Reviewing My Year

As 2018 draws to a close I’ve been looking back at photos and reviewing my year. In January I decided that my word for the year would be gratitude. I can definitely say that I am truly grateful for all the wonderful things that have happened.


Reviewing My Year – The First Part Of The Year

January started with a bang as we hosted our first New Year’s Eve party. It was great fun and we were still partying at 3am! It was a fairly average month with nothing particularly exciting happening, but more jobs around the house got finished.

February saw Mark turn 40, which was closely followed by him heading off to Mexico for his annual work conference. (Not a bad place to go huh!) While he was away, the UK was blanketed in more snow than we had seen in a very long time. The kids and I had great fun playing out in it and then cosying up by the fire.


Two kids playing in the snow


2018 has involved a lot of travel and I was able to tick a trip to Barcelona off of my travel bucketlist. Barcelona had been top of my wishlist for years and I can’t tell you how excited I was to go. I also travelled to Brighton for my very first girls’ weekend away, for my friend’s hen party.

In March we celebrated the wedding of our lovely friends. It was such a wonderful day and we partied hard!


My phone is full of photos and I’m really enjoying looking at them all, and remembering everything we’ve done, while I’m reviewing my year 😊


The Spring and Summer Months

A visit to London Zoo with the kids made the Easter holidays more fun in April. Mark and I also enjoyed a weekend away to Dorset with my best friend and her partner.


Two kids sitting on a model gorilla.


May saw Harry celebrate his 13th birthday (how are both my kids teenagers already?!). We started the month with celebrations but it ended sadly with the passing of my wonderful Grandma 😔.

Work started on transforming the garden in June and we got World Cup Fever!


A garden with planting along one side


July brought plenty of fun. We had an ice cream party with the family that involved lots of laughing and cheating at Pictionary. The kids and I visited Windsor Castle and Mark and I had a day out in London to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

We spent most of August in Florida, enjoying our 7th visit to Disney World. We caught up with our American friends and family and I celebrated turning 40. There was also an impromptu one day visit to New York courtesy of a delayed flight! Work started on the front extension of the house while we were away and we were excited to see it when we got back.



Reviewing My Year – The Final Part

September was action-packed! I had a small party for my birthday and Abby had a big party for her 16th. I also had a long weekend in Benidorm for my Sister-in-Law to be’s hen do. (Never been on a girls weekend before and then I get two in one year!)

A trip to Rome was the highlight of October. This was my birthday gift to Mark and we had been looking forward to it all year. It didn’t disappoint and we had a wonderful time.


Family group smiling in front of the Colosseum in Rome


In November I got brave and took myself to the World Travel Market on my own. We continued working on the house and started to get ready for Christmas.

And now we’re in December and the year is almost over, but there’s still so much to look forward to. We are hosting Christmas again this year, although it’s a much smaller affair than last year 😄. But the most exciting thing of all is that we will be going to New York just after Christmas! This trip is a dream come true for me. This is my birthday present from Mark and I still can’t believe I’m going. I can’t wait to see all the Christmas decorations and all of the famous landmarks!

I’ve really enjoyed reviewing my year and I’m looking forward to 2019 and hoping for another year of making wonderful memories.



Champagne bottle and streamers with the wording Reviewing My Year


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