Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Looking back at 2014.

It's nearly 2015! I can't believe how fast this year has gone. In this post I really wanted to look back through my favourite moments of 2014. It's been a year of ups and downs, mainly downs so I am really looking forward to saying goodbye to 2014 and a big hello to 2015. I can feel 2015 is going to be an amazing year for the boys and myself!

Last christmas I didn't have the children as it was their dad's turn to have them for the big day. It meant I had to throw another christmas when they returned right at the beginning of January. I did my best to decorate the house, cook a roast dinner and laid out a good spread of presents under the tree. It was a lovely day. Also in January, we had an amazing weekend with family in Cornwall. It's so nice when we are all together. We took the dogs for a long walk along the beaches and ate a ton of amazing food. I have so many nice memories from that weekend. 


There are no events for us in february, only the disaster that was the Valentine's day storms. Devon and Cornwall was battered. Our train line in and out of the county was destroyed and people were forced to evacuate their homes. Our local village, Cawsand pictured left was damaged by the storms. People's homes were flooded and they nearly lost their beloved clock tower to the sea. Thankfully the council have now begun work to restore the building. 


The February storms seemed to blow away winter and I remember March being a beautiful sunny month. We managed to get out and about a lot in march including visiting Newquay Zoo for the first time. The zoo is lovely and we also managed to take a trip into Newquay town for ice cream. March also saw our first beach trip without having to wear our coats. It was such a warm day that the boys even braved dipping their toes in the water. The big events in March were pancake day followed by lent and we managed to take part in both. We had great fun with cooking and flipping the pancakes. The boys gave up sugar for lent and I gave up something I can't live without, Caffeine and fizzy drinks. I didn't think I would be able to do it as it was all I was drinking at the time. I was so proud of myself when I went the full run without them. 


April marked the end of lent and the children's favourite holiday, Easter. This month was filled with many adventures including a train trip to Paignton, Devon to see their fun fair and to walk along the sea front. Also in April was our Easter family get together. We met for lunch at the Barbican, Plymouth and exchanged chocolate gifts with the children followed by fun at the huge easter fair on Plymouth hoe. 


May is mine and Alfie's birthday month. We were truly spoilt by family and had two very lovely parties. Alfie is pictured right at his favourite place to go, Frankie and Bennies. He loves that the waiters make the entire restaurant sing happy birthday to him. 


June was the month of Armed Forces Day, a day close to our hearts due to being a military family.  The Hoe was extremely busy with people coming out to honour all the services and to see the military vehicles, Ships,  demonstrations/displays, aircraft and the many fun activities for the children. The sun shone for the whole day and we gained so many fantastic memories. 


July is the month of Tom's birthday. He is lucky to be have been born in the summer because the weather is always so beautiful. He had an Angry birds cake which is his favourite game, and we visited a local summer fair with some of his friends. They had donkey rides and plenty of turns on the bouncy castle. We also spent most of July on the beach where we had some of our favourite days out/memories of the summer. 

I only had the boys for half of august as they spent two weeks with their dad over the holidays. I made up for lost time with some amazing days out. We visited Paignton Zoo for the first time as Thomas was so desperate to see the elephants. It is a lovely zoo with all the animals you expect to see and a fun train ride around the grounds. August also saw our family camping trip to St. Austell, Cornwall. This was our first time camping and we enjoyed every minute of it. We did have to cut the weekend short though as it was very cold at night and my sister, being pregnant, found it too uncomfortable. 


September marked the end of summer. The children went back to school and I headed back to work. We didn't stop with our adventures though. We went back to Paignton zoo as we loved it so much the first time and we had missed out some animals due to lack of time in August. That day also saw our very first vlog which you can see here.  We also visited the theatre to see Horrible Histories which the boys very much enjoyed. One great memory for us from september would be having the Queens horses come to stay on holiday in our local town. They gave the locals a display to say thank you for welcoming them. They were absolutely stunning horses. The weather was still warm in September so we also had more beach trips and time eating ice creams along the Plymouth coast line. 


October began to get cold but I was still determined to make the most of the month. My family came down to visit for one weekend. We visited our usual favourite fishing town Looe in Cornwall and ate pasties on the beach. October is one of my favourite months because of Halloween. I tend to go crazy over it, however, the boys were away again for Halloween this year but they tell me they had an amazing time. October is also special because it is the month I started blogging again! Check out my first post here if you would like. I wasn't having a good time and was feeling quite low at the time. I needed something to keep my mind of things and I remembered how blogging used to make me happy, especially the supportive people I met along the way. I started up again and I am so glad I did. 


November was a busy month for us. It started with Remembrance day which is so important to my family. Also we actually made it to a fireworks display this year. We had failed to see any fireworks the year before due to moving house so we made sure we went to the best one this year. Tom won a leopard at the display which he was so excited about. November saw another Zoo visit, this time to Dartmoor Zoo. I am obsessed with this place. I came here a lot as a child and loved that they made a Hollywood movie from it. We had a fantastic day and we are planning to go back in January because they have just got a new male lion. 

Finally on to December. Our favourite month of the year! This month was amazing and we loved every day. It felt like it went by so quickly and thats probably because we didn't stop with all the christmas activities. Our favourite moments are visiting the Mount Edgcumbe Christmas fair, Visiting Father christmas at the garden centre and of course the boys Christmas naivety play (yes, I cried). The big day itself was one of the best Christmas we have had in a very long time. Everyone I cared about was with me and thats all I wanted this year. The children were spoilt and their smiles made all the stresses melt away. It was a very special day. 

Well that was our year. It was full of ups and downs as is every year. I haven't included the downs as I plan to forget them and leave them behind in 2014. I only want to bring the happy memories shown above with me into 2015. 

I hope you all have a very Happy New Year and see you in 2015!

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  1. Hi, Sounds like a lovely year, I think its good to just look back on the good, makes you realise that even when it feels rubbish its not all that bad :) happy new year. #thelist

  2. I love this kind of photo montage - such a great way to remember and see how the kids have grown!! the photo of the storm in Feb is insane - must have been terrifying!

    Thanks for linking up to #TheList :) Great to have you xx


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