A bit belated but I’m only just getting back into the swing of things after the Christmas mayhem and New Year chaos (for us it’s the daughter’s birthday as well!). Here’s us celebrating on Christmas day (me a bit run off my feet due to husband at work and cooking for my parents as well as me and the kids!.
2018 was a hectic one for us, the first full year I’ve worked 5 days a week since having children albeit part time but still one that exhausts my day and leaves little time to get things done. On top of that we have had a major kitchen renovation that although is 95% completed it is still in limbo with the final fittings still waiting to be done due to major leaking from the roof (a project that’s looking to cost us around 5.5k in the upcoming months!). And let’s not talk about the day the skip got delivered onto the driveway and shifted a section of the front wall around at an angle causing a crack along the front (another ongoing issue!).
I’m super pleased to be rid of the old kitchen and I hope to do a show and tell of our before and after new kitchen once the final issues are ironed out.
We got the children active between the eves with outdoor walks, trips to National Trust properties and a fun session at Clip n Climb – as you can see, these two never fail to be afraid of heights.
New Year saw my eldest turn 11 years old on New Year’s Day!! Oh my where’s the time gone? She played with my phone that day doing her own selfie which I thought was rather cute so here it is!
As for what 2019 holds for us, who know’s?
It’ll be challenging I believe in many ways with the eldest off to secondary school in September, ongoing uncertainties in my job of 17 years, solving and fixing the damp issues in our house, finish decorating the downstairs and finally carpet the house!
Keep following us to see where life takes us this year, what adventures we go on and what new things we try out!
Wow – it feels like so long since I blogged, I took an unintended long break over the festive period due to being just so busy!! The run up to Christmas was crazy with so much going on and so many things to do and Miss M and I both felt a little poorly during the week before.
It was so exciting to see Miss M in her first school nativity, where she chose to play a shepherd. I was slightly annoyed though when the show started and proud Mister B couldn’t help himself and called out to his big sister upon seeing her a number of times and the mother sitting in front of me turned round and told me to leave unless he kept quiet!!
My parents arrived a few days before Xmas which was nice and gave me some time to wrap presents – how many? – I wish I had counted but my arms were aching and fingers sore by the time they were all done. But the fireplace didn’t disappoint on Christmas morning when Santa had done his deliveries. Miss M and Mister B were so excited and didn’t know where to begin.
We had a lovely Christmas day although I have to say by far the most exhausting for me – I don’t think I got to sit down other than to eat Christmas dinner!!
After Christmas was over we had a few days to relax before preparing for Miss M’s birthday party on New Year’s Eve. I cheated this year and decided to hold it at the local leisure centre with a bouncy castle and despite costing double the amount that I spent on a party last year for the same number of children I have to say I was slightly disappointed with the overall way it ran and will definitely go back to doing a party myself again next year. I also cheated on the birthday cake!!! The first year I haven’t made my children a homemade cake but I did make it up slightly by baking some yummy chocolate cupcakes, iced in buttercream and finished with a personalised pink M&M!!
On New Year’s Day my gorgeous little Miss M officially became 5 years old!! Where have the last five years gone? We had a lovely day, which started sunny so ventured down to the park on Miss M’s new bike and Mister B’s new scooter. We then enjoyed a birthday lunch with family before opening birthday presents and relaxing for the rest of the day.
So although busy, we have had some lovely family times over the last few weeks and I look forward to see what 2013 brings us!!
New Year is always a hard concept to get across to little ones, particularly Miss M who’s birthday falls on New Year’s day. She finds it hard to grasp the concept that her birthday is next year when it is only a few weeks away. So when I was offered to review the updated version of a traditional German tale by poet Eduard Mörike about the magical journey of Sylvester as he travels by moon horses to Earth to deliver the New Year and return the Old Year back to be rejuvenated by the River of Life, I thought it’d be a great opportunity to talk about the change from one year to another with Miss M as well as enjoying a story with lots of lovely colour illustrations.
The book is a lovely size with many more pages in it than I expected. The pages are strong and of high quality, with each one beautifully illustrated. The story is a good length too, being aimed at a child of 5+, it is neither too short or too long with just a couple of lines of text on each page ensuring the child stays focussed and interested in the story.
I enjoyed sitting down with Miss M in the evenings to read this magical tale, it is perfect for this time of year, with a festive feel to it – although Miss M did ask if Sylvester was Santa at one point with his long white beard!! It has given Miss M a better understanding of the concept that as one year goes, a new year comes in and she did enjoy the magical tale that went with it.
I think this is a really enjoyable story to sit down to read especially in the run up to New Year and has a traditional feel to it without being dated. I look forward to reading this many more times with Miss M on the run up to her 5th Birthday at New Year!!
Sylvester and the New Year is published by independent publishers Far Far Away. You can follow them on Facebook
And if you wish to purchase a hard back copy of this book for £9.99 it can be found here on Amazon.
All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.