2019 Review – Our Year

2019 Review – Our Year

So life isn’t about looking back but forward? However I think it is good to reflect and look back on the last year. I have to say that is has been a pretty tough year work wise, I feel that my juggling hasn’t been that good and I have dropped far too many balls. SoI  need to recify this in 2020. But for now it is time to review our year and look at the highlights of 2019.

Birthday Season

My eldest passed her driving test and turned 18 in the spring. All the other kids celebrated their birthdays in the spring too. starting off with Faryl and we took a roadtrip to Leicester to the Space Centre. Then Jolie turned double figures and celebrated with a disco and a trip to the Roman Baths. Then cue the mini heatwave in April, it called for a beach day to Porthcawl, a place that has a very special place in our hearts. Aliza had a party and Lex bounced to her hearts content at a trampoline park. 

Roman Baths


We had lots of family days out and ticked off loads on our Summer Bucket List. Our holiday to Brecon Beacons was an adventure and we even scaled Pen Y Fan. Also the kids gained a love for climbing during our visit to the Summit Centre. More beach days. Plus heading up to Cheshire to my biggest sister and family, on the hottest day of the year with no air conditioning in the car. The kids and I were pretty eager to go for a dip in their local outdoor pool after our 4 hour drive! Whilst we were ‘up north’ the kids went kayaking for the first time too.

Outdoor Swimming

We have been lucky enough to have seen so many fantastic shows at Bristol Hippodrome. The favourite for Jolie and I was Matilda it sure was mesmerising. And Annie The Musical was pretty special too. 


Then September came with a bang and the kids started their new school years whilst the sun was still shining bright. Aliza learnt to ride her bike. Autumn was a little bit stressful with me working too much and not having much quality time with the kids. So we were very grateful for our budget getaway to Dorset at the beginning of November. We had no signal where we were staying, a blessing in disguise, so I truly got to switch off.

Durdle Door

We also got a new car in October, I have been looking for literally years, but it is a huge purchase. Choosing the right car for our larger family requirements, was tough. But in the end stopped faffing and made a quick decision, when the right car at a reasonable price was in the right place. 


December brought a series of Christmas events, including the last ever nativity, as it is Aliza’s last year in KS1. 16 years of nativity/Christmas plays, it sure will be strange not to attend one in 2020. We had a pretty low key Christmas, I have to say it isn’t my favourite time of year and I always feel pressured and often find myself comparing to others. Christmas out of the way, we headed away for a Twixmas break. I chose to take the kids to Birmingham, as it is not too far away, about 2 hours. And when I have often visited on business I haven’t had a chance to explore as much as I wanted to. Also the older girls had Christmas money to spend and the Bullring is pretty good for shopping. I will be doing a post about our trip soon.


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I’ve been to Birmingham a lot but not with all the kids, so thought it was time we explored the city together.

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It has been great to review 2019 as I felt we didn’t do that much as we didn’t have a big holiday, but in fact we have done lots.



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