So…..I didn’t do very well with blogging in the second half of 2019, did I? I said I was going to blog every month last year and made it to June and then just stopped. So much has been going on that the blog took a back seat. Well, not just a back seat; it wasn’t in a seat at all!
We did a lot in the 2nd part of last year. We had days out, date nights, two weddings, family and friends time, decorated our bedroom, many 4th birthday parties, baked, Halloween, looked round a lot of primary schools, a new puppy came into the family and we got a new kitten. There are some stand out times though that I’ll go into more detail on.
Kelly turned 40 and we had a surprise family trip away to Bath. I love going on little trips away, just the three of us. Amelia seems to blossom before our eyes and grow up so much when we’re all together for a long period of time. We visited Bath, Bristol and Castle Combe. Kelly attempted to teach me how to play Chess. Amelia danced near the Cathedral in Bath and stole some poor musician’s thunder; it was hilarious!
We had our bathroom done which was in all honesty, an absolute bloody nightmare! The fitter disappeared off the job after he’d ripped everything out and couldn’t be contacted or found. Luckily after a few weeks we got a new fitter who completed the job, but it was an experience I never want to repeat! It was all worth it as it is beautiful but I’m so glad that stress and worry is over with. The pictures are on my Instagram highlight.
We went on holiday to Lanzarote again. We usually go self-catering as it’s been easier with Amelia but decided to try all-inclusive this time and it was great. Amelia can stay awake a bit longer now, so a slightly later dinner was fine. Amelia also had epic naps every day as she was so tired which meant we got some downtime during the day which we haven’t had for quite a while now! We walked everyday which thankfully kept the all-inclusive damage down a bit, played in the freezing cold pool, fed fishes in the sea and made friends at the disco.
In October we went away for the weekend with our friends to the Lake District. It was such a memorable weekend and something I’d like to do every year. We walked, played games, got a bit drunk and laughed a lot! We hardly ever spend time all together; partners and children included so it was so special to spend that time together.
In November it was Amelia’s 4th birthday. I made her a Peter Rabbit birthday cake which I was shocked worked out as well! We took her away to CBeebies land at Alton Towers. I thought it was going to be manic and maybe overwhelming for Amelia (and us!), but we all had a great time. All the staff are friendly and happy to help with anything you need. There are shows throughout the day to keep you entertained and the food in the windmill restaurant was good quality. Food and drink is a bit expensive but we expected that. We went swimming at Splash Landings before we left which was a lot of fun! Amelia has been enjoying her swimming so much more since she started lessons and is so much more confident in the water. On the way home we stopped at the Trafford Centre and we went to the Peter Rabbit Christmas grotto. Amelia enjoyed the Peter Rabbit part, but it didn’t last long enough, and we felt rushed through. Amelia didn’t like the other characters as much, especially Mr Todd. We were a bit disappointed with it and unfortunately wouldn’t go again.
We enjoyed a lovely Christmas and New Year with our families, and I’ll try and keep this more updated this year. There’s going to be loads to talk about with 2 exciting holidays to places we’ve never been before (yep, no Lanzarote!) More house renovations will be happening hopefully, and Amelia will be starting school! I’m excited to see what this year brings our family.