Showing posts with label looking back. Show all posts
Showing posts with label looking back. Show all posts

Saturday, 30 December 2017


I don't often realise how much has happened in a year until I stop to look back.  I don't notice the children growing when I see them every day, but when I look at photos from this time last year, it seems like much longer than 12 months.  

Dylan has shut up by inches, he is more confident, he is more able, he has learned to ride a bike, to play card games, to assert his choices.

Archie has started school, made new friends and started learning to read and write.  He got his first pair of glasses and he has taken it all in his stride.

Finn's speech has come on so much, he can communicate with us and we are getting to know him more because of it.  He has started nursery a couple of afternoons a week and he is losing his baby features.

Cora has learned to crawl, walk and run.  She has started saying words. she has grown a full head of hair and she has established her place in the family (as the boss of the family).

This year we have travelled, we went skiing in France, visited Hamburg, spent a few days at Centre Parcs in Holland and we loved going back to France with Eurocamp.  We went to our first family festival and camped out and we went glamping at Drayton Manor and at Port Lympne Wildlife reserve.

This year we moved house, we hosted our first family Christmas on Boxing day and we applied for Dylan's junior school. This year I turned 30, this year we made the most of the beach, we visited the zoo, we splashed in puddles and related everything to Pokemon.  This year we made new friends and spent time with old ones.  We watched films and read books, we wrote stories and drew pictures and we grew together.

I have loved looking back over the year, seeing how far we have all come and I can't wait to see what 2018 has in store for us. 
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Saturday, 31 December 2016

Me and Mine December // Me and Mine 2017

Today is not only the last day of the month, but the last day of the year too.  I feel like December crept up on us out of nowhere and I am left wondering quite how we got here.  2016 has been both a great and terrible year.  Whilst in the wider world we saw many deaths, Brexit and Trump, in my smaller world we saw first, third and fifth birthdays, we welcomed a new baby girl, we celebrated as Finn learned to walk, run and climb, Archie started preschool and Dylan went into year one.  

This year has been busy, it has been chaotic at times, messy, disorganised but always wonderful.  We have all grown and learned alongside each other, we have developed new relationships, expanded existing ones and my little family is bigger and better than ever.

December has been a mixture of festivities and outdoor adventures as we have made the most of the milder winter weather.  Christmas was celebrated many times over with different parts of our families and we will be seeing the new year in surrounded by our friends.  

As I mentioned, the end of this month has crept up all too quickly so this post is both an end of the month and end of the year round up.  

This Month Mummy is loving buying Christmas presents, the look on the children's faces on Christmas morning, watching the sunset at the beach and starting running again

Daddy is loving Cora being more interactive, time off over Christmas, buying a new computer and getting back to the gym

Dylan is loving Christmas crafts, Christmas tree chocolates at Grandma's house, his new 'colour with mum' book and doing treasure hunts around the house

Archie is loving snuggling up in his dressing gown, his new haircut, his Hulk Smash hands and having his big brother around more.

Finn is loving being allowed chocolate now (the real stuff), dancing to everything and anything, pushing his new dolly and pushchair around and watching Blaze

Cora is loving her first tastes of food, bouncing in the jumperoo, sitting up to play and blowing raspberries on the back of her hand.

I have put all of our me and mine photos from the year together too - I love seeing how we have all changed and grown as my bump became a baby, as Finn found his feet, Archie lost his hair and Dylan learned to write.  

 I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store for us.  There is so much I want to do, so many places I would love to go, so many books I want to read and things I want to learn.  2017 will be the year Cora turns one, Finn starts to communicate more, Archie will start school and at the end of the next year we will be applying for Dylan's Junior school place!

Goodbye 2016, you have been wonderful.

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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016

As we said goodbye to 2014 and entered the new year, my overriding emotion was excitement.  Whilst I am sure we had other things planned, the most immediate and important was welcoming a new person who was still growing inside me.  Our year was always going to start with an adventure and Finn's arrival was certainly memorable.

