The year that was 2012
After a Christmas full of illness it’s taken me a while to get back to the online world but here we are, the last day of 2012. It’s a total cliché but I really can’t believe that we’re here already. This year seems to have disappeared in a blink of an eye and 2013 is knocking on the door.
I was going to do the traditional top 10 posts of the year thing but that doesn’t feel quite right. This blog started out 3 years ago as a place for our family memories to be recorded so it seems fitting that my last post of the year is about us; the family that I write about feeding.
It’s been such a mixed year but one thing has remained constant and that is this blog. It’s bought me some fantastic opportunities and allowed friendships to form that might not have otherwise. That’s down to all of you, and for that I can’t thank each of you enough.
January saw Izzy starting preschool. It’s hard to believe that was only 12 months ago and in 8 days she goes 5 mornings a week. I think it’s something that will benefit all of us; my strong willed, feisty girl is definitely more than ready for it.
February, March and April were very much spotlight months for the blog with it being featured in a Netmums monthly newsletter, shortlisted for a Britmums Brilliance in Blogging Award and nominated for the MAD Best Food Blog. We also went self hosted, shifting across from Blogger to our own little corner of the internet.
May saw Rich come down with pneumonia and the whole family with chest infections bar me, which I put down to pure stubbornness and knowing that I just didn’t have the time to be ill. There was an element of guilt as I’d spent ages telling Rich to just man up as he only had a cold, I’m still sure I saw a tiny bit of smugness when he came back brandishing a sick note from the doctor!
Summer kicked off with the honour of becoming Godmother to a very special boy, the son of one of my closest friends and of course we celebrated the Queens Diamond Jubilee with cheesecake and egg cups.
August started out all fun and games with a day trip to the seaside and a weekend away for Rich and Izzy whilst I had some much needed breathing space and transformed Izzy’s room. Then the fear of Rich being made redundant became a reality, our world turned upside down and it was all change again as he started a new job with an agency 4 days later.
September and October were purely about keeping our heads down and staying afloat, whilst November saw me passing my driving test and us buying our first family car out of necessity. The blog also got a look in by being featured by Sainsbury’s in their favourite food blogs round up.
December meant giving up editing the village magazine so I’ve got time to concentrate on other things. A small person turned 3. Christmas was full of illness and germs but also first preschool concerts, fun, pretty lights, huge dinners and, more importantly, leftovers to love.
And 2013? Who knows. But I’m ready to take it on. There’s the possibility of some very exciting things in the pipeline and I have ideas and plans I want to take forward. But this will be my mantra…
One thing that 2012 reinforced to me is that things can change quickly. That life is short and that I don’t want to look back and wonder what if. That I’m ready to push the boundaries a bit and see where I end up. And all of this and I haven’t even had a glass of fizz!
Happy New Year everyone. May 2013 be all that you want it to be and I wish you every piece of luck in the world. See you on the other side!