2016 has got a pretty bad reputation. Scroll through facebook and there is a lot of statuses reading “Good riddance 2016,”. It’s not hard to see why when you think of the tremulous, uncertain ride the world has been on politically. Or when you consider the general unsettled feeling we’ve been left with about what our future will look like. But for us, 2016 has been one of the most special of our lives
We’ve become home owners in February after a very long arduous process which was far more long winded than anticipated, resulting in us living with dear friends sleeping on a punctured air bed for weeks. We would go to sleep on a lovely plush bed and wake up in a doughnut shaped huddle aching all over. Living out of a suitcase soon lost its charm, but spending those weeks with a couple of our closest friends made me realise how lucky we are to have them in our lives. I won’t forget them rescuing us from homelessness in a hurry and ended up having so much fun it was hard to leave, even when our lovely new home beckoned.
Travelling to Morocco for the trip of a lifetime in April is another high point I won’t forget. A lovely week in Marrakesh in the gorgeous Four Seasons hotel living in luxury, followed by a few days in the slightly more rustic and authentic experience of a rhiad in the Atlas Mountains and getting paid to do it is pretty cushty! The older children both came down with some sort of illness resulting in them both being on antibiotics which is never fun, but they didn’t let it hold them back from all the amazing opportunities to explore colourful, wonderful Morocco. From investigating dizzying souks to riding on a camel all with 3 small children (5yo, 3yo and 15mo). What a magical experience.
One highlight of the summer was certainly going to see Coldplay play at Wembley. Tom’s Dad had got us tickets to see them play and anticipation to see them play had certainly built since December. Getting caught in a thunderstorm so torrential I thought I would never dry out as I squelched my way to meet Tom couldnt put a dampener (pun intended!) on Coldplays performance. They exceeded my expectations completely. Having light up wristbands crazily flashing in time with the music created a spectacular visual show to accompany Chris Martin’s perfect singing performance – truly remarkable.
Being a nanny means sometimes you have to say goodbye to children you honestly love like your own. Saying goodbye to 3 little monkeys I’ve spent almost 2 years with was fairly heartbreaking, but was made easier by being asked to look after them part time every other week. Still being able to see them as they grow up is a privilege I love and don’t take for granted. Starting a new job has brought a new little lady into my life who I have developed a strong bond with quicker than I thought possible. Her sunny and incredibly affectionate nature just makes it impossible not to enjoy working and reminds me daily how lucky I am to love my job.
Having written all this I realise how fortunate I am to have this life, I haven’t even started to write about the most momentous, joyful and impacting day of my life yet. The 26th of August 2016. My wedding day. The day I married Tom. I won’t gush about it or I won’t ever stop but I will say I have never been happier or been in a room so filled with love. It undoubtably changed by perspective. Being surrounded by everyone who means something to you wishing you well makes you realise life is all about the people you spend it with. Friends and family. I can’t wait to spend my life with tom, my husband, making memories and laughing our way through life.
2016, you don’t deserve your reputation. You were the best year of my life. I’m saying goodbye with a tinge of sadness but if you’ve taught me anything it’s that I’m so blessed. I will strive to remember that every day in 2017. Even on the days I’ve missed the train, I’m sleep deprived and the little one doesn’t think she needs a nap today. 2017 – lets make you a good one too!