14 from 14

It's a common custom around these blogging parts to reflect on the year that has passed before planning ahead to new one about to begin.  Of course I forgot.  Then I discovered that a fellow Irish parenting blogger had introduced 14 from 14, a rather nifty way to look back on it all.  So here are 14 or so from my blog, with a few twists.

1. Most Popular Post 

I wrote two posts this year that jumped straight into my all time top ten.  Neither is particularly cheerful, but I promise to make up for it elsewhere.  Both were tapped out in around ten minutes after reading something somewhere that upset me.  But they resonated with other carers.

Crying Inside

After I die

2. Favourite Post 

Impossible to choose, so here are three that all have a vaguely party theme, a much more cheerful subject than crying dying carers, no?

On dreading nights out and looking forward to them

There's a new party girl in da house

Dancing out of my comfort zone

3. Favourite Photo

Your favourite photo was this one from my blog facebook page: it seems that I'm not the only person who likes doors.

4. Best Adventure 

Bringing Smiley on a boat, a little one too!

5. Favourite Craft

I only do one craft and that's baking, and this project went especially well.

Cooking with bored kids and stale (not really) Cornflakes

6. Most Common Theme 

Special needs I suspect.

7. Favourite Comment  

There were lots of lovely comments on the dancing post mentioned above.

8. My Favourite Celebration

Smiley's 18th birthday, of course!

9. My Best Move 

Probably line dancing in, yes you guessed it, the dancing post again!

10. My Favourite Freebie

A wonderful day out in Powerscourt gardens, including a chance to meet many more of the Irish Parenting Bloggers group.

11. Best Blog Moment

Getting my blogging mojo back in December.

12. Worst Blog Moment 

Losing it in November.

13. My Favourite Title

Dead Triffids.

14. What My Blog Did For Me In 2014

Just about everything really.

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  1. I read all those posts. A real highs and lows year. Wishing you all the very best for the next year full of only highs. xxx

    1. It would be great wouldn't it? Let's hope the new year is good for all of us xxx

  2. Great recap. I read all those posts too, and often think of your two most popular. Happy New year to you and yours. I hope it's good to you.

  3. Lovely look back.... I love those doors!

    Happy New Year too you and your lovely family :-) xx

  4. A very balanced recap of a busy blogging year. Love the doors photo. Wishing you all the best for 2015!

    1. Wishing you and yours all the best too, and thanks for reading x

  5. Great re-cap. Thanks so much for joining in. I loved meeting you and Smiley again at Powerscourt and hope we get another chance this year. Happy New Year to you and your three lovelies xx

    1. It was lovely to meet you too and I hope there will be more meet ups in 2015 xx

  6. Awesome way to look back on 2014. It is so lovely to be part of your life, warts and all, ups and downs. Okay, I know you don't have warts!!! :-)
    Happy New Year. xx

    1. No, please no warts!!! I love the window into your life too, especially as it gives me a perspective on life in a different country. Happy New Year xx

  7. I think it is awesome that you ended the year getting your blogging mojo back and that moment of Smiley on a boat, incredible!

  8. I remember your dreading nights out post! Really resonated with me at the time because I was due to go to a hen party and was equal parts excited and wanting to get out of it! In the end I went and had a wonderful time.

    Happy 2015 to you!

    1. So glad that you enjoyed the hen party after -- I enjoyed my night out too x