Sunday, December 31, 2006

Goodbye 2006. Hello 2007!

As I write this the final minutes of 2006 are on their way into the past and a new year is almost upon us. And I've just had time to complete one last LO before the clock strikes twelve, using a bazzill and goodies subscription of yummy goodies that landed on my doorstep last week. I'm really pleased with it, but I seem to have fallen into my 'signature' style once again!

So much has happened this year, we've had good times and a few bad times as well, but it's certainly been happy for me. I'm going to use today's UKS blog prompt to remember a few times.

What has made 2006 for you!??! What has made you smile, cry, laugh, reflect and what have you learned?

So what made 2006 for me. Blimey. I'm not sure. Maybe I better answer the other questions first! Things that made me smile were celebrating my son's first birthday in February, our second wedding anniversary in August and our first family holiday in October. I cried about getting moved offices in April, although that worked out really well for me after all, and also a few times over our disaster new kitchen and electrics from hell. I've learned so much, this time last year I'd never even heard of scrapbooking and now look at me! I've also learned so much in my job now I'm working in a much better environment with more responsibility. I think we've been quite lucky really, and I hope 2007 proves to go as well as this year has.

See you next year, and Happy New Year, hope you all have a wonderful 2007!

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Christmas past...

... or should that be Christmas has passed, been and gone, and the mayhem is finally settling. We had a lovely time being with our families and we've all been so lucky with the presents we received. Harry was so much more into it this year than last Christmas, he was only 10 months then. This time round, at 22 months, he just loved opening his presents - and everyone else's too! He's turning into such a cheeky chappy, and a lovely little boy. We're going to turn his cot into a little bed for him this weekend, I can't believe this has come round so fast, he really is growing up in the blink of an eye.

But back to Christmas! I think my mum must have been surfing UKS and chatting up the lovely sponsors as she somehow found her way to a site that sells cases for the Tag-a-long and a Craft Mates caddy. I didn't ask for anything crafty for Christmas, so I'm so chuffed that not only did I get something craft-related but that I also got something really useful and nice.

Harry was spoilt rotten again, no, make that ruined! He got quite a few books (he loves books), toys and clothes, but I think if he could string a sentence together he would tell you his favourite present was a portable DVD player so he can watch some films in the car. We said we would only get him a couple of presents this year, but we saw this last minute and it was too good a bargain to miss. He's recently started watching a bit of television, he loved Monsters Inc on Christmas Day, and as we make frequent car journeys of up to an hour or more we thought he'd like this better than staring out of the window!

Here's a photo of him opening it on Christmas morning.

Anyway, I've been back at work for two days now, although I've not been feeling so good. I hope it's just a bug, it's nothing serious, just an annoying cough that keeps making me feel sick and very tired. Hopefully it will pass soon. Got another long weekend, although we have no plans other than to pop into town and check out the sales, spend the vouchers we got for Christmas, etc.

Anyway, hope you all have a good one. Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Back again

Hi all, hope everyone had a good weekend. I've been a busy bee. Friday night was my company Christmas do and my colleagues and myself had a great time dancing until 3am! You wouldn't believe how quiet those two are at work, but boy can they really let their hair down! Then yesterday was the December Leeds crop, which I was one hour late to having gone to bed so late the night before, or should that be that morning! A hangover seemed to help though as I finally got my design team Christmas LO done after being stuck on it for well over a week and another LO using one of the huge pile of Harry's younger baby pictures.

So it was quite a productive day really. Then today we've stayed home and put up the Christmas tree - I've even wrapped a few presents to go under it.

I must say I'm not really in the Christmas mood yet, it still seems a tad early and having no money in December is no fun either. I also have to work right up until Christmas Eve, well the Thursday, and then it's back straight after Boxing Day. It will happen though, and I'm sure this Christmas is going to be great once I can relax and enjoy it.

Bye for now :)

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Another present down!

I managed to tick one more Christmas present off my ever-growing list last night thanks to a challenge on UKS. The challenge was to complete a Clippykit item and as I had bought several cosmetic bags, two handbags and an umbrella - some for Christmas presents - I was only too happy to join in. After all, I thought it would give me the kick I needed to get them done. But with so much going on and so much to do I've only got one done so far! Oh well, it's a start isn't it?! I just have to get more of a move on with the others!

I've also made a lovely handbag charm from a little charm, an old bracelet and some extra beads and wire. I'm quite pleased with it, especially as it's my first attempt. I'll take a photo of it tomorrow when it's light.
In other news I have been having a clear out this week and have either given away, recycled or thrown out a few things, everything from furniture to boxes. The old sofas have gone too so we can continue redecorating the kitchen now, although we're still waiting for some last bits to be delivered and later fitted. At least there's light at the end of the tunnel now though! I hope anyway!

Tomorrow we're going to my mum and stepdad's to put up their Christmas trees and also have some Christmas pictures of Harry done as well as a few family portraits. They're both photographers, which is handy! It's been so long since we all had a photo taken together so I can't wait, especially as I know they'll be lovely.

Right, I'm off again. See you soon.