I love Frank Sinatra, it’s my soundtrack of choice when cooking and this song sums up pretty well how I fell about last year. It was a year of huge change, of adventure and new beginnings and I loved every damn second. So if you will humour me a few photo’s from the year 2011.
We finally got the house almost how we want it; we put a new bathroom in, painted the stairs and put a runner on them, decorated the nursery in the greatest wallpaper EVER (Quentin Blake range at Osborne and Little, my favourite item of decoration in the whole house), new carpets in the bedrooms and grew some vegetables in our new raised bed.
The bathroom was only half done with a bath installed but no tiles on the walls when the main event of 2011 occurred – the arrival of Matilda on 15th April. In fact the lady of the manor not only helped strip the old tiles while heavily pregnant, but she also had a bath in the half finished room while having contractions!
Having a baby of course changes your life, more so for your first, but honestly it has been so much fun being a dad. Matilda is a fabulous little girl, so happy and smiley, she sleeps well, eats well and makes me laugh every day. Without wanting to wish her baby years away I cannot wait until she’s walking and talking, we’re going to have so much fun!
Then of course there was our other big adventure, going to New Zealand for 3 weeks baby and all. We booked the trip to go to the rugby world cup before we knew the lady of the manor was pregnant but we would have done it anyway. Sure we were a little nervous but you can’t just sit at home once you have children can you?
It was such an amazing trip with experiences that I will remember for the rest of my life; like sitting in natural hot springs in Hamner Springs and looking up at snow covered mountains, or wading in a hot river near Lake Taupo with Matilda laughing her head off as she splashed, or even having the greatest coffee and carrot cake next to Lake Matheson in the glorious sunshine with Mount Cook in the distance.
An awful lot happened last year and it looks like this year could be exactly the same. The small matter of the sprout being born in May is probably enough to keep us busy all year. We have a family holiday to France booked for September, pretty tame and easy compared to New Zealand! But 2 weeks in a gite with my brother and his wife and baby should be fun.
This year is also going to be the year that we get our finances in order, we’re getting there but with our family set to expand and our dream of the lady of the manor being able to stay home we need to make sure we are as debt free as possible. In 6 months I want to have no credit card, no overdraft and some savings in the bank.
My only other resolution for the year is to finally do the trail races I’ve been talking of doing for a long time. I want to do an off road half marathon and an individual adventure race. 2011 was a lost year for running after I hurt my back in June so I’m itching to make amends in 2012.
Happy New year to you all and thank you for reading my mutterings for the last year, every comment and page view is appreciated and I promise to make more effort to visit your blogs in return.