I know it’s a terrible cliche, but the end of a year just draws out a reflective side of me and so I thought that I would take a look back over what memories 2017 created.
January was a big month for me as I turned thirty. I decided to spend my actual birthday in Hong Kong at Disneyland because why not?
I had a really great day up until the evening when I vomited the most I have in my entire life. It was legit awful. I basically didn’t eat for the rest of our trip which is a shame because Chinese food is my favourite.
When we returned I had a Hawaiian themed party at Moor Park Mansion. It was so, so fun and literally everybody dressed up in Hawaiian shirts, flip flops (two of my buddies were a pair!) and leis absolutely everywhere. It was so colourful and brightened up the dull days that January brings.
My amazing cake was from Bluebell Bakes, which is where I get all of my cakes from. They are delish!
In February, we had the best trip to LA with our buddies. We had so, so much fun. We went to Disneyland (again), Knott’s Berry Farm, Malibu, Venice Beach, Santa Monica, Long Beach… oh it was brilliant. We were blessed with good weather which really lifted us from the depths of grey winter back home. Kate and I went whale watching and saw four grey whales!!! It was incredible.
March was a bit of a quiet month for us, but we enjoyed walks with Holly and I got a new passport which I was quite excited about!
In April we headed over to Amsterdam over the Easter break. We fell in love with the city and had a great time doing all of the touristy things.
When we returned, we had a meal to celebrate Phil’s birthday and I surprised him with another awesome cake from Bluebell Bakes. It was a League of Legends themed cake. He loved it!
In May we enjoyed celebrating friends and family birthdays and walks in Marlow. We also had our annual Eurovision bbq party, but I didn’t take any photos!
In June, I ordered a really amazing outdoor dining set which I was super excited about and we took Phil’s Dad over to Brussels for Father’s Day weekend. We went on the Eurostar for the first time too. It was great!
July was a mammoth month with so much going on. My bestie turned thirty, so we went out to celebrate.
My gorgeous friends Sarah and Matt had an engagement party and I was asked to be Sarah’s bridesmaid!
We had a hen party for my lovely friend Kimberley and then we headed back over to LA for more whale watching (humpbacks this time!), Taking Back Sunday and Disneyland (again).
We spent most of August stateside which was incredible. We went to San Diego for the first time and it took my breath away. What a spectacular place!
We also went to Vegas and flew to the Grand Canyon. It was just as beautiful as when we visited on our honeymoon. I saw Britney for the last time (sob) and we saw Ed Sheeran at the Staples Center. It was a great trip.
We also squeezed in a British beach trip with our furball Holly.
September gave us the wedding of our two friends Kimberley and Simon. They got married at a gorgeous venue in the Cotswolds and it was such a pretty day.
In October we mostly focused on the house and our renovations. We had the whole of upstairs replastered and ordered new stuff. It was all very exciting.
In November we visited Waddesdon Manor and Warwick Castle.
Our new fur baby Ivy moved in!
In December we celebrated Christmas with friends, got to know Ivy a little more and headed off to Budapest before seeing in the New Year with our buddies.
This year I’m looking forward to having a pyjama party for my birthday (mostly so I don’t have to bother getting dressed).
We are also heading off to Barcelona, Center Parcs and Miami. I’m looking forward to planning more adventures, finally finishing off renovating the inside of the house and celebrating Phil’s thirtieth birthday. We’ve also got our friends wedding at the end of the year so I can tell that it’s going to be a good one!
What are you looking forward to this year?