By the end of February our year was already nothing like the one we had planned.  Our beautiful baby boy was born with a congenital virus and admitted to the Special Care Baby Unit to be looked after.  Our perfect son was fighting a battle and we were told it was one he may not win.  I always think it is amazing what you are capable of when you least expect it, and we all have a strength within that we do not know until we need it.  The three weeks Finn spent in hospital were the hardest of my life, but we all came out of it with a new love for the amazing support network of family and friends who reminded us every day that we could cope and that we were.  They provided childcare, an ear to listen, baked goods to keep us going and relief when we needed it most.  We learnt that as a family we can get through anything and it made every milestone Finn meets, every new skill he learns that bit more amazing.

The month after bringing Finn home from hospital is a bit of a blur still.  Real life was imposed on me rather abruptly and with hospital appointments to take all three children to several times a week, it seemed we didn't have much time to settle into our new life as a family of five.  I couldn't have been prouder of my big boys as they coped so well with the changes, despite the fact Finn was usually the focus of attention and they bonded even more than they already had.  As the appointments slowed down, we settled down too and found our new routine, our new normal.

It was Dylan's last summer before school and the adventures we thought we would have were overshadowed by three cases of Chicken pox and two hospital admissions.  Dylan got his first pair of glasses and when I look back at the early photos from the year, it looks like there is something missing from his face.

September was all about my big boy as he started school and he just loved it from day 1.  He has always been so desperate to learn and school seems to be satisfying his natural curiosity.  I am constantly amazed at how much he is learning, how quickly he is progressing and how keen he is to go in every morning.  The boy who wouldn't go near a pen in August wrote his own letter to Santa this year and I could read at least 80% of it.

Before school started, we managed to fit in two holidays, a long weekend down in Cornwall and a week away in Denmark. We knew school would mean our holidays were dictated so it was lovely to be able to go away without worrying.  I love to travel and having children isn't going to stop me, the boys love going somewhere new, especially if they can pack their own Trunkis.  We took a ferry over to the Isle of Wight as well for a weekend break.

October was an exciting month for Finn and I as we jetted off to Jamaica for the week and I still look back on the photos just desperate to go back.  After spending most of the summer in isolation we loved enjoying some sun (as well as the all inclusive luxury).

The lead up to Christmas seemed to be ever so long this year, but the big day still came around all of a sudden.  Ours was quieter than normal, although with three children it is never that quiet of course.  Family, food and fun were the order of the weekend and I am sure I left my parents house twice the size as when I arrived.

As the end of the year is now here, I am looking back on 2015 with pride.  We handled everything that came our way and emerged the other side stronger.  I won an award for blogging, got to visit two countries I have always wanted to see, welcomed a beautiful third boy into our family and my first baby, the one that made me a mama started school.

I know 2016 will bring its own adventures, life is never that quiet with three under five, but I don't know where it will take us yet. We are going away in January and I can't wait to see some real snow again, watch the boys learning to ski and enjoying the delicious hearty French mountain food.  2016 will see Archie getting his funded hours at nursery and Finn and I having more time together.  Dylan will go into year 1 in September  and before any of that Finn will celebrate his first birthday.  I want to start finding some time for me and am planning on taking up swimming again as I just love being in the water. 

Here are some of the photos from 2015 that really make me smile:

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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

A Little Look at our Year

2014 has been an exciting year, with plenty of Surprises.  We leave it with the same number in our little family as when it begun, but not for too much longer.  Our baby has become a toddler and our toddler a preschooler.  A job change, a pregnancy a promotion and some amazing experiences have shaped what we take from this year, but looking back I see smiling faces, wonder in a little person's eyes and a year I want to remember.

January was mild in weather, and we were enjoying the simple things in life.  I went back to work after over 11 months of maternity leave and Archie was happy to spend one day every week with his Grandma whilst I did.  
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Thursday, 20 June 2013

3 years ago

3 years ago, I was young, single and carefree.

3 years ago I was packing for a rock festival, preparing myself to see the awesome ACDC, Aerosmith, Rage against the Machine, Megadeath and more.

3 years ago I had no idea where the future would take me, what I wanted to do with myself and who I would become,

3 years ago I thought I had the whole world at my fingertips.

Some relationships take years to develop.  Some couples know each other for decades before realising what they have found.  Some only take weeks.

Sometimes life throws you in one direction even when you were steering a different course.  

3 years ago a girl met a boy.  They camped, they watched music, they danced, they sang along, they drunk rather too much.  3 years ago I had no idea.

3 years later and I have found a man I truly love.  One who looks after me, provides for me and loves me.  A best friend.

