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Day Zero – Month 27 (December)

You know the drill. On the 19 September 2010 I started a Day Zero list: a place to record goals, discover new challenges, and gain motivation to achieve them. I made a list of 100 things I want to do over 1001 days. The list is due to be competed by 16 June 2013. In the last couple of weeks I have

5.     Read at least one book every month for 12 months

It’s taken downloading the Kindle app on my iPad Mini to finally get back into reading. That probably sounds a little bit silly but I don’t feel like reading after a day with the children. It’s normally as much as I can do to flick through a magazine but I’m enjoying reading on my iPad. I’ve just finished Caitlin Moran’s Moranthology and I’m now reading The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton.

21. Bake and decorate Christmas cupcakes

*cough* Did you see my festive cupcake wreath??

45. Read a biography

Does Moranthology count?

51. Book a babysitter for the first time

I’m never going to persuade myself I trust anyone to look after my children except close family. My sister visited a few weeks ago and I persuaded her to look after my terrible two and enjoyed a trip to the cinema with my husband. My husband and I also popped out to the pub while we visited my mum last week. That will have to do.

I can’t believe how quickly this year has flown. It’s been a bit of a struggle at times. It’s hard to believe I’m a mum to a 1 and 2 year old. As much as I love them both, excuse me for stating the obvious, but they are hard work! They  are at the stage where they seem to love and hate each other in equal measures. I think I’m going to be reading lots of parenting books over the coming months.

We’ve done some brilliant things as a family: had a great holiday in Teignmouth and a week glamping; met Paula Radcliffe; saw the Olympic Torch and went to an Olympic event; took the children to see Peppa Pig Live! which they both adored; tested the iCandy Strawberry; finally got the children christened; took the toddler on a Day out with Thomas; had fun at Legoland and attended a lovely party for the 30th birthday of Dear Zoo.

I’ve also managed a few things on my own – my husband allowed me time off for good behaviour and I attended a ridiculous 4 blogging conferences; I won a years’ supply of milk, a washing machine, coffee machine and a place on a creative writing course; I passed my driving test, saw Keane play live at Brixton and got picked as a Morphy Richards Innovator.

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