Well we have made it to 2012 so I guess that is a reason to be cheerful in itself! This is the 1st anniversary of the blog hop so even more reason to smile (and Michelle has a giveaway for all those who take part in January). But here are my more mundane reasons to be cheerful:
1) Pride in my children
It's been a very wet week but it hasn't put my children off going out and doing things. On Friday they did their longest bike ride to date and we all got soaked but they did it!
We also did a 4 mile hike on New Year's Eve and got very wet and very muddy but it hasn't put them off hiking!
2) New Year's Eve
It was a very quiet and soberish New Year's Eve for us but a very enjoyable evening rounded off by watching the amazing London fireworks from the comfort of the sofa whilst drinking Prosecco:
3) Extended Family
On New Year's Day we got together with some of our extended family for the afternoon and went to see my Granny's memorial at Crook church:
It may seem a strange reason to be cheerful but we now have somewhere to remember her. We also had a lovely afternoon and early evening together as a family which is always good.
After what seems like weeks of never ending rain this afternoon was glorious. Really hope we get more of this for a bit: