At the end of the year a lot of people, myself included, are feeling reflective. We think about what we experienced, what we achieved, what we wish we had done.
For me and my family, it’s been quite a year – filled with love and happiness, certainly full of challenges and some hardship. Here it is in a nutshell.
We kicked off the New Year in style. I’ve always dreamt of going to a proper ball, wear an amazing dress and dance the night away. The dream finally came true. The Hogmanay at the Signet Library in Edinburgh was an incredible experience, I can’t recommend it enough! It was even more special as we got to spend it with our son and great friends.
Soon after returning to Bristol, we were back in Edinburgh, to celebrate the wedding of my good friend Katie and James – also in the stunning Signet Library. A hell of a start to the New Year!
Carley Buick Photography
Then, Adam and I embarked on yet another journey, this time we went to visit grandparents in Poland – and used this opportunity for a little photo shoot 🙂 It was a little gift for ourselves really, to mark his first birthday in March.
So…… the big birthday… My baby boy turned 1 in March! It really whizzed by, and soon after that, he surprised us by taking his first steps during the Easter holidays!
April marked a new beginning for me as I went back to work after over a year. A new job in a new city – it was a tiny bit daunting at the beginning, but it was the right decision. I was completely ready to start using my brain again, get back into the swing of things, speak to adults on daily basis and have a little rest, to be honest. I love being a mum, wouldn’t change it for the world…but… Adam is a cute yet crazy and very energetic little toddler that requires a lot of attention and stamina!
Another month, another new venture, another beginning. This is when I decided to finally follow my dreams and start this blog. It’s been an adventure and I can’t wait to see what the New year will bring.
I like a little challenge, I like having a goal (whatever it may be) and do everything I possibly can to achieve it. It drives me and makes me work a lot harder. This year I decided to sign up for a half marathon in my new city – Bristol – and complete it under 2 hours. It may seem slow to some fellow runners, however for me running after having a baby and juggling the childcare while my husband traveled for work was very tricky, but…… I managed to achieve my goal. It felt so great! When you truly want something and you put an effort, you will succeed.
We couldn’t go on a proper holiday due to my husband’s work commitments, so we made the most of the incredible British summer and took countless trips to places nearby (making the most of our National Trust membership, which, by the way, is worth an investment). Living in Bristol is so great for traveling the South West of England, you’re a stone throw away from Cotswolds, London and not that much further from Cornwall. We were out and about throughout June, July, and August- hands down, it was the best summer we had in the UK for 10 years!
Ok, I exaggerated a bit saying we’ve not been on a holiday. However, I don’t really count going to Poland as a holiday. There’s always so much to do, lots of errands and countless family visits. This year we had a pleasure of attending my cousin’s wedding, and what a glorious day for it too! Needless to say, Adam had an absolute blast.
Pumpkin farm experience was so cool, we had a great time picking our pumpkins, going on tractor rides and making memories.
Seems like November has dragged forever, hubby was traveling for work every week so I was left with Adam and good books!
Normally, this is my favourite time of year – my birthday, Christmas, decorations, atmosphere. Sadly, the end of the year was not as good as the previous months. Our world, our hopes and dreams for a bigger family were crashed when a midwife told us about our miscarriage. It took us most of December to grieve, make peace with what happened and accept that God has another plan for us. It gives us comfort to know that our little angel is in a better place right now. We’ll be finishing the year on a positive note, as there’s nothing else we can actually do except making the most of the moments we have with each other and trust that God’s timing is perfect, even if it might not be perfect for us.
Hope you all have a great New Years Eve, wishing you all a very Happy New Year!