Celebrating the end of my first year at university

This week I hit submit on my final essay for my first year at university. What a first year its been, well 7 months really as the academic year didn’t start until October.

We moved into our house at the start of September. I started a new job 3 days after we moved into this house. We got our puppy, Polly, a week later. Then 4 weeks later I started on the long road to gaining my degree with the Open University.

Over those 7 months we have done so many house renovations I have lost count, I have a huge list of home blog posts coming up. Along with the renovations we have had Christmas, birthdays, a couple of weekends away, and a generally hectic schedule. We haveĀ gone through a whirlwind of emotions, happiness, tiredness, sometimes sad, often stressed. The last 2 months have been long and difficult at times, but finally things are calming down and hopefully falling back into place.

Learning to juggle studying again has been really difficult for me. I left school at 16 and went to full time work, other then my NVQ to become a teaching assistant I haven’t studied since school. And I can tell you now university studying is a little different to the NVQ I done.

I am guilty of being that woman who wants to conquer it all, be the perfect mum and perfect housewife, whilst still working part time, trying to run my blog and now studying too. One thing I have eventually learn’t is to let myself say no. To sometimes ask for help. I can’t be perfect at everything. I can’t always help everyone out. Sometimes the house will need hoovering, and sometimes the kids will have tuna pasta for tea. But as long as they are fed and cared for. As long as the house is hygienically clean, it doesn’t matter if the ironing pile is nearly as tall as me, or if the dishes are left to dry on the draining board.

Over the last couple of months, whilst things have been difficult I finally asked for help. I never really realised how much support I had around me until I really needed it. And I am grateful to everyone who has helped me, given me advice, or just been there for a chat when I’ve needed it.

So now my first year is finished, we have made some big changes and I have learn’t a lot. I am ready to enjoy the summer, take some time to do things I haven’t had time to do, and fully prepare myself to start it all again in October.

A few weeks ago we went to Blickling Estate to have a walk around the bluebell wood, and it was so lovely to just switch off as a family and spend time together. It made us remember that we need to step back and enjoy the moment more often. I took so many photographs and I love them all. And for once I wasn’t taking them for a particular blog post, I wasn’t looking for the perfect photo, I was taking them just for the memories.

Bluebells at Blickling

I tried to pick a favourite photo, but I just can’t. I love so many of them, I think they really show their personalities too. Harry, a little bit camera shy. Matilda, always showing us her best poses. And Arthur just being crazy.

Today is the first day of half term, and I plan to spend the half term just enjoying these little people of mine, because just lately I’ve been too stressed and busy to do that.

Have a fab half term, fingers crossed the sunshine will stay on our side.




  1. June 7, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    Congratulations on making it through your first year – it must feel pretty darn good to be done for the year Momma! Make sure you get some R&R in celebration to yourself!

  2. Rachel Bustin
    June 7, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous. Wow you are one busy lady! A few years back I started my open university degree I did the first 3 years then had to give up as I moved in and married my husband and they had to take into our joint income and we couldn’t afford to pay anymore. Before that I was a low income so my fees were waviered. I would love to carry on one day. Good luck with your studies xx

  3. June 7, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    Wow, superwoman! Hats off to you lovely and well done on finishing your first year x

  4. June 7, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    Beautiful pictures of your kids and massive well done on completing your first year. I only had 1 child when I did my masters and that was hard enough! Mich x

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