Here is a little summary of 2016.
The year that we finally got married and went on our beautiful honeymoon, the year I made some big decisions about work/life balance and watching more of my young son grow up. A year that I also realised the importance of self care and the physical affect that stress can have on your body. A year that will definitely change me forever.
We kicked off the year with a lovely four night stay at Center Parcs, in Whinfell Forrest in Cumbria. We had a lovely relaxing week, with lots of swimming, walking, eating and a bit of cycling thrown in. We also took a day trip to visit our wedding venue and meet our florist, and we went for lunch in Keswick.
We love the Lake District because it feels a million miles away even though it’s only an hour and a half drive from our hectic city lives in Manchester. And because we can’t get a phone or an internet signal (other than weak Wi-Fi at the lodge), we are forced to unplug and totally switch off whilst we’re there!
March was a fun filled month. We had a lovely family get together at my brothers for Mothers Day and my sister’s 50th (we don’t all get together often so it’s special when we do), we visited Smithills Farm in Bolton and we visited ‘A day out with Thomas’ at East Lancashire Railway (much to our little boy’s delight, with his Thomas and Friends obsession!). We also celebrated the happy news of my lovely Sister-In-Law Natalie’s engagement to her boyfriend Mark.
We also had a very scary incident with Thomas where he was rushed to hospital in the middle of the night with croup. To make matters worse he was staying at his Grandparents and we received a call at midnight asking us to come straight away because he wasn’t well; every parents worse nightmare. It was frightening for all of us as he could barely breathe and looked very distressed and it took around twenty minutes for an ambulance to arrive. Once they did the paramedic was brilliant and put us at ease, we staying in hospital with Tom until the next afternoon after the steroids kicked in and he made a speedy recovery. Being a parent is so frightening at times.
Steven and I always celebrate the anniversary of when we first started dating, along with my birthday which are just two days apart. So this year we visited our favourite place for the weekend, and spent a night at the most gorgeous, quaint little guest house in the Lake District, called Netherdene Country House Bed and Breakfast. We visited Aira Force, a National Trust site with a huge waterfall and of course paid a quick trip to our wedding venue whilst we were up there (couldn’t help ourselves, it’s so beautiful!).
This month we celebrated Thomas’s second birthday, which we kept as a low-key family party at home (with a Thomas themed cake of course!)
Due to some changes in my role as a Marketing Officer for a charity, I decided to leave after we get married in August and take some time out to try freelancing and enjoy some more of Tommy’s younger years.
I had my amazing hen do this month! It was a weekend in Liverpool, full of surprises and organised by my fabulous Maid of Honour Emma. I was blown away by the thought and effort that had gone into it, I was thrilled with all the ladies who made the effort to come and especially one of my dear school friends who I had lost touch with for several years, she made so much effort and it was so lovely to have her there and back in my life after all these years. I truly let my hair down for the first time in a while.
Well this is the month we had counted down to for the past twenty months! The month we finally got married. Our wedding day was everything we could have dreamed of and more, I’d like to say it was almost worth the stress! Our wedding was featured on Brides Up North, you can read more about the details of the days and suppliers we used here. It really was one of the most amazing days of my life, other than the birth of my son, nothing else could compare to what a special day it was. All the effort and stress was worth it in the end! This was also the month we enjoyed our fabulous honeymoon to Mexico.
This month was a little bit of a comedown! And some big life changes to adapt to. We enjoyed looking through our fabulous wedding photographs and relieving the day as well as enjoying the last of the winter sun with some family days out such as a lovely trip to Lyme Park.
So this month involved friend’s baby showers, a playdate to Redhouse Farm in Dunham Massey, lunch with old friends, date nights, treats from the hubby, more family days out and celebrating a former colleagues birthday. I also made the plunge and finally returned back to my natural hair colour of light brown with a balyage colour so I could attempt to grow out my roots and try and get healthier hair after over a decade of colouring it (probably closer to two – yikes!).
This was officially party month! One of those months where everything comes at once, it was a lot of fun. I celebrated my best friend’s brothers 21st and Steven’s best friends 30th (at Jamie Italian)amongst a few family days out. I also enjoyed a lovely spa day at the gorgeous Mere Resort in Knutsford with three of my favourite ladies.
The season to be jolly. This was probably one of the tamest December’s that I’ve have ever had party-wise, I think I was partied out from November. Steven treated me to a lovely weekend break in Brussels whilst Tommy stayed with his Grandparents. It was a lovely treat but I got the cold from hell a few days before we flew so it didn’t quite go to plan. It was lovely to celebrate Tommy’s third Christmas with family.