Happy New Year

Happy New Year

I’m probably a bit late writing this post as it’s January 3rd, most of the country is back to work and Christmas is a distant memory!

We’ve had such a busy Christmas with 4 very excited small people and a house that now resembles Toys’R’Us! It has topped off what has been an incredible year. 

Our year started with me quitting my job and having a complete career change. Gone are the long hours, long commute and stress I didn’t need. I now work in children’s services, much closer to home and see my own children far more. It’s amazing how much of a massive difference it’s made to my life and how much happier I am.

We’ve had 2 fantastic holidays. One as a family to Mexico, where we welcomed a new sister-in-law to the family. A stressful 10 hour plane ride was made a lot easier by the addition of 20 family members. They also helped a huge amount while we were away and discovered just how stressful 4 little people can be!

We also had the opportunity to have a holiday as a couple to Las Vegas. 

It was a bit of a belated 30th birrhday present to ourselves as our big birthdays passed us by in the blur of newborn twins. 

The kids spent a very enjoyable half term with their grandparents while we got to have a week of being grown ups again. Some people might not agree with our decision to holiday without our children but all of us had a great time and the kids had a much better half term with their grandparents than we would have given them!

While there, I finally got to visit the Grand Canyon. As a geologist, it’s one of the places I’ve always wanted to visit. We took a helicopter ride out to the Canyon and back and it was absolutely incredible. Definitely a tick off the bucket list. 

We also went to one of the most amazing weddings ever (which just happened to be my brother’s). He decided to get married on Tower Bridge in London with a party on the Thames afterwards. 

It was such a great location for a wedding and we had such a good time. Nothing beats a good family party and it’s not often that we get everyone together. 

This year is looking a lot quieter for us. I think holidays are on hold as we are looking to build an extension on our house. We bought our forever home when we were just a family of 4 and now we are 6 it’s getting a bit tight! I am so looking forward to having some extra space even if it does mean sacrificing some of my garden.

How is your 2017 shaping up? Is it looking like a busy, expensive year or a quite one that is just going to tick by?

The Last 2 Months

The Last 2 Months

As you may have noticed, my blog has been pretty quiet over the last few weeks. This is because the last 2 months of our lives have been absolutely non stop! So much has changed and so many things have happened that I can barely keep up myself! My life has become a soap opera!

It started with my lovely husband getting a new job. He’d been unhappy in his job for a while and a great opportunity arose which meant he still got to stay at the company but move on to bigger and better things. He absolutely loves his new job but I’m finding it very stressful as he now has to do lots of travel abroad. With 4 children and me working 3 days a week it’s really hard to keep on top of my own life when he’s away.

I’ve also been offered the opportunity to leave my job. I used to love my job but feel I’ve been treated really unfairly since having children and I’ve been dreading going to work every day for the last 5 years. I’ve been in my job a long time and it’s my first job out of university. I’ve worked my little socks off and I used to come in to work with a spring in my step and a smile on my face. I think I’m unfortunately suffering from being a woman in a man’s world (I’m an engineer).

With the opportunity to leave work, I’ve started looking at my life and decided the time is right for a career change. I’ve logged onto the UCAS website and decided to apply for my teacher training. I had a place on a teacher training course when I left university but pulled out just before term started as I was offered my current job. It’s a decision I massively regret and now seems as good a time as any to rectify the mistake.

I’ve applied for a part time school based course in secondary physics and I’m nervous as hell! My science knowledge is a bit rusty but I’m looking forward to a new challenge and hopefully building my confidence back up after it’s been destroyed so badly by work. Fingers crossed I get accepted.

With all this going on we’ve also spent quite a lot of time in hospital. I almost feel I qualify for my own parking space!!My biggest twin has managed to get bronchiolitis. Fairly common this year apparently and she’s so much better after a few days with an inhaler.

Then my husband decided to take hospital visits to a whole new level and ended up having emergency surgery 2 weeks ago. He is now laid up at home, milking the sympathy and signed off for a minimum of 6 weeks! He also faces the possibility of further surgery next year which could see him out of action for up to 8 months!

Things appear to have calmed down a bit and we’re very much looking forward to Christmas with 4 very excited children. I’m also getting a bit more time back to pick up my blog again. We have a very exciting 2016 ahead and I can’t wait to share it with you all.