2017 has been another busy year in the MumofThree World household. Isn’t every year busy with kids? This year has seen my eldest sit his GCSEs and two of my kids change school (to the same school, which has made life very slightly easier).
This is our 2017…
January started with a very unhappy girl because panto was over. Panto is her life (in fact, it’s all of our lives) for two months, and it hits her very hard when it finishes. It was a big month for my eldest, who sat his mocks and did very well. January was also the month when my younger son was hit by a nasty virus that lingered. The one highlight of January every year is the Young Voices concert. Sadly, after four years, this was our last one as it is just for primary schools.
In February, it was my daughter’s turn to have a nasty illness that lingered and she ended up on antibiotics and steroids. February was also the month we learned that my daughter had got distinction in her Grade 3 ballet exam she’d taken in November 2016. My eldest did something that made me very proud and was definitely one of his biggest achievements of the year. He also started his GCSE revision, which I was very pleased about.
March started with the good news we’d been waiting for – my daughter had a place at our chosen grammar school. In March my younger son was ill again – our third full week of illness this year, which is most unlike us. To make matters worse, my car broke down on the way to the doctor. At the end of March, I got my first Parkrun PB in nearly a year.
April was a fairly quiet month for us. After that first Parkrun PB, I managed to get a new PB every single week for five consecutive weeks! April was also the end of my son’s first football season with his new team. It looked like a slightly disappointing end to a very promising start.
At the start of May, we realised that my son’s football season wasn’t completely over, after all. They won the play-off final and my son scored twice, which made him the league’s top scorer of the season. May was also the start of the GCSEs for my eldest and I’m happy to say that he took them in his stride. Both of the younger kids had a school residential in the same week, which was very strange for me, but good for my eldest to have the peace for revision. And I got my sixth (and final) Parkrun PB of the year. May was also the month my daughter started making slime – something that continued to keep her busy and happy for the rest of the year.
The highlight of June every year is the Wychwood Festival and we even got to see my favourite band, The Levellers! My son’s GCSEs ended in the middle of the month. Although he hadn’t stressed over them, it was still a relief when they were over. We took my daughter to see Little Mix (she’d got the tickets for her birthday in March) and the primary school ‘lasts’ started with her final sports day. We also had some trouble with the guinea pigs, with one needing to be neutered and the other one being ill.
In July, my eldest’s dreams came true when he walked the Three Peaks with my husband and a small group of men. They completed the challenge in under 24 hours and I was in awe of them all. And my daughter left the primary school where she had been very happy for seven years, the same primary school I had been taking my kids to for 12 years. It hit her harder than I was expecting it to. At the end of the month, my daughter and younger son went on Scout camp for a week and my husband did the Ride London 100 mile bike ride for the second time.
In August, we had our annual holiday to Padstow, my favourite place in the world. And my son got his GCSE results, which were good enough for him to get a place in the 6th form at the girls’ grammar school he wanted to go to.
In September, my daughter and son started at their new school. They both settled in very well and are extremely happy there. Also in September, my daughter’s dream came true when she got her first pointe shoes. Finally, she auditioned for panto again. Of course she got in, but it was more stressful than we expected.
October started with me running the Cheltenham half marathon, with my husband and brother-in-law. It went very well and I was pleased to come in at only 13 seconds slower than my PB. I was so pleased that I signed up for another half marathon the next day. I ran the Stroud half marathon three weeks later and beat my PB by more than two minutes. Also in October, my daughter took her Bronze Jazz exam, she only got her result very recently. We haven’t done much to the house this year, but in October my husband decorated the spare room and it looks a lot better!
At the start of November, my younger son had a German exchange boy to stay. He spoke very good English and had a great sense of humour, it was lovely to have him here. As soon as he’d gone home, my daughter started her panto rehearsals and, at the same time, took the decision to give up the street dance classes she’d been doing since she was 4. One of the many good things about my son’s new school is that he’s had the chance to play rugby again and I was very pleased to go and watch him play. Sadly rugby wasn’t all positive in November, as my younger son broke his nose and he can’t have it fixed until he’s over 16 and has stopped playing rugby. Throughout my training for my half marathons, I was feeling really strong and positive about my running, but in November I had an injury that completely stopped me in my tracks.
December started with my daughter’s panto opening night. The show was brilliant and my daughter really shone on stage. I’m so proud of her. My husband and I went to see Queen and Adam Lambert, which was a fantastic show. I slowly got back to running – literally starting by running a mile at a time after three weeks’ rest, but could run three miles comfortably in time for my 100th Parkrun. Tomorrow isn’t just the last day of 2017, it’s the last day of panto, so we’re going to end the year like we started it – with a very unhappy daughter.
So that was our 2017! How was yours? I wonder what 2018 will have in store for us?