I've split this in two so it's not some enormous overwhelming post, because I'd actually like people to read it and I know for me breaking it down makes it so much easier to digest. If you'd like to read My Big Fat 2015 Review - January to June, just give that link a click. Right, where was I? Oh yes, July...
J U L Y
After our wonderful trip to Corsica, I shared our experience of flying with a child with Autism. On our return, we planned our Summer Bucket List for 2015, full of all the things we wanted to do together over the Summer holidays. We got most of it done too including the Summer Reading Challenge at the library, making our own lollies and enjoying the occasional nothing day because sometimes getting dressed and going out is just too much. We had a magical afternoon out at the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio for their Sweets & Treats feature, and then at long last it was the end of term for which we were all very grateful because we were all quite frankly just completely knackered. At the end of the month, A celebrated her 17th birthday.
|[JULY] Because Nans love Harry Potter, too.|
A U G U S T
We kept our Summer activities cheap & cheerful by doing things like feeding the ducks, going to the park, and swimming, and Bath Rugby club put on a fab free family day out at The Rec for their 150th anniversary celebrations. We also went to the cinema (certainly not cheap but has to be done) to see the brilliant Inside Out which we absolutely loved. It was time for my 30 week weight loss results and progress update, and I took time to reflect on our family time together over the Summer as we prepared for a new (& A's last) school year. During the school holidays, L turned 12.
S E P T E M B E R
It's back to school time, but we haven't taken any time off over the Summer. E & H completed the Summer Reading Challenge again, and E passed badge 8 at gymnastics. I kept everything crossed for a smooth beginning to year eight for L, after the rocky beginning and end he had unfortunately experienced in year seven. This month I took part in the Bath Midnight Walk to raise money for Dorothy House Hospice Care as well as celebrating my birthday... with a day at the zoo...
|[SEPTEMBER] Their excitement about their return to school was almost palpable.|
O C T O B E R
October rolled around and we were all back into our routine, the kids were all back at their clubs and sports including H's rugby, and I completed my sixth round of Project 6 Pack. Half term came along which meant that it was time for our #MarkWarnerMum ambassador holiday to Lakitira Resort in Kos which we were all so excited for and had looked forward to all year. Taking teens on holiday and coping with Autism abroad is no mean feat but we had the most fantastic and memorable time away - enjoying life's simple pleasures & building up J's confidence.
N O V E M B E R
The month before Christmas, and the month that H turned 10 years old - double digits! With Christmas fast approaching I mused over the price of stocking fillers, and shared some ideas for gifts for older teenage girls. It was also a year since I had made the decision to join Project 6 Pack, and what a year it had been - by the end of the month I was about to complete my seventh round! I am still very much a work in progress and there is so much more that I know I am capable of and that I want to achieve, but I have come so far. [If you like, you can follow my progress on Instagram.]
|[OCTOBER] Chocolate-ice-cream-faced child photobombs selfie.|
D E C E M B E R
This month E earned a spot on the development squad at gymnastics and started additional training, and also passed her recreational badge 7. The festive season was in full swing and we planned our Christmas menu right down to the dessert. December had been a flurry of activity, so much to do and prepare for before 'the big day' - shopping to be done and presents to wrap. We managed to get it all done had the most wonderful day, and under the tree on Christmas Day was an extra special present for me that I knew nothing about - the Mister has booked us a trip away to the place at the top of 'must-visit' list and I am now counting down the days! New Year's Eve was spent at home just the seven of us (though A worked until late) and we welcomed in 2016 with fireworks on the telly and a glass of fizz for the grown ups.
I'd like to finish by saying how much I appreciate everyone's continued support, for reading my blog and commenting, for sharing my posts, for interacting with me on social media so I'm not (always) talking to myself. For all of the amazing opportunities I have had this year, for travelling with me, for laughing with me (and at me), for basically caring enough to come back and visit my little corner of the web time and time again. From the bottom of my heart - thank you.
"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art - write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself." - Neil Gaiman.
H A P P Y N E W Y E A R .
|[DECEMBER] I'm past waiting for all of them to be looking the right way and smiling normally.|