This post is going to be all about my hopes and dreams for 2017. I am hoping I will be able to find the time to reflect each month and post about whether or not I achieved what I wanted to do. We had an amazing 2016 (despite Brexit!) and we are looking forward to an even better 2017....
I expect this to be quite a quiet month for us here. It's my Dad's birthday early on in the month, so hopefully we will get to go over to Wales and celebrate with him. I would like to be in regular contact with work by the end of month and organise some KIT days. We got a new Crock Pot for Christmas so I'd like to spend some time making new recipes and cooking healthy and delicious dinners for us all. It will be nice to take Dexter around the museums of Liverpool during the rainy days. We also have two Mama meets planned. One in Manchester and one in Liverpool. It will be great to meet up with my Insta buddies again.
Another month, another birthday. This time my Mum's. Again, we would like to make sure we celebrate this special occasion over in Wales. Half term will be upon us as well, which means a week off school for my husband. It would be great to organise some day trips during this time- a visit to the soft play, Chester zoo or maybe even a couple of days away somewhere local. Maybe by now we have won the lottery (or started playing!) and we can fly somewhere hot and far away! Valentine's Day also falls this month, it would be nice to go out for a meal to celebrate, like we usually do and buy a nice gift for my husband (and I must remember a card this year too!)
By now, the weather will be easing and the days will be longer. I love March because it is the first month of the year that has daylight after 5pm. I hope to go on lovely walks along the waterfront with Dexter and take him to the parks of Liverpool. I want to visit all the parks before we (hopefully) move at the end of the year. I want to take advantage of the longer days by sitting out on the balcony with Dexter and watching the ships and boats pass by. Maybe by now Dex can say a word or two? It will be so much fun to practise saying words with him! We can go visit a small petting zoo and see the lambs and calves. I've wanted to go and visit a farm for ages!
It's my birthday during this month and usually we fly away somewhere hot and exotic for a two week break. For the first time ever, my husband will actually be in work on my birthday. Easter must be late this year. I would like to go away for a week or ten days, but in reality I have to think about money. It would be nice if we could find a cheapish place to go, perhaps Majorca, to get a little sun before I return to work. I'll certainly be keeping my eye on flight prices in the New Year. I will also be receiving a nice little tax rebate this month! I am looking forward to spending a bit of money on ME! A few new clothes for work, some ne make up, getting my hair done and getting my eyebrows shaped!
This is going to be a bittersweet month for me, I know it. Dexter will turn one year old on the 20th and just a couple of weeks before that I will be returning to work. I can't say I am not looking forward to returning, but it will be hard to leave my little boy for five days a week. This month I want us to have a party to celebrate Dexter's birthday. Lots of presents, balloons and banners, and a big cake. I'm hoping my return to work will be in a branch local to me. That is my biggest hope for 2017. Neil will have a week off at some point for half term. Hopefully I can get a couple of days off together too so we can do something fun.
Summer is here! I will be back in work full time so every day off will be precious. The nights will be light and I will race home from work to see my baby. We will spend my days off going for long walks in the sunshine, crafting at home, cuddling up and watching TV on the sofa and cooking lovely meals. We can spend the lighter evenings reading on the balcony, going for little drives around the city and eating tea al fresco. I hope there will be hot summer days when we can go to the beach in Crosby or Formby. We can go and see the red squirrels while we are there, as well as the iron men.
This is the month that we will hopefully reach our savings target for the deposit for our house. Hopefully we will be in contact with our mortgage broker and we can start the ball rolling on sorting out a mortgage. We did try last year, but we realised that we didn't have quite as much money as we needed and we needed to have a good year of sorting out our finances. I would love to spend this month, looking at houses online and picking out a few of my favourites to go and view.
It's my husband's birthday this month and also his big 12 hour time trial race. I want to do the same as we did in 2016 and take him away to a spa to recover afterwards. I hope I can also take a week or two off work during this month just to chill and relax with my family. I hope we spend every one of my days off wisely and do things together as a family. I'd love to take a day trip to Morecambe, spend a day on Formby beach, visit Conwy, spend a couple of days down at my sister in law's house and drive up to Scotland for a day or two.
My husband is back to work now after six weeks off and I would like to think we are getting very close to sorting our new home. I imagine this to be a hard month after Neil having six weeks off for the summer. It's always a bit depressing to go back to work after that amount of time off. Autumn will quickly be approaching, I'd love to take Dexter to Blackpool to see the illuminations and go conker picking. Perhaps Dexter is in nursery one or two days a week. I wonder what words he will be able to say and what new skills he has learnt. I hope I am settled back in work and enjoying it.
Another half term holiday falls this month and it would be nice to get away for a couple of days and do a city break. Hopefully money won't be as tight now. I will have been back in work for a good few months and we will have finished saving so will have a few extra hundred pounds a month. I would love to take Dexter to Paris, Rome or Berlin. Hopefully, Neil is (finally) learning to drive and we spend the last few light nights practising in Costco car park. Finally, I want to take Dexter pumpkin picking again. He'll be old enough to run around the patch this year.
If it was a perfect world and you could plan these things to a tee, I would hope this is the month I got pregnant again. I am keen to have another baby, I have been broody since the day Dexter was born, and I don't want to wait too long. I read that eighteen months gives your body the right amount of time to heal, so conceiving now would be perfect. Of course, if our new home isn't sorted, I will want to wait. November is definitely a month for wrapping up warm and cuddling on the sofa. I want to get all my Christmas shopping done before the mad rush of December as well. Can I be as organised as I was in 2016?
It's the month of Christmas and it will be the first one Dexter will be able to understand. I want to splash out and get him some lovely new toys and clothes. I hope by now we are in our new house and we can host Christmas in our first proper home as a family. I want to cook a full Turkey dinner with prawns to start and chocolate cake for dessert. I want to take Dexter out to meet Santa in a grotto, visit the Christmas markets, buy lots of Christmas decorations and decorate the tree together as a family.