So today really is the last day of the year. 2014 was fabulous for us. I really enjoyed looking back at the year, month by month and picking out my highlights. In case you missed it you can read my year review here.
This week I was chosen by the lovely Mrs H at Mrs H’s Favourite Things to take part in The New Year Tag. It’s always lovely to be chosen to be part of something by fellow bloggers. So here are my answers…
What was your highlight of 2014?
Without question, it has to be the arrival of our beautiful Lola. She entered our world 2 weeks into the new year so it’s fair to say that this year really has been a whirlwind of emotion, new beginnings and excitement.
I’m more exhausted than I’ve ever been.
I’ve cried more than I’ve ever cried.
I’m more proud than I’ve ever felt.
I love more than I’ve ever loved and my heart is more full than it’s ever been.
Our family jigsaw is now complete.
What are you excited for in 2015?
I’m not sure if ‘excited’ is the word for it right now; apprehensive maybe? Anxious most definitely. But our biggest moment of 2015 will be Harley starting school. How is it possible? That gorgeous little boy who could honestly make me shed tears of love every day, is starting school!
The thought of him in his smart little uniform, carrying his lunchbox, makes my heart ache. Yet I’m so excited to see him grow and develop. His whole future will begin and every door that could possibly be open for him, will be. Good luck, little man.
Any New Years resolutions?
I recently read a brilliant piece of writing about New Years resolutions, by the lovely Katrina who blogs over at Cool Bananas. “New Year, New You… What was so wrong with the old you?” And it’s so true. Nothing’s wrong with me (well, no comments please dearest friends and family!) Of course, I will endeavour to lose weight and I will TRY to start running which I hate with a passion, but rather than set myself unrealistic and unmanageable goals that I won’t be able to achieve, I’m going to stick to the promise that I made my children when I returned to work after maternity leave.
So rather than setting a New Years resolution to change myself, I’m going to set a New Years resolution to be myself and the ultimate goal for myself is simply…
Ali, do more of what makes you happy.
Wow. The sheer fact that I’m writing this, 8 months in to starting my blog. Is a total high. I never for a minute dared to think that my voice would be heard by so many or my words be read by so many.
It’s an amazing hobby and a special memento of our extraordinary family life that just by chance, has led to some fabulous opportunities. My highest point was definitely being approached by Paultons Park in the Summer, to write on their website. It’s a theme park that I used to go to as a child and now enjoy even more as a mummy, seeing my children have bundles of fun. If you’re kids are crazy about Peppa Pig or love rides and rollercoasters, or you simply want a super family day out, it’s hard to top it. So I urge you to take a visit. You’ll take home some very happy memories.
We were then given the opportunity to return at Christmas to visit their Christmas Wonderland. Magical. And to top that off, I found out yesterday that I had made it into their Best of the Blogs… twice!
Picture of the year?
This is such a tough one, when Lola was born, Luke and I made a conscious effort to take more photos and videos, so choosing one photo of the year is tricky.
After much deliberation, it’s this one:
Taken only this week. Harley and Lola. They are so close and I think this photo encapsulates their bond. He looks out for her. She looks up to him. And about 30 minutes after this photo was taken, we witnessed the most amazing sunset over the water.
So we look forward to 2015 with excitement and wonder at what the new year will bring us. I hope you all have a very happy new year and I’ll leave you in 2014 with this …
If these lovely bloggers would like to take part in The New Year Tag, I’d love to read your answers:
Steph at Diary of a Midlife Mummy
Karen at Let Kids Be Kids
Kerri-Ann at Life As Our Little Family
Tim at Slouching Towards Thatcham
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