Saturday, 31 December 2011

The year that was

What a year 2011 has been. It's so easy to dismiss it as an annus horribilis for our family (and for many others who have been affected by the worsening state of the economy), but it had a lot of good moments too. All in all, it was a year full of challenges, a few humbling tumbles and many lessons learnt.

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.

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