1. What was your happiest event?
No babies or weddings in the family this year, so I will pick the kids joint birthday party in the summer. Betsy turned 16 three days before Syd turned 1, so we had a big joint party at a hotel in Bournemouth. It was lovely. Lots of family and friends made it, and for once the sun shone meaning all the kids could race around after bubbles and footballs in the garden while the adults supped cold beers and ate cake!
2. What was the saddest thing to happen?
We have various poorly people in the family this year, and each has provided moments of worry. But thus far everyone is feeling positive, and I prefer to look on the bright side where possible so no stand out sad moments for me. Long may that continue.
3. What was the most unlikely thing to happen that actually went ahead and did?
I got the Olympic Spirit. I am not a joiner-inner, I am not a waver of flags and had been thoroughly disdainful in the run up. But then I loved it a bit!
4. Who let you down?
Nobody. I am surrounded by lovely people. And I also don't have the ability to hold a grudge. The combination of those two things means any small slights such as a late arrival or a cancelled meeting are soon forgotten, and my friends and family are far too nice to have let me down in a way worthy of dwelling upon.
5. Who supported you?
My partner, my children, my parents, my friends.
6. Tell us one thing you learned
That meringue nests only use 1 weight watchers point. Useful if you are a dieting biscuit addict.
7. Tell us one thing that made you laugh
So many things. But one from this week is fresh- my daughter was attempting to sing the '12 Days of Christmas' and after many false starts where she had forgotten any of the items, she proceeded to sing '8 Milds-A-Making' which made us both cry with laughter.
8. Tell us one thing that made you cry
See above. Or equally Christmas Day when I realised my other half had erroneously wrapped some clean washing as one of the teenagers gifts. Again tears of laughter. For tears of sadness show me anything relating to kids, from charity campaigns to Call the Midwife.
9. Tell us three things your child or children did to make you feel proud.
Syd- wow- he has changed in the last year! He is now 16 months and walking and talking, and makes us proud with each new word and ability.
Max was OUTSTANDING in his Christmas play. He has always been very bright, but used to be terrified of talking in public and wearing costumes. But he has grown up so much in the last two years and in this years play he had a lot of lines, and a magic trick to perform. And he was brilliant! Loud, confident, clear, and funny!
Betsy did very well in her GCSEs making us exceptionally proud. She has to work hard to overcome dyslexia type issues, and we were very impressed with her excellent results and her approach to the exams. Lets hope it continues through the a-level years!
10. Tell us one thing that made you proud of yourself.
This blog. I started it on a whim at the end of March and had no idea how much I would love it, or that anyone would read it!
11. Tell us one challenge you overcame
I have just shed a stone and a half in weight, and have another half a stone to tackle in the New Year. I didn't find it easy, I had to work to stick at it, and I hit my first goal a couple of weeks before Christmas, and have no doubt that I will reach my final target by the end of January. Big pat on the back for me, feel much more like my old self now I can wear her clothes again!
12. Tell us three things you would like to change about your life in 2013.
I would like Syd to go to sleep earlier in the evening- which would lead to..
I would like more adult time - to read, write and spend time with my partner.
I would like to play music again.
Kat A Pillar, Lynn at Babysteps, Mum of Three World, and Adequate Parent, would love you all to have a go!