2014 – A Year in Review!

For the last couple of years I’ve written a post at the end of December looking back over the previous year – something we’re all inclined to do I’m sure.

So looking back over 2014 – I started the year on maternity leave and finished it working a couple of days a week back on supply.  I still love supply teaching, it really suits my life with three small children.  Of course it’s a risky business financially and not getting work when I need it can really put the pressure on but the longer I do it the more we’re getting used to the eb and flow of work at certain times of the year. 

2013 was the year of my final pregnancy, 2014 was the year we watched that newborn baby grow into an almost walking and talking toddler . . . (I’m still calling her my baby till she walks though!)

2014 was also the year of the build – the year we extended our family home from a two bedroom semi to a four bed, two bathroom house with a new playroom, utility room and downstairs toilet.  Almost.  It’s nearly finished!  But yes when I look back on 2014, building work is most definitely the over riding memory! 

2014 has been a great year for blogging – I’ve met some fabulous people, attended some equally fabulous events and even cracked the top 50 of the Tots 100! (I’m going to enjoy that one while it lasts!) We’ve reviewed some exciting products and I’ve been able to take the children on some great adventures which wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. 

So how have my babies changed this year?  What do we know of each of them as another year draws to a close?

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

* He’s really settled into his new Year 1 class and is working hard to please his teacher (after a bit of a wobbly start) 

* He’s still very keen on numbers

* He is really good with his phonics and spellings – he got full marks in his spelling tests every week this last term!

* His grasp of the English language continues to astound us – his use of sarcasm, the way he describes and explains things

* His reading has just “clicked” – he now reads “blue” level books and is more than happy to sit down and share his school books with us.  He is constantly sounding things out and trying to read words in the environment around him.  He even likes to try and read to his little sisters occasionally.

* He remains polite and often demonstrates a high level of emotional intelligence, thinking about how other’s are feeling.

* He isn’t quite dry at night as yet – he sleeps far too deeply bless him!

* He has the occasional teenage strop and really doesn’t ever like to be wrong (he has both parents to blame for that!)

* He is a complete Lego addict now and will play with it at any given opportunity

* He has discovered a joy in colouring this year and also has great scissor skills so is often making us things

* He is always making us laugh with the funny things that he does or says, he usually manages to stay just the right side of cheeky – I hope he continues to have an awareness of where the line is!! 

* He loves his food and will eat far better now than he has ever done, that said he can still be a bit of a monkey if he hasn’t tried something before

* Apparently he’s going to marry his girlfriend Ferne, they’re not just boyfriend and girlfriend you know, they’re team mates too!

* His favourite colour is still green

* His best friend is still Finley though I’m not sure they play together much at school 

* Apparently he eats fish fingers on a daily basis at school (though I doubt this very much) 

* He has an incredible imagination and enjoys playing pretend games with Chloe

* He likes to tell jokes, even if he doesn’t always understand them 

* He gives awesome cuddles 

And Chloe at 3 years and 5 months . . . 
* Chloe now attends school Nursery 5 mornings a week and absolutely loves it.  She walked in on her first day without looking back and that pretty much set the tone!  She settled in immediately.

* Altough she is fully toilet trained we still use a pull up for long car journeys in case she falls asleep and most definitely at night!

* She loves a good lie in

* She’s a regular full on chatterbox

* She is more than capable of dressing herself without help (this doesn’t meant she doesn’t like a bit of support at times!)

* She can usually recognise her own name

* Although she can’t write her own name yet she will write a “curly C” and does the C and O

* She would wear her wellies every day of the week if I let her

* She’s obsessed with Frozen and sings constantly

* She loves a pretty dress (but will still wear jeans and a hoodie if Mummy says so)

* She claims her favourite colours are red, pink and yellow

* She has more than a bit of a sweet tooth

* She can be a bit of a madam when she feels like it

* She still likes to watch Peter Rabbit but is more likely to watch Numberjacks given the choice 

* She drinks a ridiculous amount of squash

* She’s becoming a proper girl with a love of nail varnish (though Daddy won’t let her wear it), fairies and princesses 

* Her special “squeezy hugs” are fab, especially at the end of a long day at work

* She has just started to use an inhaler for a persistent cough 

Amy at almost 14 months old . . . 
* She’s not walking yet but she’s thinking about it

* She can stand unsupported if she feels like it 

* She has a proper soft spot for her Granny 

* She is still sharing our bedroom and as yet doesn’t sleep through

* She’s the most relaxed little lady ever

* She’s constantly chatting, she sounds like she’s saying proper words but it’s usually just sounds.

* She’s a good little eater and is happy to try new things

* She’s very affectionate and loves a good snuggle 

* She adores her older siblings 

* She’s a big fan of chocolate 

It’s been a stressful and busy year in our house with a lot of hard work for all of us but at the same time it has of course been fun and exciting, hopefully next year will be a little more relaxed for us all and we can take some time to enjoy our newly extended home! 



  1. December 30, 2014 / 10:44 pm

    Gorgeous. What lovely photos – I just sat with Alice and she was asking "who are these children?" so I was explaining. She said that Amy is a baby like Rosie and Chloe is "just like me." She described Ben as "that boy" ha ha 🙂 All the best for 2015 in your new massive house (not jealous, not at all…. ) xxxx 🙂

    • December 31, 2014 / 8:42 pm

      I describe him as "that boy" sometimes too 😉 Maybe we'll be able to get them all together in the New Year! x

  2. Leanne Hyde
    December 31, 2014 / 11:08 am

    I always enjoy reading your blog, Ben's comments you post make me laugh. Chloe reminds me very much of us as children!! Happy New Year and hoping 2015 is amazing for you all xx

    • December 31, 2014 / 8:43 pm

      Thanks Leanne! I think you're right, she's very much like we were!

  3. January 1, 2015 / 3:26 pm

    Oh you have had a wonderful year even though it has been highlighted by building work. I will never tire of seeing photos of your beautiful children. Happy New Year lovely x

    • January 1, 2015 / 8:19 pm

      Thank you Donna 🙂 x

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