Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog: How We Saw In 2014....

Saturday, 4 January 2014

How We Saw In 2014....



Anybody who knows me will know that I LOVE special occasions...

The way I see it, life is series of monotonous days that are all very similar and tend to blend into one....so when there's a special occasion or calendar event, you have an opportunity to break from the norm a little.

I think these are the moments that make life fun and interesting - these are the opportunities to do something a little out of the ordinary...to step out of "everyday mode" for a while and create some special memories!!

When I look back on my childhood, my mind is flooded with memories of all the special occasions we've celebrated throughout the years - I can remember pretty much every birthday and how it was celebrated, when I think of Easter & Christmas I remember big family gatherings with lots of laughter and good times being had....

And, although I am the first to admit that New Years Eve has always been last on my list of favourite occasions, it's still an occasion nonetheless....and therefore I think it should be celebrated!

It's not just another day....it's a special, once a year occasion. You can go to bed early for the other 364 days of the year, so why not make just one night of the year a little bit different and do something fun?!

New Years Eves for me in the past have been varied....

During my childhood I cannot remember a time when there wasn't a party - sometimes they would be at an Aunts house but a lot of the time they were at our house - they were always so much fun, and while the adults would dance the night away us kids would gather together playing with our christmas toys and even having a little dance ourselves.

As I got older of course, there were New Years Eve nights out in bars & clubs....and in more recent years they've been spent at family or friends parties or gatherings, or going out for a nice late dinner with Jon and maybe some friends....sometimes going to the cinema first.

This year being our first New Years eve with a baby in tow of course meant some changes....so we decided we would hold a little child-friendly family gathering at our house.



I did a little buffet, and the three of us were joined by my mum & Dad, my sister & her partner, my nieces and my baby nephew.....

Even though I was staying home, I HAVE to dress up on NYE...or else it just doesn't feel like New Year!
These Ted Baker shoes are my favourites but they only come out of the wardrobe on 31st December every year...such a shame!
I do struggle to wear them these days for long periods of time though - my feet struggle to deal with high heels now! This is something I need to fix as I love nothing more than a sparkly pair of heels, and with orthaheel technology in shoes now and of course the amazing heel cushions for women on the market I should be able to conquer the problem!


After some nibbles, we played charades and there was some dancing done....



And once the kiddies were tired and everybody left, Jon & I had an Indian takeaway and snuggled up to watch the fireworks on TV.



Tyne clearly didn't want to miss out as he woke up at 11 and was still wide away at midnight!

We went outside to the street at the stroke of 12 to see in the new year, Tyne seemed to know something was up as he was very excited!



We sang Auld Lang Syne and raised a glass (and bottle....)



And on New Years Day, we did our last little Christmassy thing....Tyne & I went along to yet another Pantomime! We went with my sister, nieces and Mum to see Cinderella at Exeter Corn Exchange....it was fun and Tyne seemed to enjoy it again!  (As a theatre lover I`m glad that he has been very well behaved and happy at both theatre trips so far!)

When we came home, we had a lovely roast Beef dinner and have spent the rest of the day snuggled in front of the TV.



Bliss.

So here's to 2014...let's it hope it continues as well as its started!

How did you bring in the new year?! I'd love to hear from you!

53 comments:

  1. aww love the photo of all three of you raising a drink!!

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  2. aww love the photo of all three of you raising a drink!!

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  3. We ignored NYE!!! Sorry! Had a busy Christmas, a poorly baba and eye bags I could use for a two week trip so this is what we did instead...http://mummetamorphosis.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/resolutions-smesolutions/

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  4. Aww! Looks like you all had a fab time!!
    I love those shoes!! Gorgeous!
    All the best for 2014 x

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  5. Happy New Year Hayley!
    You all look so happy :D
    From your new follower, Brittany x
    www.beasbeautyblog.com

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  6. awwww such a happy moment captured in time

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  7. my young family and I just had a cosy night in with a chinese takeaway and some naughty chocolate/sweet treats and watched Despicable me 2 on dvd which was good.
    (kim neville)

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  8. You all looked like you had a fantastic time - Happy new Year x

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  9. Love, love, love, love the shoes!

