Friday, 30 December 2011

Looking back....

So 2011 is nearly over! Where did it go?!

It seems the ideal opportunity to reflect on some of the details of this year. Hooray for blogging and Project 365, as I've documented this year pretty thoroughly! :)

It's been a year of travel: I've been to Leeds, somewhere else, Rome, Newport Pagnell, Stevenage, Constant (France), Liverpool, Reading, Los Angeles, Coalport - and The Doctor managed Paris, too!

It's been a year of meeting with many friends :) I've managed to meet up with so many of you, my blog friends: Sian, Clair, Ruth, Leandra, Lin, Tim(!), Lou, Joanne, Jo, Monica, Linda, Deb, Carrie, Cheryl, Lizzie, Jo, Jemma, Ruth, K, Lesley, Julie and Alexa - more than ever, the 'blog' part of 'blog friend' feels redundant! And I've managed to Skype with several of you even if I didn't manage to meet you in person this year :)

It's been a year of classes, mainly (but not exclusively) online: I've been inspired by Shimelle, by Kirsty Wiseman, by Ali Edwards, by Tim Holtz..... and I've taken part in various online projects, too, such as a Pay It Forward and Pass The Book - not to mention the many giveaways I've entered and those I've held myself!

It's been a year of art journaling: I tried to journal my One Little Word ('details') each month, but didn't manage to sustain that throughout the year. (I did manage to note lots of details, though, photographically, here on the blog, and in scrapbook layouts.) Taking up the 52 Lists in 52 Weeks project has also been an art journal opportunity for me. And I've had fun with Ginger's Mail Art Exchange!

It's been a year of reading through my Bible: I've been working through the E100 readings, and have just one more to go, which I shall complete today :)

It's been a year of babies: We've welcomed two very-much-wanted babies of good friends of ours, and while neither situation was straightforward both families are doing very well now :)

It's been a year of growing up and moving on for The Boy: He left his primary school and started at secondary. It was the secondary school he most wanted, and he's settled in happily :) He also moved on from Scouts and started attending a new group together with many of his friends from primary (it's lovely that he can still see them regularly).

It's been a good year for The Doctor: He's been on sabbatical from teaching so he could get stuck into the research for his new book. He managed to pack in a fair bit of work-related travel, too. Plus I've been trying out lots of new recipes, which he's thoroughly enjoyed testing for me!!

It's been a good year all round, really :) Thank you, 2011, we've enjoyed you! I hope it was good to you, too xx

14 comments:

scrappyjacky said...

It sounds like an enjoyably busy year,Mel....and great you managed to meet up with so many blogging friends.

Sandra said...

Happy new year Mel, may 2012 be even better xx

Carrie Rosalind said...

2011 was a great year for you! So happy I got to meet you this year! :) Happy 2012!!

Julie J said...

That sounds like a good year. Here's hoping 2012 is even better. And good to meet you too.

Theresa said...

2011 was a great year. Here is to a fantastic 2012. Have a very Happy New Year. =)

Maria Ontiveros said...

A nice look back Mel. Still sad we didn't get a chance to meet up, but I hold out hope it could still happen in the future.
Rinda

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

Ooh lots of new faces and places. Sounds like a wonderful year for you and yours. Happy New Year to you Mel xx

Alison said...

Glad you've had such a good year Mel..hoping 2012 is just as good!
Alison xx

Sian said...

It has been a very busy year for you and yours and I think we have all enjoyed being along for the ride! All the best for the New Year Mel

and ps - hows that book coming along?

Miriam said...

Wishing you & yours a very Happy New Year Mel, 2011 was certainly special for you, here's hopping 2012 brings you all that you hope for. x

K said...

Hope 2012 will be an even better for you & I hope we get to meet up again xx

The Creative Beast said...

Yes, 2011 has had some great moments Mel and meeting you IN PERSON was one of the highlights for my year!! Happy New Year to you all in 2012 =-)

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Glad 2011 went so well for you all!

Gail said...

That was definitely a full year. What a great synopsis of it you did too. Hope your 2012 is a great one too.