31/12/2013

Happy New Year!

The monkeys, Mr Monkey and I would like to wish all our readers a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. We really do hope 2014 is a good one for you all!

2013 has been a mixed one for us. Mostly good, with some fab memories but a few lows.

The year started with me hurting my back and being pretty much out of action for the 1st two weeks of January. Then before the end of the month little monkey turned 2. I really can't quite believe he will soon be 3!
Mr monkey turned the big 40 in March and we did several things as a family to celebrate, this included a family picnic, which we actually had in May, so that the weather was better! We watched him drive a Aston Martin around Brands Hatch and of course we got him a cake and other birthday treats.
At the very end of March I started the blog. I have thoroughly enjoyed doing something for me that is also for the monkeys. I have learned a lot and met some fantastic and truly inspirational people. Here's hoping the blog continues to move onwards and upwards.

In April I took the monkeys on a long weekend to Haven Holidays in Somerset. Although cold, we had a lovely time and the monkeys loved that Nanny came too!
Mr Monkey started his Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer qualifications. These are to add to his Pilates and Sports Massage qualifications. We are very proud of him.
April also saw us taking little monkey for the 1st of several check ups at the hospital for his very mild hearing loss!

May saw big monkey turn 5 and to celebrate we all went to Lego Land Windsor for the day. Next time we would love to take them to stay in the Lego themed hotel.
During the summer we were fortunate enough to have fab weather and were able to spend a lot of time visiting Nanny and Grandad on their boat, which was on the Thames in Surrey and Berkshire. The monkeys love the boat and we had great fun visiting lots of fab places.

July started with Mr monkey and I going to watch Bon Jovi at Hyde Park....a great gig but very hot!!
It also saw me celebrating my birthday on the boat in the sun at Windsor! I had a fab day.
In August we all watched Mr monkey speed around Brands Hatch in an Aston Martin....one of his 40th Birthday gifts from his family. The monkeys loved it.
In September big monkey started in year 1 and little monkey started going to Preschool......my babies are growing too fast! They both settled in far better than I could have imagined. I also had the privilege of attending the Mad Blog Awards in Kensington after winning a 'golden ticket' to the event. it was an amazing evening and one I will never forget.
October saw us struggling with big monkeys behaviour at home but his school really helped us to turn his behaviour around...thankfully. It was pretty stressful and a huge strain on the Mr and I! I'm so pleased we all came through the other side! Mr monkey went to big monkeys parents evening this month too and we were so pleased to hear he is doing fabulously at school.

November and December was spent buying gifts and getting prepared for Christmas! December is when we also had confirmation that little monkey will be fitted with Grommets. They should really improve his speech, which is already a lot better than it was before he started Preschool.
We had a great Christmas and look forward to 2014. I shall endeavor to lose some weight and spend more time on me. I'm going to BritMums in June and want to continue with the blog. Mr monkey hopes to continue to build his business and train more people. The monkeys will no doubt continue to be monkeys but do you know what, they are our monkeys and we wouldn't want them any other way! 

Sadly our family lost 2 special Ladies this year. They will always remain in our hearts and be remembered frequently.


I hope you can join us in the New Year


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