As I was wandering around the web over Christmas on the search for something or other, I came across a quote that really struck a chord with me. “Collect moments, not things.” Such a simple idea. It stayed with me and I kept thinking that that was exactly how I wanted to live my life, how I wanted to move forward with my blog in the coming months too. Life can almost become bogged down with stuff. We have so much stuff. Too much and yet apart from the odd thing that holds a special meaning, it isn’t the stuff that is important when you look back. It is the memories. Memories of times spent together, photos, videos.
So for me this year, I am decluttering, downsizing and focussing on collecting more memories and that is already making me feel really positive about the new year. Collecting moments and not things.
Christmas was amazing. One of the most relaxing holidays we have had for a long time. We spent lots of time together as a family and with the important people in our lives, we played, we rested and we also did some fun things and I have to admit that I am feeling quite sad that we are all back to school and work today, a few more days would have been lovely.
Here are a few of our special Christmas moments.
A day at the Christmas Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Windsor turned out to be a real festive treat. We took full advantage of all of the rides that were open, made LEGO snowflakes, met Santa (a real one and a LEGO one) and after a few more rides, went home saying what a fantastic day it had been.
From the lines of Christmas trees dusted in snow to the huge LEGO Christmas tree, LEGOLAND really do make the day a festive treat and I would definitely recommend it.
We made an actual gingerbread house. We did try a couple of years back and to say it was a bit of a disaster is an understatement, so it was with some trepidation that I agreed to do one this year. It wasn’t easy but I think my daughter’s face in this photo says it all as there was one point when I doubted we would ever have anything that would actually stand up.
We haven’t been to the SnowDome in Tamworth for a few years and so decided it was high time to make a return trip. All of the children loved it there from the thrill-seeking tweens to my daughter who wasn’t convinced she would like it and then had to be dragged away. There is so much to do there and we started off with some ice-skating followed bu tubing and it was such fun, we have pencilled in another trip in the next few weeks.
It was so lovely to have a whole week before the big day but soon Christmas was upon us and it was time to visit family and finish those last minute preparations.
Christmas day got off to an early start thanks surprisingly to the nearly teen who was up at 6:30 and excitedly woke everyone else up. By 8 am, stockings and presents were all open and all three children were happy with their hauls.
There were more balls (because apparently, you can never have too many of those), lots of LEGO and more chocolate than three children could possibly eat (so they may need some parental help).
Boxing day was soon here and saw us take our annual trip to South Wales to stay with granny and grandpa and that of course meant more presents and even more food. We managed to squeeze in a couple of visits to the beach which we love so much.
Visiting good friends in Cardiff, they took us for our first ever visit to the Winter Wonderland there and in spite of freezing temperatures, we soon forgot about the cold when we saw the lights and heard the festive fairground music.
With the smell of freshly made doughnuts filling the air and lots of children with rosy cheeks, my daughter was in her element spinning down slopes and slides and bashing everyone in the bumper cars. We didn’t make it on the Giant Wheel but it did look fabulous in the darkness.
Another visit to the beach on our final morning in Wales. This time without the children as it was our 15th wedding anniversary, so we took advantage of the on hand babysitters and snuck out for some rare child-free time. A walk along the beach hand in hand followed by a leisurely lunch and a lot of reminiscing about our years together.
New Year’s Eve has now become a night of family games and Who Tooted? and Pie Face were on the agenda for this year. Entertaining is certainly the word I would use and even though we are quite late to the Pie Face party, it is one of the funniest games we have played in a long time and I don’t think I have ever bought so much squirty cream in my life.
So that was Christmas and the end of another year. 2016 had its highs and lows and we are all excited for the next twelve months, especially me as I go on a quest to see how many moments I can collect over the year.