Happy New Year!
Normally at the start of the month I take a look back at what we got up to over the last month, this time though I thought it would be more fun to look back over the last 12 months.
I count myself very lucky that we had a good 2018, there weren’t any major events but no disasters either which I think makes a good year. It’s hard to remember what we actually got up to, so taking a look back through the photos is a great way to reminisce…
2018 didn’t get off to the greatest start as the husband had pneumonia and was pretty much bedridden from Christmas to March. Little H and I got out and about a bit on our own in January, for a couple of (very cold) beach walks, trips to the park, and our first visit to the Winchester Science Musem which was a lot of fun.
In February we made the most out of our National Trust pass and visited lots of great places across Dorset and Hampshire. We also had some very cold beach walks, making fossils at Hengistbury Head and exploring the New Forest.
March brought snow, the most we had seen for a long time down here in Poole! The schools were closed, there was snow on the beach and basically, the UK went a little bit snow crazy! Little H had a great time, it was the first proper snow she’d ever seen and we had a lot of fun playing in it for a few days.
The weather in April couldn’t have been more different to March – suddenly we were out at the park and beach in shorts and t-shirts, and having drinks in the pub garden after work. We also went to see Brainiac Live which was fab, would definitely recommend it to anyone who’s kids like science.
May was birthday month! Little H turned 7 and had not one but 3 cakes – that’s the best thing about being a child right?! She had her birthday party at the Science Zone in Bournemouth and parties with each side of the family as well. We also had more trips to the beach, park and New Forest making the most out of the sun.
The heatwave arrived properly in June which meant lots of after-school beach visits and adventures in the sun at the weekends. The best thing about living in Poole is that there’s so much to do when the sun shines.
I love July because it always means the end of school and our annual summer holiday as soon as term ends. In July 2018 school was busy as always with sports day, school concerts and the end of Infant School for Little H. We made the most out of the heatwave by spending a lot of time down the beach, Little H having fun in the water and me trying to get a tan before we headed off on holiday!
We spent the first 2 weeks of August in our happy place – the Costa Blanca! If you thought there was a heatwave in the UK it was nothing compared to that in Spain, we hit 38 degrees a few days and none were under 35 degrees. Despite the crazy temperatures, we had a great holiday, exploring the area, revisiting our favourite places, and trying to stay cool down at the beach and in the pool.
When we got back from holiday we had fun watching fireworks at the beach, playing crazy golf and generally making the most out of the last of the summer holidays.
One of my favourite months last year was definitely September. Although it was back to the school routine after a great summer, we packed a lot into September and had a lot of fun. We managed a few park visits after school while the sun was still shining, went to the circus, found alpacas in the New Forest, had a trip to Longleat where we fed the giraffes, and I saw my one true love Kylie in concert at the BIC in Bournemouth!
In October we still managed to get out and about at the weekends. There was lots of Halloween fun with pumpkin picking and parties, we walked alpacas in the New Forest and went on bike rides. I had a week off for halfterm which was the longest in a while and we had a lot of fun with friends at the park and back to the Science Zone for a dry ice workshop.
Like most people, we started off November by celebrating bonfire night with a fireworks display, and we also got out and about in the fresh air a lot. It rained most weekends but we managed a visit to our favourite beach, had an afternoon over in the Purbecks and a lovely, relaxing weekend away at Sandy Balls Holiday Village in the New Forest.
Last month was full of Christmassy fun as you may expect. We started off December with a visit to Santa at the Weymouth Sealife Adventure Park, and school was packed with nativity plays and carol concerts to get us in the festive spirit. We saw friends and family, went to a panto, went to the Christmas Tree Wonderland in Bournemouth and spent a lovely Christmas day at Sandy Balls with the whole family.
This post has reminded me just how much fun we had in 2018! I’m looking forward to lots of new adventures in 2019 and to share them all with you.
What did you get up to in 2018?