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My New Years Resolutions

How is it already 2018, I swear it was only last week that we were talking about Xene heading off to university later this year, and here we are getting ready for her to return for her second term!

I like to have New Years Resolutions as it’s nice to have something to aim for, although i’m not sure if I have made it all the way to the end of the year with any still going!

  1. Go to Bed Earlier.

I know, it’s probably top of my list every year but this year I really would like to aim for going to bed before midnight, at least a couple of times per week, psychologically if my alarm goes off at 6.45am and I am in bed before 11.45 that’s 7 hours sleep, admittedly at the moment with the waking puppy it isn’t an entire seven hours of broken sleep! I am also going to invest in some lovely warm, cozy bedding to aid my nodding off to sleep (although I don’t really need that much help in that department!)


2. Get Out And About More

With the introduction of Merrie to our household this is already improving, at least three members of the family have been out for a walk every day since the start of 2018, and I can only see this increasing, it is difficult to get all nine of us up and out of the house (particularly with Tyrus distinct dislike of wearing clothes) but we live only a few minutes from the beach and the Norfolk Broads, so there really is no excuse!

3. Get Fitter

This will hopefully go hand in hand with number 2, as I have gained much more weight than I would like, in fact, I am the heaviest I have been since I met Asa 21 years ago! I suppose it also works with number 1, as Asa and I eat late most nights, once the children are in bed, and this has definitely impacted on us. Asa goes rugby training twice a week and plays most Saturdays, now I am not saying that i’m going to join a women’s rugby team, but a little more exercise can’t hurt.

4. Be More Organised

I say this one every year, with seven children’s schedules to keep up with and two businesses to run, I really do need to be better organised, and try to avoid doing the school uniform ironing on the Monday morning, or letting the children do their homework in the car on the way to school. I have invested in a couple of diaries/planners that I am hoping will get me better prepared for each week, but i’m not making too many promises!

and Finally…

5. Switch Off and Relax

The main downside to working from home and being involved in Social Media is that it is not a Monday to Friday 9 to 5 job, it is there, available 24/7, and sometimes the main audience you want to interact with is outside of these hours, so I have a habit working at odd hours, or squeezing in 30 minutes here and 15 minutes whilst waiting on the school run. This year I would like to have dedicated switch off time, to sit down and enjoy a film without thinking that I need to be answering emails, or sit and read a book (something I used to do lots before I had children) in the evening in peace and quiet!


A Review of 2016

In March of 2016 I made the decision to restart Big Family Little Adventures, our youngest was now a toddler and Family Travel and Days Out was back on the agenda.

Our first amazing opportunity was to become Thorpe Park ambassadors, which has been amazing this year, we have visited three times and we still haven’t sampled every ride, hopefully we can apply next year to test the rest, if not I shall certainly look into Merlin passes for us all, as there are so many fabulous places included.

We were invited along to Norwich Castle Museum to have a tour of the How to Train Your Dragon Exhibition, which was the start of further opportunities with Norfolk Museums, later visits in the year to the Time and Tide Museum’s exhibits including Rock and Roll and the Fifties

We took our first trip on the Eurostar for my 40th Birthday trip to Disneyland Paris, which was amazing, the children loved all the parades and rides, and the Pin Trading.

During the Summer holidays, we were invited to Scooby Doo Live, Shreks Adventure, a preview showing of Trolls and London Sealife, as well as a fantastic holiday cottage in the Lake District.

Asa took the eldest three to Comic Con in London, and they now have plans for more during 2017! and I took them to a screening of Your Name.

At the end of November we had an amazing family day out to LaplandUK.

One of my achievements of this year is becoming Arts & Culture Round-up Editor for BritMums, not only do I get to read about all the fabulous museums and theatres, I have been invited to several performances during 2016, with lots more lined up in 2017. Eowyn and I watched Beauty and The Beast Pantomime.

Looking ahead to 2017…

During 2017, I would like to continue attending as many theatre performances as I can, travel as a family to new places and have lots of Days Out to favourite places, and new onesm and have as much fun as possible.

Wishing You All A Happy New Year xxx