The 1st of January brought the Euro to Estonia and I made some new year’s resolutions that I sort of forgot about half way through the year. On 7th of January we found out that J’s dad is sick and this twist in our lives ended up defining most of the year for us.
At the end of January I started getting ready for Oskar’s birthday and dared to shock all the parents of his classmates with asking for money instead of presents for him.
In the beginning of February I pondered having more babies, but soon returned to more trivial things and got addicted to a great Aussie TV series called the Underbelly.
In mid February Oskar had his first 6th birthday party and at the end of February we flew to Canberra to see papa one last time.
On 19th of February, Oskar celebrated his 6th birthday in the city where he was born.
We spent a few gorgeous days in Sydney in the beginning of March and then a bit more time in Canberra.
Once back in London, the mood was lifted a bit by the year’s first 10k race and gorgeous spring weather.
On the 29th of March we got the news of papa’s passing… and, minus the kids, we headed back to Canberra wearing black.
In April we celebrated my 35th birthday and then the Royal Wedding.
In May I ran the Race for Life in Regent’s Park, raising some money for Cancer Research UK and at the end of the month we left the kids with nana and enjoyed a quiet pampering weekend in a spa.
In June we went to see the Wiggles live and celebrated Estonian midsummer festival with several hundred other Estonians living in London.
At the end of June I stuck a label of “mommy blogger” on my dress and took part of Cybermummy 2011.
Shortly afterwards London was hit by a heat wave and life was looking and feeling pretty good for a change…
In the beginning of July we spent a great day on Clapham Common at Jamie Oliver’s Big Feastival and later on in the month flew to Estonia for a very relaxed holiday.
In August we came back to London just in time to witness some major temper tantrums on its streets.
At the end of August I went back to Estonia for a class reunion that against all expectations turned out to be fantastic.
In September I had to re-visit the day in 2006 when J got hit by a car – I had to perform some post-car accident surgery on his arm.
September was also the month that saw me coming out of the closet about my PND, running my second half marathon and ranting about how exercise is marketed to women.
In October Oskar lost his first tooth, I did some DIY art for our house and took part of Mumsnet’s Better Miscarriage Care campaign by posting the story of my miscarriage.
That month we also went to a photo exhibit called Nondigitally Estonian, an English wedding and trick-or-treating for the first time.
I started November with sharing some running tips and then by buying a car. After 6 years in London without a car, that was quite an event for us :)
I continued the month by moaning about cursive writing and taking the kids to see fireworks on Guy Fawkes’ night.
Oskar discovered that he has been published in the Lego Jr magazine and Oliver turned 3.
In the beginning of December we celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary in a spa hotel.
Soon after that J turned a year older and Christmas decorations went up in the house. We spent Christmas in Estonia, but it was less than ideal holiday due to the complete lack of snow and almost every member of the family being sick.
New Year’s Eve was spent with some friends over for the afternoon and by 10:40 we were all in bed, listening to fireworks going off in the neighbourhood.
So this was 2011 for us. Let’s see what adventures 2012 has in store. Hopefully it’ll bring more running and good health and no funerals and more friends and catch-ups and traveling and weddings :)
Writing down new year's resolutions... or maybe not :)