Adventures Memories

2016 In Review

30th December 2016
Family holiday in North Norfolk 2016


There’s an oft told saying that when it comes to parenting little ones – the hours are long (though the hours asleep are never long enough) but the years are short. 2016 has flown by again, time has passed so quickly in a whirl of school runs, a mountain of colouring and craft projects, endless tidying up and some lovely times with family and friends.

Though it’s fair to say there has been a raft of bad news worldwide and many will be pleased to see the back of 2016 – I guess things haven’t been so bad closer to home.

Looking back at my blog this year, I think I’ve written less posts than in previous years but my reader numbers are up which is nice. I’d love to say I’ll write more in 2017, but we know how these resolutions usually pan out…

As in past years, the blog has bought us some lovely opportunities – we went to a press screening of Zootropolis back in March with our friends from Baking Betsy and that was a lot of fun. In the summer, Seren took part in a promo video for Aldi and we reviewed Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall. I’ve taken on my first sponsored posts and also started writing elsewhere including a review of the family activities at local attraction Forty Hall.

I attended the super cool blogging conference Blogtacular in the summer and came back with my head buzzing with ideas. I think I have more blogging confidence than ever before and I think Blogtacular helped with that. My most viewed post from the year was 100 Ideas For World Book Day Dress Up which makes my heart sing as I had so much fun putting it together.

I guess it’s no coincidence that my favourite posts have been from my favourite 2017 moments. From trips to London for afternoon tea at The Wallace Collection, Easter egg hunting at Capel Manor, trips to London in the summer for The Tiger Who Came To Tea, the V&A, Museum of London, Kensington Gardens / Hyde Park and the CBeebies Prom.

To trips further afield to find spring bluebells in Gobions Wood and to Audley End for fairies and witches.

Though the highlight was without doubt our wonderful family week in Norfolk – I would move there tomorrow if life allowed for it!

We’ve gone big (as ever) on celebrating birthdays – with a party in the garden for Imogen’s May birthday, a fairy ballet party in September for Seren and a trip to the zoo for Andy’s birthday, also in September.

We’ve had some lovely family times – welcoming our new nephew / cousin into the world and a family wedding too.

We’ve also had some big childhood milestones ticked off with Chicken Pox and first days at school for Seren and playgroup for Imogen.

The last half-term has rushed by and we’ve been so busy with activities, a well-needed Christmas break has been wonderful though I suspect we’ll all be at least a little bit glad to kick off 2017 and get back to a routine!

Thank you for reading my blog this year! I wish you a happy and fulfilling 2017 and I hope you’ll continue to follow our adventures. 

Share your 2016 - Belle du Brighton


  • Reply Nell 30th December 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Your photos are truly amazing! (I should know. Photos are my life)

    You look like you’ve had a fabulous 2016. Here’s to 2017 🙂
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    • Reply Sian 15th January 2017 at 10:36 pm

      Thanks Nell – that means a lot!

  • Reply Helena 2nd January 2017 at 7:10 pm

    What a wonderful year you’ve had. Lots of lovely photos to look back over and it seems much fun has been had. #mmbc and #shareyouryear
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    • Reply Sian 2nd January 2017 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks Helena! Here’s to 2017…

  • Reply RachelSwirl 3rd January 2017 at 10:56 pm

    We too had the chicken pox milestone, another hurdle us parents have to endure. Happy 2017 x
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    • Reply Sian 4th January 2017 at 9:01 am

      Ah I hope it wasn’t too rough for you guys!

  • Reply Lauren Belle 14th January 2017 at 12:01 pm

    We had chicken pox too, at least it’s out of the way I suppose! I’ve always wanted to go to Blogtacular, a bit jealous there, I am going to try and go this year I think! I bet the CBeebies prom and the Tiger who came to tea were just amazing too!
    Look forward to reading what your adventures in 2017!
    Thanks for linking up with #ShareYourYear!
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