Looking back on 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

It's certainly been a crazy year and for the first time ever I have a years worth of blog posts to remind me of some of our most memorable moments. 2013 has been a tough year for me personally, after a family tragedy we suffered late this year, I couldn't see things ever getting better. Thankfully I have some amazing friends that supported me through the tough times and I can finally look back and remember the good that came out of 2013. It's easy to let these things overshadow everything but it consumes you so looking back at the positives at the end of the year is a great way to end it on a high.

Well for me I have managed to have more of a social life outside the family. Blogging has really helped me come out of my shell and have met lots of bloggy friends at different events such as the baby show, Britmums Live and one or two of our blogging days out. This is something I am planning to do more of next year as I love meeting new people and the parent blogging community is a very friendly community. I also got to see Olly Murs Live earlier on in the year with a friend which was fantastic and we even got to see him again when we made a trip to Manchester to see Robbie Williams on tour and Olly was supporting. I saw Robbie Williams for the first time when I was just 16 and as he hadn't toured since I was so excited to see him again. In fact we've booked to see him again next year in Birmingham! Another big thing for me was starting my second blog. I love blogging and I love my new house so I am so happy to be the proud owner of a home interior blog. I am having lots of fun both researching for it and getting on with my personal projects.

As a family we have tried to spend as much time together as possible doing fun things since I've been back at work after having Zach. We had our first holiday as a family of four at (HAVEN BURNHAM ON SEA) We had a lovely time away it's not very often we get a whole week to spend together without work getting in the way and the kids really loved the fresh sea air. We've tried to plan plenty of fun day trips for the rare days we get to do stuff. We've visited the seaside for the day, been to Cadbury World, Sea Life Centre and spent lots of weekends going to the park, visiting the woods and going on nice family walks. We also managed to buy our own house this year after years of renting. This was a very proud moment for us as I didn't think we would ever be in this position and I'm so thankful for the security it brings with it.

We celebrated Zach's first birthday in September this year and I can't believe how much he has grown this past year. We started 2013 with a small baby and since then he has learnt to roll over, crawl, walk, talk and play. He is such a clever baby and is so loving. We are very proud of him and can't wait to see what he has to offer in 2014.

Gracie has just turned 3 and this past year she has given up her dummies, learnt to potty train and has been the best big sister Zach could ask for. She is a little diva, she is so grown up for her age and she can't wait to start Nursery next year.

So much has happened and I could bore you by talking in detail about everything but chances are they are all things I've previously written about and you may have already read! 2014 is going to be a year of opportunity. I have so much planned already and I'm hoping that this year will be bigger and even better for our family. The only resolution I have made is to be Happy, I want all of us to do things that makes us happy in order to be happier as a family. The more you look after yourself the better you feel so I am going to plan things for each of us that will make us feel good whether it be days out to somewhere we want to go, date nights for me and Andy, individual child free time for both me and Andy with one of us watching the kids while the other goes out even for an hour or so. I also want to look after myself more when it comes to doing my hair nice or putting some make up on before I go out to boost my confidence.

I think 2014 year will be our year!

Anyway thank you for reading over the past year. I am so lucky to have so many lovely readers and to have worked with so many fantastic companies and PR agencies and hope to continue with these great relationships next year.

I am linking up to Emmy's Mummy's Looking Back on 2013 Linky if you have a blog and fancy writing about your experiences from 2013 then go and link up!

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  1. Great post Carly. You have one so much!! Huge Congratulations on getting the house. Have a fab 2014 all of you xx

  2. What a lovely pody Carly.
    It was lovely to meet you for the 1st time at britmums after chatting for do long.

    It has been a mixed year for you I know. Here's hoping 2014 is your year.

    Thanks for linking up

    1. Was lovely meeting you too! I'm sure we will see each other again soon.

      Thank you x

  3. I think 2014 is going to be a great year for you - but what a lot you got done in 2013, can't wait to see the house transform over the coming months x

    1. It did seem a lot when I read the post back! We've achieved a lot :) thank you x