these testing few years and I really appreciate your support. Good friends are priceless and I cherish you very much. Here's to 2009 x