Yes, I am still alive. I am determined to start blogging again properly in 2012. There - I've put it in writing now.
August was my last post and how can I possibly fill in all that's happened since then? I'll just try some edited highlights instead.
Jim has been going to painting classes and this is his first painting since he was at school. It's Lough Graney from our gateway and I think he made a pretty good job of it!
Kitty and Jack seem to grow daily. I last visited them in December and of course a few photos were taken! Kitty has recently moved into Jack's old bedroom, which is now all pink and girly. She loves it of course and keeps running round the space in the centre - which she couldn't do in her tiny first room.
Me and Kitty. Jason and Sam had a pre Christmas party in the local hall and we were waiting to be ferried to the venue.
This gorgeous photo of Kitty was her nursery picture. I want to eat her!
Jack is doing very well at school, with a reading age of 8 (he is 6). Here he is having a hug from his Daddy Jason:
Jim's Family and Grandchildren
Before we headed up to Suffolk, Jim and I stayed a few days in Worthing and saw his 2 daughters and their families.
Here, Jenny is reading a story to Sonny. He is always smiling and an absolute delight:
Older daughter Ali now has Poppy and Thomas. We bought Thomas a new set of clothes for Christmas, and here he is modelling them recently:
Isn't he super?
Poppy is quite the young lady now and we had a wonderful if rather full on time at their house with Poppy, Sonny and Thomas.
Poppy, Sonny and Thomas on the settee.
Poppy is as pretty as ever:
Daughter K and family
I visited K and family in Chesterfield and spent a too short a time there. Luisa had to go to London for the day so K and I hitched a lift and went to London Zoo! I hadn't been for years and we had a lovely time - although the weather wasn't great. After the zoo, we visited K's dad, my first husband Ken in South London. He has lost weight and, since being diagnosed with diabetes, is feeling quite fit. Let's see what photos I can find:
I caught the train from Bury St Edmunds station to travel to Chesterfield. When I went to the zoo, I left my camera behind, so no photos of that trip!
Well, I can't seem to find any so here's one of K, Rachel and Luisa.
Poor Luisa is still not right from her operation. A day was spent in hospital yesterday for various tests. She is still in pain and has difficulty keeping food down.
Son Ben is still in Spain running his bar and has been reunited with long term girlfriend Hayley after a short time apart. I'm really pleased for them. I can't believe Ben will be 28 in February!
Buster is still as daft as ever - here is a photo of him with Jim. True love!
Sandy is also going strong. He spends much of his time curled up in his bed in front of the fire!
I have been doing a lot of crafting - making things for Christmas then learning crochet and just playing about! I think that's for another day though.