Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Christmas and New Year 2013

Happy New year everyone!

It's been a little quiet over here in the last couple of weeks, but according to my stats I have hit another blog milestone, and gone over 5K views since I was last here. I had no idea how my blog would be received when I launched it in June, so thank you all very much for the comments, and for reading all my ramblings.

I thought for my first posts back I would reflect on Xmas and the past year, and start with all the festive goings-on in our neck of the woods. Personally I hate it when all the decorations and lights come down, the house looks bare, and the weather is miserable to match. But Christmas was great. Apart from the occasional check of the net on my phone, and a couple of necessary laptop visits I was essentially off, for the first time in ages for 2 weeks.

My first attempt at decorating the cake!
We had my sister visiting briefly Xmas morning, and a few pressies/cuddles with my nephew Joey and furrball Wilson, a yummy roast, more presents, and then just chilled watching TV for the rest of the evening, interrupted by more food! Boxing Day my sister, her boyfriend, my nephew, and Wilson were here most of the day, so we had another roast dinner, more presents, chased an excited dog about until he hid behind the sofa to get some space and have a rest, and entertained my nephew with books and his new toys. My Nan was over both days as well, so it was family time at home.

My nephew is 1 now so got all excited over his presents, with cute little baby noises, and grins as he figured out what to do with his toys.

We managed to watch the soaps (which were a bit depressing) but not a whole lot else, although Nan seemed to enjoy watching Home Alone 2 for the first time. Annoyingly I forgot about the few programmes I wanted to record, so I am not starting the New Year with much to watch. I do feel refreshed after the festive break though, and spending time with my parents having drinks in town. Santa family were very nice to me as well and I feel spoilt! I love all my presents, and a few treats I bought with some of my Xmas money. A few things I received:
  • Andy Murray's new book (big fan and cried when he won Wimbledon last year!)
  • Now Disney (again big fan and this album has LOADS on it!)
  • Gucci Miniatures Gift Set (I'd seen but never expected to get this, and love all the scents!)
  • Snood style fabric scarf with owl design (always wanted an owl scarf)
  • Paper Cutting book (something new to try in 2014!)
There's other stuff too, but I wont go into all that, I just feel lucky, and thankful, and happy that all
New books for my nephew!
my family and pen pals etc enjoyed their gifts. I don't have any NYE parties to tell you about I'm afraid, I just stayed up and watched Gary Barlow's Xmas gig, then my sister etc came back on New Years Day for food and more family time. It was nice to properly switch off, and apart from a few worries over due invoices, totally switch off and enjoy the holiday!

I hope you all enjoyed Xmas and New Year. What did you all get up too? Did Santa bring you many nice things and surprises? I hope so. Thanks again for reading, please keep commenting, and if you're new come and say hello. I always try and interact as much as I possibly can!

Best Wishes for a great 2014!

Lauren
These City Days

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