Saturday, December 24, 2011

And so this is Christmas ...

... another year over, and a new one just begun (well, almost), to misquote John Lennon.

But it hasn't just been any year - it's been the year of our family adventure...

No, we didn't Buy a Zoo, or a War Horse. We didn't even put our Puss in Boots.

We didn't develop Happy Feet Two and set off on a Mission Impossible. Nor did we require a Ghost Protocol (although it was a year of more nightmares for both boys).

There was many a Twilight Saga at bedtime, and as usual we saw plenty of Breaking Dawns.

But there was an Iron Lady (Sherrie, who returned to work full-time in February).

Which I guess makes me Tin Tin, as I set off on the adventure of being at home with our boys.

I can't say that I found the secret of the unicorn, but I think I approached some sort of happiness in immersing myself in the world of The Complicated One and The Big Fella.

I lived this year like I had 12 months to live. I wanted to spend every moment I could with our boys, because you never know when it might end.

I think Sherrie found some satisfaction too, in being back in the workplace and making a difference to the people around her. She earns the right to be called the Iron Lady, for having the courage to allow me this year with both the boys, and probably next year as well.

So, a final word from John Lennon, musical genius and brains of the band that changed so many lives...

"And so this is Christmas, I hope you have fun, the near and the dear ones, the old and the young.

"A very merry Christmas, and a happy New Year.

"Let's hope it's a good one, without any fear."


  1. Hi, I am so glad you both were happy with the decision how to share life and work and I 100% agree that the Iron Lady -or better my Dream Team partner at work- had an incredible positive impact for me. Congrats to the two of you and all the best for the upcoming new year! Xxoox Christine

  2. Love the blog Cleve. Looking forward to learning of your adventures with the boys in 2012! Cheers. Graeme