Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!


Christmas came, people.

 A great time was had by all. Well, there were the odd tantrums and fall-outs, of course. I am sure this is familiar territory to everyone! We are all human, and yes, even I was not in the best of moods for part of that time. I get very tired.


I never said I was an angel.


It was as perfect as our family could make it, and many wonderful memories were made, and that is all that matters.


Now, can someone tell me how we are suddenly sitting right at the very end of 2014, with just a couple of hours of the year left to pass? How did that happen? I am still stuck back in April. Maybe May. 

2014 has not been spectacularly good, but so much has changed during the year. Change is inevitable, and it often hurts at first, but then it works out for the best. Old sayings being proved wise once again. And there is always a great deal to celebrate, of course. We are here. That is enough. 

With a little one in residence, Christmas was never going  to be quiet, and indeed it was a riot of paper, and squeals and fun. And that included the big people too.


Antlers were worn, of course!
I do love my kids. 

My daughter-in-law was wearing spectacular Christmas pjs. I will check re posting her photo - and Diana's in her Amazing Technicolour Jersey, which was unearthed from a drawer in Granny's room. It came from Paco decades ago, and had never been worn. Paco is long gone. Diana and Ann both took turns wearing it on Christmas Day. We do high fashion around here, you know. 

We even managed some fabulous family photos - all together on and around the couch. Missy stars in them, of course, so I can't post photos, but they were lovely. Ann was given a remote control thingy for her camera, so she clicked away from the floor and it all worked beautifully. None of the running and throwing one's self into place just as the photo is taken any more. We do miss the hilarity factor, though!


Christingle time - in church, singing "Away in a manger" and totally caught up in the moment. 


Church, Carols on the Square with thousands of people together (more about that tomorrow), icy cold, crisp days and nights, brilliant sun and blue skies, with a little snow thrown in, walks in the countryside, games of Taboo, puzzles on the table, lots of fine food - Andrew's BBQ-ed lamb was so delicious, it did not make it to Boxing Day!


And then there was the hair......


 Ann did all our hair in plaited/woven coronets. I looked 15 againI have to say, but from behind or the side, Diana and I are so incredibly alike it is quite scary. For her.
(Yes. This is me.)


(Excuse the grey. Stress highlights.)


On the couch after a hilarious time trying to take selfies, and in the end, relying on the resident photographer to take one of me with my daughter.


Ann went on some dawn walks through the countryside and took the most amazing photos.


`Actually, nearly all today's photos are courtesy of Ann. She is immensely talented. I found it very difficult to choose just a couple of photos to post here. So many stunning ones. 

You know, this year, most of my photos were taken with the phone camera. I hardly touched the ordinary one. The quality of the phone camera is infinitely better than my camera, and of course, we always have a phone at hand, so can snap away when we see things. Gone are the days where you see a beautiful sun setting, rush home for the camera and return to try to capture the scene. Now you can just stop and snap away. 

Progress  in the technological field is amazing. It just suddenly speeded up, though, didn't it. 

So there is a lot to chat about in the morning. I only had just over an hour's s;eep last night, so I am probe;y writing gobbledegook. I need a nap. 

Happy New Year to you all! 

Let's hope 2015 brings with it great adventures, excitement, fun and laughter. 

My word for 2015 is DO. I will explain more tomorrow. 

And now I must prepare for my annual let-me-pretend-I-am-at-the-London-fireworks photo shoot. I need to move some lamps.


Fran said...

Our family Christmas was the same too. Some amazing moments. Some okay moments. Some 'meh' moments. Just as it should be. I'd be very worried if it all went without a hitch ... Happy New Year to you and yours.

Debbie said...

Sounds like you all had a wonderful time together. Love the hair! Happy New Year!!

Needled Mom said...

It looks and sounds like a wonderful Christmas, Linds. I am still with you back in the spring. Ugh....need to catch up on the year. ;-)

Have a blessed 2015!

Vee said...

Happy New Year! I celebrated right along with you! (There's no way I'll make it to midnight.) Loved seeing the reindeer and the hairdos. Does Ann have a blog? She's a natural with the camera. Merry on now!

Kathryn said...

Happy New Year! Yes, a family Christmas is never "perfect" is it, but as you say, just as it should be - togetherness, warts and all. I hope 2015 will be a good year for all your family.