I love sitting down in the new year, looking back over the last year and writing about my highlights. Looking back 2018 was a really wonderful year with so much special family time, days out, holidays, nights out… We might not have achieved much on the home decorating front but we made so many incredible memories to look back on. I feel so lucky to have such an amazing little family 🙂
The year didn’t start off quite how we would have liked as James ended up in hospital after having severe stomach pains for three weeks and after being sent home from the doctors three times for having constipation ended up being sent in urgently to hospital to have his appendix removed. Thankfully it was a simple procedure and he was back to himself within days. I also learned to crochet in January, I managed to crochet a scarf and then didn’t pick up a crochet hook again for the rest of the year… I’m hoping to manage to find (make) the time to do some more this January.
The month started off very nicely with a lovely relaxing spa day at Ye Olde Bell with James which was just bliss. The rest of the month was pretty quite with lots of movie days, baking, playing games at home which was pretty bliss. We also went down the Nottingham Caves which was pretty interesting too!
World Book Day was the highlight of the month with the kids dressing up as Thing 1 and Thing 2. It was their last year together at junior school so they wanted to do something together. We had lots of snow at the beginning of the month, which is really unusual for where we live, in the end we were all really sick of the cold weather. Bugs ran 25km during March and raised over £150 for Children with Cancer UK, I was so proud of him as it was pretty tough going but he managed to get out and run with a smile on his face most days 🙂
April has to be my favourite month of the year as I just adore Spring and everything that it brings… tulips, daffodils, baby lambs and warmer weather. I went to the Gin Festival with Liam which was brilliant… so sad that they are no longer but hoping to try out the alternatives this year. I also spent a weekend with my sister at the Flea Retreat which was lovely and I went on a lambing day and got to snuggle some baby lambs which was probably my favourite part of the month 🙂
James and I got to go up in a helicopter over Nottingham in May which was just amazing! James had never been in a helicopter before and he was just blown away by the experience. It really is amazing but I was surprised at how queasy it made me feel. We spent a whole weekend exploring new places in Nottinghamshire. Which was really great to find some new places to visit that are literally on our doorstep. I also had a couple of lunch dates with Liam and we spent a fab day at Drayton Manor Theme Park with friends.
In June we spent a week at Croyde Bay in Devon which is one of our favourite places to holiday in the country. We were so lucky with the weather as it was the first week of the heat wave so we had an absolute scorcher… we spent the majority of our time on the beach. It was truly wonderful. We also visited Broomhill Sculpture Garden while we were in Devon which was pretty impressive. Boo also had her year 6 school residential which was 2 nights away at an adventure camp, she had an awesome time but came home rather exhausted.
Boo spent her last days at primary school. I still can’t believe she has grown up so fast! This year she has changed so much though, she has gone from being rather sweet and rather innocent to being rather grown up and moody! Ah the teenage years are upon us once again! I’m hoping she’ll maintain her overall loveliness throughout 😉 Also in July we discovered Thor’s Cave, visited Yorkshire Sculpture Park, had a day at Sherwood Pines, enjoyed the World Cup and generally just enjoyed the weather!
The baby of the family turned 8 on the 5th of August. He had a football party with his friends which was absolutely brilliant. He had so much fun and even won the penalty shoot out! We also celebrated his actual birthday with a yummy meal at Pizza Express, which is where we always end up for our birthday meals as they rarely let us down with the food quality. We enjoyed a day at Gulliver’s Kingdom with my sister and her children while they were down in Derbyshire for the week. Then we spent the last week of the month in Cornwall visiting James’ Mum, while we were they we visited the Eden Project, had a family cycle in Bude and visited the National Trust’s Lydford Gorge.
Boo started secondary school at the beginning of September and she instantly loved it. She has made so many friends and is so happy there. I really hope that it continues. I celebrated my birthday in September, Bugs started to play the piano, I had another lunch date with Liam in Sheffield, Boo had an inset day so we had a girlie day shopping and we collected conkers too!
Boo turned 12 on the 19th of October, she didn’t really want a party this year so she just had her best friend over for a sleepover and I made her a Krispy Kreme cake which was a huge hit with all of us! Liam turned 22 on the 27th October and we all went out for lunch with him to celebrate. I can’t believe I have been a mum for 22 years now! October also saw James celebrate his birthday, we got a new car (finally) and we had a fab Halloween trick or treating with friends. I also took part in Blogtober 18 and wrote a blog post for every single day of the month… which was hard work but made me fall back in love with blogging again.
We tried to make the most of our National Trust membership in November, we visited Shugborough Estate, Kedleston Hall, Calke Abbey and enjoyed three really lovely days out. It was mum and dad’s wedding anniversary so we went out for Sunday lunch with them and some other siblings which was really nice. I also met up with Liam in Sheffield for a Wagamamas and a spot of Christmas shopping. I took Bugs to the cinema as he had an inset day and then Boo had another inset day so we had yet another girly shopping day… How I have any money left I do not know!
Thankfully this year we managed to make it through the year without getting flu. After having it twice last year I made sure that we got the flu jab this year… whether that helped or not I have no idea but I’ll be definitely be getting it again next year. Anything to avoid being poorly like I was last year! Anyway December was lovely, we had a quiet Christmas at home and everybody got everything they wished for as per usual. Well I didn’t get a cleaner or a nicely decorated house but I guess I’ll have to wait for those 😉 We visited family, had nights out with friends, meals out with family, family for lunch, kids concerts, shopping with friends and so much more!
My heart is so full of love and happiness right now. I have been truly blessed to spend so much time with all the wonderful people in my life over the last year. 2018 was amazing and I just hope that 2019 will be just as wonderful 🙂
These are just a few of my favourite photos of 2018…