It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

Just 5 more sleeps until Christmas and it’s finally time to relax and enjoy the festivities!  The last couple of months have been a race against time to get the house clean and tidy post dry rot.  Not only that, but I’ve had a mass clear out and got our front room clutter free for the first time in years!  Unfortunately this room became a bit of a ‘dumping ground’ while I was unwell and anything that I worried about would be locked away in there.  It has taken a lot of mental strength and determination to sort through everything and I feel immensely proud to have finally achieved this!  I have some before and after photos that I will share with you at some point – but I will save that for another day!

As the end of this year is looming I have been thinking about the events that 2016 has brought. Although there have been many difficult times (loosing my job, the dry rot returning) the positives of this year have far outweighed the negatives!

Aside from completing the Mount Everest Marathon one of the major highlights of this year has been reuniting with my brother.  This has brought something into my life that at one point I never thought I would have back.  We now have a better relationship than ever and I couldn’t be happier.  It has also had a massively positive impact on my parents and this was especially poignant when me and my brother took my Dad to watch Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium for his 70th birthday.  It was amazing to see the happiness on his face at seeing his two sons together again.

On the 16th of December my brother and his wife came over to our house for the first time in over 6 years!  This was a momentous occasion for me and Helen so we wanted to make it really special. We went all out on a three course meal and a gin tasting flight and had a wonderful evening!  We are so looking forward to many more evenings like this to come!

Christmas Day will be extra special this year as the whole family will be spending it at my brothers! My little niece and nephew are so excited which makes it all the more magical!  I just can’t believe how things have changed since last year!

Despite the down points of this year, I really wouldn’t change anything that has happened. The saying goes that ‘all things happen for a reason’ and in my case, this couldn’t be more true. When I lost my job I thought my world was falling apart but I couldn’t have been more wrong.  I have come to appreciate the important things in life and I am now a much happier person.

I couldn’t be more grateful to Helen for continuing to work so hard and even putting in some overtime shifts.  I really can’t wait to start working again and this will be my main focus in January!

I’ll leave you with some photos of our house that our good friend Cas very kindly took for us!

Merry Christmas everyone!  Here’s to new beginnings and a very happy New Year!

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