I’m almost too scared to start this post. Why? Because we’ve said goodbye to Christmas, welcomed in a new year and been on holiday since I last sat down to construct a Little Loves post – certainly too much to squeeze into a 500 word post!
In many ways, the festive period passed by in a whirlwind. During the run up to Christmas, we were out socialising and celebrating almost every night but I still managed to single-handedly wrap about 70 presents. Let’s just say that when my husband uttered the words ‘but you enjoy it’ he didn’t get hearts and flowers in response!
We had a couple of family days on Christmas day and Boxing day, then made the 12 hour trek to the french Alps for our family ski holiday. The snow was sparse but we had a much-needed break which didn’t involve us getting up at the crack of dawn to charge down mountains, which is our custom. Instead we had some lie-ins and lazy days which I think we all benefitted from.
With time and your sanity in mind, I shall just pick out a few things I want to share from the last couple of weeks.
Where to start? I think I have around 4 books on the go right now! The book I’ve read the most over the past few weeks, is ‘Present over Perfect’ by Shauna Niequist. I dropped many very heavy hints about it during the run up to Christmas and was relieved to find it under the tree on Christmas day.
I’ve known for quite some time that this was one of those ‘must-reads’ for me and it’s certainly confirmed my ‘One Word’ for 2017, which is RELEASE. I shall no doubt be writing more about that in the coming week or so.
I actually don’t know how to sum up this book because every single chapter has a little gem in it which feels just right for my current season. If you’ve ever felt as though you need to slow down, live more ‘in the moment’ and perhaps re-evaluate your life a little, then this book is for you. Shauna is a Christian and does write from a faith perspective but honestly, I think anyone could relate to her words and get something from this book.
I have to admit to feeling a little disappointed by the TV offerings over Christmas. Bar the Queen’s speech and a somewhat cliché episode of ‘Call the Midwife’ we didn’t watch anything at all! We did however watch quite a few films whilst on holiday – ‘Eddie the Eagle’ and ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ probably being our two favourites.
I also finally
forced the husband to watch embarked on The Crown which you can find on Netflix at the moment. It’s brilliant! I’ve learnt so much about the Royals and although I question how much of it is true to life and how they could know some of the detail that is included, I’m finding it fascinating viewing. We’ve just watched the coronation so looking forward to the coming episodes.
Music is one of the things that gets us through our 12 hour car journey to France. I think we must have listened to every popular song of the moment as well as some golden oldies. Due to the very unexpected death of George Michael, Careless Whisper has been played a lot over the last week or so – a timeless classic and my favourite song of his.
We also heard a LOT of fireworks going off over new year – during the day, at midnight, on new year’s day. I never quite get why people are still lighting fireworks after the event but hey!
We saw an amazing firework display in Les Gets on New Year’s Eve, starting with a torchlit procession down the mountain by all the ESF instructors. The town has such a lovely family feel to it and the Mayor puts on this display free of charge for everyone – glad to see our taxes are going towards something useful!
I know lots of people buy something new to wear at Christmas but I’m not really one of those types. I prefer to feel comfortable whilst allowing extra room for all the food I will be consuming!
We did attend a 50th Birthday party a few days before Christmas where I once again wore my favourite Ted Baker dress which I purchased for the MAD Blog Awards a few years ago. I still LOVE it and always get so many compliments. I think sometimes it pays to splash out a bit. Apologies for the slightly blurred party shot here but this just about sums up our evening. It was a fantastic night. Can you believe that my friend (far right) is 50?! I’m planning to steal all of her trade secrets over the next 5 years.
Other than that, it was all about the bobble hat and ski wear. I would be lying if I professed to no snow at all in Les Gets over the new year period; there were three slopes open and we certainly made the most of those. Serious concentration face going on here!
A mess? Plans? Burnt crisps? Yes, I made all of those and more. I know this section is really about showing off our talents but in this ‘made’ section, mine are pretty scarce. Sorry about that.
I did indeed offer up some home-made crisps on New Year’s Eve, a result of discovering that our post Christmas, healthy-eating plan had started a little too early and our house was void of all junk food! How I managed to burn them I have no idea but I’m pretty sure that the results were Snap-chatted (is that a verb?) amongst my children’s peers and they will no doubt be an annual tradition going forward.
I’ve been pondering a lot on what I’m going to do differently in 2017. Last year was so hard for us as a family but I think it’s important to not let these things define you but instead, move forward with purpose. I will be sharing a post on my thoughts next week.
January is a tough month for everyone I think and my added resolve to remove all alcohol from the house (unless we are entertaining) isn’t going to help matters! We have lots to look forward to though – our new wood-burning stove is coming mid month (sad? probably) and we have various social events to attend. I’m also going to start treatment on my teeth this month – I’ve always hated my wonky teeth so this is the year when they get fixed!
Happy 2017 my friends.