A new year is like a blank notebook - so full of possibilities. As with every year, I am sure there will be ups and downs but we can only hope that the ups outweigh the downs - as they luckily did for us in 2017. We've already got a few things planned to fill the pages of 2018, so I thought I'd share a few of the bits that I'm most excited about...
January is usually a bit of a bummer, right? We're all broke from Christmas and it's cold and wet and dark, which just isn't a recipe for joy, if you ask me. But, we planned ahead and booked ourselves a couple of lovely weekends to look forward to so we can turn this usually dull month into a much more exciting one! The first is a weekend away in North Yorkshire with some of our pals, in the spirit of all things 'hygge'. We're going to bake bread, go on walks, drink gin in the hot tub, light a bunch of candles and generally have a very cosy time - as well as taking the opportunity to celebrate little Walter's first birthday. And then the weekend after we are offloading Benjamin at his grandparents for a weekend of being utterly spoilt, whilst we spoil ourselves at The Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa. It's my birthday that weekend, so I might even treat myself to a fancy massage.
Finishing Our Current Renovations
We've lived in our house for 18 months now, and we're hoping that by the two year mark we'll have done the first phase of renovations to our house. The bathroom, whilst useable, is unspeakably ugly and the outside space needs a little bit of love as it's currently just a big lump of concrete. They were both low priority when we moved in but it's coming to the time to get them started. It'll make such a difference to have it all 'done' and it's also my intention to finish off all the of the niggling little jobs (like finding prints for our picture shelf in the living room) by the end of the year so we can relax and enjoy living here!
Benjamin's First Birthday
Obviously there are hundreds of milestones when you have a baby, but I feel like the first birthday is a pretty big deal, right? As we're not religious, we didn't have a christening or any other kind of gathering for Benjamin when he was born so I'm planning to go all out with a party for his first birthday. Hopefully we'll have had the decking outside done by then, so we can have a big barbecue at home with all of his favourite people and make a big fuss of him.
Running the Abbey Dash
I wouldn't usually put exercise down as something that I'm excited about, but after over a year I am very ready to get back to moving my body more. I'd really like to commit to running in a way I haven't before so that I can run a decent time in the Abbey Dash in November. I'm sure this will be a lot easier when it comes to Spring and Summer, but I went for my first run before I wrote this so I am already getting started.
Our First Family Holiday Abroad
It was my intention to go away whilst I was on maternity leave but for a myriad of reasons, it hasn't really worked out. So, it's our intention to book a trip abroad (likely to Amsterdam or Berlin) for the Spring time so we can get away together by the end of January. We've also long been planning to go to New York with Benjamin, which I'm hoping we will get to do in September/October time, all being well.
Going Back to Work
I'm under no illusion that the reality of putting Benjamin into nursery and getting back to work will be much harder than I'm imagining, but I am still excited to get back to work and to get into some sort of proper routine. I'm looking forward to some new challenges at work to really get my teeth into, and I know that Ben will really love nursery once he gets going so I'm hoping it'll be a positive move all round.