our year in review {2016}

year in review

I have written a year in review post the last two years and wanted to do one again this year. I write about blogging, our year, my children, my husband and myself and our plans this year. It has been such a well rounded year I wanted to write about it all.

So it seems another year has come to an end! How? It seems like it has all gone by so quickly. I feel like I have enjoyed every moment, I think that’s most important. Yes it goes fast but at least I am happy healthy and surrounded by the people I love. I don’t think I could be any wealthier in love if I tried. Ending this year, 2016, I feel so humbled to have what I do, my family mean the world to me and I am thankful for all that we are blessed with.

My blog plans

As its the end of the year and it also marks my two years of writing this blog I thought I would write a little about that. In December 2014 half way through my last year of university with a one year old Archie and a four year old Sophia I started this blog. With no intention other then to write and connect with other mums. To find a voice I knew I had somewhere inside of me, one I seemed to have found during my degree. Thank you to my tutor for helping bring that out, for giving me confidence in bringing my thoughts to paper. He changed my life I don’t think he will ever know what an effect he had on me, and what an inspiration he is to me.

I can honestly say blogging has brought me so much. Not just the work side but the connections side. I have made some lovely lovely friends. Woman in the same position as me, parenting, working from home, and generally I think that all of you are just pretty amazing. It’s not often you get to see other mums (and dads) lives and it’s nice to know you are not alone. It’s nice to know as a group, as mums (and dads) you are all going through this together. I have had the most amazing opportunities through blogging too, ones that I know wouldn’t exist in a 9-5 job. I’m lucky I get to do this and I am really thankful too. I have so many plans and content ideas for this year which I am really looking forward to sharing with you. Mostly I want to go back to my roots and why I started this blog. I want to fall back in love with my writing. 

And this year, well it’s been lovely.Yes it has had its ups and downs but what is life without the challenges and the learning? It’s all part of what we signed up for here and I wouldn’t change it. Every challenge makes you stronger and I truly believe that in every sense. Also that hindsight is the most amazing teacher and all revealer of truths.

I feel I have grown so much this year more so in the sense that I feel like it’s okay to be me. This is who I am. And you know what quite simply I am happy with that too. I used to look for others to tell me yes you are good at this and that and you are good at being a mum. But as of late I don’t need that. I’m okay now to validate that myself where I wasn’t before I think I owe a lot of that to this blog, and to all the wonderful blogs I read of other mums sharing a piece of who they are and in turn letting me know it’s okay to be me, it really is okay.

I no longer feel I owe anybody anything in the sense that I now see this life as mine and I am free to claim it and walk it as I please. Something that I never had the confidence to do in the past.

I have grown up a lot in the last few years and it’s been lovely to finally be my own person and accept who I am. Is it just me or am I right in saying it can be hard to love yourself for who you are?

Plans for our house

We also have lots of plans for our house. We would ideally like to get the front extension finished as soon as possible and get the front garden sorted too, so that we have a lovely entrance. Our next step in the extension is to get the porch built and weathered and then we are free to change our front door and move onto the hallway. Which I absolutely cannot wait for as we have been starring at a hallway of concrete for so long now. I am actually getting used to it scarily enough! We were sent some lovely skirting and architrave and I am looking so forward to finally using it and showing you all the transformation of our hallway. But as my husband is doing most of the work himself it does mean it all gets done a lot slower.

We also have plans for a new bathroom which our house desperately needs. I don’t think it has ever been redesigned. I am looking so forward to finishing the front extension and having a dinning room. I honestly cannot wait. I dream of those evenings around the table as a family. We had it in our old flat and made do with a table in our lounge for a year or so when we first moved here but as we like having less and I am forever de-cluttering we saw it best to not have a dinning table in our lounge area after all. It looks like our 2017 is set to be extremely busy with works on our house just as it was last year. Although a little stressful at times I try to remind myself we are lucky we get to do this and I do really find it fun to transform our home and make it our own. It is so important to have a home that you love being in and we are making progress which feels really nice.

year in review

Plans for the year

We have lots of plans for the year, we plan on having a couples holiday as well as a family holiday. We are also planning on going to Snowdonia with my sisters and my dad. As well as all the work on the house I would love for us to go on lots more family trips out as this last year we haven’t done it as much as I would have liked. But thats just down to all the work here at home. Most of all for this year I want to have fun, I want us to all enjoy every moment.

