Looking back and jumping into 2018

The Family

Looking back at my highlights of the year has to be the birth of my second son, born on the 27th September, now we have two children both born in the same month, but its ok as there is a payday in-between, thankfully.

He such an easy going little chap and with Steph breastfeeding it has made my life a little easier, I can sleep all through the night, Joking aside he’s actually no bother, he doesn’t cry much and he’s an active little chap. Zach loves him but he can be a bit careless and boyctress around him so we need to be careful, He just starting to smile and laugh which is an amazing thing to see.

I’m sure he is a descendent of Popeye as his strength is quite scary, he doesn’t like to lie down and he can hold his head up quite easy, he’s been able to do this since about 2 weeks old, But Zach was the same he was a week old when he started lifting his head,, Both must have good genes.

Zach has progressed in many ways this year, He started football classes which started off really well but near to the end of term he just didn’t seem interested, so I done the best thing and pulled him out, I didn’t want to be a pushy parent and force him to do it. Maybe he was a bit young. I took him to his first football match at the Stadium of Light which to be honest he surprised me and watched the whole 90 minutes.

We started taking Zach to his swimming lessons and he loves it, he received his first badge and certificate just before Christmas, he looks forward to going every week and seems to want to stick at it.

The last bit of exciting news for Zach is that he has been accepted into Sunderland’s best Nursery starting next week, the school is very hard to get into and they seem to only accept a select few from outside the area. So we can’t wait to get him back to school. He is a very clever little boy and we hope he will thrive in this school.

The Blog

 I first started blogging 3 years ago, then with health problems I gave it up, 3 months ago I started a new blog, and getting back into writing and doing what I love. I never had an aim or objectives, I just wanted to push content out and write, but juggling the blog, family life and work has been a struggle, I think I took too much on at once. But in saying that I have really enjoyed it this time round.

At the moment I blog as a hobby, and enjoy it that way, I have been learning to engage with my followers, as well as read others blogs, which has been fun to see what other peoples interest are as well. But what I love is seeing people comment and engage on my posts, it really does mean a lot, the worst part about stating a blog is thinking that no one will read it, so the fact people are really means a lot.

So what for 2018?

 I have t say I am looking forward to this year; I have big plans for my blog. As some of my readers know I love photography, I have had people asking to purchase prints from me last year so I thought about opening a store to make purchasing prints easier. This is currently being built, I have made a plan of places to visit this year, every fortnight I will visit somewhere new. I will make a vlog of this photoshoot and sell that print as a limited edition here on my blog. At the end of year there will be calendars available for order too so keep an eye out for that.

Our family love the UK, we love holidays and camping so this year we’re trying some new places. We are going to Scotland again in February, then maybe Wales and Cornwall later in the year, this will the first year we don’t go to Center Parcs as we wanted to try something different.

My blog will see more giveaways every month throughout the year and I have a brilliant review coming in the coming weeks with a very exciting giveaway.

I would really like to thank each and everyone of you for the support over the past 3 months, the blogging community is probably one of the best around, everyone is so friendly and not afraid to help each other out.



  1. 4th January 2018 / 12:13 pm

    Looks like you’ve got an exciting year ahead. Great news about selling prints; wish my photography were good enough to do something along those lines! :-)

    • 4th January 2018 / 2:46 pm

      Thanks tom. I’m quite looking forward to this year. Still time to learn. I’ll plebe posting more photography tutorials this year so keep an eye out.

  2. 4th January 2018 / 1:33 pm

    Just started reading your blog on DIV Dad’s recommendation — and very glad I have. I am a dad of two, a 14 year old daughter who has gone off her parents big time and a football crazy 12 year old boy, who still loves us! Very engaging blog. Good luck in 2018

    • 4th January 2018 / 2:47 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to read. What a wonderful age. The teenage year are the hardest. I remember them like yesterday ha. Thank you

  3. 5th January 2018 / 7:40 pm

    2018 sounds like an exciting year! Good luck with the photography store! #thatfridaylinky

  4. 6th January 2018 / 10:50 am

    Well you what I think 2018 is your year mate good luck and keep on blogging star of the future you are mate Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

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