    We had a quiet night in, we're not too big on celebrating the New Year.

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  10. Lovely post and photos thank you!

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  11. Lovely post & Love them sparkly shoes :-) It was a big time to reflect this New Year I think and hopefully 2014 is the best year yet with much more joy to come for more :-)

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  12. My husband and I brought in the New year on the sofa and for the first time since our son was born, we had a New Years kiss! It was nice that our two-year old actually went to sleep when we put him to bed. :)

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  13. Looks like you had fun!

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  14. Sleeping babies make the best photos!!

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  15. Awww great photo and super shoes!

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  16. looked like a fab night, my boys were flat out before 8pm haha

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  17. Looks like a good time was had by all.

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  18. Ha ha Tyne doesn't look too impressed in that first picture, his face is priceless! ;)

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  19. Some lovely pictures to treasure xx

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  20. Loved reading that Tyne woke up at 11pm! Good lad, a bit like my hubby!

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  21. awwww sounds lovely. My mum's birthday was on new years day so I took her to London for 2 days to see dirty dancing and when we returned to her house on NYE at about 6pm all the family were there for a surprise party. Half my family are Scottish so it was pie and mash at midnight and we too played charades with adults and kiddies alike. great fun and family friendly :) oh and can't forget the auld lang syne!

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  22. Fab shoes! Very sparkly, Happy New Year xx

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  23. We spent the end of 2013/start of 2014 with a few very good friends at our home; we ate dinner about 8.00 pm, after then we chatted, danced and sang the night through until midnight which we toasted with a glass of bubbly Prosecco.

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  24. There's nothing like snuggling up with a sleeping baby!

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  25. charlotte clavier5 January 2014 at 13:38

    I love your sparkly shoes. Theyre fab. The family photos are gorgeous too :)

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  26. Sounds like you had a really lovely time and have started your own family New Years traditions! We've been through allsorts of phases for New Year, but this year was just a quiet one with wine and a good film, and then leaning out of the bedroom window with views over the town to watch fireworks at midnight! Lovely!

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  27. Gorgeous shoes! You really should wear them more often. Great idea for a kid friendly party & love that you still got dressed up :) x

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  28. We had a quiet night in and the kids stayed up to watch the fireworks with us, which were amazing! Happy New Year! :)

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  29. Looks like you had a lovely time, all the best for 2014!

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  30. A girl after my own heart with those sparkly shoes - awesome!

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  31. I loved reading your Blog Wishing you all a Happy New Year 2014

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  32. Love the eyelashes, so pretty!! Happy New Year!! x

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  33. when you have kids, and it horrid weather nothing beats cuddles and spending time in the warmth x

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  34. more shoes you cant have enough shoes

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  35. lovely pics, wishing you all the best for the new year

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  36. Sounds like a great new year, you look gorgeous! xo

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  37. Aww it looks like you have a wonderful time seeing in the new year - love the look of that train set :D. x

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  38. Sounds like a fab way to see in the New Year!

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  39. Looks like it was an occasion after all! Happy New Year.

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  40. Great New Year celebration. Ours was quiet as both my son and daughter were at parties. Wishing you a great 2014.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  41. It looks like you had a great New Years Eve Hayley. We were really boring and did absolutely nothing lol.

    Louise xxx

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

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  42. That sounds great Happy new year xxx

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  43. Aww sounds lovely. Love your shoes btw!

    Laura x

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  44. We had a quiet New Years Eve as my hubby had been working all through the xmas period. He works shifts & was totally shattered. So we had quiet night in, watched a movie & chilled….bliss. Happy New Year, sounds like you had fun:)

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  45. Sounds like you had a great evening - lucky you - I was in bed by 10pm full of cold - never mind, there's always this year!

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  46. your sparkly shoes are so cute! i for one am really, really happy to be kissing goodbye to 2013 and saying hello to 2014! :) with love, faye xx

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