Helloooooo its been such a long time since I shared a round up, life took a terrible turn in 2019 and I just didn’t feel like sharing my feelings. Sometimes it’s so hard to write down painful events. Almost as if you are validating them by putting them into words.
Quite suddenly at the end of October my amazing Father-in-law was diagnosed with lung cancer, it was a total bolt out of the blue, he had never smoked. Additionally he seemed fit and healthy, so it came out of nowhere. Tragically by the time it was discovered it was too late and we said goodbye to him in November.
It’s still so painful to write down, and watching your Husband and children experience that level of pain is excruciating. Even harder than going through it yourself. Weeks after we also lost my sister-in-law to cancer.
Going into Christmas we were exhausted, we were behind with all the work on the house and that alone is stressful, but with all the added pressure we went onto autopilot and got through a day at a time together.
Christmas Was A Surprise
We had no expectations at all. That is apart from surviving the festive season and all the emotion it promised to bring with it. Especially being the first year without Chris’s Dad and my Nan.
However going into something with no expectations changed everything. Because we did get through, and actually, it was lovely. We spent time with family and friends and focused on our little family. I didn’t get my camera out very often it felt wrong too. But the festive period strangely felt like have a warm family hug.
New Years Resolutions
None! After the last 6 months I have realised going with the flow, happiness and health are the order of the day for now. We have so much to be grateful for and this year we will be concentrating on that.
We had a break over Christmas, and my goodness it was wonderful to forget about it for couple of weeks.
It’s almost done and looking AMAZING, we are thrilled as it’s everything we hoped for and more. Although we still have the skirting boards, and plinths to finish, and are having trouble with leaking windows, but it’s nothing that can’t be sorted. There really is more important things to get stressed about.
A New Map
Our new map is up in the garden room and it looks incredible. We were gifted the map by Murals Wallpaper, the plan was to go for a world map, however after a few chats we we decided to try out their bespoke service and have an ordinance survey map of our local area made.
The process was so simple, we tweaked the boundary a few times until we were happy. The map arrived on a roll ready to cut and fit and the quality is incredible.
Joe has been scouring the site and is now planning to have a red arrows mural in his room! We will see, but it would look super cool.
A Trip To France
Hoorah we have just set a date for our summer holiday and have decided on France. And will be working with Canvas Holidays, it’s something we have never done before, so are so excited to be heading to a family glamping site France to SOLEIL PLAGE in Sarlat in South West France.
We will be staying in a holiday home with a hot tub, and the pools on site look incredible, it will be a week in hot French sunshine for the Christie’s. France is a country I totally fell in love with on our last trip, this will be a chance to explore a little more.
We chose the site as there’s lots of sports facilities onsite or nearby, perfect for active teens. Although that’s if we can get them out of the lodge hot tub.
The Lion King At The Palace Theatre
Next week I am off to the launch event for Tony award winning Disney’s The Lion King and I am beyond excited. The Lion King will be showing in Manchester in October and goes on sale soon. I can’t wait to share more with you after the event but hopefully I will get a sneaky preview that I can share.
Lots Of New Recipes
There has been lot’s of cooking in the new kitchen mostly healthy meals, well apart from this incredible roast dinner pie we made last week. Seriously if you love roast dinner you have to try it! But I also have a few healthy meals to share soon too.
So that’s life lately, I am hoping for a kinder healthier 2020 for all of of our family and friends.