As 2016 is coming to a close and 2017 is standing on the door step, I thought it was time that I shared a round-up of my year and started to think about my plans next year.
For the Grumpy Family, 2016 was a year of change. The start of the year saw Grumpy Dad and I living on our own in a one bed flat. We did as we pleased and were often found at our favorite ale pub, curry house, or popping out to watch local gigs.
While we enjoyed this lifestyle it wasn’t to last long before we needed a change of pace due to in impending arrival of Baby. I think it’s fair to say that my pregnancy was a hellish stream of illness, pain, worry and hospital visits. So while many of my pregnant friends were getting on with their lives, I spent near the whole 9 months in a sorry little heap under a duvet. In order to make life a little more interesting during this time, we decided it would be a good idea to sell our little flat and move across town to a house three times the size, and of course, for good measure the conveyance process would have to be as stressful as possible and completion would need to happen a mere two weeks before Baby arrived!
This massive portion of our year was less than relaxing, but at the end of it we found ourselves in our perfect forever home, with a baby who is both stunningly beautiful and so wonderfully relaxed and well behaved that we can hardly believe our luck.
Baby wasn’t the only one to join us in our new home. It wasn’t long before Grumpy Teen also took up residence in a darkened room which appears to be a black hole as far as cereal bowls and glasses are concerned!
Of course a roundup of 2016 wouldn’t be complete without mentioning this blog. It’s barely been two months since Grumpy Mum Reviews went live but it is already a big part of my life, with most of my free time spent writing, advertising and photographing. Some days I feel like I’ve achieved so much with it already, others I feel like I’ve done nothing at all. Whichever it is, there will be lots more to come in the new year.
Before I look forward to next year, I feel it would be wrong to write a round up of 2016 without mentioning all the wonderful and talented celebrities that have passed away. There seem to have been so many this year, more so than any other year I can remember. Here are just a few of the ones that had special meaning to me.
Alan Rickman: I should have known it would be a tragic year when we lost Professor Snape in January.
David Bowie: The incredibly talented and iconic singer and actor released his last album just days before passing away. Labyrinth will always be one of my favorite movies, despite the mullet and leggins!
Victoria Wood: One of my all time favorite comedians passed away after battling cancer. Her Christmas stand-up routine still has me in stitches.
Anton Yelchin: Who brilliantly portrayed Chekov in the new Star Trek movies tragically died in a car accident. He was only 27.
Richard Adams: The author of Watership Down who came from my home town of Newbury, passed away on Christmas Eve. Watership Down was one of the books that sparked my love of reading and the movie, although painfully sad, was a firm favorite of mine thought my childhood.
Rick Parfitt: Another icon, this time of music, also passed away on Christmas Eve. Grumpy Dad and I saw Rick performing with Status Quo only two years ago at Lechlade Festival. They were amazing and I’m so glad we were able to see them live when we did.
All of these sad deaths have been topped off by the news that Carrie Fisher, the one and only Princess Leia, sadly passed away on 27th December, shortly followed by her mother Debby Reynolds several days later.
I’m very much hoping that 2017 will be a far less stressful year. Baby will be busy collecting firsts, Dad and I will be slowly working our way though the DIY jobs and Teen will most likely spend the year perfecting his ability to answer any question with a grunt! But otherwise we are hoping for a distinctly non-eventful 12 months.
Blog wise I’m looking forward to building on the past couple of months with more reviews and articles. In addition to improving my domain authority and social media following. Who knows, this time next year Rodney…
What were the highs and lows of your 2016?