Fast Forward a Year!

Ok, so now I’m up to date with everything here’s an update on the past year. It’s been manic! After Darcey’s 4th Birthday party, we obviously had to start preparations for Christmas, but first we had to finalise our plans for extending the house. We were living in a two bed end of terrace, but needed the extra space and after looking online at houses near us, there was nothing we wanted to move into. We knew that we would be better off extending. So after finding a builder who could do what we needed in our budget, we cracked on in November 2017 and with a few set backs and arguments with said builder, it was final finished in May 2018! It was a hard slog and at one point all four or us were living in one bedroom. It was tough and surprisingly, Matt and I didn’t argue once about it all. We did have to move out, I went to Ali’s house with the girls whilst Matt went to his mother’s house. But we finally got back in and it was all grand! It’s still a work in progress inside with decorating to do in the living room, but we finally have the big kitchen we both wanted, utility room, playroom I wanted for the girls – obviously, and a big double height bedroom we both wanted! Darcey has her own room, but it still desperate to share with Marnie. So now that’s all done, we’re ready to get the back garden done. It’s looking a bit neglected and the fence panels are on their last legs!

The back door is now Patio doors and there is a bit more grass on the ground now. The two windows on the left is the extension.

I went on my first weekend away with ‘The Sizzling Six‘ to Center Parcs. What a weekend that was! ‘The Weekend Away for No Reason’ we had T-Shirts printed and everything!

us. In a phone box. It’s what we do.

Marnie turned 1 and her attitude grew too, I didn’t think that was possible, but it was. It seemed like she was turning a corner at one point when she could tell us what she wanted. Words she can say now: Mama, Dada, More, Please, No, Ta, Love You, Bowl, Drink, Teddy, Football, Woof, Miaow, Chocolate. She has the attitude and strops that could give a 16 year old a run for their money, but she will smile at me and it just melts my heart. But she’s still a madam (putting it lightly!) and I do still struggle with her on a daily basis! But she’ll get there, hopefully and this will all just be a distant memory. She says with hope and crossed fingers!!

Our walls still need painting, if you know anyone…

Matt’s dad has been unwell for the most of 2018 and was taken into hospital on Mothers Day and ended up leaving on or just after Fathers Day. It’s been a tough year for them and we have made sure his step mum was coping with it all and he made regular trips down to London to see him as much as he could! He came out and was recovering slowly, but doing so well. We saw them at Christmas and he seemed to be unwell again and we were told by his step mother that he was taken in again on NYD! So another uncertain time worrying about what’s going on with him.

We had a lovely 1st Christmas in our big house and had family over for a big meal! It was fun to entertain, but so tiring! Not sure if I’m up for that again this year. I need an emoji!

Father Christmas thought Darcey deserved some presents in 2018. I didn’t!

So now we’re in 2019 and I can honestly say I’m looking forward to this year. I love birthdays and can’t wait for Marnie to turn 2 in April. My birthday is in March, Matt’s is in July and Darcey’s is October. I don’t do New Years Resolutions, but I did make a promise to myself that I would be 2 dress sizes smaller before this Christmas! Now I’ve put it out there, I have to stick to it. I WILL stick to it. I’ve got the full set of INSANITY DVD’s and I’m looking forward to getting back into doing them everyday with Matt again! Oh and also it’s England’s turn to host the Netball World Cup this year and I’m travelling to Liverpool with Ali for the weekend in July to watch a few games of Netball! Mega excited about that!! Not sure if I’ve mentioned it in a previous post, but I love Netball! It was my first love before meeting Matt. Ive been playing since I was 16. I was late starting, but as soon as I did, I never stopped! There’s me back tracking again. Any way, back to now, what was I saying? Yes, so this year is going to be great! I even might start a new business. More on that anther time, if I get round to doing it.

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