Today I am going to review what has happened in my life this past year, 2017.
Well, this year has been all over the place. I’ve never been one of those people to say “I’ll be glad to see the back of this year”, but I am regarding 2017. Sadly, I can’t wait to see the back of this year. Whilst there has been lots of good stuff, the worse has been so much worse. I have an Italian neighbour who told me the other day that in Italian culture the number 17 is considered bad luck – and maybe there is something to that because he has had a very hard year too, in fact, most of the people I know have had a very trying year, harder than the average hardships in day-to-day life.
So, instead on my usual Monthly Memories I am going to do a general overview of 2017. I am going to focus on the main events within each month (as far as I can remember) and include some (sometimes random and unrelated) photos.
Warning – this post is photo heavy. I understand if this post isn’t interesting to an outside perspective, but I want to be able to look back on my life, and documenting it this way, as I’ve found from my Monthly Memories, is really nice.
January is my birthday month, 6th of Jan – Capricorn here (raise your hand if you are stubborn 🙋). My boyfriend at the time took me to Amsterdam for my birthday present, it was a great trip in the sense of what I saw and experienced but our relationship was fast deteriorating so I would love to go back and experience it all without the bitter undertone of a failing relationship.
Me and my above mentioned boyfriend broke up, well, we took a break that just never ended. So February was a hard month as I had really loved him, we had planned to move in together during 2017 and he had “secret” plans to propose, so when a relationship ends you’re not only losing your partner, your best friend, but an entire version of yourself and your life you had envisioned, I think that’s why breakups are often referred to as feeling like a death – you are mourning a life that you had hoped for, that you believe was basically a certainty.
March consisted of healing, being sad, being angry and finding my feet again, that’s not to say by the end of March I was recovered and raring to go, but most of my breakup heartbreak took place in March.
April was a pretty fun month, I started going out more, not night outs, but just going out and about and doing stuff. Walks and shopping trips with my Sister, generally hanging out and starting to feel more positive regarding what had happened. I still cried, I still missed my ex, but I was slowly closing that door and it felt refreshing. I bought some new furniture for my room, mainly a small bookcase, which my nephew helped me build. Which might seem silly to note, but it felt big because I hadn’t been buying furniture or interior stuff because I was planning on moving home, I had a lot of excitement about decorating my own home from top to bottom and moving on from my bedroom in my family home. When this didn’t happen I was a bit bitter (obviously for much deeper reasons than wanting to decorate a house) and I found myself hating my room and feeling trapped. During April I changed some stuff around and started to feel happier in my little space again.
Again, May was overall a good month. I went to Ribby Hall with my Sister and her two kids, my niece turned 2 years old, the weather was picking up.. just a nice time.
On the 6th of June I published my first blog post, so if for nothing else, June was awesome for this decision alone. I also host my first BBQ (with major help from my Mum), it was very small, just myself, one of my Sisters and her kids and my Mum and Dad, but it was a really lovely day that I think I’ll always treasure. As my Mum and Dad are divorced – and have been separate since before I was born – but it is always nice when we get together. They have a very good relationship and are friends (which I consider myself very lucky to have) and whilst I harbour no desire for them to get back together – to be honest, that’d be weird to me as I’ve only ever known them apart – I still relish time together as a family.
With the weather getting nicer, July consisted of a good amount of day trips and visits, nights out and overall enjoying life. July was also Oscar’s 5th Birthday, and I am a crazy dog Mummy who celebrates his birthday each year. It was also the month I started posting my Monthly Memories, so remembering what happened during the following months is a lot easier for me 😉 If you want to see more of what I got up to then follow the link to that months roundup post here.
August was much of the same, lots of moments of fun. Monthly memories here.
Monthly memories here. Main highlight: we went back to Ribby Hall for a short, refreshing and lovely holiday.
Monthly memories here. October was very exciting because Mia joined our family. It’s taken some time for Oscar and her to get comfortable with each other and for Mia to truly trust us (I don’t think she was treated too well previously) but she is a fully fledged family member now. And her and Oscar are much better together, they’ve even started sleeping with each other.. well, a foot apart but that’s major progress for them.
Monthly memories here.
Well, December has been a bit bitch. Missing family dog, Granddad passing, Cousin having a very serious car crash, and a collective build up of all the other bad stuff that happened throughout the year that I haven’t mentioned. But, there was good stuff too.
Mia has taken to sitting in the frontroom windowsill, a space that previously belonged exclusively to Oscar, he seems to be taking it quite well though, especially when someone dares to walk past our house and he has her barking backup to his chorus.
Oscar and Mia were pretty excited about their Christmas advent calendar (as is clear from the below photos). I didn’t even have a advent calendar this year!
During the month of December I went to Manchester Christmas Market with a guy I’ve been casually seeing, I ate mini pancakes, wandered around under the pretty lights and drank my first mulled wine (not a fan).
I went to see Santa at a local Christmas fair with the kids, which was terribly exciting. Always love catching up with Santa, we go way back now. (Max and Emily actually believe we are good friends and I have his phone number in my contacts).
We had a week or two of snow this month, which was enjoyable when I was walking the dogs on the field, but dangerous everywhere else, I can’t count the amount of times I slipped.
During a day when I was babysitting the kids, I introduced Max and Emily to the wonder that is The Grinch, they really enjoyed it. Also, the way they casually cuddle together melts my heart.
I planned my Christmas makeup look and did a “tutorial type” post which you can find that here.
I took quite a few festive photos of the dogs this month, they looked so cute, despite their glaring.
Christmas began with Rebecca coming round with the kids to open presents, having kids around at Christmas does make all the different, they just have such excitement and enthusiasm about every little thing.
My Sisters wrapping amuses me each year, shes so cute and awful at wrapping.
We then went round to see my Dad for a while, giving him his presents and having a brew.
Afterwards I came home and helped my Mum with Christmas dinner whilst Rebecca and the kids went over to her Husbands family for dinner there. Look at Mia staring at my meal from the side. It was delicious by the way.
After eating I took my Dad round his Christmas meal – he gets invited to peoples homes every year, including our and his girlfriends, but he prefer to relax at home alone. So I bring him round a dinner so he can still enjoy the festive meal. I then went with my Mum to the cemetery to leave flowers for family members who have passed. We then went round to my eldest Sisters for a while. We usually all converge back there in the evening for a few hours, to play games and eat cake but this year everyone was a bit subdued so we all went our separate ways faster than normal.
Coming home we all had a nap.. well, we all fell into a food coma actually.
How cute is this pet selfie prop I got for Christmas, I will have a post coming up soon showing what I got for Christmas and my Birthday.
I love seeing my puppies paw prints in the snow.
Oscar is so cute post nap, his face is always smushed and he looks so bewildered and disconnected from his own body, this picture perfectly fits a caption along the lines of, “uhh, what? uhh..”
On New Years Eve myself, Becky and the kids went to see The Jungle Book pantomime, it was really funny, I laughed more than an adult probably should at a kids play, I also developed a pretty big crush on the guy actor.
So that’s 2017, some good, some bad but that’s life. Here’s to hoping 2018 is better.
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” – Albert Einstein
“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard