Wednesday, 8 January 2014
Some pictures from my Christmas 2013. We spent Christmas Eve and and Christmas Day at my – now it's official when I say it! – mother-in-law's house, with lots of family, food and noisy fun. I used to find these family events quite overwhelming, as they really are loud, there's a lot of people – some of whom we don't see that often – and there is also quite a lot of work. All those dishes don't wash themselves! On top of that, John and I were taking care of all the final wedding preparations, trying to get everything done around all sorts of schedules. And that was stressful, to say the least! Yet, after 10 years, I know find I really enjoy these big family gatherings. I look forward to them. I actually relish all the chaos and different faces and different opinions. I'm also now not shy, whereas I used to be sometimes painfully so. That I can enjoy all of this, and can feel I've made so much progress in lots of ways, is something I am really grateful for. (Even if sometimes it drives me round the bend!) And now I am officially one of them! Not having a family of my own complicates and changes things hugely, but I am so chuffed to have found a group that is a home. A noisy, busy and very well-fed one!