A look back on… Jan ’19

January 30, 2019

As part of my new ‘organised me’, I really want to start recording our family a bit more. They are, after all,  the reason I started this blog in the first place and it was always supposed to be a way of looking back on the memories we create, the places we go and the things we see. I don’t want to lose sight of that so I’ve created this monthly post to make me write and keep up to date. This is the first in the ‘a look back on’ series and hopefully a new leaf for me and regular posting. I’ve named it “a look back on” because that’s exactly what it is. It can be developed to fit a month, a season, a year or even a special occasion. I have even thought about making it a linky where other bloggers cans share their monthly reflections posts etc too but we’ll see what happens there. I’m in no rush to do that just yet.

So what have we been up to this January?

Well, we celebrated Paisleys 3rd birthday. She’s such a character and although she drives me crazy everyday she’s also incredibly sweet, and so very bright. I always write the kids a birthday letter blog post and you can see Paisley’s 3rd birthday letter here. We didn’t do a lot for her birthday. With it being straight after Christmas and very cold, I feel like she misses out a bit but we got her a new bike, which she loves, and we had a bit of a tea party so she was a very happy girl. 

Dexter, the little bugger, has been showing his leadership skills by encouraging his friends to stage an escape at school. Not as dramatic as it sounds, they didn’t actually get out – just got over a small gate into another section of the playground. His school gates are far too high for any 5 year old to climb. But it still meant that I, along with the parents of the other children involved, were asked to stay behind at home time so that the teacher could tell us what happened. She said she told them about the dangers they could have encountered like the busy road, the pond, strangers and a whole lot more but with Dexter it didn’t really seem to sink in so he got a bit of a talking to from me too. More than once. And grounded!

And then Bridget. Sweet little Bridget, has been teasing us by saying some words really clearly and then never repeating them again. She is so much more verbal all of a sudden and has such an enchanting little babble. I’m not sure what I’ll do when I hear full conversations between her and Paisley.  I’m so eager to eavesdrop on their little confabs.

As for me and Liam, we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. We got married on our 10th anniversary of being a couple so it was also our 15th in that respect. The traditional gift for 5 years is wood – handy with him being a woodworker… so he made me this beautiful replica Elder Wand! Isn’t it amazing? We celebrated with a trip to the cinema to see Mary Poppins Returns

He’s also made me an awesome desk for in the kitchen. Now that my blog is my income, it makes so much sense to have a dedicated workspace. and I’ll tell you what, I LOVE having it. Once the kids are in bed in the evening, I can just take myself off to my little space, tell Alexa what to play and away I go. It’s handy that it’s in the kitchen too – not so far to go for food or drink!

So, as I mentioned before, I’m trying to be more organised this year. So far a new desk and new cleaning and bedtime routines are really helping. A wonderful friend bought me the Marie Kondo book too so I’m going to read that and have a declutter which will help with the levels of tidiness.  Wish me luck with that – We’ll see how well it works when I either do or don’t post an update at the end of next month. 

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