Friday, 1 January 2010


I am going to stitch an ornament for Caleb every Christmas. Here's what i stitched this year. A Prairie Schooler freebie that i first seen on Hazel's blog. I messed up the finishing a bit by not leaving myself enough fabric so it's a bit messy but i like it nevertheless.

I answered these questions last year and it was fun to read them back today so im doing it again....

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before? Had a baby!

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions and will you make more for next year? I didnt make any last year. This year i am going to make some. Watch this space.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? I had Caleb, my niece Elaine was born in August, my friend Emily had Violet in June, Laura had Rebekah in June, Lesley had Benjamin in October

4. Did anyone close to you die? No

5. What countries did you visit? Does England count? Thats as far as we ventured!

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? Sleep, more me time, my fitness back!

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory? Without doubt the 18th January...Caleb's arrival day!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Enduring an awful labour to have my baby and surviving the first year of motherhood!

9. What was your biggest failure? Not coping well with the lack of sleep that comes with a new baby

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? A few minor illnesses nothing major

11. What was the best thing you bought? My new netbook maybe

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration? My DH's...patient, kind, a great father and amazing in those first few months when Caleb was born

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed? My boss at work

14. Where did most of your money go? Baby stuff

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Seeing Take That in concert at Hampden

16. What song/album will always remind you of 2009? Take That's "The Circus."

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:happier or sadder? Happier

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Sleeping, definitely sleeping

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Worrying

20. How did you spend Christmas? Christmas morning opening pressies just the 3 of us. Down to my mums at 11am to open more pressies and have a great lunch with my sister and her husband there too.

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with? DH, during the days when he's at work

22. Did you fall in love in 2009? Oh yes!

23. How many one night stands in this last year? None

24. What was your favourite TV programme(s)? Felicity, Ugly Betty, 90210, Eastenders

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Hate might be too strong but my boss' behaviour has shocked and appalled me.

26. What was the best book(s) you read? I read a lot but there isnt one that immediately stands out

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? Take That, ny rediscovery LOL

28. What did you want and get? My very own laptop

29. What did you want and not get? An ipod

30. What were your favourite films of this year? I dont watch a lot of films actually so cant immediately think of any particular favourites

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I was 28 on my birthday and Caleb was only 6 weeks old so that time is all a blur to me!

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? More sleep

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009? Lazy, comfy, PJs LOL

34. What kept you sane? DH, wonderful new friends, old friends, mums and tots groups

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? David Beckham, as always

36. What political issue stirred you the most? I havent been particularly stirred by much, general election in 2010 though that should be interesting!

37. Who did you miss? My bezzas (best friends) who are scattered over the UK now

38. Who was the best new person (people) you met? Caleb, my gorgeous son, Becky one of my new mummy friends

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009 Just how precious life is and how important it is to have faith in God.
I learnt a lot about myself this year...the things i can/cant handle, my strengths, my weaknesses.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?
"Show me the way to go home, im tired and i wanna go to bed...."


Kim B said...

Love that ornie! I should be that good a mom and make ornies for my kids every year :)

stitcherw said...

Love the ornament, very cute. What a great idea of doing one each year for him.

Christine said...

Awww, that ornament is so sweet! I have a CD of the greatest hits by Take That (bought it many years ago) and my wedding song was by Ronan Keating (when you say nothing at all). Great group!

Margaret said...

Happy New Year to you. I have enjoyed catching up on your blog over the past year and look forward to lots of news during 2010
Love the ornament
All the best for Caleb's birthday. Isn't he gorgeous?!

anna s. said...

Godt Nytt Ar, Cheryl!! Funny to read your list!! Wonderful idea, but I'm too lazy this year to write mine :)
Great idea as well about the yearly ornaments for Caleb!!

Lynn said...

Hmmm, sleep seems to be a theme in your list from this past year. I wonder why, lol!? It's amazing how you can fall asleep anywhere once you've had children. Mom's are sooo sleep-deprived.
I love the ornament you did for Caleb and I think it's a lovely idea to do one for him each year. I just might adopt your idea for my granddaughters.

Hazel said...

Yes he is a cutie to stitch. Love the answers to your qs. x

Vonna said...

I try to make an ornament for each one of my kids too...I'm behind...bad. But they all have their first Christmas ornaments...and I'm working on others...hopefully, some day...

Kathy A. said...

What a fun, funny and yet touching post. i love that questionaire. I wish I could package sleep and send it off to you.

Suzanne said...

I love this post, it gives a great insight into your life.

I love the ornament you stitched for Caleb, it's very cute.

Happy New Year!

Karoline said...

Cute ornie for Caleb. Happy new year to you all

Maureen said...

cute ornie - hope you keep the tradition up.

i love your list, a good way of remembering a year ( and i am going to shamelessly steal it lol!)

Karan said...

Lovely ornie & a Fab pic of Caleb with antlers. :0) Great list. Couldn't help laughing at no.40.... though I do appreciate what those sleepless nights feel like.