happy new year and a look back

Happy New Year everyone. I hope you had a great night. For the first time in a very long time (i.e. before children) we braved the fireworks last night. And it was lovely. We parked the car and walked down to Forty Baskets beach which looks onto Manly. With chips and lollies to keep little people entertained we had a lovely time. And I think we’ll do it again
And I always like to look back on the year that was. But 2011 was always going to be a bad year. I was kind of avoiding doing a year in review post because it brings back all the bad memories of how the year started and my mum deteriorating so fast and then passing away. I don’t think anything comes close to the loss of a close loved one. You just can’t bring them back or make everything better. But we have all of our memories and I have a strong faith that she is in a better place looking down on us.
And somehow we have made it through the year and so many things happened! Keira started school and turned out to be quite the star student that I hoped she would be.

Elodie turned 1
singing happy birthday
the twins turned 3 
and Keira turned 5.
the cake
I got a makeover! You can watch it here
we finally got a new car
the bus
and we finally renovated our kitchen (and yes it was an expensive year around here)
day 2
I did some knitting and actually finished a few things….more than two!

the sleeves

I did some quilting (not as much as I would like to)
on keira's bed

one finished quilt for grandma betty

and with help of so many of my gorgeous readers I co-ordinated quilts for queensland and actually got them out of my house!
in afternoon sun

I did a few markets
I got a thermomix
thermomix helped me
I baked
yummy quiche
and I baked some more (and I joined the gym)
oh I can't get enough of these
And to finish out the year, I got pregnant. The best gift of all. And I have to thank you all for being a part of the journey! All of your comments, emails and visits always make my day. I look forward to sharing 2012 with you all……………………………………………..wishing you a safe, happy and enjoyable year ahead too.


  1. Well done you for celebrating the good things. LOVE the knit photos! Happy new year!

  2. Happy New Year!!

  3. Happy New Year Corrie. May 2012 be full of blessings, not the least of which will be your new little bundle!

  4. What a productive year you’ve had and thanks for sharing it all with us! Love love the quilts! Have a Happy 2012!
    Best Wishes, Loretta

  5. Wishing you and your family an excellent year!!

  6. What a productive year you’ve had! Thank you for a year of inspirational posts. Happy new year!

  7. Thinking of you especially Corrie the first Christmas without your Mum … very hard but thank you for all the wonderful posts from the (new and old)kitchens the knitting couch and the sewing machine!
    wishing you all good things in 2012, lovely to hear your baby news
    Barbara :)

  8. happy new year corrie! and congrats on baby number 5 on the way! 2012 is going to be a busy year :)

  9. Happy New Year to you! We also watched the Sydney Fireworks from Garden Island though. We’ve never done it before (and also live in the bush!) being at a secure location and knowing that the alcohol bit was stricter made it wonderful. It’s been 6 years since losing our mum, and still remains a shock. I hope your 2012 is a great year.

  10. Congratulations on the pregnancy. I have loved reading your blog this year (discovered about 6 months ago) and look forward to reading more in 2012.
    Happy New Year and all the best to you and yours.

  11. Corrie, I really enjoy your blog and seeing the things you do. I wish you lots of happy times in the year to come and a joyful pregnancy and birth.

  12. Happy New Year and my 2012 be bigger, brighter and better with a (another) little bubba!

  13. We too were at Forty Baskets last night, I recognized you and wanted to come over to say hi, but my husband thought it was very odd of me to interrupt a ‘strangers’ evening. (he doesn’t quite get the blogging thing)
    Happy New Year to you and your (growing) family!

  14. It’s always a treat to visit your space Corrie and as a relative newcomer it was terrific to be able to have a quick round up of the main events of 2011 in your family.

    It is with great sincerity that I wish you and all whom you treasure a sparkling year in 2012.

    Happy hug,
    Felicity x

  15. Wow what a year Corrie and to wrap it up with a real bang! I have only followed you the last few months but you are a true inspiration. Have a great 2012;)

  16. Happy New Year to you! Thanks for the recap. it’s been great discovering your blog and look forward to more in 2012.

  17. Wow what a year its been, busy and productive and many highlights. We do also remember and honour your mother and we know she is indeed in a much better place, looking down and cheering you on into this new year. Many blessings for you and for your family for 2012 :)

  18. What a beautiful recap Corrie, I started following you right at the beginning of the year and you’ve brought so much to my days with your lovely, heartfelt, funny and visually pleasing posts. I think you’re amazing and would like to give you one BIG virtual hug for getting through 2011 :o) xo

  19. Oh Corrie. What a splendid post. I wondered whether you’d write a review – I struggled through with mine last night and was thinking of you as I did. We made it through.

    And you, my friend, had such an extraordinary year! To finish it pregnant is such an incredible blessing and I couldn’t be more delighted for you. I’m looking forward to following this bloggy caper with you in 2012! J x

  20. Gorgeous wrap up honey, pats to tummy, love Posie

  21. All the best for you and your family in the New year from Portugal
    Happy New Year

  22. I see you had a great year and I pray that 2012 will be wonderful for you and your family!
    I enjoy reading your blog. I’m an old lady and seeing such a beautiful young Catholic family like yours makes me smile.
    2011 was pretty good for us too. No bad hurricanes, a new roof for our home and the best of all……..a new grandson born on 11/11/11.

  23. You are such a busy lady. Congrats on the wonderful news of your pregnancy. You must be super-organised to manage to get anything done other than kid-wrangling!!

  24. Happy New Year lovely lady! I hope that 2012 is a year that blows your socks off with how spectacularly good it is for you and your sweet family! xoxo

  25. Happy new year Corrie! Hoping 2012 brings you much happiness and big congrats on your pregnancy! So happy for you!

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