3 years later, and we have two beautiful boys of our own. Two blue eyed babies who filled a space in our hearts that we didn't even know existed.

3 years later and we are a family.

We may not have taken the traditional route, we may not have had a plan but would we change anything?  Hell no!

It is strange to look back at the boy and girl we once were as it was not that long ago, yet everything has changed. 3 years ago I was taking the first steps that would lead me to where I am now and I would take them over and over and over again.

3 exciting, eventful, exhilerating, emotional and extraordinary years.

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Friday, 4 January 2013

Looking Back, Looking Forward.

New year seems to be a time for reflection.  We sum up our year as good or bad, eventful or uneventful and those big moments shape our memories.  Whilst there may not have been too many big moments in my 2012, it is the little ones that made it special,  and that is one thing I try and capture on my blog.  It was nearly a year ago that I decided to start recording our lives on The Mummy Adventure and I have many plans for its future..

At the end of January 2012, I wrote my first post - introducing you to our lives.  January saw us take our first holiday as a family of three, and we took in the sights of the Czech republic and Austria.  

February saw Dylan turn 6 months old - a half birthday worth celebrating!  To ease me into blogging I set myself the challenge of doing something new with him every day and I blogged our mini-adventures, from enjoying his first snow, to introducing crafts.  

March was reasonably uneventful, however I did blog a crafty post about making breastfeeding clothes.  We also celebrated the bloke's birthday.

April saw a huge change as I returned to work from maternity leave.  Even though I only went back two days a week, it was odd leaving my baby boy with someone else! I also stopped breastfeeding this month after managing 9 months and we happily made the transition together.

In May I recorded a day in the life of a nine month old.  It may not be anything exciting, but it is our reality and I can't resist taking photos of my beautiful boy!  I had to deal with ignorant comments about the fact that Dylan was still not crawling, and shared one of my favourite photos of the little guy down the beach.

June was an exciting month as I attended a big blogging conference and a few days later discovered I was pregnant with Squish.  It stayed a secret until after the scan, but the bloke and I finished June on an excited high!

July was hot and we made the most of the lovely weather with lots of outdoor play and time at the beach.  Dylan got to celebrate the Jubilee and watch some olympics although at 11 months he may not have appreciated it as much as the rest of us.

August meant one thing - My baby boy turned one! I wrote him a letter the night before, as I kissed my nought year old goodnight.  His birthday was perfect and we had a wonderful rainbow party with homemade rainbow cake - something I am still incredibly proud of!  August also meant our first scan and the announcement than another little person was on the way!  

September saw Dylan turn into a toddler as he was finally on the move, taking his first steps.  I also started to feel little Squish kicking and the pregnancy became very real!

In October we found out that Squish is a little boy, and took these photos to show the world.  I started to wonder about how much life would really change when there are two tiny terrors around and it is now a matter of weeks until we find out for sure!  We went on our last holiday as a family of three to Barcelona.  I also painted my bump to celebrate Halloween - it seemed a good idea at the time!

In November we moved into our new house ready for the little one's arrival and enjoyed the fact that Autumn was well and truly here. This doesn't have to mean the end of playing outdoors though and we used any excuse to get out in the garden.

After all suffering the Norovirus,we managed to have a wonderful Christmas  and after another illness for the little man, we were all home to see in the New Year.  I made a resolution and am looking forward to filling my 2013 memory jar  with all the great things that 2013 has to bring.

2013 is already looking to be a great year.  Next month we should welcome a fourth member of the family and a lovely little brother for Dylan.  2013 will also see Dylan turn into a terrible two year old.  His language and communication improves every day and I am sure by the end of the year we will be able to have quite a chat!  We have all the milestones of the first year to look forward to with Squish from first smiles, first tooth, first meal and first Christmas and I am looking forward to each and every one. I am sure 2013 will have its ups and downs and plenty of surprises  but I know we will come out the other side and look back on another great year.

Looking back at 2012, my memories are good ones.  I entered the new year with a baby and left it with a toddler and a rather large bump. We had sun,rain and snow, days out and days in and we shared so many happy memories.  I have thousands of photos and a record of all our adventures - big and small.

Now I raise a glass (a non-alcoholic one of course) to 2013 and I look forward to more memories and adventures with my favourite boys.

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