I’ve been meaning to write something about how we’re settling in in Finland and Helsinki, but I haven’t really had the energy to post anything – so guess my blog has been on a bit of a summer holiday too! But now a few things have happened and the holiday is more or less over…
Yesterday, just as I was trying to leave the house with the girls, someone rang the doorbell. I opened and it turned out to be a guy from our gas and electricity company who wanted to check our meters, which seems to happen every few months. It was a big, friendly guy with a foreign accent who I immediately took a liking to.
Last day of the year. Always makes me feel I should be reflecting over the past year. 2017 has had its highs and lows, the main high obviously being welcoming Maya into the world and the main low being not feeling great at the beginning of the pregnancy. But overall it’s been another good year and we’ve all been healthy and happy, which is the main thing!
Happy election day! It’s been raining non-stop since the morning so wonder how many will skip voting in the general election today…I’m not allowed to vote because I’m not a British citizen, but I have to say I’m almost relieved as I wouldn’t know which party to vote for. Maybe the Greens but then again that’s not a tactical vote as they have no chance against the Conservative Party. Hmm.
I wrote a post about feeling grateful a while back, and thought it was time to write down a few things that have made me happy again. To be fair, there are way more than only ten things that have made me smile in the past week or so, but here is a selection of things that come to mind!
Something I haven’t told you about here on the blog yet (because Matthew hasn’t let me until now) is The Ally Bally Bee Project. Around two years ago, just before Lana was born and my grandmother’s Alzheimer’s got worse Matthew had an idea about creating a personalised children’s book that explains dementia to your wee one.
When I look back at 2016 I think of it as a good year overall. Perhaps not on a global level but on a personal level it has been good – apart from my grandmother passing away of course. It’s been a big year with marriage, a new job and buying a flat. I’ve seen Lana grow into a sunny little human being who’s already outclevering her mamma and pappa. Here are the main events I remember from 2016.
I often feel grateful, because let’s face it, there’s no reason I shouldn’t – but for some reason I often keep these thoughts to myself and voice the negative, ungrateful opinions instead. It’s something I really want to work on as saying negative things won’t do me or anyone else around me any good. So to start focusing on the good stuff I want to write about what I’ve been feeling grateful for over the past week!