Hello 2013

We spent the morning doing some craft kits that the children were given for Christmas. This mainly involved Daddy hammering nails, Mummy wielding a hot glue gun and burning herself repeatedly, Aaron painting and Tabitha generally adding to the chaos. In the afternoon we decided to go for a nice peaceful walk and ignore the mountain of housework!


Tabitha was getting tired n the way home and we hadn’t taken a sling, so Colin popped her into his rucksack!


It wasn’t long before she fell asleep, so it must have been fairly comfortable!


I’m quite excited about 2013. Colin starts his new job tomorrow and I have some childminding work lined up, so things are looking up. These aren’t exactly resolutions, but I do have three goals for the next year.

Declutter and simplify!

The urge to simplify has hit me again recently. About 18 months ago I read “Simplicity Parenting” and had a huge toy clearout. I did do some decluttering of the rest of the house, but I’ve always struggled with sentimental attachment to things. I think I’ve managed to mostly overcome that now, so this time I want to get rid of as much “stuff” as possible (anyone want a juicer by the way?).

When I’m feeling overwhelmed at the task and not knowing where to begin, I find the Zen Habits blog really helpful. Another inspiration has been Miri from Here We Are Together. She has just started a new blog called Declutter To Happiness, which I’m really looking forward to following.

Make our home beautiful

Colin and I set up home together when we were students, and budget has always been the deciding factor when choosing household items. However, I’ve reached the point where I would rather save up longer for good-quality and ethically-made items that will last for years. From now on, when things need to be replaced I will choose the prettiest option rather than the cheapest. I also want to fill our home with lovely handmade items. So far all my crafting has been for the children or other people, but this year I will dedicate some time to making things for our home. It may seem like this is at odds with my first goal, but seeing cheerful, colourful things around the house makes me feel happy, especially in the winter.


Enjoy lots of family days out!

Now that Colin is working every day the children and I will be seeing a lot less of him, so we’ll need to be more intentional about spending quality time together as a family. I’m aiming to go out together at least two Saturdays out of every month. As I was looking through my photos to choose some favourites from 2012, I noticed that many of our happiest memories are from trips out and about, so it’s something I want to place more importance on.

Unlike last year, I don’t really have any plans as far as home education is concerned. I’m pretty relaxed and go-with-the-flow about it at the moment. 🙂

Do you have any goals for 2013?


  1. Claire

    Hi Sarah
    I love reading your blog, it really cheers me up! I have 3 older children who are all at school and I am lucky that I actually teach 1 of them. But I am a great supporter of those who wish to educate their children at home. You seem to be a highly motivated and thoughtful parent who is actually thinking very carefully about what education means and whilst crafting is good fun, children do need some form of structure and “do lessons ” in subjects they may not naturally gravitate towards. You are creating a wonderful documentary of your children’s lives and when they get older they will love re reading this blog.
    Thank you

    • Sarah

      Hi Claire, thanks for your lovely comment! That’s great that you get to teach one of your children. What age group do you teach? 🙂

      • Claire

        Hi Sarah
        I teach 8 and 9 year olds part time. Last year I taught my younger daughter full time which really was a treat, for me at least! I felt I got to know my children again and saw them in a different context which is rare for most parents. I suppose we home educate our children once they get home from school. Once they get older they can stay up later. Its not unknown for us to be baking until 9 oclock! My son, who is 12, hasn’t had to suffer his mum teach him at school, although I did teach him Sunday school for 3 years so he didn’t escape entirely!
        I too am de cluttering, I am shocked over how much stuff we have. We have sold quite a few items on ebay and given stacks to the chartiy shops who seemed really quite greatful. I do find it difficult to get rid of books though. Last year I heard about some volunteers who set up there own library, based on donations- now there’s a thought!
        Keep posting it gives me something to look forward to!

  2. Oh, did not know about the new job. What is it? I am itching to sort this house out but I just do not know where to start and I struggle with knowing where to properly dispose of things to as well. The Hospice (Children’s I think) is collecting things in Green Lanes until January 5th- things to be re-sold or used as raffle prizes. May start there.

    • Sarah

      Same place! He’s teaching the new Universal Jobsmatch course. We didn’t tell many people because they’ve let him down twice already and we weren’t sure if it would actually happen or not. I think I’ll 100% believe it when he gets his first wages! 😆

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