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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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 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 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 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".
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 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.
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 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!