It’s my final post of 2015, my annual round up post. 456 posts later (many were just photo posts, I’m not that prolific with my copy), and I wanted to share what we’ve been up to. I’ll be including some of my favourite and the most popular posts.
We finished off the Christmas holidays by going to the Snow and Tell story time in Oxford. A lovely treat perfect for preschoolers, although it was unfortunate we couldn’t make the sessions they were doing this Christmas.
And there was plenty of farming talk from N. He’s still a big fan of farming and in 2015 has been out a lot with his dad.
Sad (and happy) times as N graduated from Water Babies and therefore started his new swimming lessons, although still at the same pool. He took to them really well, aided by the grounding in water safety, discipline, listening and basic technique at Water Babies. My series of baby and toddler swimming posts didn’t continue as there was less progress and interest to write about.
Alongside his uncle, N has started an interest in metal detecting. Well, which child wouldn’t when there’s the chance to find treasure and spend time outside.
March meant some change for N, where his nursery school moved venue. There was a lot more freedom, and of great benefit now he’s there for after school club having more space to play with. N also had his first trip out without us – going on a birthday outing with his best friend.
My most popular post was a guest post on how to make childbirth more comfortable. As I started my blog a while after N was born, it means I don’t really have much on pregnancy and young babies, so it was nice to offer a post on this topic.
Two big events in April were N learning to ride his bike – he took to it really well and always wants to be on a bike ride – and primary school applications. The latter was certainly a time to be on social media – great solidarity and support amongst bloggers who were waiting on school places.
More crafting included painting your own reusable bags (perfect for the October carrier bag charge coming in) and Easter egg decorating. If your children are into science and engineering, then check out the children’s science session we went to at our local museum.
Finally we sold our mum’s house, and that meant I was finally able to bring home my piano.
On the blogging front we became Reading Eggs Golden Eggsplorers with some other bloggers. A great programme to help children learn to read and improve their level. I just need to get N to do it regularly.
June meant it was Britmums Live time, and a chance to meet up with fellow Oxfordshire bloggers.
July saw a goodbye for N. He had his last official pre-school day at nursery school, although he would still be there for holiday club, and then afterschool club come September. The school settling in sessions were a great way to get used to the transition to school in September.
The other big event was going on our first camping trip. We went with a group of girl friends and their kids, and had a blast. So much so, that we’re planning another holiday in 2016. Although hopefully I won’t come home to no internet for 3 weeks like this year.
My internet issues continued into August, driving me mad. But one thing you learn with no internet is that you can built up a huge bank of blog posts ready to publish once the internet’s back up. It really helped me realise that it’s a lot easier to be productive when you don’t have the internet open.
I met up with other bloggers at a Rushmere Country Park meet, and finally wrote up my plan vs reality of BBQs. Oh, and I won first prize in a photography class as a local country show. It’s lovely to have recognition for the work I’ve done on improving my photography.
Starting school has created lots more opportunities for really continuing to journal what we’re up to on the blog in my School Days series. I loved reading about all the other first time school parents’ experiences, making us feel like a little community within the blogging world. That first day I spent wandering around Packwood House – it was a very odd feeling being out without N.
Of course starting school means lots more questions from N. I wasn’t quite expecting to discuss cremation vs burial, but that’s one of the topics we’ve chatted about. Kids certainly keep you on your toes.
Another birthday for me, and the blog, at 3 years old.
I made the start of some big changes. Making time for me again and getting back to exercise. Friends dragged me along to zumba classes, before they then got overtaken by dance classes again. It’s so great being back again and dancing.
Following on from the exercise in October, November I started dieting. I have the aim to get back to a healthy weight before my 40th a year away.
One of my most popular posts of the year was my post sharing my progress to date working through the Konmari method of organising and decluttering. Perfect for getting prepared for 2016.
Otherwise, December was all about Christmas and advent. We prepped for Christmas on the farm, wrote up a printable of advent calendar ideas, shared some stocking filler ideas and a 10 minute no sew nativity costume.
So 2016’s about to arrive and I’m loving blogging as much as I’ve always done. I’ve been able to work with some great brands this year, and talked to, and met, some lovely bloggers. Looking forward to 2016, hopefully it will be full of more enjoyable moments and more success in blogging.
Finally, thanks to my readers, especially the regular ones. My 5 most prolific commenters in 2015 were Fiona from Coombe Mill, my fellow Oxfordshire Blogger Mary at Over 40 and mum to one, Kim at Northumberland Mam, Sara at Mum turned Mom and Sarah at Mum of 3 World. Thanks to all of them for making such an effort to comment so much. Do go and check them out for some great reads.
Hope everyone has a fun, health and successful 2016, and hope to chat to you back on the blog and social media in the new year.