Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Towards the New Year..

Goodbye 2013..


..and goodbye to that time after Christmas I look forward to so much every year. Everyone together, plenty of food to go round and more than enough of everything we could possibly need to entertain ourselves without having to look too far.

We've had a lovely time of it here. We found out how many people it takes to buy two goldfish for one new (Nemo, not SpongeBob) fish tank; and that would be two uncles, two cousins, one aunt, one long suffering mother and one highly excited small boy. Gotta love a pet shop at three o'clock on Christmas Eve afternoon.

We ate our traditional Fair fare of ham on Christmas Eve night, then turkey followed by Grannie Fair's special recipe Christmas pudding on the Big day itself, with mince pies and gingerbread for snacking on.

We turned off the computer and made our own fun - build a cardboard hamster castle, anyone? - and we put on our new Christmas clothes and decided we didn't need to go to the sales after all (not when we've got Little E printed our socks. No outfit needs anything more to be perfect!).

We ventured out for a walk and discovered  we were so out of condition we're going striding (ha) out again today..before life all returns to normal, before we start the New Year.

"I can't read"  Little E said to me on Christmas Eve. Not with regret - that's not his style - but with a happy sense of achievement at the things he can do and a cheerful anticipation of learning something new. That's a pretty good place to be, heading towards January. I'm going to try to follow his lead. I don't really do resolutions, but I do like to look out for something new to have a go at during the year. Mmm..more quilting, maybe? If I try it, you'll hear about it. You can count on that. 

Your company has meant a lot to me this year: thank you so much for reading and saying hello and sticking around. Very best wishes from me to you for a wonderful 2014. Have a good one!

34 comments:

Stranger in a Strange Land said...

Wishing you all a Lovely 2014.

Mike

helena said...

what a lovely outlook on life he has. Wishing you all a wonderful 2014 too

cate behind the purple door said...

Sounds like a fabulous Christmas week! Hope 2014 is great, too!

Gail said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Just love Little E's take on things. Happy New Year to the Fair family.

debs14 said...

Sounds like you had all the right ingredients for a lovely Christmas; I look forward to hearing not only the adventures of Little E but the fish as well in the new year. Little E socks? They sound like winners to me.
We, too, had a traditional family Christmas and today our son left bright and early (5.30am "Bye Mum, we're off!) for Edinburgh. But after midnight tonight I can gleefully say he'll be back on home turf at the end of 'this' year :-)
Thank you so much for hosting some fab projects this year and I'm really hoping you have something organised for us in 2014. Knitting your own moustaches book eh? That sounds fan'tash'tic! Happy New Year!

Barbara Eads said...

Happy New Year, my friend! Can't wait to see what 2014 has in store for us.

Jo said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas. Happy New Year to you and yours x

Ruth said...

A very happy 2014 to you and yours! See you on the other side.

furrypig said...
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furrypig said...

happy new year Sian (spelt correctly this time!)

JO SOWERBY said...

sounds perfect and similar to ours without the hamster castle though. There are however flet and feather mice in action and a cute hamster in my neighbours flat,
Happy NY to the Fairs
Jo xxx

scrappyjacky said...

Happy New Year....look forward to seeing whatever you're up to in 2014.

Kirsty.A said...

Good luck with the (non)resolutions. Oh do share pictures of Little E's socks!
Happy New Year. Keep on blogging

Jennie said...

Wishing you and yours the happiest of New Years - Thank you Sian, for your love and support since June 2012 - it means a very great deal to me. Little E socks eh - sounds the perfect finish to every outfit! Take care my friend and love to you all, Jen x

tidbitsandtreasures2011 said...

Sian, Happy New Year to you as well. I'm looking to all the good things you will present to us in 2014.

Jennifer Shaw said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday! I bet the pet shop was lots of fun with Little E. Glad to hear he got his wish! Good luck with the quilting! It is always fun to have something new to look forward to. Happy New Year Sian! :)

Alison said...

Have I missed a picture of Little E socks?!.....lots of good wishes heading your way for the coming year
Alison xx

Sue Althouse said...

Sounds like a wonderful way to finish out the year. Happy New Year and best wishes for 2014!

alexa said...

Home made fun is always the best! Wishing you all a Very Happy New Year :).

Sandra said...

May 2014 be a fabulous year for you and all your family. Here's to health and happiness xxx

Jennie Hart said...

Aww Happy New Year Sian. It sounds as if you have had a very merry season and I am glad. I wish I was Little E a little bit, to state that with optimism means he knows that it is a changing state. Goodness, what will he achieve when he can. I look forward to finding out. xxx

Karen said...

Happiest of New Years to you and yours! I'm looking forward to another year of inspiration here.

Nathalie said...

My best wishes to you and your family in 2014! It is always a pleasure to visit you here and you count on me for coming back, again and again in the coming year! :)

Melissa said...

Happy New Year Sian!! Looking forward to another year of blogging & scrapping & crafting & storytelling together in blogland!

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

Sounds like the perfect family Christmas in the Fair household. Happy New Year to you and yours Sian x

Becky said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas. Happy 2014 to you all xx

S said...

It does sound like a joyful holiday you've had. I hope you hit your stride in 2014, (we could all do with more of that) and that you continue to share Little E's wisdom with us. Happy New Year!

Sandie said...

I have so enjoyed your posts and stories Sian. Looking forward to many more and Happy New Year to you all xx

Maria Ontiveros said...

I'm holding on to the post-Christmas glow until Sunday! I so love this slow time of year.
Rinda

Miriam said...

Happy New Year to all at High in the Sky. Thank so much for all your beautiful projects, posts and inspiration but particularly your support and love. x

Sinead said...

Love the little peek at the gingerbread house at the top, and YES to turning off the computer and finding other lovely ways to entertain oneself! Thank you so much Sian for all the inspiration all year, I'm looking forward to 2014 on your blog! Happy new year to you and all your family :D x

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Sounds like you had a lovely Christmas, Sian, and I'm so glad about that. It's so much fun to have a little one around to put a fresh spin on things, isn't it?

All the best to you in this new year, my sweet blog friend!

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Sounds like the best Chrissie! Love the gingerbread house! Happy 2014!!!

Missus Wookie said...

Its always fun to have a few days interacting with the family - love the idea of Little E painted socks :)

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