I was debating whether to actually write a round up post. Its a bit of a tedious one to write could potentially be a bit long winded and I could get wayward and trail off of to something completely different! But I decided to do one as its quite nice to sit and have a look back on everything we did as a family throughout 2016.

What a year. The first thing we have did throughout 2016 was major work to the house. We have fitted in so much. The first thing that we did were the electrics, a full house re-wire which took 3 weeks and was utter hell. The dust was awful and I did not cope well at all. Next was, new windows across the back of the house and eventually {which ended up nearer the end of the year} a new front door, which I still love. We also got 3 bedrooms plastered, the lounge, back room and office! 3 bedrooms carpeted, painted, wallpapered and full of new furniture. Its been a hectic time but finally seems to be coming together. 2017 will see us tackle the lounge!

As a family we are all unfortunately under the hospital for one thing or another. Its quite stressful having to go to the hospital at least once a month for either myself, G, H or even Mr B. The year started with general follow up checks for me, obviously due to the circumstances I am still very much under the hospital and we head into 2017 with two more operations booked. Mr B had a minor operation this year which resulted in a “nothing to worry about” which was a relief. G is under the hospital for several things, her ears which she has had the all clear and has been discharged. Thankfully the operation was successful all those years ago and both grommets have fallen out on their own and she can now hear fully. She is also under the hospital for something entirely different. I have not mentioned anything about it as of yet on the blog but maybe in 2017 I will post about it, but for now I will leave it as she is in good health.

In 2015 we booked a big family holiday to Center Parcs. We went with Mr B’s family and quite frankly it was very much needed and we had so much fun we got home and found ourselves with a booking form for 2017. Even though H and myself were ill for the best part of the week, we still managed to get out and enjoy lots of family time, lots of fun activities and the odd spa season thrown in for good measure. It really was such a wonderful holiday and its always been Somewhere I have wanted to go. I am now lucky enough to do it all again next year!

As an immediate family of four, we have had some wonderful days together in 2016. Mr B is lucky enough to get quite a bit of time off over the summer so the school holidays saw us venturing out more. To name a few we visited castles, splash parks, mini villages, parks, woods, jump parks, ice-cream parlours, old castle ruins, London, the beach and many more places.

2016 was the year I went self hosted. I was determined to really throw myself into blogging. It didn’t quite happen though. I won’t lie, I do find it quite hard to be consistent, I don’t know why. Sometimes it doesn’t come naturally and I find myself thinking far to much about it. But I am determined to kick start 2017 with a bang and be more of a better blogger. Scheduling posts more and not leaving things to the last minute. 2016 has seen me work with some great people and I have reviewed quite a bit, I hope to carry on with that and build the blog up more.

I also learnt quite a bit about photography and what works on the blog. I was pretty strict about my photo editing and the big white borders but I have figured out on my own that it just doesn’t work well on the blog, so I have become more relaxed and less picky about how I want my photos to look. The big white border was so 2015 darling..

Its been quite a year. We have achieved so much as a family. So much individually. We have so much planned for 2017, more renovation work, more holidays, more family time and lots more blogging.

2016 has most definitely had its ups and downs but I wouldn’t change The Year That Was




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