Welcome to 2016.
Ok we are 11 days in, but it's still all new isn't it.
We arrived back home in Portland on 1st January (at 11.57pm to be precise), returning from a fabulous busy family fun filled two weeks in the UK. A trip long awaited and that of course went by in a flash of partying, feasting, drinking, feasting, gift opening, festivities, fireworks and did I mention feasting!
I really loved taking the kids to a Christmas Eve carol service gathering outside the local church. With my mulled wine in hand and singing all carols (very) loud and clear! My son, now 13 and full of runaway hormones, had a look caught somewhere between embrarrassment and amusement looking on at us. My kids hadn't ever attended a carol service, so this was a totally new and wonderful experience for them. I shall be seeking out more in their future.
Days rolled into one another. Family, friends, cousins meeting cousins for the first time, seeing aunts and uncles that we hadn't seen for more than 4 years in some cases. Sadly not seeing everyone we'd hoped to. Feeling we are missing being closer to everyone. Holding on extra long for goodbye hugs. Tears or laughter, joy and sadness.
Lots of champagne, gin and tonics, sausage rolls, mince pies and chocolates!
It was a Christmas well spent.
Wishing you a wonderful year ahead filled with good things.
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