// We spent the last few days of October and the start of November in Dorset for half term. It was good to get away together as a family, and Dorset is just beautiful.
// The rest of November was pretty ‘normal’ – we were busy with work and children, but we managed to make a few trips out as well as squeeze in some rare child-free dates.
// I helped run a day conference for clergy spouses that went well, as well as dipping my toe into being a ‘Young Living distributor’. I hosted my first two classes, one at our house and one on Facebook (which you can still view here), and have really enjoyed chatting to people about oils and toxin-free living.
// Josh’s mum came for a weekend visit which was fun!
// I experimented by doing a ‘plastic free shopping’ month – you can read by thoughts about it here.
// December was a bit of a weird month. To begin with my car battery wasn’t working so I couldn’t go to any of my normal activities for a week, then we all got ill over the next week and half with a strange virus. It left us feeling pretty run down, and extremely sleep deprived and so I felt pretty detached from Christmas preparations within the parish. The children all then got colds because their immune systems had been compromised by the virus, with Gwennan being particularly hard hit. In short, I basically didn’t leave the house for the first 19 days of December and I was beyond exhausted!
// Thankfully we had a fun evening of cocktails with friends and a trip to the pantomime (because Ivy missed her school trip when she was ill) which helped us feel a bit more festive.
// Gwennan finally started walking on the 2nd December!
// Josh’s parents arrived on Christmas eve for a few days which was really fun. The kids had a lovely Christmas and I thought it was a really nice family time. We headed down to Devon for a few days after Christmas to see my family.
I’m really glad that I managed to write an update for every month this year because otherwise it would have been a complete sleep deprived blur! 2018 hasn’t been particularly remarkable but we’ve had some fun as a family settling into our new home.
The first few months were hectic as began to establish ourselves in our new community and churches. I also had to get used to driving again, and make new friends at new toddler groups! We had fun, but we were rundown and exhausted after moving and disturbed nights with the kids and so there was quite a lot of illness going around and by Easter we were burnt out.
Thankfully things began to improve in May, along with the weather. I have certainly enjoyed exploring more of rural Pembrokeshire throughout the seasons, from the deep snow we had in March, to the carpets of wildflowers throughout May, to the glorious hot summer and golden Autumn. Spending many glorious hours in our new garden with the kids in the pool, or evenings round the fire pit will be some of my favourite memories of 2018.