Farewell 2016 and a Happy Hogmanay tonight!
How’s the year been for your family?
For ours there have been many disruptions and ups and downs, some upsets and illness. We’re ending the year happily though and with a lot of love for each other, and really what else matters?
2016 for our family
I never really write about the nitty gritty of what goes on here at Casa Chaos, the kids want and deserve privacy and so does my husband and my mum and others.
So let’s just say we’ve had school upsets, a redundancy, issues around autism and a lot of coming and going between the beautiful Central West town of Orange and Sydney.
My mum and aunty visited in February, from freezing Scotland to frying Sydney, Mum wasn’t too well and she’s been unwell all year off and on.
The sharp and painful reality of being an emigrant half a world away from my ageing and dearly loved mum has been the worst of the year for me.
The best of the year has been more time with a husband at home, and then having my sister and her family staying with us now for Christmas and New Year.
2016: The Year in Blogging
There have been 166 posts put up in 2016 and I’m thrilled to say that more people have visited this blog than ever before. If you’re looking for good quality detailed information on things to do in Sydney with kids then Google will send you here.
A Blog Agent – At Last!
It was fab to have Nuffnang take me on as one of their Bloggerati. The sponsored posts on the blog this year have enabled me to start paying some lovely younger mums to write posts for the blog. Love that!
My fave sponsored post of the year was:
This site is a media minnow but it’s great fun to be aboard and very satisfying to share great information whilst being creative.
My happiest post of the year is the one about morning tea at Gunners Barracks with my mum.
Travel and Trips
The trip to Taiwan with two of the kids was definitely the travel highlight of the year. What a fabulous opportunity.
We also loved putting up lots of posts about weekends away and holidays, written by myself and other mums.
Check out our posts on Canberra, Wollongong/Jamberoo, Forster, Queensland, Q Station Manly, South West Rocks, Millthorpe, Windsor, Pearl Beach, the Blue Mountains, and Where To Stay At Jervis Bay With Kids.
In 2016 the weekly What’s On posts became a new Sydney What’s On Events Calendar.
And of course we brought you more of the best beaches, playgrounds, water slides and other fab Sydney spots for tots. Hooray!
One of my photos went viral on Facebook for the first time ever. Parents’ behaviour at kids sports is a hot topic for families!
I’ve just re-read what here’s so far and am having a little cry to myself.
2017 is going to start with a visit to see Mum in Scotland and I cannot tell you how much I wish I could be staying there for months with her.
Mum is not at all well and she isn’t going to get better. We hope that she will stay steady and that we can all spend time together this year and into the years ahead.
But life is uncertain, we have to enjoy the time we have.
I’ll only be with Mum for 10 days and then it’s home to the family here.
We’re then moving most of us to live in Orange for the first three terms of 2017. It’s just a tree change sabbatical and the slower pace of life will be good for us all.
I’ll just end by saying that whilst life is uncertain, love is not and that’s what I will be focussing on in 2017.
With all best wishes to you and yours, here’s to outdoors fun with our kids and to loving our old folks.
Thank goodness for the kids, thank goodness for babies, toddlers and even teenagers, for the new life that salves the grief of ageing and death.