Saturday, 31 December 2011

The Year that was 2011

In 46 B.C.E. the Roman emperor Julius Caesar first established January 1 as New Year’s day.  Janus was the Roman god of doors and gates, and had two faces, one looking forward and one back.  Caesar felt that the month named after this god (“January”) would be the appropriate “door” to the year. 

I'm not really fussed about New Years Eve but then again I also celebrate Christmas and yet we all know Jesus wasn't born in December! SO thanks Caesar for giving us another excuse for celebration and a day when we can all look back on what we have and feel grateful.  I actually just spent half an hour writing a letter to Belle about all the things she has done this year but have decided to save it for her next birthday which is fast approaching. Ahhh my baby girl will be turning 3 next year!!

In light of all my umming and arrhhing about where to go with this blog I have decided to focus on Mummy's Shoes on this post.  It has been quite a whirlwind year and I have been given so many opportunities, attended some amazing events and met some fantastic people and friends who I shall remain in touch with forever.  I could list all the events and great things I have done but instead I will pick just one, I don't want to bore you.

The highlight has to be...being chosen by P&G to be a judge for the Champion Mums' Foundation. Going through all the hundreds of entries was emotional!  Being one of 5 judges with the likes of Sue James (Editorial Director of Woman&Home), Gilly Sinclair (Editor of Chat), Sophia Warner (Our 100m & 200m Paralympian) and Roisin Donnelley (P&G Marketing Director) was a real honour. I was worried I was going to feel a bit out of place in that room at first but soon felt at ease, as they really were the most lovely bunch of ladies! I even managed to get some tips from Sophia on how to train for the Mum's Race on sports day :-) We picked some amazing entries and some of the wishes have been fulfilled already. So thank you so much P&G for that amazing opportunity.

Little old me. The "Blogger"

And plans for 2012?

To be just as good as 2011 I think. I am so blessed to have my family and friends around me and I just wish for their health and happiness. I would also love our house move to go ahead in the new year as we are a little in limbo at the moment with it being the Christmas hols.  

Finally I just want to thank you, my readers. This blog started off as a place to document Belle's 'first steps' and has grown this year beyond anything I ever imagined. The growth has forced me to question its direction and purpose but I think that is a good thing.  Thanks for sticking with me even when a week or two will go by without me writing a post.  I have set up a new blog over at where I will be writing hopefully a lot more in the new year. So please do pop over and follow me there.

Love Us xxx


  1. Well done with your judging, Carly. An amazing thing to do! Hope all your dreams come true for 2012! xx

  2. I love reading your blog! That's why I have given you a "Versatile bloggers Award" on my blog:
    Keep up the amazing work!
    Mummy & Bambino

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