I used to enjoy reflecting on the year as part of Kate on Thin Ice’s blog link-up, so I thought I would go ahead and answer the questions again for 2017. The kids and I chat about ‘highs and lows’ regularly, especially at the end of a holiday or weekend away – but we don’t ever capture them anywhere. I do want to make more of an effort to record our time together as a family, and one of my goals for next year is to create a photo book. Anyway, I digress… without further ado, here are the questions:
ONE. What was your happiest event?
My happiest event of 2017 has to be the birth of my beautiful niece, Fleur. She is just so cute! My kids both adore her, and I do too.
Second happiest event is my sister’s wedding. She married Robin earlier this month in Edinburgh.
TWO. What was the saddest thing to happen?
Fleur’s arrival was a difficult one, and my sister had to be whisked into surgery after the birth. It was an emotional day, and one that I will never forget. I thought we were going to lose her.
THREE. What was the most unlikely thing to happen that actually went ahead and did?
After a year and a half of not dating, I met someone at the start of the year… via an online app. It didn’t work out, but it got me back out there.
FOUR. Who let you down?
I’ve let myself down.
FIVE. Who supported you?
In addition to the obvious ones, which is my family (Ali, Robin, Dad & Jo), I have become very good friends with Dawn (Thing About Chaos) this year and she has most definitely been a huge support.
SIX. Tell me one thing you learned
Online dating is horrific?! I’m going into 2018 single again, and already am dreading the potential weirdos out there that I’m convinced I’ll meet!
SEVEN. Tell us one thing that made you laugh
I’ve actually laughed a lot…
I was laughing so much with my dad at the start of this year when we were out walking his dogs that I fell over. Thankfully I had my waterproofs on as I ended up on my hands and knees in the snow! It wasn’t even anything overly funny that I was laughing at… just my dad’s lack of ability at controlling his pooches!
EIGHT. Tell us one thing that made you cry
I did a reading at Ali & Robin’s wedding, and I managed to get one paragraph in before breaking down. Was rather embarrassing!
NINE. Tell us three things your child or children did to make you proud
We hosted a brilliant Fireworks party in November, working as a team to do all the prep work and setting up ahead of our guests arriving and it was a huge success.
Both kids have had excellent school reports at the most recent parents’ night, which was a huge relief.
Finally, they’ve both been put up a level at their swimming classes.
TEN. Tell us one thing that made you proud of yourself
I was promoted at work, which I’m extremely proud of. In January 2018, I’ll have been with the company for 3 years, and that’s my second change in job title in that time.
ELEVEN. Tell us one challenge that you overcame
It’s been a very hectic and stressful 2017, with a home extension project running from March to September. In the end I had to fire the builder, which was not pleasant… however I dealt with it and thankfully the place is very near to completion now. There are still a few snagging items outstanding and I’ll hopefully get it all signed off next year.
TWELVE. Tell us three things you would like to change in 2018
I’ve written a separate blog post with 18 things I’d like to achieve in 2018, which covers this final question. You can read the post here.
It’s been a strange feeling looking back over old blog posts, and today I watched a few of my YouTube videos with the kids (all the videos with the kids are now private, but they like to watch them occasionally). My previous years round ups are below… for some reason I have missed 2015! So much has happened since starting my blog(s)!!
Highs and Lows of 2012
Highs and Lows of 2013
Highs and Lows of 2014