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Looking back over 2014

This year has been quite a difficult one for me and my family. We have experienced heart ache and stress coupled with pride and joy. Looking back over 2014 and even though we have had some great times this year, I’ll be glad to welcome 2015.

Back in January, we said a sad goodbye to hubby’s Nan. She was a very lovely lady who welcomed me in to the family with open arms back in 2003 and I will always remember her pinching my cheeks and making me smile as we sat drinking a cup of tea in her living room. We miss her everyday.

In February, we celebrated Little Mr’s first birthday. We had a great day out at the farm followed by a cake smash in the afternoon and dinner out at a lovely restaurant. I’m so proud of my little boy. He makes me smile every day and I can’t quite believe that he will be two years old in just 8 weeks time.

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In March, my hubby had an official diagnosis from the hospital with his sleep problems. He was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea and was given a machine to wear to help him sleep. I am so grateful that they took his problems seriously as since then we have all slept so much better and hubby is feeling like a new man!

In April, my Dad suffered a heart attack. It was completely out the blue and was such a shock. It was such a scary time for him and my family and I don’t really remember much of April in between hospital visits, working and trying to keep a stable home life for Little Mr. I am so grateful that my Dad received the best possible care when he was in hospital for 5 weeks. His surgery went well and he has since made a brilliant recovery.

In May, we celebrated our Nephews 6th birthday and my Grandad suffered from a series of mini strokes leaving him hospitalised. It was a really rubbish month with both my Grandad and Dad in hospital but I am so grateful that they are both now at home and my Grandad is improving every day. It’s awful seeing someone so strong become all fragile and confused. I definitely feel that I’ve aged this year with stress and worry.

In June, I went to BritMums Live 2014 and had a fantastic weekend seeing friends and making new ones. It was lovely to meet up in person with Lucy (Mrs Bishop) after speaking online for 3 years and I hope we’ll continue our lovely friendship into the new year.

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It was also one year since my lovely friend passed away. I regret not keeping in touch with her husband and boys. I found her death very hard to deal with and it’s made me wish I could do things differently mainly work and how I spend time with my friends. We were both Scorpios, she was so very brave and I feel like I need to take my life into my own hands and be bolder and braver. I have learnt a lot from her over the last twelve months. I’ve found comfort in my horoscopes and have found them really interesting to read. TheCircle have some brilliant articles which I’ve been able to relate to. I just need to be braver and embrace life!

In July, we welcomed our family holiday to Turkey. We took with us my Sister, Brother-in-law and Nephew and enjoyed a week in the Turkish sunshine. We had a lovely week together, the boys absolutely loved each others company and we would love to do it again soon.

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In August, Little Mr and Hubby enjoyed their Summer holidays together. With hubby having time off work it was great for Little Mr to spend some quality time with his Daddy. They had a fantastic few weeks together and I was very jealous getting up every morning leaving them both in bed snoozing.

I’m pleased to say September, October and November have all been relatively quiet months. My Dad went back to work but is still working far to hard. He needs to slow down and I wish the work situation was easier for him and my Mom. I would love to win the lottery for them both so they can both give up work and slow down. I do love my parents so very much and this year has made me realise just how fragile life is and I wish I had a magic wand and could make things right for them both. Over the last 4 months, I’ve been able to lose nearly 3 stone with Slimming World and I’m really pleased I started my journey with them. I’m focused, determined and have a goal in mind. It might be way off just yet but who knows where I’ll be this time next year.

I am really looking forward to the new year. Little Mr will be turning two years old and will be starting nursery one day a week. I want to lose more weight and focus on getting healthier and more confident. We’ve got a few breaks planned for the first half of the new year so I’ll be looking forward to those and hoping we can enjoy some precious family time together just me, hubby and our beautiful son. I can’t wait.

Are you looking forward to the new year? How was 2014 for you?

Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with TheCircle 

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1 Comment

  • Reply Penny

    I found it really hard to keep in touch with people after I lost my Mum, glad someone else has expressed that too. What an amazing year and gorgeous pics!

    15/12/2014 at 3:09 pm
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