Happy New Year you lovely lot! A little late I know, but better late than never hey? I thought that I would sit down and do a little recap of 2019, I did the same last year and I’ve loved looking back at that post, so I think it’s something that I will start doing annually from now on.
I actually thought this year had been pretty quiet but now I’ve started writing this blog post I realise it’s actually been pretty busy! Here are some highlights from our year…
January was a pretty quiet month. I wouldn’t say I went on a health kick but I did start walking more as well as joining the gym and trying fitness classes such as yoga and pilates. I really enjoyed yoga and it’s something I definitely want to get back into this year.
At the end of January Evie lost her very first tooth! This is always a big milestone for any kid, but Evie had been desperate for hers to fall out just like her big brothers for ages, so she was over the moon when it finally did. Since then she’s lost a further five teeth, so it’s safe to say the tooth fairy spends quite a lot of time at our house!
February half term saw the first Sheffield mums meet up, which is something I decided to start organising as a way to connect with other mums in the local area. I haven’t done one for a while though so that’s maybe something that I will start running again this year.
Also during February we visited family in Grimsby and we managed to get some lovely photos on Cleethorpes Beach. These are some of my favourites…
Evie turned six at the beginning of March and we surprised her with two rabbits, she was so pleased! Unfortunately one of the bunnies died soon after so we decided to get another one a couple of weeks later. We named her Honey and she is just the loveliest, friendliest rabbit I’ve ever known.
Max turned eight at the end of the month and over his birthday weekend we went to Center Parcs Sherwood Forest with all the family. We’d never been to Center Parcs before but we all really enjoyed it and hope to go back again soon.
Over the Easter holidays we had a few family days out including Alton Towers/CBeebies Land, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Lightwater Valley and Clumber Park. It was so nice to see spring finally arrive and be able to get outdoors.
In May I became a Studio ambassador which is something I was so proud of. As part of the Studio ambassadorship I went to an immersion day at Stanley House in Lancashire. This was a big step for me as my anxiety does often stop me from doing things, but I’m glad I was able to get over that and prove to myself that I can.
June was a fairly quiet month with the kids in school. But it was also the month that summer properly arrived, so we made sure we made the most of the sunshine at the weekends.
In July we got the opportunity to go to Ascot Racecourse as part of the work I was doing with Great British Racing. This was an amazing experience and a definite highlight of 2019 for us. The following day, as we were in the area, we went to Legoland which is somewhere the kids had wanted to go to for ages.
We also got a third rabbit in July, a grey mini lop with the most beautiful blue eyes. Evie named him George and I’m pleased to say that he has slotted in with one of our other rabbits perfectly and they now live happily together like an old married couple, haha!
Towards the end of July the kids finished school for the summer and on the first weekend of the holidays we went to Tramlines festival which is held in Hillsborough Park right by where we live. We took the children with us but weren’t too sure what to expect as we’d never been to a festival as a family before. But we actually had a brilliant time and have already booked our tickets for 2020. We can’t wait!
August began with our family holiday to France. We were staying in a town called Frejus on the French Riviera. During our week there we hired a car and visited lots of places including Monaco, Nice, Cannes and St Tropez. We had a great time and I’m so glad we decided to travel around and see as much of the beautiful French Riviera as we could.
The rest of the summer holidays involved plenty of family time and days out including trips to Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Clumber Park and Wentworth Castle (we love a National Trust day out!).
At the end of August Evie decided to get her hair cut off to donate to the Little Princess Trust. She had come up with the idea all by herself and had been asking to do it for quite a while, so we decided to let her go for it. She had the most beautiful long curly hair so I was sad to see it go, but of course it was for a fantastic cause and we are super proud of her for doing it.
September is all about back to school which is always a little sad but the kids were excited to get back and I think we all needed the routine after a fantastic summer. Evie went into year two and Max into year four. They are both getting on so well, Evie in particular has settled in brilliantly and has finally stopped crying when we leave her which is something we struggled a lot with in reception and year one.
One weekend during September we went to Tattershall Lakes in Lincolnshire, somewhere we’d never been to before but had heard good things about. We had a lovely weekend, it was a great way to end the last bit of summer before autumn properly arrived.
October is actually one of my favourite months of the year; autumn arrives, the kids get a week off school and it’s Halloween! We are all big fans of Halloween, after Christmas it’s the kids favourite day of the year, they absolutely love dressing up and going trick or treating. We also went pumpkin picking which is a yearly tradition that we always look forward to.
Also in October we worked with Tees Valley so we headed there for a couple of days. It’s an area we had never been to before so it was really nice to spending some time exploring a brand new part of the country.
Usually I say that Christmas doesn’t start until the 1st of December but I made an exception this year for a festive trip to Sundown Adventureland. Sundown is one of our favourite places and we visit every year, usually in the summer but it was nice to go at Christmas time and meet Santa.
We started December with our annual trip to the Christmas Tree farm to pick out our tree. The following weekend we went to Landal Darwin Forest and stayed in a beautiful lodge, complete with hot tub. During that weekend we also visited Chatsworth House which was all done up for Christmas and it was absolutely incredible.
How was your 2019? What do you have planned for 2020?
Thank you for reading.