2013 comes to a close

At the end of last year I wrote a post looking back over the year and I thought it would be a really nice thing to do again this year – it has been a pretty busy one!

2013 – for me it was the year I continued to appreciate my new ‘work life balance’ which meant I was no longer driving over two hours and 80 miles a day, no longer working full time hours, no longer feeling horribly stressed by a job I used to love. Instead I was never driving more than about 10 miles to work and more often it would be less than 5! I built up a number of “regular” schools where I got to know the children and staff so still felt part of a team. I got to really enjoy all the bits of teaching I love with a whole lot less of the stuff I’m not so keen on! I got the chance to take Ben to school regularly and attend his assemblies and can now do the same with Chloe as she has started Nursery too. Leaving my full time teaching post in 2012 was possibly one of the best decisions I ever made.

What else?  Oh yeah – I got pregnant again!!  Much of 2013 has focused around being pregnant and the arrival of our gorgeous little Amy Vee. It seems really strange to look back to this time last year and think I wasn’t even pregnant yet here she is.

This time last year I asked Ben what he was good at – this year I thought I would do the same again but film his answers so here he is:

At 4 years and 5 months what do we know about Ben?

* He’s at school full time

* Number is his thing – his grasp of number always amazes me – for example he told us 5+1 makes 6, when we asked if he could make 6 another way he said “3 twos” or last week I asked him ways of making 4 and after telling me 3+1 and 2+2 he went on to add 5 and one less, 6 sweets and eat 2 . . . I was stunned!
* He’s much happier about mark making and will now write for a purpose
* He is really good at breaking down words he has heard into sounds for spelling
* He recognises most of the letters in the alphabet and knows the sound they make
* He is polite and rarely needs reminding to use his manners

* He is currently testing out a new found skills of telling fibs which we hope he will forget about soon!
* He can count to . . .
* He had a good go at learning to ride his bike without stabilisers
* His sense of humour is awesome and he makes us laugh all the time
* Likes to be active – his swimming is coming on in leaps and bounds
* Still loves jigsasws (He has been doing 100+ pieces for the last year!)
* He’s really enjoying Lego and superheros
* Considerably less fussy with food but does have a sweet tooth.
*  Learning to be stubborn and argumentative at times
* Understands and even sometimes uses sarcasm!

And Chloe at 2 years and 5 months . . . 

* Chloe goes to Nursery three times a week
* Can do a poo & a wee on the potty – she chooses to do this when we change her at bedtime or first thing in the morning and uses the toilet at Nursery but we are not pushing this at home for now.
* Her language has improved in leaps and bounds – she speaks in sentences, refers to herself as “me” (Me do it myself) She makes herself understood
* Can count to 10
* Likes to help out
* LOVES her little sister – “My Amy”
* Great eater – but doesn’t like chilli!
* Knows her own mind
* Makes a good attempt at dressing herself independently
* Peter Rabbit is her favourite tv character

Amy at 7 weeks old . . . 

* Very alert – bright eyed and busy tailed!
* She’s smiling – but mainly only for Mummy and Daddy
* Starting to make very cute little cooing noises
* Generally sleeps from about 11pm – 7am with just one feed around 4am
* Loves the boob!

Here’s to a very busy 2014 of adventures, laughs and learning for my little people.





  1. katefever
    December 31, 2013 / 8:18 pm

    What a wonderful look back on a very special year x

  2. December 31, 2013 / 10:54 pm

    Lovely 2013 and it looks like 2014 will be just as good if not better! Love the photo's x

  3. December 31, 2013 / 11:04 pm

    Lovely post and pictures, hope you have a wonderful 2014

    • January 1, 2014 / 12:15 pm

      I loved looking through and finding pictures from the year for each of them – Chloe has changed SO much!

  4. January 1, 2014 / 9:35 am

    What an amazing year! Congratulations on the arrival of your gorgeous daughter. Hope you have a great 2014

    • January 1, 2014 / 12:15 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I think it's going to be a pretty busy one! Happy New Year to you too x

  5. Emmysmummy
    January 1, 2014 / 11:07 am

    What a lovely post. Ben is super cute.
    Happy new year and thanks for linking up

    • January 1, 2014 / 12:16 pm

      Thanks 😀 He certainly makes me smile! x

  6. January 1, 2014 / 11:21 am

    What a great look back at 2013 for the kids, would have loved to see some bullet points for you and daddy too though! Happy new year, 2014 will be fun for sure!

    • January 1, 2014 / 12:16 pm

      I hadn't thought of that! Sad state of affairs hey 😉 x

  7. Lily Kitten
    January 5, 2014 / 11:53 am

    Beautiful family post – good luck for 2014 x

  8. January 7, 2014 / 9:11 am

    such a lovely post, what a year! Bens video is so sweet! Thanks so much for linking up, I really hope this year is as great for you!

    Lauren x

  9. January 8, 2014 / 10:30 am

    A lovely look back at a year with your beautiful family, wishing you the best of everything for 2014

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