Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Our Year That Was | 2014 ♥

Today is the last day of 2014, I really can't believe that, this year really has flown by. This year has been quite a hard one for me and to be honest I haven't been completely happy this year at all so I really hope that 2015 is a much happier year for my little family and I. I wrote a post similar to this last year where I reflected on my year in 2013 and I loved looking back at all our memories so this will be a tradition I will keep up every year. Below are some of my favourite memories and significant moments from 2014.

January
I began the new year with a poorly baby, he had an ear infection, viral infection and an inflamed throat, my poor little cherub. This was the first picture I took this year and the beginning of my #Project365 project. January was a quiet month for me, I was enjoying all the LUSH goodies I got for Christmas, beginning new projects and making preparations for my boys 1st birthday party but I was also suffering from the New Year blues. In January Jacek and I also found out that we were expecting our 2nd child, we hadn't really had time to get our head around everything at the time as we were busy with Tyler Lee and getting ready for his birthday but we were looking forward to life as a family of four.

February
In February we celebrated Tyler Lee's 1st Valentines's Day and I had a mini photo session with him covered in lipstick kisses - too adorable! We also celebrated baby boy's 1st birthday on the 16th and we had a lovely day celebrating with family and friends even though my boy was still feeling poorly, the poor little dote. The day after our wonderful celebrations, however, I suffered a miscarriage and lost our 2nd baby. It was such a hard time for me and I felt so alone. Luckily I had the help of some thoughtful friends to get me through and they let me know they were thinking of me with messages of support and a wonderful surprise hamper. February also marked Tyler Lee's first trip to the beach and where he's love of the sea and sand began. He's a beach babe until this day, definitely a little Aquarius!

March
In March I celebrated my 24th birthday and received lots of lovely gifts. My boys and I had a delicious meal at one of my favourite restarurants - The Elm Tree and then took a trip to the freezing cold seaside! It was such a great day. March also marked Tyler Lee's 2nd St. Patrick's Day and luckily this year Jacek had the day off so we all celebrated together watching the big parade in Cork City.  My boys and I took a trip to one of my favourite places - Blarney Castle, where I took so many gorgeous pictures of Tyler Lee amongst the daffodils, I love these pictures. Tyler Lee and I also had our 2nd Mother's Day together and I reflected on the day and what it means to me. March 27th marked my 1 year blogiversary, a milestone I was delighted to achieve, I can't wait for the 2nd blogiversary this coming March.

April
April was another quiet month for me. It was a month filled with lovely moments with my son, moments I was so grateful to have with him. We also celebrated Tyler Lee's 2nd Easter and went on an Easter egg hunt in the beautiful Fota Gardens with my aunt and cousin, it was such a lovely day! I also put together an Easter basket for him and he loved everything he received.

May
In May I began planning The Cork Meetup with the lovely Sarah from At the Beauty Desk. I also began my Herbalife journey and was really enjoying it. I toned up a lot and lost some weight, I actually felt amazing during this time. My boys and I also had a lovely day out at Fota Gardens where I got some beautiful pictures of Tyler Lee taken amongst the daisies.

June
June was such a lovely month for my little family and I. We kicked off the month with a trip to Kilkenny City and Castle, a place I had never been before so it was great to explore somewhere new with my boys. Jacek celebrated his 2nd Father's Day with Tyler Lee and I got such beautiful pictures of them in a meadow. We also had our first family holiday visiting my father and his girlfriend on the beautiful island of Jersey. It was such a great holiday, one we hope to have next year too. It's such a gorgeous place, highly recommend!

July
July was another great month. Jacek and I saw The Prodigy at Live At the Marquee and it was great to see a gig after so long. Sarah and I hosted The Cork Meetup and it was such an amazing day which thankfully everyone enjoyed. At the end of July my boys and I took a trip to the orchard at Barryscourt Castle, it was such a gorgeous day and Tyler Lee loved running around the apple trees.

August
August was another amazing month. My boys and I went on our 1st family holiday abroad to The Algarve. It was such a glorious week which we all enjoyed and we can't wait for our holiday next year - where to go is all we need to decide! My baby boy also turned one and a half whilst we were on holiday and he learnt to say "mama".

September
In September Tyler Lee and I visited our friends in Co. Wexford and we visited the lovely Wells House which was full of fairy trails and folklore. I also went a bit daring and dyed my hair blue, something which has been on my bucket list for the year. On the 24th Jacek and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary and also marked seven years since we first met. We had a lovely picnic on Garryvoe Beach with our boy and it was so sunny and warm. The day after we went to the beautiful Castlemartyr Resort for afternoon tea, something which we had wanted to do for ages! It was such a lovely experience and one which we can hopefully do for Valentine's Day next year.

October
October was another quiet month for us but we celebrated Tyler Lee's 2nd Halloween. He had a great day digging into his Halloween basket and enjoying his treats. October 16th marked the due date of our 2nd child who we sadly lost in February. It was a hard day for me but rainbows were following me around letting me know I was being thought of.

