Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone, did you have a lovely christmas and new year? Or was your christmas like ours full of ups and downs and family dramas?

We were really looking forward to christmas this year, as it was the first christmas we were going to have all 3 children under one roof for christmas day, even my husband who is not a big on christmas was looking forward to it. This is the first year we didn’t have a list of what C wanted for christmas, we made sure she was rested for the day and she did great and manage quite well on Christmas day, she had no idea of what she was getting, so when she was opening her presents her face when she opened her new iPad was a picture, she already had an iPad mini and as she uses it a lot to do her art etc on, we decided to get her a full sized one.  Unfortunately, it got very stressful later in the day with our parents causing the stress.  Later on once my inlaws had gone home and C was back in bed shattered but happy, we were chatting with the boys when the door bell went, and it was three people with a dog, asking if we had lost one of our dogs, it was a gorgeous german shepherd with one eye, they had found it loose and knew we had one.  He wasn’t ours and they had no idea who he belonged too, so after a bit of chatting and introducing him to our dogs they all seemed to like each other, we agreed to take him in until the vets opened and we would take him to be scanned, and I would share his picture across all the for sale groups and local groups to try to find the owner. Ten minutes later they were back and the owner had been found, was so happy he got to go back home.

We then decided to forget christmas and look forward to new years eve, so when I woke up on new years eve feeling really ill I was not impressed, we had a takeaway the night before and I think this was the reason.  Luckily after being in bed all day and sleeping on and off, I felt well enough to go out.  We packed up and went to our friends for the night, C was struggling so stayed with my parents and had a little party with them.  Although I am still suffering with my sciatica I did manage to have a dance and have a great time.

I am now glad to say goodbye to 2016, which was one of the worst years of our lives, with C being ill and the constant battles.  I am now looking forward to 2017 with things improving with her health (hopefully).  It is also a milestone birthday for me and in 15 weeks I will be sunning myself and sipping cocktails in Cape Verde celebrating.
I also have lots of plans for my blog and look forward to sharing the journey with you all.

Hope you had  a great christmas and happy new year to you all x



  1. 2nd January 2017 / 3:09 pm

    It sounds like you had a very busy Christmas! My Christmas was very peaceful and spent being lazy at home! Sorry to hear you had a bad 2016 – I hope 2017 is much better for you and your family.

    • admin
      2nd January 2017 / 5:08 pm

      It was a busy christmas, I am determined to make 2017 a better year than last year x

  2. 2nd January 2017 / 8:27 pm

    Your such an angel to take that dog in and help him find his master!!!! Your awesome!!! I’m so glad you found the master too (: I’m sure he missed him a ton and was freaking out. I don’t even know what I would do if my dog went missing!! I’d have the whole state looking for him hahahahah

    • admin
      3rd January 2017 / 11:14 am

      He was quite laid back about it all, and was more interested in my dogs, the people who found him couldn’t take him in and we couldn’t say no (unless our dogs didn’t take to him being there). Was glad of the happy ending though x

  3. 2nd January 2017 / 8:51 pm

    I hope you have fun in cape verde you deserve it. Sorry to hear about all the drama, hope that things do improve. You have all been through so much so I am hoping that 2017 will treat you more kindly xx

    • admin
      3rd January 2017 / 10:57 am

      Thank you, things will improve this year, hope 2017 is kind to you as well x

  4. hannah
    2nd January 2017 / 9:07 pm

    Happy new year. My christmas was nice and quiet and i enjoyed opening all of my presents x

    • admin
      3rd January 2017 / 10:56 am

      Glad you had a lovely christmas and loved your presents x

  5. Milly Youngman
    2nd January 2017 / 9:14 pm

    Happy new year! Really glad the dog got home again safely. All the best wishes for you and your family for 2017 – sounds like you deserve a good one!

    • admin
      3rd January 2017 / 10:55 am

      Thank you and happy new year to you, was lovely seeing him reunited with his family x

  6. Anosa
    2nd January 2017 / 10:12 pm

    What a challenging year 2016, I am wishing you a blessed, healthy and wonderful 2017. I had a good christmas,not too busy we chilled.

    • admin
      3rd January 2017 / 10:55 am

      2016 was a horrible year, at least 2017 has lots of highs to look forward too x

  7. 2nd January 2017 / 10:43 pm

    Happy New Year to you – You sound like you had quite an eventful Christmas. Well done to you for being willing to take the stray dog in overnight. I hope 2017 is a much better year for you and your family x

    • admin
      3rd January 2017 / 10:54 am

      Happy New Year to you, we are all huge animal lovers and he was gorgeous, the kids wanted to keep him for good lol, but told them it is only until the owner was found, at least I didn’t have to spend my christmas night posting all over social media x

  8. 3rd January 2017 / 1:46 am

    Happy New Year to you. Our Christmas was a combo of AMAZING highs and some low lows but we live and learn! xxx

    • admin
      3rd January 2017 / 10:53 am

      Happy New Year to you, sorry you had some lows over christmas x

  9. 3rd January 2017 / 2:00 am

    I’m glad you had all of the kids home for the holidays! It’s awesome that the owners of the dog were able to reunite with him on Christmas!

    • admin
      3rd January 2017 / 10:52 am

      It was lovely, my Mum said she hoped he hadn’t been abandonded for a puppy, which broke my heart, the kids all wanted to keep him and I just know if the owner hadn’t been found he would have probably stayed x

  10. 3rd January 2017 / 3:15 am

    so sorry to hear you had a bad 2016, you weren’t alone and here is hoping we have an amazing 2017 to make up for it! 🙂 xx

    • admin
      3rd January 2017 / 10:51 am

      2016 seemed to be a bad one for a lot of people x

  11. 3rd January 2017 / 10:17 am

    I hope 2017 is better for you than 2016 was. My Christmas as busy but I like it that way x

    • admin
      3rd January 2017 / 10:50 am

      Glad you had a lovely christmas x

  12. 3rd January 2017 / 10:30 pm

    Wow I bet your daughter was pleased with the ipad, the larger ones are much better as there is less risk of eyestrain. Have a lovey 2017 x

    • admin
      4th January 2017 / 11:00 am

      She was very pleased, her face said it all and she had no idea which made it even better x

  13. 5th January 2017 / 3:34 pm

    I can just imagine how happy your daughter was when she opened the ipad! I got one for christmas too and they are so brilliant 😀 Taking that dog in was so lovely of you, but it’s nice that it got back to it’s owner the same day. I remember a few years ago when I lost one of my cats on Christmas day, it was heartbreaking but luckily we found him the next day!

    • admin
      6th January 2017 / 12:01 pm

      Her face was a picture just lit up, and she still says now she had no idea :), we are all huge animal lovers so it wasn’t really a problem once we knew our dogs were ok with him, but was so happy when he got reunited with his owner, I would have gone mad if one of mine had gone missing x

  14. 9th January 2017 / 6:19 pm

    How wonderful that you had all three children under one roof for Christmas, what a blessing. I’m so happy that C was well rested and did well, she must have been so thrilled with her iPad. I do pray that 2017 brings her good health x

    • admin
      9th January 2017 / 7:44 pm

      It was amazing having all 3 at home, and C did great christmas day, her face was all I could have wished for when she opened her iPad x

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