I felt a bit left out by not going to the party, as I really do love celebrating the New Year - it's such an exciting and inspiring time, but I spent a pleasant evening looking on Amazon for free or cheap Kindle books, for my new Kindle, plus downloading a book I've wanted to read for ages 'The Happiness Project'. I spent a grand total of £12 - my last splurge before not spending anything (except on groceries, or things the kids need) till my birthday in May. I've done this for the past two years as well - it always seems like I spend a lot of money on myself plus everyone else in the run up to Christmas, and feel a need for stopping spending for a time.
Before Harry went to bed, I read him the first chapter of a book called 'The Worst Kids in the World' - a book I loved when I was a kid. He loved it too!
I should also mention that my Kindle was a recent gift from my friend, Jo Blackhurst. She lost her Kindle, bought a new one, then found her old one so gave it to me. How lovely of her!
Anyway, 'The Happiness Project' is really good - the woman writing it seems to be thinking exactly the way I think, and has come to a lot of the same conclusions I have (I wrote my New Year Resolutions a few days ago, and they are uncannily similar to what the woman talks about), plus she expands on the subjects. So I had a nice time reading that, as well as receiving Snap Chats from Lucy (so I wouldn't feel too left out), plus chatting with people on Facebook.
A delightful Snap Chat of Lucy and Scott...
A photo Lucy put on Scott's Facebook page, from the party. (Selina Malzone, Bethany Doughty, Jacob Williamson, Lucy and Tom.) Tom was very happy to be allowed to stay till midnight - he's twelve now, and in the Youth programme, so I think it's time he can!
Another lovely Snap Chat of Lucy and Jacob.
A couple of minutes before midnight, I hated the thought of seeing in the New Year on my own, so I took a couple of glasses of Shloer into Harry's room and woke him up. He was highly unimpressed when I told him it was nearly the New Year, and rolled over and went back to sleep, so here I am on my own seeing in 2015!
We started 2015 in grand fashion, with me ironing for about 2 hours, whilst Scott and the boys demolished the shed.
We now have an even bigger pile of rubbish on the patio, but no shed (behind the left-hand trellis) any more.
I've still got another few hours worth of ironing to do, as I have neglected it for a few weeks... I also took all the Christmas decoration down, with some help from Harry.
We had lapsed for a while, but have now started the 'kids doing a job a day' chart again. Tom vacuumed downstairs, and Jack vacuumed upstairs, so we are looking pretty straight. (Except for the garden!!)