Saturday, 2 January 2010

For ‘Auld Lang Syne’ & a new decade…

Well…here we are…2010! The first day of a new decade! What will this one be labelled? After the ‘Noughties’? It won’t be the teenies for a couple of years! Hmm?…tough one!! Any ideas?!

Anyhow! Happy New Year to everyone….I hope all of your respective festivities went with a bang…Have you all made New Years Resolutions? Mine are the usual…lose weight & be healthier….don’t waste money…keep on top of the housework…and of course..make time to scrap whenever possible!!


On the ‘not wasting money’ front
you will be pleased to learn that the ‘Snuggie’ has been returned from whence it came & the refund will be stashed away in the Chicago fund!!

I have also resisted a trip to ‘The Sales’ & have instead deposited my Christmas gift money into said fund!

Yesterday evening our friends, Tim & Ellie, arrived from Kent to see in the New Year with us. They have two boys of similar ages to ours so they all have fun running riot, while we eat, drink & chat. I put together a Mexican buffet, with my speciality Chilli con carne recipe, to which I add an ounce of 85% cocoa chocolate…soooo scrummy! The boys OD’d on sugar by demolishing a whole tub of Ben & Jerry’s ‘Phish Food’ ice-cream between the four of them & then nearly demolished the whole house during our annual New Years Eve treasure hunt!!DSCF5365We had Jools Holland’s ‘Hootenanny’ on TV in the background while we played with the boys Christmas Toys…it’s amazing how much fun four adults can have with an electronic, magnetic dartboard! Once the countdown started we all got up to cross-link arms & sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ & then cracked open the champagne! Look at Nathans face in this picture!! Talk about Bah! Humbug!

01Jan2010 002 This morning, we all got up & after breakfast, braved the sub zero temperatures to walk around the lake at Priory Park. The boys took their scooters but abandoned them in favour of skidding on the solid ice that was everywhere on the footpaths!

01Jan2010 004

Which meant that ‘Uncle’ Timmy got a
chance to regress & relive his childhood
by scooting on the only ever-so-slightly
too small scooter!

There were quite a few families doing
the rounds in the park & lots of dogs!
A couple of English Bull Terriers took it
upon themselves to give chase…hence
the look of panic on Tim’s face!!


It was so nice for all of us to be out of doors & although it was very cold, at least the sun was shining… ….unfortunately my camera battery died before I managed to organise a group photo…but I did get this one of the boys resting on a bench after jumping across onto a temporary island…we were expecting at least one of them to fall in!!

01Jan2010 006 So, all in all a very good New Years
morning, rounded off nicely with an
an hour in the pub, in front of a log
fire, before Tim & Co headed off to
face the joys of the M25!

We spent the rest of the day just
chilling…& I enjoyed a long soak in
a hot bath…Bliss!

Now, although I haven’t done any actual scrapping for a couple of weeks at least, I have picked up the latest challenge from ‘These are a few of my favourite things’…this one being to choose my favourite LO of 2009…this needn’t be one created for TAAFOMFT…just whichever I consider my favourite! So…after careful consideration…I have chosen…

This was a LO I put together for one of the Dixie Pieces ‘SENSE-ational End of Summer’ challenges in September. Points were awarded for undisclosed techniques & ‘ingredients’, so we were all getting in as many as we could! In this one I used masking, stamping, hand stitching, machine stitching, punching, pleating, painting, inking & doodling…I also included chipboard, CS, PP, buttons, brads, gems, die cuts, ribbon, silks, rub-ons & a few non-scrapping items!!

So what was your favourite creation of 2009? Why not pop over to TAAFOMFT & share it, to be in with a chance to win a wonderful prize, courtesy of the amazingly talented Lisa Howard! Entries due in by 11.59pm on 14 January!!

Well…I’m off to my bed…I have a busy day planned for tomorrow…
so till next time…thanks for dropping by & take care!


Jocelyn said...

Loved all the pics...what a wonderful post!!!! Looks like you had a great New Years Eve....hehe...the Snuggie is returned!!!

Love that was one of my favorites!!!

Wishing you a great day sweet friend!!!

Anna said...

Hee! Hee! Loving that picture of Uncle Timmy on the ever so slightly too small scooter! What fun! I'm rather wishing I could have a go myself! :D

Happy New Year! Well done on being so virtuous re the sales and your Chicago fund ...

and the LO is one of my favourites of yours too. Paper umbrellas and novelty cocktail stirrers! What's not to love? :)

Chris said...

I so love this layout - it is so happy and colorful, and using the stirrers and umbrellas was perfect. Looks like you had a great new years - such happy and fun pix! thanks so much for sharing with us at TAAFOMFT and happy new year!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww Sandy!!!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee all the photos and I love love love love love what U chose for your FAVE LO!!!!! I always LOVE the little umbrellas!!! Thanks sooooooooooooooooo much for playing along! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

dottydotty said...

looks like you had a fab new year I love priory marina did you go in the pub there haven't been inside for ages:)

Bekka said...

Love it! How great that you included the sticks! I'm feeling warmer already! LOL. Thanks for joining us!

deana said...

That FAV LO is so CUTE & FUN. It really makes me wish for SUMMER, too!

Thanks for joining us! :-)

Maroussia said...

It will be great to watch Jools Holland, i have bought tickets from looking forward to it.