|The Secluded Tea Party - January 2011|
March saw me going back to work full-time, trying to juggle my work as a freelance translator and the deadlines it involves with a baby without any sort of childcare.
|40th birthday cake|
In May I had my first Spanish Mother's Day. We also rented a fabulous Best of Suffolk property in Middleton, The West Ring, to celebrate my husband's 40th birthday catching up with his closest friends, who joined us for a couple of days of good food, drink, luxury and general togetherness, friendship, fun and laughter.
June was LittleT's first birthday, another party at home, a lovely birthday cake made by her auntie, lots of lovely visitors and rain! Unfortunately no one came from Spain to celebrate this milestone with her and us.
|First birthday table layout|
August was my birthday, my husband took the day off and we had a lovely day together.
September brought the sale of the flat where I lived for many years before moving in with my then fiancé. It marked the end of an era and in a few weeks time it should mark the start of another as we buy a new bigger home for the three of us.
In October I finally had the chance to finish an article that had been going round my head for a while, Little known changing bag brands worth knowing. At the end of the month I went to the Baby Show in London and had the opportunity to meet some of the people behind two of those brands. As well as the opportunity to meet some of my new blogging friends at The Fisher Price Party.
|Drive Confident with the AA|
In November I had huge amounts of work and therefore little time for blogging, Mr Tapas' work took him away from us for a while both in October and November, but we did manage to find some time to put in an offer on a house and are now buying it. Hurry up conveyancing process!
November also took me to The Secluded Blogfest.
December brought a lovely date with my husband and a special Christmas day for LittleT with lots of lovely presents.
On the last day of the year I have spent some time in The Sanctuary, I first had a facial and then I half wrote this post while sitting in the relaxation room, taking advantage of the fact that the lights were too low to read my magazine and that I had some time to put the year in perspective. I may turn it into a yearly thing, a couple of hours of the last morning of each year to take stock and relax before tackling another year.
Me in 2011? Good overall, although on occasion not great to be honest, a bit down at times, not always the happiest person but, despite my return to work, I have spent a lot of time with my daughter and I am happy to say that that means that I haven't missed a single one of her landmark moments, I really don't know how I would have felt if I had got to a nursery one day to be told that she had taken her first step or said her first word. I am delighted that I was always there to see her triumphant face.
It is hard and challenging at times, I do wish I had a bit of time to myself once a week to take stock like I did the other day and to put things in perspective. Spending a little time away from LittleT and Mr Tapas is weird but I think it's very helpful. It's good both for me and our relationship that I get to feel like me.
I ask 2012 to give me more time to be a mum, to play with my daughter or sit down and cuddle with not a care in the world. I ask the piles of unwashed clothes to calm down. The dishes, pots and pans to stay cleaner a bit longer. I ask family pressure to go away. I ask my self-esteem to come back. I ask for freedom to go out with my husband. I ask for flexibility to have time to think, moisturise and look after myself, and to once in a while have a duvet day!
Happy new year everyone or, as we say in Spain, feliz año.