Happy New Year everyone!
Welcome to another sparkly and colourful ARTventurers year!
Have you returned to doing the school run yet? Back at work? Had to do the first online food shop for REAL food?
Well, I have to say I found it so hard getting up early this morning following all the festivities and events of Christmas and New Year.
Thankfully, my lovely niece pulled through a terrifying health scare to do with her heart which had us all on our toes back and forth to the hospital over the whole of Christmas. Such wonderful staff that made us all feel very welcome and looked after Ellie so well, especially when we had to go home every night and leave her there.
The hardest part now is the emptiness of the house, now that my family are back to uni and work today too. Our beloved Mini Schnauzer and best pal Sam died suddenly on December 15th, aged only 8 years. He passed away the night before our ARTventurers Christmas Grinch Party, which was very difficult to find the strength for overnight until I saw all those smiling, excited children on the day which lifted me and my husband (helping me that day) so much! Sam would have loved all the excitement, paint and glitter too!
Needless to say, the tragedy left a huge, unexpected, gaping hole in our Christmas this year and we’ve had a candle lit ever since.
We knick-named him Shadow as he would follow me everywhere (the loo and bath at times) so it was so strange to not have him here this morning (watching me; make and eat breakfast, put my makeup on, brush my teeth, go to the loo!) and equally strange not having him greet me at the door after work tonight and sit with me whilst I had my ‘end of work day cuppa’ before walkies and then following me to have a bath later. I suppose you get used to the silence after a while but at the moment, I’ll settle for ‘different’ and a cat that kinda likes me.. kinda..lol
So, I’m really looking forward to running the family ARTventurers classes this year, starting with a ‘Paddington inspired’ session followed by… well, I think I’ll let you decide that! I’ve heard some of my ARTventurers colleagues talking about ‘The Highway Rat’ as a theme (loved watching that over Christmas) and I think a dinosaur session should feature somewhere during the year!
Getting booked up and ready for parties too with a lovely ‘Gruffalo’ themed 1st birthday coming up in March which I’m a little bit excited by! Eek! So if you are thinking about parties, get booked up as weekend dates will soon be impossible to get!
Well, all the best of luck, health and happiness for the new year everyone,
Sarah & ARTy Bear (and the cat… new office helper… kinda)..
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