Top 7 Tag for 2018

My lovely friend Jane from Hodgepodge Days tagged in me in the Top 7 Tag which features:

Your Favourite 7 Posts from 2018. They can be any posts at all that you are proud of.

7 Things You Loved The Most About 2018 Whether you visited somewhere, or just had one of those moments you will never forget, if you loved it, list it!

7 Things You Are Looking Forward to in 2019.Whether those plans are set in stone or you something you would like to do this year, share with us.

In theory I’m supposed to tag another seven bloggers to take part but what I’m actually going to do is say – hey, if you want to then do!

7 Favourite Blog Posts from 2018

I always find it hard to look back over a year and pick out favourite posts – I end up spending ages looking through things I’d forgotten I’d even written!  I recently wrote a post about my most viewed blog posts of 2018 but these are not necessarily my favourites or even ones which were written in 2018.  So, in no particular order, here’s my seven favourite blog posts of 2018:

10 Reasons you need to use Google Keep

Learning Personal Survival Skills During Swim Academy Pyjama Week

Timber Festival 2018 – Family Festival Review

Just So Festival 2018 – Our Highlights

Twenty Reasons why you should book Holiday Village Tenerife

Visiting Siam Park With Kids

Supply Teaching – Six ways to get re-booked

7 Things I Loved Most About 2018

2018 was a pretty lovely year all things considered – we travelled a lot (more than we had expected), got a few jobs done around the house (though perhaps not as many as planned) and spent a lot of time with friends and family.  I could list so many great things about 2018 but the things which came to mind first were;

1. Seeing my best friend get married to a very lovely man and having a really wonderful time celebrating them.


2. Realising I could speak more French then I thought and that holidaying with our team is definitely a lot easier than it used to be


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After all our worries about the weather we were treated to an absolute beaut of a day today ☀️ We spent a good hour or so in the local supermarket fetching supplies this morning and then after lunch took ourselves down to the beach – because you haven’t really been on holiday till you’ve felt the sand between your toes! Looking at the forecast, I’m not sure we’ll see the beach again this week but our @eurocampholidays site (@campinglezeaux) has an indoor pool which the kids fell in love with this evening – Amy stunned Dave & I by braving (and loving) the biggest slide on her own ❤️ I was sure she’d take all week to be brave enough! (Oh and check out my insta stories for a pool related injury…)

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3. Our first all inclusive family holiday


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I’m already missing this view! After a pretty late flight last night, we got home about 5.15am, slept for most of the morning before dashing over to York for a family party. I don’t want think any of us were really ready to leave #HolidayVillageTenerife – Amy wanted to stay forever, Ben has decided he’d like to live in the hotel when he’s older or invent a time machine to go back to our holiday. All three kids had the time of their lives and I can’t wait to tell you more about it when I get back into work mode next week! In the meantime my tan is already peeling, I’ve got a full on ‘Let’s Get Ridiculous’ ear worm and SO much washing to do that I’m tempted to just throw it all away and start again! #FirstChoice #HomeofallInclusive @firstchoiceholidays

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4. Seeing all three kids grow in confidence in the swimming pool


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Hola from Holiday Village Tenerife! We managed to keep this trip a secret from the kids right up until the last minute – only telling them on Thursday that they would be missing the end of term and not telling them where we were going till we got to the airport! Amy was convinced we were going camping 😆 The three of them were absolute super stars on their first flight, coping well with a bit of a delay and some confusion over transport which meant we didn’t get to our hotel till the middle of the night! We’ve had the laziest day – we slept in and completely missed breakfast then didn’t leave our hotel room till nearly lunch time. We decided our main focus for the day was just to get our bearings as the hotel is absolutely vast! Highlights for the kids so far have been being able to freely help themselves to slush, three swimming pools and the entertainment put on by the reps! #HolidayVillageTenerife #FirstChoice #HomeofallInclusive

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5. Finding a school I really love to work in on a regular basis

6. All the sunshine


7. Festival fun with friends


(It would appear, from this list, that the summer months were my favourite!)

7 Things I am Looking Forward to in 2019

I feel like on the whole, 2019 should be quite a settled year for us – though voicing that out loud does seem a little risky!  Looking ahead we have some lovely plans for the year but there’s no big changes to our routine forecast – everyone is in full time school, Dave and I are both pretty settled in our working arrangements and we have no plans to move house or add to our family – of course I could be looking back on this in six to twelve month’s time and wondering what on earth I was thinking but for now I’m feeling pretty content heading into the new year.

So, seven things I’m looking forward to in 2019 – the first four are all travel related unsurprisingly; taking Ben to Alton Towers for his “coming of height” trip with Aunty Custard and Uncle Chris, a family holiday to the South of France with Eurocamp in May half term, a summer villa holiday (location as yet undecided!) and a child free trip to the Minori for a good friend’s 40th birthday party.  And then the final three are more home based – we’re hoping to finally get on top of our garden and have an artificial lawn laid, I’m looking forward to the living room finally being finished now that we’ve removed the fireplace (I’ve hated it for the last decade) and last but I’m just looking forward to enjoying my family as they are.

We're going on an adventure family photo December 2018


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