Madly in love with my Husband Adam and proud Mama to our son Brodie James Basil & our rainbow, Ari Rupert. Here you will find me chasing happiness & surviving life after Baby loss.

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Mrs Carrick x

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Our Year 2016

Twenty Sixteen...where do I start. I lost a few people on the way but I gained something incredible. I gained the same surname as my two boys, fell in love all over again and married my childhood sweetheart. I watched Brodie grow from a baby to a little boy and I am so proud my heart could burst!

I have loved looking back on this year as it made me realise that although we went through some tough times, had our fair share of tears and trouble. We also had some unforgettable moments, holidays and adventures. And the best part....we survived !


We started January in our favourite place...Center Parcs. It was the best start to the year, a mini stay-cation with my two boys, enjoying time away as a family. Although January is my Birthday month it is pretty miserable time of year and I begin counting down the weeks till summer! 


In February I had my first wedding dress fitting. There is something really special about standing in your very own wedding dress for the first time! It really got me excited for our wedding day!


In March I had my first Mothers day. A whole day to celebrate being a Mum with my two boys! Perfect excuse to be spoilt ! We spent a lot of March at the seaside enjoying the beautiful spring weather, you cannot beat a bit of sea air!

We also started the kitchen renovations and had to move out of our home and into my parents house for three weeks. I was so excited as we had been planning our new kitchen for years and finally it was happening!


April was a really busy month. We moved back into our home as our new kitchen and patio was complete! I still now absolutely adore it and although it involved a lot of work it was worth it all! You can read about our kitchen renovations here. 

 We enjoyed another trip to Center Parcs this time with my whole family...13 of us in total! It was the first time all my brothers and sisters had been together in the same place for years. It was so much fun being able to spend some time with them all!

We had our Hen and Stag do's which was soon much fun! 

I also had my final wedding dress fitting and collected my dress ready for the big day! Our honeymoon to the Domincan Republic got cancelled two weeks before we were supposed to depart and this was really stressful but luckily Mr C managed to book as an even better Honeymoon to Mauritius. Happy Wife Happy life! 


May has and always will be my favourite month of the year. Its the most beautiful with all the pretty blossom trees and late evenings. It is also the month that saw me first ever get with Mr C, engaged and then as of this year Married. 

We had the most beautiful day and Im still now blown away! I feel so lucky to be married to my childhood sweetheart and to have had a wedding as beautiful as ours.  You can read all about our day here!

Two days after our wedding we jetted off to Mauritius on a family honeymoon and it was incredible. SO beautiful, so luxury and so lovely to be in our own wedding bubble! Read about our Honeymoon here.


In June we celebrated our baby's first birthday. We had a small party at our house with a bouncy castle. Unfortunately it rained most of the day so my idea of a BBQ, paddling pool and garden party quickly got blown out the window but he still had the best day!

Our baby also learnt to walk in June. Which was a massive milestone and an emotional month for Mumma. My baby really was no more!


In July we discovered we were expecting baby number two. We also booked a last minute holiday and flew off to Crete for a week. It really was one of the best holidays we have ever had. The spontaneous holidays are always the best!

We had the most beautiful weather, complete sunshine every day and Brodie absolutely loved the swimming and exploring somewhere new. I loved our holidays as a couple but nothing beats sharing our holidays with our little one. He brings fun to a whole new level!


I adore August as Mr C always manages to take a lot of time off! We came home from Greece and a couple of days later went off to Center Parcs. We had the best time cycling, swimming and soaking up the time together as a family.

August was also the month we gained our angel baby and experienced our first miscarriage. Although this was really painful its something I don't want to be forgotten. You can read about it here


After our Miscarriage in August Mr C booked for us to stay in the New forest. I absolutely adore the New Forest and is one of our favourite places and it was extra special being able to take Brodie. Although it wasn't a happy time, we made the most of our time away as a family, switched off our phones and enjoyed being away together.


October is another really beautiful month, especially this year as it was really warm. We enjoyed a lot of Autumnal walks and our first experience Pumpkin Picking which can be read about here.


November was another pretty month and we enjoyed more frosty walks together as a family and had some National Trust adventures. We also started a new family Christmas tradition, pick your own christmas tree which was really enjoyable. You can read about that here.

Brodie also got accepted on to the books of a modelling agency and had to get his photos taken. He was really good and made us both so proud! We also managed to get some super cute photos out of it!


December is always an exciting month as its Christmas! This year it was more exciting than ever because we had Brodie and although he wasn't completely aware with what was going on he really enjoyed the christmas adventures. We met Father Christmas twice, went ice skating, cut down our christmas tree and decorated the house. 

On Christmas day he was so shocked and excited to see all the presents under the tree. He really loved opening and playing with each and everyone and got utterly spoilt by our friends and family. 

I started the year as a Miss and I'm ending it as Mrs Carrick. I have never been happier and so content with life than finally being married to my best friend. I absolutely love being Mrs Carrick and know 2017 will bring a whole load of new adventures and new fun!

Wishing you all a Happy New year! 

Mrs Carrick xo

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