Fortunately I didn't have any close losses this year although I've witnessed people lose close loved ones which has truly broken my heart :(
Weight wise I lost just over a stone in exactly a year. There has been a bigger loss but I've eaten my body weight in absolute rubbish over the festive period and put a few lbs back on!!
I've lost some friendships. But what will be will be. Life changes. People change. And certain people are meant to stay in your life, others clearly aren't.
A house. We finally moved into our new home in June, after a long 8 months having lots of work done. It's so cosy & feels like a real family home.
I've also gained some really close friendships, who I speak to every single day, they listen to me rant, celebrate my happy times & are there whenever I need them!! I'm so grateful for them!!
I'm still working at home part time. James works really hard for us to be able to manage financially for me to be able to stay at home with Taylor with me bringing in a part time wage. I'm so lucky to be able to do this job from home, it's a job I love doing too which is refreshing!! :)
I tend not to go 'out out' much anymore, I think turning 30 and having another baby made me old!! :) I see my friends when I can and we've squeezed in a couple of date nights, but to be honest, not enough, we definitely need to plan some more time in for ourselves as a couple! I managed a couple of nights away in Birmingham with my Mummy friends and Coombe Abbey with my good friend, Lisa. Sometimes it's nice to get away and have some ME time! :)
So as I mentioned, we moved into our new home in June and we're very happy here. It has a HUGE garden which is what drawn us to the house originally, it's perfect for the 2 boys! It's quite a small house which was strange for me to adapt to at first, but it's now lovely and cosy!
We went to Butlins for our family holiday this year, the boys had lots of fun but unfortunately the weather wasn't great. I've kind of gone off Butlins though as, although the resort itself is fantastic for families and there is so much for the boys to do, I found it full of people from home. It was Taylor's first time at the seaside though and was very special. We don't really want to take him overseas until he's a little older, so a couple more years holidaying in the UK I think.
I turned 31. James turned 32. It sounds so old!! I don't look it though, which I should be grateful for. Except when I tell people that I have an 11 year old and they look at me like I must've had him when I was 9. :/
Adjusting to life with 2 has been strange, especially after 10 years with just the 1! Parenting between the 2 is harder than I thought too, with their age difference. Bradley turned 11 this year, Taylor turned 1. It can be tricky swapping between the 2 parenting methods! :) Bradley started secondary school, and has been extremely hard work this year, we haven't got on and we even saw the New Year in stressed and arguing. He's very testing just lately, he cannot seem to do as he is told or follow simple instructions, he cannot seem to calm himself down, he answers back and I struggle to be in the same room as him for very long despite going into each and every day with a positive view on how to deal with him. Something needs to change as I'm beginning to feel the signs of my anxiety setting in. Despite this, he's doing really well at school and he got great results in his SATs before he finished primary school which I was super proud of him for! Taylor is doing very well, he learns something new every day! He's into everything so I have to have eyes in the back of my head! Overall, both boys have remained happy and healthy!
Can be a bitch. But it's exactly that, the past! Everything that has happened, happened for a reason and has led us to this moment. I'm pretty damn happy with the people I have in my life right now! :)
Feels good. I'm looking forward to this year and making more memories with my little family!!
Who knows what it will bring. I'm hoping things calm down and get better with Bradley, that we can make more time for each other as a family and as a couple and that everyone I love remains happy and healthy!! My fingers are crossed that the company I work for continues to strive and that we have a successful year and I hope that I can still find time to work on my little blog as life continues to get busier! :)