Archives for the month of: December, 2012

Life is for living, and without realising, this Winter I really have been.
In traditional winter themes, I’ve been out and about……

Winter Wonderland…

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A fun day out with some of the girls. A lovely start to the festive period. We also went to support a friend from school who was in the Cirque Beserk!

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The Ice Bar….

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Chilly but well worth the trip! Absolutely everything in therein made of Ice, including the bar itself, glasses, decorations, seats & tables.

The Panto!……

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Snow White with Priscilla Presley and Warwick Davies. An awesome production and it was then I knew that Christmas was truly here!

The Rocky Horror Picture Show….

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A thoroughly enjoyable night with a fab cast. Lets do the time warp agaaaaaaaaain!!!

Life is for living to the max and I am thrilled I’ve not been letting opportunities pass me by this month ūüôā

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So, it’s over again for another year!!

Christmas Day was a lovely day, seeing family and eating plenty!!! The only downside was the lack of kids in the morning. My youngest nephew was spending time with my brother’s in-laws, so it was us and my sister’s family. Love them all to bits, but older kids presents are envelopes!!! All they wanted was cash!! Gone are the days when there were huge boxes with hours worth of Lego for the adults to put together, or huge trucks for us to ride around on while the kids play with the cardboard boxes!!!

Later on in the day we visited more family and then it was kids galore, including 10 month old twins!!! Then we walked into the aftermath of the traditional mayhem!! That’s one of the parts I miss about Christmas Day…..hopefully over the next few years we’ll get that again….and not with great nieces or nephews but kids of my own!!

I hope you all enjoyed the festive season and got to enjoy the day.

My favourite poem of all time:

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One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.

This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during
the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one
set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most,
you have not been there for me?”

The Lord replied,
“The times when you have
seen only one set of footprints,
is when I carried you.”

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So, an opportunity has arisen. It could mean one of my long term dreams come true. It could come to nothing. But, I’ve got to at least try right???

My husband and I have wanted to emigrate to Cyprus for a while. Well, I’ve wanted to for years. I have more family there than I do here, and both of us strive for a different kind of lifestyle.

The other day I saw a job advertised, that is right up my street and I would hope to be a pretty good candidate for it in light of my current job and experience. There are a lot of if, what’s, buts and maybes too though. In my current job things are very unsettled and there is the possibility we will all have to apply for our own jobs……AGAIN! After having to do just that a year ago – it really feels like they are starting to take the piss. So there is speculation about voluntary redundancies being offered. I think this would be perfect for me. Take that money, run and live abroad!!

However, nothing has been confirmed about that and yet this job advert is still out there. I’m going to go for it. If voluntary redundancy doesn’t get offered, but I still get the job, it’s more than likely that I’ll have to turn it down because of finances. But, what if I don’t go for the job because I don’t know what will happen, and then I do get offered the redundancy package??? How much would I be kicking myself then???

I must admit when I saw the advert I quite literally panicked. Suddenly the opportunity to change my life was presenting itself and now it was down to me to deal with it. Before I was always able to say nothing had come up yet. But now……! I still have butterflies in my stomach now!! And when I checked with my husband about whether or not to apply for it, his response was “go for it, I’ll be ready!”

Therefore I am writing this in a sheer state of panic and excitement all rolled into one. Scared out of my wits, I am going to take the plunge……

I’ve always said that When I die, I don’t mind regretting things I’ve done, but I don’t want to regret not doing something. This is the moment to live to that. If I sat back and let this pass me by, I know it’ll be something I will regret and will always wonder…..what if??

Yes people! It is that time of year again!  Christmas is just around the corner!

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So yes, it meant the decorations came out this weekend. ¬†I love having all the decorations up! ¬†It normally involves all the family and this year was no different….3 generations of us all unpacking, debating and carefully placing our collection built up over the last 40 odd years!

Over the last few years, each year I wonder whether this will be our last on our own as a couple.  By this time next year will we be parents?? So again, I am now starting to ponder that very question again.  And rather than wishing the answer, I now just think РWho knows?!

With the decorations up, my spirits have been lifted somewhat. ¬†With the baby boom with my friends, as well as the news of the Royal baby, I’ve felt a little like I’ve been kicked while I’ve been down. ¬†But the Christmas cheer is taking hold. ¬†I have a good family around me and we will still have plenty of laughter (and eating!!).

Christmas doesn’t stop everything though – and so tomorrow is another trip to the doctors to book in for yet more tests. ¬†The butterflies in the belly have started already – and its not even to have the actual test. ¬†But the same fears go round my head. ¬†What if they find something wrong, what if they don’t! ¬†I don’t want either – and I want both! ¬†If they find something wrong – then they can get on and fix it and at least there has been a reason for nothing happening. ¬†If they don’t – that’s good, but does this just mean its not meant to be???

I hope you are all getting into the Christmas spirit or just enjoying these festive times with your loved ones.  I appreciate each and every day, I hope you do to.