Saturday, 2 January 2016

Out With The Old, In With The New

Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016! 
How was it for you? 
The very lovely Sonya at recently posted this New Year tag which I thought was a fantastic idea so thought I'd give it a go myself...

2015, 2016, new year


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! :)

Happy New Year everyone!!

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  1. Oh this is a great idea, it sounds like it's been a good year too. I hope that 2016 is an even better year for you all!

  2. I LOVE this! What a brilliant idea. I am going to do this in my diary at the end of each year. Sounds like you've had a good year. X

  3. This is such a good post and you have achieved so many things this year and no you definitely don't look 31 x

  4. Happy New Year to you all. Looks like a mostly good year - nothing like moving into your first house is there. We are still working on ours 10 years on lol

  5. Sounds like it's been a great (and busy!) year - here's wishing you all the best for 2016! :) #anythinggoes

  6. Congrats on the house. This is my aim for 2016. Fingers crossed! Happy new year! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

  7. Love the idea of this post, lovely to hear about your year. I hope 2016 is just as good for you if not better x

  8. What a great idea for a tag. I love it. I hope you have a quieter 2016 in some respects too, I'm sure things will calm down with Bradley. I'll have my fingers crossed anyway

  9. Great idea well done on the house thanks for linking to the #binkylinky

  10. What a great idea! Happy new year to you and hope you have a great 2016 :)

  11. Sounds like a brilliant year all in all. I have also put on over christmas but clean eating now again so will lose it soon hopefully. Totally agree about friends that those who are meant to be in your life will stay. Nice to find you through #anythinggoes (thegirlbehindthecamera)

  12. What a great post. A lovely way to round up year. Have to agree on the friendship front, the people that are meant to be in your life stay in your life and the ones that aren't dwindle off. i sue to find this hard to accept but have grown to realise how much bette roff I am having positive people in my life. Also sounds like the move into your new home in June has been very welcomes, I am glad you are happy and a big garden will be amazing in the summer.

    1. Thank you :) Its true, it's so refreshing to push the negative people away, or at least at arms length, and surround yourself with positive good people :)

  13. Hi, We also have 2 boys and were looking to move this year simply because we would love a bigger garden for the boys to play in. We all love being outside. Thank you for linking up with #anythinggoes over at Blogging Mummy


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