This has been the hardest post to put together – having to choose just ONE photo from each month of the year. Well, here’s what I have come up with to look back at 2017.
January: The month I hate as it’s cold and Christmas is over. We ate Kristy Kreme doughnuts a lot to cheer us up. We started the year well meaning, planning to have regular family walks in Black Park (hah!). I did set up my blogging space with all my beautiful trinkets on my desk. And I started what turned out to be a year long project of decluttering (still happening, never ending!!)
February: My birthday month, when we got the sofa bed out and watched movies under the duvet. Can’t remember much else from this month, apart from half term when we must have done something.
March: This was the month I took Lily into London to meet my friend while Tyler was at school. I was so nervous but I did it, braving the tube and everything. We had a random fun weekday with Tyler, when he had an authorised day off due to him vomiting at school the day before. And we booked our last minute holiday for the Easter hols.
April: We had an amazing family holiday at the Mumbles in Wales, and we also had family days out to Windsor, to the fun fair in Ealing and to the London Transport depot day in Acton, where we bought our first Crossrail toy, I mean Elizabeth Line. I also spent a lot of time planning Tyler’s 5th birthday party.
May: My boy turned 5! He had the best party ever and we invited the whole class. The sun came out in May, and summer had arrived. We went to Ruislip Lido and I discovered Baths Island in Windsor to chill out in the sunshine with Lily. The biggest change this month though was that we moved Tyler and Lily into their own bedroom, and my husband and I got our bed back.
June: Lily turned 1 and she learnt to walk. I took the kids to Southend by myself on the trains, something I had always wanted to do, and I took them on the Underground to the Olympic Park and on the cable car with my sister. Yep, I was getting braver going out and about with the two of them.
July: This month was all about my brother and sister-in-law getting married, all the wedding celebrations and gorgeous outfits, and a stay in Edinburgh. It was the most incredible month, so many memories, I wish I could relive it. Also, Tyler finished his year in Reception, so that was emotional too, as well as M&S in Slough closing down – wah. AND I got my Canon G7x Mark II camera which has changed my life – no joke.
September: Tyler got his first ever bike and learnt to ride (I know, I left it really late in his life!) I finally got to go inside the Horlicks factory (always wanted to do that), Tyler started Year 1, we went to the Slough Canal Festival and our lives changed when the Trolls movie came out on Sky, leading to Tyler and Lily being obsessed with it and me watching it on repeat all day, every day!
October: The Trolls spell was broken when Sing came out on Sky, I took part in Blogtober, blogging every day, Dunelm opened in Slough, we had half term and the kids got their own table and chairs to sit at. I started doing Instagram stories to share with you all that I am a normal person, after someone who I thought was a close cousin/friend decided to accuse me of lots of things that I didn’t do and revealed a lot of hatred for me. I now quite like doing Instagram stories, so thank you cousin!
November: I took Lily into London to go to the Mothercare SS18 preview, I cut down on playgroups to concentrate on Lily being happy, and we went to a Christmas experience at the end of month. We all got fluffy pjs to chill out in the dark evenings and I decided to bin my old tree and splash out on all new Christmas tree and decs, ready for December.
December: It was all about the countdown to end of term on the 22nd, with a Christmas concert, Christmas jumper day, a school trip to see a pantomime. We did a book advent, reading a book every evening and I realised Tyler is pretty good at reading real books. There was Christmas shopping and family time on the Christmas Day and Boxing Day, lots of sale shopping and now we are getting ready for the countdown to 2018.
And that was my 2017. I know it has been a tough year with the heart-breaking tragedies of terrorist attacks and the Grenfell fire, which were on my mind a lot this year. I am grateful to be alive and grateful to have my family, because it could have happened to any of us. For 2018, I hope for happiness and a peaceful life for everyone.