2015 – That was the year that was

So that’s 2015 done and dusted then. Where did that go to?

Not much happened in 2015, did it?

Oh, actually, maybe it did…

The start of the year was all about the health woes.

By the new year, my skin, which had been beautifully clear due to Roaccutane, was acquiring a few spots. By the end of February, it was truly hideous. It was a tough time for me and when I look at those photos I really astonish myself that I was brave enough to leave the house and interact with people, but I really had no choice. At the same time, I had a sore eye which wouldn’t shift, which turned out to be blepharitis and I ended up at the hospital with it. My skin flared up badly again in May and it was only in September that I would say it was anything like clear. Right now, it is beautifully clear and I’m facing the end of my Roaccutane treatment. Please let it not flare up again!

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On the last day before February half-term, my daughter woke up with a headache. But she insisted on going to school. It turned out to be a really nasty illness – high temperature, headache, cough and vomiting. She even fainted. And then, just when we thought the end was in sight, her foot went really cold and painful. She ended up at the hospital and on a crutch for several weeks. Nobody knew what the problem was, but exactly four weeks to the day from when she first got ill, she got better.

(See I told you the start of the year was all about health. I couldn’t calculate the number of hospital and doctor’s appointments we had between us if I tried.)

Kitchen cupboards, new kitchen, 365

In March, work started on our dream kitchen! It was a tough few weeks, tougher than I’d imagined. It was remarkable how quickly I reached a point where I couldn’t physically stomach microwave meals. But it was all worth it! Our new kitchen is truly stunning and very practical too.

Kitchen, New kitchen, Silent Sunday, My Sunday Photo

In April, I accidentally shut my daughter’s finger in the door. Yes, it was broken. More trips to hospital…

Broken finger, Daughter, Xray, Hospital, 365

In April we also spent a lovely few days at Center Parcs, giving us a much-needed break from the kitchen works.

Center Parcs, Forest walk, Family, 365

In May my eldest went on a French exchange, which he absolutely loved. He really thrived on the experience. And in June we welcomed his French exchange boy back to our house. The two of them had a fantastic time, even if they did treat the house like a hotel!

In July my younger son finished primary school. It hit him way harder than I’d expected it too. I think it was harder for him as nobody else from his primary school was going to his grammar school.

Also in July was the day I’d dreaded for over a year – the day both of my boys, my younger son aged just 11, went away to Holland on Scout camp for 12 days. Twelve days without my boys! Can you imagine? At times it was so hard for me, but they loved every second of it. They had the time of their lives and learned and experienced so much. I’m so glad I let them go.

To take our minds off the boys being away, my husband, daughter and I had our own trip to Holland in July – we went to Amsterdam for four days. It was a lovely holiday, even if it did rain most of the time, and VERY easy with only one child!

Amsterdam, Silent Sunday, My Sunday Photo, Check Out That View, Holiday

In August, we had our annual family pilgrimage to Padstow. I loved it as much as ever and we tried some new things, including walking the South West Coast Path. Somehow we managed 12 miles. Not bad for a 9 year old!

South West Coast Path, Silent Sunday, My Sunday Photo, Check Out That View, Cornwall

In September, the day we’d all been waiting for – my younger son started at his grammar school. He loves grammar school and is really thriving there. He’s learned so much and taken part in things I never would have expected him to.

Also in September, my daughter auditioned for a panto. She wouldn’t get in though, would she? Oh yes she would!

In November and December, I learned what it was to be a panto mum. Really hard work, as it happens! But every second has been worth it. My daughter has had the most incredible experience. She’s learned so much, made new friends and had complete strangers cheering for her. And we’ve loved watching her.

And so we’ve made it to the end of 2015. We’re still in one piece, although the batteries haven’t really been recharged.

Here’s to 2016! I’m guessing it will be another busy one…

Silent Sunday, My Sunday Photo, Cinderella, Pantomime



Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Here’s hoping there are less hospital visits in 2016! On the whole tho it sounds like you have had a lot of fun this year too – long may that continue! Happy New Year xx

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    • Thanks very much, it’s been a good one on the whole, but I definitely would like to avoid the hospital appointments in 2016! Happy new year to you too! x

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  2. Well Sarah, what a year you’ve had. I hope 2016 has fewer health issues and enjoy your new kitchen. I just long for the work to start on ours!

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    • Thanks very much, we definitely would like a quieter year health-wise in 2016. The kitchen has been fab, although I really ought to start cooking ‘proper’ food in it! Good luck with yours, just keep telling yourself it will all be worth it!

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  3. Wow what a year, I completely forgot about the crutches but good riddance to those. Your kitchen looks amazing though and looks well worth all the effor that went into it. May your 2016 be free of hospital visits, happy new year!!! 🙂

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    • Thanks very much, I’m definitely hoping for less hospital visits next year. The crutch seemed to go on forever at the time and I was really starting to wonder if she would ever be off it.
      Happy new year to you too! 🙂

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  4. Happy New Year lovely lady! Some amazing things in 2015 and I LOVE YOUR KITCHEN! Here’s to loads more fun in 2016 xxx

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    • Thanks very much, happy new year to you too! The kitchen is brilliant, well worth all the hassle! 🙂 x

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  5. Goodness what a year indeed, I’d forgotten about your daughter’s strange illness. Happy new year. xx

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    • Thanks very much! At the time we thought the illness would never go away, but it seems a long time ago now. Happy new year to you too! x

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  6. Thank you for sharing your year. I can’t believe the new kitchen was only March, but R’s mystery foot injury seems much more recent. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2016

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    • Thanks very much! It’s amazing how the time flies. Happy new year to you too!

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  7. Nightmare start to the year, but finished on a high. Love reading all the round up posts because it reminds me of all the previous posts I’ve read.

    All the best for 2016.

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    • Thanks very much. It is great to remember it all and I’ve enjoyed reading others’ posts too. Happy new year to you too!

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  8. You’ve had a busy year! Thanks for sharing! Love the kitchen and here’s to an amazing and healthy 2016! Panto must have been an amazing experience for your daughter!

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    • Thanks very much! The panto has been a real highlight for her and for all of us.

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  9. I love looking back at peoples posts about 2015. Definitely a busy year for all of you, and I still swoon everytime I see your kitchen. May 2016 be filled with less hospital visits and really hope that your skin remains lovely and clear xx

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    • Thanks very much! The kitchen has been brilliant and my fingers are definitely crossed for less hospital visits and better skin. x

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  10. Wow what a year and definitely eventful. I think your family sounds amazing & I hope your skin is ok – your positive attitude is inspiring. Happy New Year Dee x

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    • Thanks very much, what a lovely thing to say! Happy new year to you too. x

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  11. Thanks very much! It was a difficult start to the year, but it all turned out well in the end!

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  12. Such a good idea to look back like this, you have had an amazing year, it is quite positive to look back and think about all the things that you have achieved and that is one of the great things about the blog too as it is easy to look back.

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