November
In November I began preparing for Christmas and put together a new tradition for my son - the book advent calendar. My 1st Years surprised me by asking to sponsor me for Britmums Live and I really was so delighted, I can't wait for the event next June! Jacek celebrated his 31st birthday and I was finally able to get him a watch, something I've been wanting to get him for ages.

December
December was all about preparing for Christmas for us. We had great fun opening up Tyler Lee's book advent calendar with him and reading to him every night. We were also busy picking up last minute gifts and getting ready for Christmas Day. Our Christmas was a quiet one but so lovely and it was great spending quality time together as a family.

I am really looking forward to 2015 and all it will bring us. Hopefully it'll be a happier year than 2014 and we already have a lot of plans made, including three trips so far, so we have a lot to look forward to. 

I would like to wish you and yours a very Happy New Year 2015, I hope it's filled with happy memories, wonderful adventures and lots of love and luck for us all!
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  1. Hope 2015 brings you lots of love and happiness,for all your family x

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    1. Thank you so much, same to you and yours x

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  2. Beautiful post! We haven't been on a family holiday just yet. I'd love to go on one next year but might have to wait for another year with the new born then. We couldn't really think of going for one this year because it's been a tough year.
    I'm looking forward to all the adventure on your blog next year. The good thing about this post actually is it gives me some idea where we could go on a mini holiday in Ireland.

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    1. Thank you Janine! I hope you get to go on a family holiday sometime soon. There are so many lovely places to visit in Ireland, Kerry and Cork and my favourite locations - not just because I'm from Cork ;) Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment as always Janine, it's much appreciated x

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  3. This is a great reflection on the year Fiona, sorry to hear about baby #2 I can not even imagine. Just know I am thinking of you and if ever in london hook me up so we can have a cuppa. Good luck with 2015 and I wish you nothing but happiness, joy and more love from you little family and the extended. I love your blog and usually check it out first thing in the morning.

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    1. Thanks so much Myrabev, you're very kind! It'd be lovely to meet up with you someday, same offer goes for you if you're ever in the Cork area. Thanks for all your well wishes and for reading my blog every morning, your comment made my day :) x

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    2. Thank you Fiona, will definitely look you up if ever in the area, would definitely be fun to meet up. Happy New Year x

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  4. It sounds like you had a very busy, and definitely good, 2014. I'm so sorry to hear about your miscarriage, but from the sounds of it you had tons of support from family and friends. Overall, the year sounds like you were able to get a lot of things done and build great memories as a family. Happy New Year in 2015!

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    1. Thank you Samantha, it didn't seem too good at the time but looking back it doesn't seem all bad now. I had great support from close friends at the time and that really helped get me through. Happy New Year to you too x

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  5. 2014 is almost gone--2015 is almost here. Keep the good memories of the past but forge ahead into the future. Here's wishing you and your family a happy and healthy New Year.

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  6. You guys have had a great year, huh? It's awesome to look back on old photos and see how the little man has grown!

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  7. What beautiful pictures! My daughter was born in January of this year so it was so much fun documenting every milestone and recording moments from the holidays. You did such a great job here! Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  8. Beautiful pictures!!!! It looks like you guys had a fabulous year, I love looking back on old pictures, even if I get emotional.

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  9. What a year of ups and downs, Fiona. I'm so sorry to hear about your miscarriage--my parents were expecting a baby when I was about 1.5, and they were far enough along to know it was a boy. We all love my sister (who was born when I was 3), but there will always be a special place in their hearts for my little brother. In happier news, Tyler Lee has just grown cuter as the year has passed, and you got out to visit a few sites in Ireland--I want to visit so badly! Here's to a happy, fun 2015!

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  10. You guys had quite a year! I just have to say that your son is the cutest kid in the world. That hair is adorable.

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  11. I have a similar post on my blog. Like you, it's sort of been a tradition that I do each year. The beauty of the new year and our year-end review posts is that we get to look back & reflect on the things that happened in the previous year. In the process, we see which aspects need to be improved and we see if we've actually been better or not. Then we use these to help us plan and make a better year for us.

    Now that 2014's gone, I wish you a happy, peaceful, and healthy 2015. Keep the faith and keep on smiling. Happy New Year!

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  12. What a year it's been! Such a great post. I love looking back at photos from the year. It can be so bittersweet! Wishing you a wonderful 2015 ahead!

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  13. Happy New Near to your family too! :D It's incredible when you look back on the past year...but the year to come holds so many new opportunity and adventures :D That's what I'm looking forward to as well :D

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  14. Awwwwww!!! I love post like this!!! Looks like y'all had a pretty fabulous year!! Totally loving all the photos!!! Too cute :)

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  15. This is a wonderful post! Lots of great photos too. I hope the new year brings in lots of new opportunities! I can't wait to see what's in store for the new year!

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  16. You have so many amazing pictures I just don't know where to start. First, your son is adoarble. Oh my squeeeee with those curls. Our kiddo is going to be 10 at the end of January and sometimes I wonder if she's going on 16. She had really tight ringlet curls like that for the longest time. It sounds like 2014 was a great year for you guys. I hope 2015 is equally as good.

