I have already made my post reminiscing about the past year and I was going to do one about what I’m looking forward to in 2015. Then Jeanette from AutismMumma tagged me to write this post and I will give it a go.
This time of year I always like to reflect on the past year and think about what I’d like to happen next year. It’s very self-indulgent I know but I’m going to do it anyway, and split it into two posts here on Raisie Bay.
So here is my tribute to the year that’s passed.
Star had had her manipulation and halo fitted in December so January was a time spent mostly indoors apart from hospital visits.
It was also when I decided to start my regular linky Kids in the Kitchen which I have thoroughly enjoyed doing, and so have my kids.
My Eldest Daughter went to America by herself and landed in a snow storm in Washington. I found the whole experience terrifying and I think she did too. I don’t think she’ll be going back there any time soon.
At home we spent most of the time inside as usual, there was lots of food involved.
On March 3rd my Star lost her halo and we were able to cuddle her again. Sadly, it was also the time that we found out it hadn’t worked and further surgery would be needed.
Now the halo was removed we were able to get out more and in April we visited the theatre to see Hetty Feather and spent the day at the Nature Centre.
In May a very special friend of mine got married and gave me the honour of making her wedding cake. It was a truly wonderful occasion. Even No1 Son made it to the reception with his Dad, and he doesn’t do parties normally.
In June we made the most of Star’s freedom with a trip to Nottingham and I got to meet an online friend that I’d never met before.
July was very eventful towards the end. We had a new car and I picked it up on Boo’s birthday the 27th. This meant that even though Star was in her halo again we could actually get out and about and make the most of the summer. Boo had a fabulous Frozen Birthday party, we even had snow…and it was one of the hottest days of the year!
My days of baby and toddler shows are over 🙁 I always loved them though and went to as many as I could from when I was first pregnant with Star until the Little Man was two. He’s approaching his fourth birthday now and the baby days are over for me.
So, what’s so good about a Baby Show?
Well, basically it’s your chance to try, compare and buy everything you need. There is also the chance to speak to experts on every aspect of pregnancy, birth and parenting.
I used to love wandering around, seeing what was new. Testing out pushchairs was one of my favourite things to do and when I had Star and was expecting Boo I purchased a double pushchair at a baby show at a bargain price.
That’s another good point..bargains galore. When you have a baby the expense is huge so it’s best to save money whenever you can and you can get some huge deals at baby shows.
Bluewater Baby and Toddler Show 2104
The show takes place on 25-27 april at Glow, Bluewater in Kent and is accessible from London, Essex, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.
There will be more than 150 brands there including, Bugaboo, Quinny, Mamas and Papas, Cossato, UPPABaby, Britax, Boori…just to name a few.
Raisiebay has been offered a pair of tickets to the Baby Show to give away. Just use the Rafflecopter entry form to enter.
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Disclaimer: I have been offered a pair of Babyshow Tickets to give away. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
It’s that time of year again, the nominations for the MAD blog awards are now open. I was so thrilled to be nominated last year and couldn’t believe it when I made it to the finals. It really made my year and I’d so love to do it all again. This is where I have to ask my readers for a nomination. Last year I was nominated in the Schooldays category, but this year I’d like to be considered for the Family Fun category. I’ve made a little photo book of some of the family fun we’ve had over the past year, so if you would take a look and then decide if I’m worth your nomination I’d be really smiling, and if I made it through to the finals again, I’d be grinning like a loon.
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I’m making up my list of who to nominate and it’s really difficult, there are so many lovely blogs out there it’s so hard to choose.
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.