I’m pretty excited about 2017 already. I mean we’re still in holiday lull mode here (until tomorrow!) and 4 days in I can’t say it’s been life changing yet … BUT plans are afoot for quite a big year and here’s why:
1. After a few years of not doing much around the house due to having babies etc, we are back on the renovation trail and have booked to have our bathroom done (gutted, extended, reborn) at the end of winter. I think this may be the thing I am most excited about this year (expect rather a few bathroom related posts!). We also plan to do a bit of a kitchen makeover, move the girls from their separate bedrooms into one bedroom and we also need to paint EVERYWHERE due to the toddler’s extensive attempts at redecoration with crayon, pen and felt-tip. We think / hope she is out of that phase now.
2. Hello 4-0. Yep I hit a new decade of life in February. I’m sort of in denial about it and didn’t particularly want to celebrate it for ages but then I decided to have a bit of a party at home (before we re-paint everywhere). So I’ll be 40 but at least I can hang out with some of favourite people, eat nachos and drink Prosecco.
3. Saying goodbye to the baby / toddler years. I mentioned this on yesterday’s post about our family’s 2017 wishes. Imogen turns 3 in May and by the end of the year she’ll be more than half way to 4 so I guess 2017 will be the year we say goodbye to nappies, goodbye to bottles (yes she still has those though no dummy), goodbye to the buggy and goodbye to co-sleeping. I imagine some of those will be much easier than others. This will also be the year she joins her big sister at school in the nursery class. I feel bittersweet emotions about all of this, sentimental on the one hand but being able to leave the house without a buggy, bottles and nappies will be immense. I’ll need a new “not a baby bag but a nice bag for a mum with small kids” bag for sure. Would be lovely to get a full nights sleep without a bed invader too though I fear this will be the hardest step to crack.
4. Watching the girls grow. Which is a pleasure every year though the passing of time brings more things to marvel at (for us parents). Imogen is also talking a lot more and showing attachment to her friends and her playgroups. Seren has learnt so much in her first term in Reception and also has much more patience and the motor skills to tackle colouring, building and craft projects with more finesse.
5. Me-time! As the kids get older, I claw more time back for me which makes me so happy. I love the saying ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’ and the time I spend doing things for myself makes me a better parent / wife / friend etc I am sure. I became a Historic Royal Palaces member last year and I am very excited about my first membership event at the Tower of London next week. I’m also looking forward to keeping up with things I enjoyed last year like crafting, time with friends, lots of walking and yoga.
6. Holidays. Nothing booked but we hope to have two UK breaks this year, we’ve fallen in love with Norfolk (as I’ve mentioned on this blog 7696 times) so I guess one of them will be there.
7. Days out. At the end of last year we realised that Andy had a ‘leisure fund’ he could access as part of his benefits package. So, if he assigns a certain amount of money per month to doing leisure stuff (days out, sports that sort of thing) then his work will add to that fund. I guess it’s an employee satisfaction / health and wellbeing thing. Which for us means, we’ve totally given ourselves permission to spend each month on family days out. It’s been fun to come up with a list of where we want to go (I will share that soon) and means we can do some more expensive things without feeling too guilty. I’m not sure how much his wellbeing will be improved by a trip to Peppa Pig World but there has to something to be said for family time I’m sure?!
What are your plans for 2017?