2016 – A retrospective

As regular blog posts go, this is about as good as it gets here. My annual round up of our year is now in it’s third year and it changes as the children do. Less big milestones and more little things that are rites of passage in childhood.  So, as we tucked into our fish & chips a couple of evenings ago, I got the rest of the family to remember some of their highlights. 

  • Mini Mck got his first pair of lace up shoes
  • Lady Mck stopped wearing nappies in the day and is now totally toilet trained
  • I made myself an actual wearable crochet garment. Twice
  • Mckdad trained as a football coach
  • Nano starting learning to read, now that he is in Year 1 
  • We expanded our animal family with two kittens 
  • Our old cat hated us for at least six months of the year, due to aforementioned kittens (he’s ok now)
  • We saw the seals at Horsey Beach for the first time
  • Lady Mck spent her first night away from the rest of the family
  • Nano started after-school drama lessons
  • Mini Mck learnt to swim without any buoyancy aids
  • I finally mastered a flapjack recipe – it’s all in the size of tray and the timing
  • Nano went on his first sleepover to a friend’s house
  • Mini Mck went up three reading levels and is nearly a free reader
  • Nano joined the a school sing along group
  • Lady Mck started sleeping in a bed. No more cots in this house
  • I learnt how to make swiss meringue buttercream, which is a revelation
  • I volunteered at the best blogging conference in town
  • Lady Mck started gymnastics
  • Lady Mck learned how to do a forward roll
  • Mini Mck also learned how to do a forward roll
  • I was shortlised for a Mum’s Voice award and went to a fancy luncheon in London
  • We finally put Lady Mck’s bike seat on my bike and so all went out on a family bike ride
  • Mini Mck went climbing at a climbing centre for the first time
  • Mini Mck started learning French
  • Lady Mck learned to scoot
  • Nano finally mastered the fireman’s pole at our local park 
  • Lady Mck discovered pink and decided she loves it
  • Nano made his first grown up Lego set, with no help
  • Lady Mck swallowed a penny and therefore had her first (and second) x-ray
  • Nano started wearing glasses
  • Mckdad started wearing reading glasses
  • I started wearing reading glasses
  • Nano started wearing an eye patch for 3 hours a day
  • Lady Mck stabbed me in the eye with a fork (and still apologies for this every week) It was a big year for eyes
  • Mini Mck took part in a Ukelele concert
  • Nano started riding a pedal bike with stabilisers
  • We went on a punt down the river in Cambridge 
  • I lost over a stone in weight
  • Mabel became an expert mouser, before she was even a year old
  • Mini Mck learnt Suduko 
  • Mini Mck learnt how to tell the time
  • Nano went to his first musical. The Sound of Music
  • Lady Mck had her first ponytails, side bunches and topknots
  • I mastered the messy bun
  • Mckdad got an office – NO more piles of school books in the dining room (mostly)
  • I gave something up and it was a brilliant decision
  • I made marmalade for the first time


I love looking back on our year, but I’m always a little concerned that as the children get older, there will be less firsts. Mckdad and I noticed that ours were quite hard to think of and it made us both agree that we should do more to learn new things this year. It was a quiet year, but all in all, a good one. 

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