Happy New Year everyone!!
It feels like the longest break ever. Two weeks have somehow whizzed by and it was filled with many late nights, many lie ins, a LOT of food and many family outings and parties. It was pretty fantastic not quite knowing or caring what day it was and I believe I broke my own record one day by “tasting” ample portions of apple pie, jam roly poly, brownies and trifle in the space of about 5 hours. I found I didn’t just fall off the healthy eating wagon. I somersaulted off it in spectacular fashion and landed smugly on my now expanding backside. I need to remember what fruit looks like and actually eat some. I promise to start from Monday.
I fully intended to write a “my best posts in 2014” but my fingers just couldn’t type anything on account of being otherwise occupied with gluttonous desserts. But as we’re now almost of the verge of routine again (and WOW do we need some in our house), I find myself thinking of all the things I would love to do in 2015. I definitely won’t do it all but its excellent to dream and half the fun is in planning it anyway isn’t it? SO here goes…all the things I’d love to do in 2015.
1. Go to Cadburys world. I’ve never been but my Twitter timeline keeps taunting me with pictures of people visiting it. I need to go and eat and smell chocolate. I don’t even like that much chocolate. I’m much more a crisps person.
2. Find a crisp factory tour. Do they have those?? Imagine going on a big tour of a crisp place and eating freshly fried ready salted crisps? Yumm!
3. Teach Little Z how to read. He will be starting school this year and knows his alphabet phonetically and a very small handful of words but isn’t quite there yet. This time last year we potty trained and it was sobbingly painful. (Mainly for me!). Reading will be much more fun I hope and I can’t wait for him to be able to read his favourite stories out loud.
4. Get Little Z into the school of our first choice. ARRRRGHHH He is GOING TO SCHOOL THIS YEAR!!!! How did this happen?? I am really really hoping his best friend is going to the same school. I need to pin his mum down when I see her at the preschool gates. And then maybe beg her to send him there if he isn’t already going.
5. See the Northern Lights. This is my current holiday obsession. I have watched several, or maybe more…definitely less than 30…videos of it on YouTube and it looks absolutely amazing. Imagine driving to the top of some Icelandic or Norwegian family friendly mountain after sunset, in silence, all huddled up in our very warm gear, watching the stunning lights dance across the night sky turning all manners of colours. I want to gooo! I haven’t quite found a family friendly holiday though.
6. Go to Mauritius. In the event of the Northern Lights not happening I think I might like a bit of nice fun for a week and fly across that way instead. Nice chill out interspersed with visits to botanical gardens and the beach of 7 colours. Lovely.
7. Discover more of Yorkshire. We live on the cusp of the yorkshire dales and it took me until 2 years ago to start exploring it properly. I now love just driving through on a weekend and finding new little towns and pretty villages. We definitely need to do this more this year!
8. Find a new work / life routine. With Z starting school it means we need to re-think all the drop offs and pick ups. And it’ll be like this for the next 10 YEARS! Arrrrghh!!!
9. Cut out fizzy drinks to a complete minimum. I was pretty good this year and cut down from a can a day to a glass a week. Then December happened and I had an epic relapse and may as well have attached a Pepsi IV to myself for 3 solid weeks.
10. Drive around Scotland. It is beautiful and I need to take a big road trip around it taking a million photos with my big camera. I’m thinking Stirling and Glasgow might be good stops. Maybe we need to go back to Edinburgh too though. Hmmmm.
11. Not go mental over PlayDoh getting everywhere. Twitch twitch.
12. Do more stuff like this…
13. Put laundry away properly as soon as its dry. And not create a massive mountain of clothes on the spare room bed. 2 days into 2015 this is going excellently.
14. Squeeze in lots of fun trips with Little Z between my work and his preschool. Because he’s starting SCHOOOOOL in September and then he’ll be in education till he’s at least 16. SIXTEEN!!!
15. Go to Knowsley Safari Park. I think the last time I went I was about 10 years old. I can’t even remember what it was like other than they had one of those big curly slides that was a lot of fun.
16. Do more of this…
17. Have lots of random family outings. We learnt how to just jump in the car and go for Sunday drives in 2014 and even a drive with the most boring view is fun when you have a four year old giving you a running commentary.
18. Cook a bit more. I tend to run to the restaurant that makes my favourite thing to eat. This year I need to learn to make an excellent pie, chocolate bread and butter pudding and beef rendang at the very least.
19. More exercise.
20. Do a mini break in Europe somewhere. Maybe Amsterdam…or Rome… or Spain or…Florence.
21. Find more treats like this…
22. Record more of what Little Z says.
23. Blog for the love of it.
24. Learn to iron properly. Pahahaa. I’m just kidding.
Unsurprisingly a lot of them revolve around jetting off on some holiday or other or some epic road trip. But one can dream! 🙂