I’ve been sitting thinking back across the past year and well what a year it’s been!!
Stu and I have continued to grow and develop as a couple, yeah we’ve had our ups and downs but we’ve always been there for each other and no matter how difficult things have been we’ve supported each other through everything. He’s an amazing person, I don’t know what I’d ever do without him.
Alisdair is forever turning into the young man, which is absolutely making me feel so old but I genuinely couldn’t be any more proud of him either. He took his options for his GCSE’s at school and has stuck in doing really well at reaching target grades, well all except PE but lets be fair, it’s not everyone’s forte! He spent the best part of 6 weeks in Europe with his Dad’s family living experiences I can only dream of and shared all of them with us when he got back, so proud of his photo’s and treasures that he bought along the way. He goes with them every year for the summer holidays from school and it’s a long time to be away from him but hearing his stories and seeing how happy he is and sharing all the knowledge he’s gained it genuinely makes it such an amazing experience for us also!
Theo, well what can I say about him, every day he continues to strive, develop, surprise, frustrate, however most of all, make us smile! His speech has absolutely came on, fair enough it may only be the people that’s around him every day that understands him but the progress has been amazing. He’s grown in confidence in different situations, our holiday to Southerness for example, we were so worried that the change to his routine would have knocked him for six but he settled absolutely fine! He didn’t care that he was away from home, he absolutely loved seeing his family that he hadn’t seen in years having remembered all of them and called them by name (in his “language”) without being prompted too! He’s became more acceptant to playing with others and sharing his toys, which was a massive no-no this time last year! On the whole it’s been a fantastic year for his progress and is ending the year as a happier and more confident, loving boy.
Alex, he too has developed massively, he’s genuinely such an intelligent child! Having started year 1 at school his reading and imagination work has been truly unbelievable! His confidence has been a little patchy but we’re working on that and have seen it grow and develop before our eyes too. You’d swear that the little man has been here before! He’s forever reminiscing about things we’ve all done together and relaying absolutely EVERY little detail about what’s happened, he’s like a walking diary for his life! His Mammy is going to be having a baby in a few months and he’s never been more proud about going to have a little brother, it’s so lovely to see the pride in him telling our friends and family that he’s going to be a big brother. It brings a tear to my eye every time!
Unfortunately it’s not all been high’s along the way this year, we lost a dear friend Jimmy within weeks of receiving a diagnosis of cancer in the stomach. My Uncle Sandy to natural causes, I hadn’t seen him in such a long time but it absolutely hadn’t eased the pain of saying goodbye. Then of course my Uncle Bill a couple of months later. Uncle Bill went through a long ongoing struggle of alzheimer’s and other medical issues it was just a matter of time, again however, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve got to prepare yourself it doesn’t hurt any less.
Death may take away the person but nothing takes away the love and memories!
Over the years we’ve all lost friends, family and loved ones. I absolutely believe we’ll see them again, and I know that this Christmas they’ll all be celebrating together and making sure that my Ickle Bubbs is having a fantastic time until we’re all together again.
I want to thank all of my family and friends for being there for me through out the year. I love and appreciate you’s each in your own little ways!!
Stacey P – For seeming to always have a day off for bringing me back home from Dumfries!! Coming down and keeping the friendship and bond with the family and me even with the miles between us!!
Kenty – Just for being you in general, you’re always the sensible one to talk too. You make time for us when we need you and well our debates are always fantastic – we’ll always be able to agree to disagree after a few hours (and drinks!) haha!! You were my best friend down here before I even met ya!!
Lucy and John – You’ve also both been there for me since before I moved here, it’s ridiculous that we only live around the corner and never see each other. I was so proud to have been invited to your wedding, the kids and you’s were so beautiful, it couldn’t have meant more to have been there to celebrate the day with you all!!
Tammy and Ecky – You’s are like my sisters and I love you’s unconditionally forever more. You’s have dragged me out of the darkest of times and are always at the other end of the phone. We just need to see each other more often!!
Jackson and Jasmine – Always my little miracles, growing up far too quickly and it doesn’t matter what you’s are going through I’m ALWAYS here for you’s!! Just a phone call gets me there as soon as I can be!!
Kirsty – I know we’re not in touch as much as we should be but with what we’ve been through in our lives together I simply can’t class you as anything less than a best friend. Your friendship has always meant the world to me and again, we just need to see each other and keep in touch more often! I have to admit tho, when we do get together it’s as if we’ve just picked up where we left it the last time!
Marion – I spent years wondering about you and I’m so pleased that you’ve been able to step back into our lives. I don’t need to go into detail about how much it’s actually meant but you’ve helped so much you’d not believe!
If I’ve not mentioned you – well this is a big enough essay already haha!! Those that I love and respect know it.
I wish you’s all a fantastic Christmas, a brilliant Hogmanay (you can take the girl outta Scotland, not Scotland out of the girl however haha!!) and all the best for a fantastic and magical 2013!! Love and hugs to you all!!