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So anot20121202-SCRD_121202_00031her year has come and gone and this blog has seen no action.

But as a family we’ve been busy as ever and various things have happened. Here’s what I’ll say – look Kathryn or myself up on Facebook (I promise you we are the only Stuart or Kathryn Dyckhoff there) and you’ll get all our news.

Not on Facebook then either use this as your excuse to sign up or simply ask us.

But some highlights of the year:

– paid off our mortgage
– family holiday to Orlando, Florida
– Owen finished Uni finally.
– Jenna passed more music exams and is really getting into her rugby.
– Coel started ‘big school’ and joined the orchestra.

So in the best Welsh tradition let me wish you all “Nadlog Llawen a blwyddyn newydd dda”

 

image coutesy of: image courtesy of: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=2337I usually do an annual family newsletter and eCard.

This year I don’t have the energy or willingness to do one. For those that know this is probably understandable. For those that don’t then please read on – I will do a very brief overview of the year, but you’ll have to read between the lines for the details or just ask.

So, in bullet points:

Coel
– on-going health issues and his specialist has no clue.
– on a highly restrictive diet
– made school captain
– started trumpet lessons & joined BCBC Junior orchestra

Jenna
– pupil of the year
– started full contact rugby
– braces on the way
– attained various levels of grade 3 from pass to distinction in piano, flute and violin
– stopped ballet

Owen
– finished very successful year at CERN
– now back in Uni on his final year – dissertation planned and under way
– broke up with one girl, now dating another
– keeps bringing home different musical instruments
– lost count of how many languages he now speaks to varying degrees

Kathryn
– failed one half of her stage 3 signing & needs to resit
– her great aunt passed away
– her health has not improved but new drugs in the last week so we are hopeful
– almost down to her married weight
– survived a job evaluation process

Stuart
– my father passed away
– failed red belt grading
– produced a photo book for family members
– next to no back pain

I’m absolutely certain there will be more “stuff” that I’ve simply forgotten about but somehow it doesn’t matter. In the grand scheme of things we are mostly all well but are definitely looking forward to 2013 and trusting that it will be better for all of us.

So let me finish by saying:

Nadolig Llawen a blwyddyn newydd dda.

 

… then so it is time for our annual update.

Last year I said you need to read this blog for updates but then got totally sidetracked in not providing many – my last post How To Find Me goes some way to explaining the why but in reality events that happened I just forgot to post here.

So what did happen in 2011?

Kathryn and I hit the 25years of marriage milestone mark and have yet to celebrate it – we really wanted to do a cruise but money and time prevent that. Instead (and I can say this here because Kathryn never reads this site) we have a weekend away next year, sans children, at posh hotel & spa in West Wales. It’s one of the little pressies she’s getting this Christmas.

We did allow myself (you’ll understand why presently) a shiny new DSLR plus bits as our present to ourselves – not that Kathryn has done any more than just look at it yet. Still, some of the results of my experiments with it can be seen over at my photo blog. I was also conned into creating a school calendar for Coel’s school with it and I’m led to believe it has been the schools single best fund raiser to date. Not bad for an amateur snapper.

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