This year has been generally kind to me and my family. No monumental events...they all happened in 2009 with Freddy's birth, Megan and Joe leaving home and my redundancy all shaking up the dynamic of the household. There have been a few dramas with my older children this year...some relationship wobbles, some health worries and some financial concerns...but they all seem to be resolving themselves. *fingers crossed* My three youngest children have all flourished in their respective worlds in 2010. Freddy is running around and starting to chatter away. He is an absolute joy to us all. Kizzy is loving her new Junior School and doing well in all aspects of school life. Ella has started her GCSE year with a whole host of A*'s and her music is coming on in leaps and bounds.
Ian and I renewed our vows on our 13th Wedding Anniversary and I wear my beautiful ring with pride. Our party was featured in Pick Me Up magazine which was hilarious! We are still happy and very much loved up with each other and our life.
The biggest thing to come out of 2010 has been my discovery of the possibilites of social media. In September I found the courage to start this blog, after months of procrastinating. I am thrilled to have followers, originally wondering if anyone would ever even notice my ramblings. I love discovering other peoples' words and have become an avid reader of a few favourite blogs. Alongside the blogging, I rekindled my love of comping and my family have enjoyed some fantastic successes...most notably Ian's car win! I was chosen as a Graco Symbio Tester and have enjoyed reviewing, blogging and vlogging about the experience, adding YouTube and Flickr to my repetoire of technology I can use. In the last three months I've had a whole host of experiences that I would not have otherwise had...being filmed hosting the Ultimate Family Party in the VW final and donating £2500 to charity as runners-up; attending both the Clothes Show and the Good Food Show; making our bespoke ice cream flavour with my 8 year old daughter at Cheshire Farm Ice Cream Factory; taking front row seats at the Bullring Fashion Show and supporting Ian in the Hands Off My Hyundai challenge. I've met some really lovely people and made some wonderful virtual friends through these experiences. I can't wait to see where my hobby takes me in 2011!
My journey into 2011 is as yet unknown, but it is something I am looking forward too. As my family's adventures unfold, I'll enjoy sharing the moments right here on my blog.
Hope you all have a Happy New Year!