How do you summarise a year? How do you identify the highlights, the key moments, the defining points?
Well, I suppose you could start by taking a look through the folders of photos on your computer...
The Newest Hamster joined us in March :)
We spent a week in Florence (also visiting Pisa and Siena) at Easter.
I got to see the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in July!
Our family holiday in the summer was to Orkney, which was fascinating - we loved the wildlife, especially the super cute puffins! :)
In honour of turning - um - 30 plus(!), The Doctor and I took a special trip to New York in August.
The Mother got The Dog in the summer! The Tomboy is overjoyed :)
I managed to get to the first stage of the Tour of Britain, too, and had the most amazing view near the finish line - here's Marcel Kittel powering to victory ahead of Mark Cavendish...
That's not the full story - no mention of The Tomboy's win of a big poetry competition, or The Boy's starting his GCSEs and passing his Grade 5 tuba, or The Doctor's latest publication, or my new job (which meant leaving the school where I'd been involved for 10 years, one way or another) - but it maybe gives you a small flavour of how 2014 was for us :) I hope it was good for you!
My, it's dusty round here! 'Scuse me while I clear away a few cobwebs.... *atchoo!*
So, anyway. Partway through last year I really, really enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with some old friends from school :) As we reached a significant birthday (shall we call it '30 plus'?!) we were prompted to organise some time away together to catch up with each other. In a couple of cases I hadn't seen these lovely people since we were at school, and even those I had seen I just don't see often enough. It was amazing and wonderful and awesome and such, such fun to spend a few days together, remembering and reminiscing, sharing news, laughing over old photos, and revisiting some old haunts!
The year ended with me managing to visit another old schoolfriend, who hadn't been able to make it to our weekend away but who lives near enough to The Parents-In-Law that it was possible for me to make the trip over for the afternoon while visiting them between Christmas and New Year.
The joy of reconnecting with these friends, along with other occasions over the year when I've had the chance to spend time with friends and family - those I see regularly and those I see all too rarely - made me think of all of you, dear blog friends. You are one of the reasons I plan to take 'reconnect' as my One Little Word for 2015. I'm still working on the details (baby steps, no pressure, blogging without obligation, and so on) but I miss you all and I want to find a way back to you! And so, by reconnecting with my blog and online community, I hope to start to reconnect with you once more. I can't tell you how much I look forward to that!
Happy New Year - may 2015 hold many, many good things for us all x
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