Ah, a new year.  The tree and decorations are down, the lights are being switched off, and winter encloses us in a dark, depressing blanket.  I will do my best not to let it get me down.



2013 was a very mixed year.  I have seen many people on Twitter, blogs, Facebook and the like, talk about what an awful year it was for them. Luckily for me, it wasn’t as bad as previous years, especially now that we are more financially secure, and in the last 3 months of the year many good things have happened.



Firstly, let me say before I wrap up the year, on Christmas Eve, we got engaged. He wrapped the ring box up in a larger jewellery box, came downstairs while I was cleaning up, and asked if I wanted to open a present.  He wasn’t due to be with us on Christmas Day, as he had a shift, so I half-assumed it was just him being sweet, and half started to think it might be a ring.




And it was! My mother’s ring.  I can tell long tales of how I have stared at this ring in my mother’s jewellery box for over 20 years, so the significance of it is great. He awkwardly wedged himself between the coffee table and the couch attempting to take a knee, but only got halfway down before I said yes.


Xmas Day 2013


The rest of Christmas was very low-key.  D joined us at 3:30pm after he wrapped up his work for the day, and we had great fun with family.  I have spent many moments since then staring at my ring and smiling.


Us in 2008

Us in 2012


I can’t wait to be Mrs Lawrie.  After 6 years, we’ve come a long way, baby.







Coming up next: thoughts on 2013/photos, Film round-up!