We got relatively unpacked and cleaned up on the 30th, and I was glad because on New Year's Eve, I got some post which I wanted to give some attention to!! One of the craft product designers in America who I know, sent me a bundle of new paper cutters with a retail value of nearly $400, for me to make some cards with, which she wanted a few photographs of for a trade show later in January. In the way that Harry's eyes light up at the sight of new Lego - I am the same with this!
One of the cards I made using a new pop-up bench cutter, and tree cutter:
I couldn't spend too long playing with paper though, as I needed to get things ready for the Stake Youth New Year's Eve activity. I made a huge pot of chilli, plus got some other activities ready.
We picked up Georgia - Lucy's school friend, and Kirsten, my niece, and got to Northampton for 6pm to open up the building and get decorating the hall and setting things up.
The evening started at 8pm with a meeting in the Chapel, where the worldwide Youth theme for 2014 was introduced - 'Come unto Christ'. Amongst others, Jack and his friend Ethan Collings both spoke on the theme for a couple of minutes each.
We spent the rest of the evening playing on the equipment we had hired, and chatting and eating!
I didn't take any pictures of the evening - these are borrowed from Jo Waters.
Here is Jack on the bouncy castle with some of his best friends: Scott, Joel, Ethan, Xander, Sam and Jonah.
I do love this time of year though, and always feel enthusiastic to review my life, and think about new goals and priorities. I've got a list that I'm excited about (and in case you hadn't guessed, getting going with my blog again is on there!)