FAMILY is the answer, whatever the question and this is to remain my focus for 2018.

What a month. It’s been mad. Not only did we have Christmas and New Year to contend with, but my son’s birthday and a belated party for my daughter too on her return from her travels.

So I have literally turned into this:-

Me as a wine glass

Me as a wine glass

One of my Christmas presents helped cut the energy required to re-pour my glass:-

My new wine glass

My new wine glass

Which of course I’m not proud of and really should now be giving up for at least a month, if not more. But January is too depressing a month to get through it without a bit of alcohol, in my humble opinion, so instead I’m going to wait until another, more cheery month beckons…and then hopefully forget all about my plan.

I am not sure about any new year resolutions this year. I am thinking re-solutions might be a better way to go. It might be better for the start of 2018 to simply take a look back over everything that has been solved this year and be grateful for that. I have literally had one of the worst year’s ever, but thankfully many of the issues (not all) have now been resolved. So I am simply going to be thankful for what I’ve got and not attempt to extend too far for now. I am currently reading The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu and searching for joy from within is going to be my new task.

The most important thing to me is my family and they have all been around this Christmas and we’ve managed to spend lots of time together:-

Family circle of life

Family circle of life

Christmas day was an absolute triumph of delegation for me. Not even sure you can call doing nothing delegation? I sat with my mother drinking champagne and my children cooked and served the Christmas meal. Which despite a slight lack of presentation was delicious and plentiful:-

Christmas meal

Christmas meal

My tallest and youngest child, dancing with my smallest and oldest mother:-

Kitchen dancing

Kitchen dancing

The three generations of women in my family:-

3 generations

3 generations

We also had my son’s birthday out in town just a few days before Xmas at one of his favourite restaurants. Here they are trying to pose as they did ten year’s ago. It doesn’t quite work, but you get the idea:-

Big boys

Big boys

Dinner for firstborn's birthday

Dinner for firstborn’s birthday

My boys

My boys

Now, my firstborn has gone back to his new house and his job, my daughter is in Africa and my youngest is scrabbling to enjoy the last remnants of his holiday before going back to college tomorrow. It’s pissing with rain outside, so it doesn’t help when my daughter sends me photos like this from where she is. What an amazing opportunity she’s had to fly with the vet in a helicopter as part of their conservation programme. This photo is her with a mother and daughter rhino who had just been tranquillised by a vet and then tagged in order to stop the poachers. They put a tracker in the horn and let’s hope it works (she’s not just drying her towels – assume they were to stop them being frightened on waking!).

tagging rhinos

tagging rhinos

So I’m wishing you all a fantastic 2018, full of family, joy, love and laughter and if my New Year’s Day sign is anything to go by, it’s going to be a good one:-

heart shaped swans

heart shaped swans

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  1. Great post. I’ve also just posted about not making NY resolutions this year.

  2. Great Post Lucy …and I think that you are already taking on board the Dalai Lamas and Tutus advice from the sounds of things! Family and finding reasons to be grateful – even if it seems negative …the rain we can’t do anything about – but get an umbrella! X jo

    • Family Affairs on

      Yes! Loving The Book Of Joy and agree – it’s all about being prepared – not the weather that’s the problem, it’s the clothes you wear!

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