Last December I wrote this post about my plans and resolutions for 2011. A month later I reviewed those plans here and it wasn't pretty.
I haven't fulfilled many of my resolutions but I want to focus on what has been positive about this year, rather than the stuff that hasn't been achieved.
Tidgy turned one year old this year and after the worry of his suffering with reflux and lack of growth he is doing much better. He has become a lively little chap with a brilliant personality.
Girl is enjoying school much more and is knuckling down. She loves writing and spends every spare minute writing stories. She impressed her headteacher so much that she was given a special notebook to write her stories in. I was so proud.
Middle started school in September and has settled in tremendously well. He's doing fabulously well with his work and learning. He appears to love attending and it's allayed many fears we had in the run-up to September. His behaviour appears to be better for the most, and when he was assessed at the Children's Development Centre he was regularly complimented on his behaviour, attitude and personality. He still has bad days and when they are bad they are almost unbearable but they are less frequent. We've been given lots of tips and advice on how to deal with him so hopefully things will improve.
We were very grateful to have the support of a Homestart volunteer for a couple of months. Pauline was fabulous and although she wasn't in our lives for long her weekly visit became my lifeline and gave me a much needed break for an hour or two. The children took to her instantly and we were all sad to see her leave us once Middle started school.
After the worry about hubby's job throughout the early part of 2011 it was such a relief to find out he still had a position.
My cousin's son was born and in a lovely coincidence he was born on our late Nanna's birthday.
As regular readers and twitter followers will know, my sister has been through months of tests for cancer. She was thankfully given the all-clear a few days before Christmas and it was a huge weight of our shoulders. The poor girl went though so much.
I've thoroughly enjoyed blogging in 2011. Until the latter months of 2010 I was blogging intermittently but now I'm churning out all manner of crap most days!! I'm regularly saying how cathartic it is and it's saved me from insanity....just!
I've been lucky enough to meet some lovely tweeters this year, one of the most important to me being Jane Cole. Jane and I each had a story to tell about dating on Nick Pandolfi's Valentine's breakfast show on Town 102. Mine was the romantic, successful date (ending in marriage and 3 children) and Jane's was from the nightmare angle! We started tweeting each other and in May I attended her new Pyjama Drama classes with the children and our friendship has gone from there. She's brilliant with the children and they adore her. She has also been a fantastic listener to my woes. Through Jane & Pyjama Drama I found my sponsors for CybHer and I've also helped Jane out at a couple of baby events. It's been a pleasure to help and the children usually tag along as they love handing out balloons and leaflets!
I've also met some lovely ladies through the Waterfront Book Club and co-founded the Waterfront Film & Theatre Club (based upon one tweet!) I don't get to attend either as much as I'd like to but when I do go I really enjoy it and love those couple of hours being Heidi, not Mummy. I was asked to facilitate a session a couple of months ago and although it was nerve-wracking it was a great achievement for me to get through it.
My hobby of writing has taken off, surprisingly in my opinion. When I started blogging I never dreamed that I'd be asked to write for someone, especially for publication. As well as guest blog posts I have had 2 articles published in CheekyBoo! magazine and I wrote for Suffolk Days when it launched in November and I'm touched that Linda has asked me to write another article for the February issue. I also write bi-monthly for the Kiddicare blog. I enjoy writing but I personally don't think that it's anything of worth. I just ramble on and on.....
On a few occasions this year I have been asked to talk on local radio, mostly about issues from the perspective of a parent. We were all interviewed about anger in families and it was quite a funny experience. It's always an honour to be asked, even if they are probably only asking me in desperation!!
We've had the pleasure of some great days out thanks to competition wins and blogging events but one of the biggest highlights has to be Harvest at Jimmy's Farm where we got to meet Mr Tumble. I honestly think that I was more excited than the children.
So, that's a whole lot of positivity for me. Forget the failures, concentrate on the good stuff...
What have been the highs of 2011 for you?
Happy New Year All. I hope 2012 is a great year for you xx