Our children

My wonderful children, the ones who have shaped and changed me in ways I never thought that I would be changed.

My children, yes they squabble, yes I shout sometimes. I have to ask them to behave sometimes too, but most of the time they are very lovely and enjoyable children.

They get overexcited when they see the people they love, they run around the house and scream on the top of their lungs, especially so in the run up to Christmas, and they have moments of craziness and not forgetting their contagious laughter. They are my kids and I wouldn’t change either of them. I am enjoying them so very much and watching them grow.

Sophia has recently started back at gymnastics which she gave up during reception year adjusting to school. But she is absolutely loving it so much and it is so lovely to see. Most evenings you will find her practicing her gymnastics in the front room doing handstands and stretching. She is currently trying to master the cartwheel and kick over. We actually brought her a gym mat for Christmas which we were beyond excited to see her open. It was a gift she had been waiting for for a while now and she deserves it so much for just generally being Sophia and trying her best in everything that she does.

They make my heart melt with the things they say to each other I do always say to myself I need to write it down to remember it in years to come.

Archie just adores his big sister in every way and always wants to make her happy. And Sophia she plays the doting big sister, when Archie hands her his delightful blue scribbles on white paper she tells him how wonderful it is she often says something like:  “Archie that is a fantastic drawing you did. Are you proud of yourself little boy? You should be, I am proud of you” she is such a great big sister, he is a lucky boy.

year in review

year in review

Our Christmas 2016

Our Christmas was lovely and quiet and relaxed and in a feeling I would describe it as feeling full, feeling full in my heart, my stomach and just generally feeling full of love for my family. I really tried to savour those days with my little family as much as I could. We spent christmas day at home, we had roast, watched Harry Potter, built lego, and played board games. It was lovely. I hope you had the loveliest Christmas.

year in review

year in review

year in review

year in review

My husband

I cant forget Daniel he is the most amazing person, he makes our lives calm and happy. He encourages us to enjoy the little things and I could never thank him enough for all that he does. This life here means everything with him by our side. He still manages to give me butterflies, to say things that make me feel on top of the world. He raises me up and he reminds me to be positive always. There is no one else in this world I would rather have by my side. He is everything I have dreamed of in a partner all wrapped into one and I cannot wait to grow old with him. As long as their is lots of cosy evenings by the fire, lots of tea and lots of good food… I’m sold.

All in all it has been another wonderful year with these guys and I wouldn’t change a moment. I look forward to what this New Year brings. I just know it is going to be an amazing one. We have lots of plans, a few holidays we are planning on. We are talking about visiting Snowdonia and Mallorca so far.

In life there is no greater pleasure then sharing it with the people you love and making memories.

Thank you for joining us this year and we look so forward to sharing the next one with you too.

Happy 2017.

My previous New Year writings

Reflections on 2015

My wish for 2015



  1. January 5, 2017 / 11:13 am

    Aw, what a lovely write up of your year gone and looking forward to the year ahead. I love how at ease you are with being happy with who you are and feeling that you don’t owe anyone anything. It’s not easy to conquer all those self doubts. Hope you get to Snowdonia – it’s so beautiful x

  2. January 5, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    such a lovely write up of your year and feelings. I feel much the same as you when it comes to this career that we call blogging. I want to get back to just writing, rather than always doing collars and sponsored things x

  3. Charlotte
    January 5, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    Wow, this is just the most beautiful post bursting with so much love! The photos of your family are so heartwarming and I hope to raise a family just as happy as yours one day! 🙂 I’m going to try and do a monthly review to keep me on track and grateful for all the wonderful things I have in my life. Wishing you a marvellous 2017 xxx

    • Tanita
      January 5, 2017 / 10:01 pm

      Aw thank you Charlotte for your kind words! What a lovely message for me to read. Wishing you the most wonderful 2017. Xxx

  4. January 6, 2017 / 9:48 am

    House plans are never ending. As we have moved into a new house at the end of October I have planned a lot regarding decorating all the room. The master bedroom is first thing on my list.

  5. January 6, 2017 / 10:18 am

    It looks like you have had an amazing year!! I wish you all the best in 2017 too xx

  6. January 9, 2017 / 5:43 am

    Sounds like you’ve had a fab year. I hope you get to go the bathroom and extensions and the holidays sound fab for this year x

  7. January 9, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    What a great round up and what your hoping to do this year, it sounds like you have some nice things planned and renovations of your house too. Happy New Year!

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