Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy New Year!

As the end of the year approaches it's time to reflect on what has passed and look forward to the year to come. I know that this time last year I had no idea that I would be where I am now, in a brand new home, having so much that I could only dream of before. Life had become very difficult in our old home, and although I loved the area and our neighbours, and the kids school, I longed to have somewhere bigger to live. We were really overcrowded and stress levels were high. Sleep was a word no longer in my vocabulary because it's hard to sleep in a house that is always awake. And no matter how I tried to make the house nicer nothing really worked. It was too small, and we had way too much stuff, too much clutter. I had to cook dinner in 'rounds' because my kitchen was too small to cook for seven people at the same time. Things are so different now, I still can't quite believe it. Of course moving house wasn't easy, in fact I hated every moment of the actual move, it was my worst nightmare come true. I really would be happy to never have to move ever again. Then there were problems finding a school for the littlies, so many of the local schools just didn't have places for all three of them, but we got there in the end.

Back in February my Little Man went for his very first haircut. This was a momentous moment as I'd allowed his curly blonde locks to grow really long and having them chopped off completely changed his appearance. Then in March we were invited to a press event for Start-Rite Shoes where the Little Man took to the Catwalk.

We've had some lovely days out in our home town, most memorable being our trips to see A Squash and a Squeeze at Gas Hall, Room on the Broom at the Town Hall and last week we went to see What the Ladybird Heard.

The year also had some very lovely surprises and treats. I was nominated for a MAD Blog award and actually reached the finals. I still can't quite believe that. This meant we had a wonderful trip to Legoland as a family which we really enjoyed and of course I got to attend the finals at the Royal Kensington Gardens Hotel. We also had a fantastic holiday at Center Parcs as I was chosen as a Center Parcs Family Blogger, and I also won a fabulous break in Blackpool with my recreation of Blackpool Tower in cake.

So there is so much good I have to look back on, but there always has to be bad too and that comes in the form of my precious little Star managing to slip a disc in her neck causing many months of pain and discomfort and resulting in a manipulation and the dreadful halo collar which she is still wearing. 

So what am I looking forward to in 2014? First up has to be the removal of Star's halo and having her finally fixed and pain free. I'm also looking forward to a new stage in my life as all three of my littlies will, eventually, be in school full time. Will I find a job? I've been missing work for a long time now, but my children come first so I've held off until the time is right. My dream is for all the adults in our home to be working by the end of next year. My daughter is doing really well in her new job, my son is taking some time out from his studies but will soon be looking for some work experience so he can continue with his chosen career choice. My other half has had trouble finding work since he lost his last job on medical grounds (he failed a hearing test) so it would be brilliant if something came his way. I don't really know what I will do, it's been a long time since I had a job. I better start working on my CV.


  1. You forgot to say, 2013 was the year you met me!! Only kidding, and you know it's coz I'm well jell of your CP win ;) Sounds like it was indeed a busy year for you too. I hope that 2014 brings more happiness and work (but only if you want that!). I loved the catwalk clip, and catching up on a couple of others. Will definitely carry on reading lovely lady x

    1. Sorry Steph, meeting you was a pleasure :) We will have to do it again sometime and I've got you pencilled in for a visit to our German Market next Christmas x

  2. It's been an unforgettable year for you Anne. This is a wonderful look back on the highs as well as remembering those lows. Here's to a positive 2014 and it bringing much joy. Happy New Year lovely x


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