It’s easy to lose sight of what you have done when your life is run by two beautiful baby bosses so it’s been really interesting to look back over the past year and recall what it has taught me. I have been truly blessed for sure by the people closest to me as well as deeply saddened by some of the things that have occurred. Here is my review of 2016.
I began the year pregnant with our second daughter and the nesting instinct in full force. With type 2 diabetes I was considered high risk and therefore was meeting with the medical staff on a weekly basis. This also meant no birthday cake for me!
February and March
My eldest then turned one in February and in March we travelled to Utrecht where she was bridesmaid for my sister.
April saw us go on lots of geocaching adventures and after walking like a crab for a number of months – side shuffling along walls. The eldest built up the confidence to walk without support and felt very proud of herself.
A stork arrived in June and delivered us our second bundle of joy. She was due to come on Independence Day but babies have their own agendas right?! Many of the blog posts around this time were nature themed too as we took part in the #30 Days Wild Campaign.
July saw me hospitalise myself as I burnt myself in the middle of the night while making formula feed for baby. Queue a very worried big sister who wanted to run after the ambulance and be by my side.
In August we were lucky to receive tickets to see the first ever Countryfile Roadshow thanks to Blacks and worked with Tommee Tippee and Bibetta. We met up with family and friends right at the end of the month in northern France.
For us September was a month of travel. Right at the beginning of the month we were in France and since then we've been making the most of the Indian summer (if you can call it that) as we enjoyed a walk around Kingsclere near Newbury.
September also saw me introduce a new series called Creative Crafters for Christmas. I love reading about how creative people are and how they juggle work and life to achieve balance. Of course seeing their gorgeous pieces and getting to feature these great people on my blog has been enjoyable.
The month of October had more treats than tricks in store for us from being sent the gorgeous print by DeeDee&Boo to review to tasting delicious cakes courtesy of Caketoppers. We also enjoyed making one of Craft on Seas Halloween projects.
November saw us turn on the heating and wrap up warm when out and about. Our trips were fewer for sure due to the cold but we managed a walk near a river and a wander round a small nearby series.
Our walks were made easier by the Hobbledehoo just one of the delightful products that we had the joy of reviewing over the month. Bubble bath, cards and books also were delivered to the door and appeared in posts on my blog.
December has been rather chaotic for me as despite my Creative Crafters for Christmas series I think I was in denial a bit about the big event. I’m now considering creating the Christmas Eve baskets now and writing out how I’d like to be better prepared next year.
2016 has also seen us say farewell to my car and rest in peace to two family friends. Saying goodbye is never easy but I think myself lucky that they were a part of my life and I’m blessed that I knew them.