It was year of making new friends
|Lucas and Sofia spending an evening at their new friend Michael's house.|
and renewing old friendships.
|Lucas celebrating his 9th birthday with friends he has known since Reception|
It was a year of developing new interests and hobbies.
|Sofia learning to steer her uncle's boat . . .|
|. . . and striking her 'king of the world' pose|
|Lucas gives the kayak a go with his cousins' help.|
|Lucas learning wall climbing|
|Lucas joins the school choir and discovers that he can sing.|
|Sofia discovers the joy of reading and using the computer|
|Lucas became a Cub Scout this year.|
|And Simon learned to skydive.|
|Lucas tries out long-distance cycling.|
It was the year that Sofia got to meet Peppa Pig and her family at Paulton's Park
and Lucas discovered that he has the potential to become a fashion model (a lovely boost to his sometimes-shaky self-confidence).
It was a year of births
|Our new friend Phoebe was born in September.|
|Simon's corn snake breeding program turned out to be a huge success.|
|The kids and their friends William and Ollie saying hello to the very young lambs at Sacrewell Farm|
and saying farewell to a favourite pet.
|Ziggy, my favourite mouse, died in the middle of the year.|
There were many moments spent having fun and chilling out with good friends
and beloved cousins.
We spent hours reading books that we thoroughly enjoyed.
|Sofia gets another Miffy book on Christmas Day.|
|Our evening ritual: reading books, lots of them|
|My December reading pile, all borrowed from the library|
It was the year my little girl turned 4 and my not-so-little boy turned 9,
|The kids on Christmas Day|
|Sofia doing her yoga pose on her 4th birthday|
|Lucas's birthday cake: a double layer chocolate cheesecake (as he requested)|
|Lucas opening his birthday present from us—a Rubik's cube|
the year that I ventured into selling my art and this Christmas, discovered that I could sell my cookies too!
|My chocolate crinkles|
It was a year spent learning to live in the moment and cherish each other's company;
|In Sunny Hunny on a not-so-sunny day|
|Sofia the shark|
|The clifftop at Hoburne Naish|
|Playing on the beach at Hoburne Naish|
of learning to simplify our lives and discovering what really counts.
|The kids opening their Christmas presents this year--no bulky toys, just games they can play together and books to read|
|Oh, and a little dress-up Madeline doll for Sofia|
It was also the year we relearned the value of putting our feet up once in a while.
Here's looking forward to a blessed, wonderful, adventure-filled 2012! May your new year be filled with beautiful things.