>One Little Word

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2011 is knocking on the door, can’t believe how fast 2010 has gone. Last year I participated in an idea from Ali Edwards about choosing ‘One Little Word’ to live by in the year to come. I choose ‘Believe’, I wanted to focus on believing not only in myself & my abilities but improving my relationship & belief in God.
I feel that 2010 was a year where I learnt alot about myself, that I am extremely resilient & strong. I have also been able to really focus on deepening my relationship with God. There have been alot of changes in my life, some good some that weren’t so good, and I know that believing in myself got me through and to where I am today.
For 2011 I have decided to take ‘Believe’ just that one step further with my One Little Word for 2011 being ‘Courage’. Now that I believe in myself more it is time to take more risks and step out of my comfort zone, which is where I have somewhat stayed in 2010. So the next year is going to be about taking that step forward & not looking back. This might be alot easier to say that actual do, but all I can do is try.
Tomorrow is New Years Eve, we are going to spend News Years with my little brother in his new place in the city which will be fun. We’re having a BBQ, playing Wii & board games. So I hope that you all have a happy & safe New Year and I’ll blog again in 2011.

>Christmas Day

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4 days later and Christmas Day is still a blur. Christmas Day is always busy for us, we do both families in one day. Which sometimes seems alittle nuts, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Things might change when we start a family, but who knows. This year Christmas lunch was at our place, my WH (wonderful husband) wanted to make a lasagane so we went with an Italian theme, with a simple green salad & Panatone for dessert. Though it didn’t look like a lot of food, everyone was pretty stuffed by the end of the meal.
Thought that I would also share a few pictures from our day, we bought a new point & shoot camera for ourselves for Christmas so all the pictures we taken using our new toy. Still learning the features but I really like how the pictures came out.
1. first thing when we got up was opening our presents to each other, we got some really lovely presents from friends & family that couldn’t be with us for Christmas Day.
2. Christmas lunch with my family always usually ends with us all playing Wii or playing board games, it’s traditions like these that make Christmas so special.
3. Christmas dinner was at my WH’s (wonderful husband) brothers house, we had a candle centre piece which our nephew just loved blowing out again & again (he loves birthday cakes because of the candles too!!!)
4. Love this picture of my WH, I was playing with our new camera. I am going to love learning how to get the best out of this camera.
5. Our nephew might just have some natural drumming ability. This was the first Christmas that our nephew realised that he would be given presents, and this was one of his favourites.

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Thought I would share some pictures of our Christmas tree, my favourite decoration are the small photoframes that have photos of our family. Though some of the photos are going to have to be changed as they are alittle dated and old.

We have had this tree since before me and my WH (wonderful husband) were married, so it’s alittle over 5 years old. I still love it, traditions are what makes this time of year special.

>December Daily Day 16

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This time of year my WH (wonderful husband) is away at night alot, between work commitments and also preparing for Christmas Eve service. When I am at home by myself I craft. This year I am making fabric flowers to decorate the Christmas gifts and this too cute Christmas card holder.
I love getting Christmas cards, some years we get loads some years we don’t get that many at all. This year we haven’t received all that many so I have filled this card holder with previous years cards that I just loved & didn’t want to throw away.

>December Daily Day 15

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Christmas time is the time that we celebrate and remember the birth of our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ, every year a church on the coast does this huge light display, a show & a display about the true meaning of Christmas.
We try & go every year (missed last year), we don’t see the show but love to see the lights, the petting zoo (I am such a sucker for a baby animal), and see the true Christmas story display. Every year the display is different but still telling the same story.

>December Daily Day 14

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Santa.
This festive happy bearded man is our Santa, he was given to us from my parents the first Christmas we spent together after we got married. Being an adult Santa doesn’t bring gifts I love having him sitting in our house at Christmas time.
I love traditions, whether activities, decorations or food. Makes the Christmas season feel special & fun.