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  17. you have a beautiful child but I am sorry for your loss. it is heart breaking to lose a child. I had a miscarriage and I still think about it from time to time.

    anyway...happy new year and here is to a happier 2015

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  18. I love your little guy's hair! I love the curls. :) I'm starting off this year with a sick little guy. (He's 3.5). We are battling pneumonia, but hopefully we've turned the corner and he's one the mend. Here's to a happy and healthy 2015!

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  19. January's picture of your lil' one is absolutely gorgeous...what a precious sleeping baby. So sorry to hear that he had so many issues to conquer so early on in the year. Loved seeing all of the recap pictures for 2014, it's amazing how quickly babies grow up.

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  20. Beautiful pictures and gorgeous memories! I love reading these and getting to retrace the special moments from the year!

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  21. Looks like you had a wonderful 2014! Happy new year and best wishes for 2015!

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  22. I noted a lot of unhealthy times for your family but more so, I saw a lot of warm family highlights for you and your family. Hoping 2015 would be a better one and also a much healthier one too.

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  23. Well it may have started off bad, but seems to have ended great! Happy New Year and I hooe 2015 starts off better for you than last year.

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  24. What a sweet, beautiful boy. I'm sorry he was sick to start off the new year!

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  25. It looks like you had a good year I hope 2015 is even better. I love all the pictures.

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  26. I absolutely love the December photo!! I'm sorry that 2014 started rough for you I hope that 2015 brings you health and happiness.

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  27. I absolutely love the December photo!! I'm sorry that 2014 started rough for you I hope that 2015 brings you health and happiness.

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  28. lt sounds like you had an amazing year indeed. Your son is adorable. Great pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. I enjoyed reading your 2014 recap. As an outsider, it seems that your year was quite good - filled with fun trips and a beautiful family. However, I know personally how hard a miscarriage can be on a person. Here's to a happier 2015 with many more special moments!

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  30. Awww how sweet! I absolutely love this and how beautifully put together it is. I hope that 2015 brings joys, success and lots of love to you! Your family is precious! Your child has gorgeous curls, so jealous here ;) Happy NEW YEARS too!!! <3 Wishing yours a very merry happy holiday season! Much blessings to you!

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  31. Wow. I'm sure it was a blast 2014. I remember we went on a beach last june and that beach looks familiar. I have always wanted to visit the island of Jersey. Your kid is so adorable I could hug him from here. :)

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  32. What a beautiful look back - I hope you have a wonderful 2015 with your family.

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  33. I just love your baby's curls! It makes me want to reach right through the computer and touch them. What a beautiful family you have ... I wish you a healthy and prosperous 2015!

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  34. We had a wonderful 2014 and I am excited on what 2015 has in store for us. Sounds like you had a busy 2014 although you had not been completely happy. I hope your 2015 will be much better for you. Happy New Year!

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  35. Very cute, it looks like you have had a great year! Hopefully the next year brings wonderful things as well. :)

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  36. Looks like a wonderful year! I love looking back at a whole year like this.. because what may have seemed uneventful to me always ends up being so much more full when you look at it big picture. :) I need to do something like this. And Prodigy as in the band from the 90s?

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  37. what a great year it has been for you and your family. The kid is so cute, I want to cuddle him. His presence alone in your life makes this year a wonderful year for you. Take good care of him please.

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  38. Sorry to hear about baby #2. Hopefully, you'll be blessed with another one this year.

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  39. Happy 2015! What a great look back at 2014 - priceless memories!

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  40. Man, your little one is so cute! What great memories from 2014!

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  41. I love the idea of summarizing your year into this post. I might create mine too!
    You have adorable kids! :) Little one is way too cute!!!

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  42. Such beautiful family you have! I hope 2015 will be good to you! Happy New Year!

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  43. This annual reflection is a lovely post - it's a beautiful way of paying homage to the events and changes in the previous year... I smiled at the wonderful memories that you've created with/for Tylor (he's such a cutie - love the photo of you two kissing!). I'm so sorry to hear about your loss, and hope that you have many more moments of happiness to be discovered. Awesome that you had fun dying your hair (I'm doing a similar thing and gradually going blonde... it's a long process for me since I have dark hair). Cheers to 2015! <3

    xo,
    lauriel
    EyeForElegance.com

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  44. Lovely post! The pictures are awesome. It sounds like you had a beautiful year 2014. Your toddler looks so pretty as well. Wishing you a Happy new year 2015.

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  45. It's so sweet to look at the pictures of your little boy over the year. He really grew so much and gets cuter and cuter! Happy New Year!

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  46. I love this post. You have done a great job sharing your year with us. I wish you and your family all the best in 2015.

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  47. What an amazing year. I loved watching your kiddo grow. I love your upcoming travel plans!

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  48. Awww what a beautiful year you had - baby is super cute too.

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  49. Aww what an exciting year!!! I love Tyler's little photos!!!! May this year be even more eventful with joy for your family! ^_^

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Fiona
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