Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year

What has 2014 got in store ?

I feel quite excited about this year. We have some fairly difficult times behind us and are now able to enjoy our new kitchen. I officially start my new job on Friday, although as you know I got to start a little while before Christmas instead. This has worked to my advantage as I got to know the children really well and I found planning was a lot easier for this term.

We have set up some rules and regulations regarding the running of the house to try and make things easier now I am going to be out working every day - what's the chance that I'll end up doing everything anyway!? As you probably have guessed I love to be organised so there are a fair few rotas and schedules floating around. I'll let you know what works and what doesn't as time goes on!

We had a lovely break over Christmas - My OH had only taken a weeks break all year so it was much needed. We really relaxed and spent time together. Here are some of my Christmas highlights.

The decorated tree in our new kitchen

New PJs on Christmas Eve!

simple Christmas table

Christmas food

Fun and Games

First Aga flan

Beach walks

More fun and games


For me

And again for me. x

From mum to help keep us on track!

Happy New Year!


  1. What a lovely set of photos Claire - Happy New Year to you and the family. I've loved following your blog during 2013 - especially the big renovation - what an amazing result and how lovely that you got to enjoy it this Christmas. Also lovely to see your Dad enjoying the festivities. Wishing you the very best for what sounds like an exciting 2014 with new challenges. You'll be amazing..good luck for Friday! Avril x

  2. Happy New Year!

    I'm all for a bit of organization when it comes to the household chores. I only do seasonal work for the first four months of the year and I'm hitting my peak season now so I've been doing the same thing -- planning, planning and more planning!

  3. Lovely photos of your Christmas Claire....I need to get a bit of organization going in this house too!! Wishing you and your family a very Happy and Blessed New Year:) Thanks for all the lovely support you give my blog!
    ~Anne xx

  4. Lovely photos Claire. Happy New Year and all the best for work ;-) xx

  5. Lovely memories. Your home looks lovely. Good Luck in your new job. X

  6. Happy New Year to you and the family Claire! Great photos (I could eat Christmas dinner all over again looking at your plates!) - sounds like a lovely and well earned break! Love the photo of your dad and I am very envious of your beach walks! Good luck for tomorrow! Thank you for all the lovely comments on my blog and here's to many more years of being blogging buddies! xx

  7. Happy New Year to you and your family. Such lovely pics and so good to see your Dad looking so happy. Its lovely that you can now relax and enjoy the fruits of all your hard work. Good luck with the job ... I'm sure you'll be great!

  8. Happy New Year to you and yours Claire. Lovely to see a photo of your Dad! Here's to a much brighter 2014 for you and here's to the new job! x

  9. Happy New Year and Happy New Job x