The last year has gone so quickly as usual! But here are some of our memories and updates over the year – Our Year in Review 2013
Mr R has changed so much over the year, from 1.5 to 2.5 years old he has got a lot more boisterous and able to join in with his brothers’ games. He has started to communicate a lot more over the year and like both his brothers before him he has now developed a total obsession for Thomas the Tank Engine. He’s still as cheeky and funny as cute as ever.
The change in Mr T has been the most noticeable over the last year. Since last January, Mr T started in nursery and started in speech therapy. The previous year had been a year of assessments, waiting, and finally diagnosis for Mr T (for those not familiar with our family he has ASD) so in comparison this year has been so good for him and I have seen how much early intervention does pay off. At the end of this year Mr T has turned 4 years and in the last couple of months he has gone from being non verbal into now being able to tell us things. His speech may not be clear or easy for other people to understand, but it is there and he is communicating! It is brilliant and he is so much calmer too, as he understands more of everything. He has always been a very loving and happy boy and that has not changed over the year. I’m really proud of the progress he is making!
The change in Mr Z over the year is less noticeable, as he has gone from 4.5 to 5.5 years, but still like the others he has changed and is growing up more all the time. Mr Z is less interested in the younger toys and games now, and likes to think he is grown up. His reading and writing have come on so much over the past year and he has got more interested in maths and numbers than ever. I always think he has not changed much as I don’t see it day to day, but looking back at photos his round baby face is going a little bit more every year! Mr Z being the oldest has always been a little companion for me around the house, he loves a good chat and he is very funny and good company. I hope he doesn’t grow out of this too soon, wanting to spend time with his mum!
Our adventures and travels this year
We had plenty of fun days out and trips this year. The highlight probably being our trip to Wales, as that was the furthest the kids have been so far and it was a lot of fun for all of us. Camping in a wigwam was a first for all of us! We changed our car this year too, into a Toyota Previa (massive car!!) so that has made it more comfortable to travel around rather than squashing everyone into our old Honda.
Some of the fun places we visited last year are:
- The LookOut Centre Bracknell (April)
- Peppa Pig World (May)
- Dover (May)
- Legoland (June – Mr Z’s Birthday!)
- Paradise Wildlife Park (June)
- Brighton (June)
- Wales (August)
- Greenwood Forest Park (August)
- Corfe Castle (August)
- Dunstable Downs (September)
- Hebden Bridge (October)
- Fireworks at Chipperfield (November)
- London Zoo (November)
- Sledging at the Snow Centre for the first time (December)
- Kew Gardens (December)
- Thomasland (December – Mr T’s Birthday!)
I’m looking forward to hopefully lots more fun days out together in the coming year – can’t wait to see where we end up!
This year has been the first year of running this blog, which was actually started in January although I did not write the first post til February and I feel like I really got going more after I went self hosted in May. It’s a lovely end to my first year as this month is my first month getting in to the Top 100 of the Tots100, at #87. At the start of the year, I made the blog but was not sure whether I would keep it up or not. I’m glad I have as it’s brought me together with lots of other bloggers who have become good friends. It’s also given me many opportunities for my family to go to events, and test out toys and products which I am really grateful for. I’ve loved having the chance to run so many competitions for my readers too. Last year I was there entering all the advent competitions on the blogs and websites and this year I have run my own. It’s a lot of work but lovely to be able to email people and tell them that they have won prizes! I am quite proud of how fast I have managed to grow this blog from nothing into now having plenty of readers and comments every day and I really appreciate everyone who takes the time to come and visit the blog.
Finally, here’s one picture a month for the last year, to see how much everyone has grown!
Some of the months I don’t have a good pic of them all together (see February!!) although I do have thousands of pics throughout the year! This year I’m hoping to take part in the 52 Challenge to take one good photo every week throughout the year, to document the year. I did start and fail with 365 at some point during the last year, but I feel 52 will be more realistic for me and also starting in a new calender year will help me to feel organised with it.
What have been your highlights of the year? Have you had any major changes? Let me know in the comments and here’s to a happy, healthy and successful 2014 for everyone!
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