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Looking forward to 2015

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I started writing a post about my highs and lows of 2014, but frankly, I’ve had a few sloe gins and it was all getting a bit maudlin. So instead, here’s a list of things I’m looking forward to in 2015. I’d just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has read my blog this year. It really does mean so much to me. Happy New Year everyone! x Julia x

So, in 2015 I’m looking forward to…

Many more proud moments from our two children, who will turn six and two this year. They are a double act that tire us out and drive us (well me) to drink, but we adore them and their blossoming relationship is so special to watch.

Sleeping in our caravan for the very first time. We bought it second hand at the end of the summer, and have been planning our renovations ever since. I’ve been pouring over vintage caravan looks on Pinterest, and can’t wait for the renovations to start in earnest this year.

Spending more time in Yorkshire with my family and friends. We haven’t made as many trips over as we usually do the past few years as my husband has been unwell, but we’ll be making up for it this year. I’ve already got my sights set on the Turkish Baths in Harrogate for the early part of the year. Let’s do it!

Planning weekends with friends who, for the same reason, we haven’t seen as much of as we’d like lately. Please can someone get married, or at least renew your vows, so we have an excuse for a get together? Not that we need one, it just helps get everyone organised!

Learning to crochet. I have been tentatively asking one of my friends who crochets for months about it, and am determined to give it a go this year. I’ve also been inspired by the fab blog Attic 24, whose pictures I always gasp at on Facebook and wish I could be so creative. My aim is to make one thing by the end of the year. Dream, er, small with this one!

Meeting some of the bloggers I’ve become friends with in person this year, at Blog On and BritMums Live.

Going in our first holiday abroad as a family of four. With our son, we’ve been to France, Italy and Spain but we’ve only ever done Devon and Wales with baby gal. Hopefully, with her being a bit older this year, it will be a bit easier…won’t it?

Seeing more live music. In my 20s, I used to go to so many gigs and was always finding new bands to get into, but these days I never seem to find the time. I used to be a bit of a raver, then an indie kid with a bit of rock thrown in. Oh and I love Motown. I listen to 6 Music in the kitchen or the car, but never seem to get round to booking tickets to see anyone or making the effort to get my friends together to go to a gig. One exception is my fabulous friend Caroline England, who not only has an amazing voice but she is a brilliant birth partner too. I can vouch for that! Go on, give her a listen.

I could go on writing this list all night, but as it’s New Year’s Eve, I’ll add sleep more, drink more, stress less and sign off. See you on the other side!

x Julia

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    mummyofboygirltwins
    January 1, 2015 at 9:49 am

    This sounds like a great list!! And a fab idea!! I am looking forward to hearing all about your year – and hopefully meeting you this year!!!! Jess x
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    Fiveadventurers
    January 1, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Lovely list! Sounds like you have lots to look forward too. Don’t worry about the travelling abroad, you will all have a blast! 🙂 looking forward to seeing your crocheting. I always wanted to learn to knit!
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      Rainbeaubelle
      January 1, 2015 at 9:05 pm

      Thank you! X

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    Hayley (@hayleyfromhome)
    January 1, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Fab list and there are so many things I want to come back and read about! I get all nostalgic when I hear abou caravanning, so excited to see your renovations and adventures! Same for Yorkshire and hopefully your holidays if you get abroad. Hope your hubby gets better this year too and I definitely want to see you again, we live so close! xx
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    Kate
    January 2, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Just found your blog via #TheLink – great post, Look forward to reading more about these in 2015! Happy New Year x
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      Rainbeaubelle
      January 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      Thank you! Happy new year to you too! X

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    Katy {What Katy Said}
    January 2, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Oh I wish we had a caravan! You can just jump in and off you go! I think I used to be able to crochet as a child but I wouldn’t have the first clue how to do it now!! Have a lovely 2015 xx
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      Rainbeaubelle
      January 2, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      I am looking forward to the caravanning I have to say! Happy new year to you too! Xx

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    Everything Mummy
    January 2, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    great list lots of fun things to look forward too! xx
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    Mini Travellers
    January 2, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Lots and lots of lovely things to look forward to there! You will have a fab trip abroad too – it’s a doddle! I also think your plan with the caravan is fab. Have you found a site yet?
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      Rainbeaubelle
      January 2, 2015 at 10:45 pm

      Thank you! We’ve found a farm to store it near Abersoch, so they will tow it to whichever site we fancy when we want to go. So just going to try out a few different ones I reckon xx

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    sarah christie
    January 2, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Cant wait to see the caravan renovations, you have an exciting year ahead Julie. And I can’t wait to meet up xx
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      Rainbeaubelle
      January 2, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      Ah thank you Sarah x

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    Mrs H
    January 3, 2015 at 6:52 am

    There are so many wonderful things to look forward to this year. 2015 sounds like it is going to be a really exciting time. I am especially excited about seeing all the pictures of your renovated caravan. Hugs Mrs H xxxx
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      Rainbeaubelle
      January 3, 2015 at 9:49 am

      Caravan post is on its way! Xx

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    Hannah Mums' Days
    January 3, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Some great things to aim for there love! Good luck with it all…and see you at Britmums 😉

    Thanks for linking up with #TheList xx Happy New Year!
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      Rainbeaubelle
      January 3, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      Thank you! Yeah I’m really looking forward to Britmums! Xx

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    Another Bun
    January 4, 2015 at 8:28 am

    I’d love to learn to crochet too. My chums tell me it’s very straightforward but I’m not entirely convinced!
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    Lisa (mummascribbles)
    January 4, 2015 at 10:00 am

    I could have written this list myself!! Hope you manage to achieve everything this year! We used to go to gigs all the time, I think the last was blink 182 when I was 7 months pregnant! It’s been too long!! #SundaysStars
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      Rainbeaubelle
      January 5, 2015 at 9:21 pm

      Thank you! Yep still haven’t booked tickets to anything but it’s only the 5th! Xx

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    Gym Bunny Mummy
    January 4, 2015 at 10:24 am

    A fab list, we’re trading in our Campervan for a caravan as its just too for four of us & a dog. I can’t wait for our first trip either x
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      Rainbeaubelle
      January 5, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      Thank you, Oo we should compare notes, I am a total newbie at caravanning! X

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    Megan - Truly Madly Kids
    January 4, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Great resolutions! Maybe you could go to a gig wearing some crochet?! I jest – lovely post x
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    Bee
    January 4, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Wow, looks like you’re in for an amazing year! I dream about learning to crochet too, maybe one day! <3

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    Leandra
    January 4, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Oh I do love a look towards the future instead of dwell on the past.

    Great post and list of things you’d like to do.

    Visiting from #sundaystars
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    milly
    January 4, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Agree – it’s definitely nice to look forward. Sounds like there’s a year of happiness ahead … and I’m sure there will be plenty of proud family moments among the mayhem. #SundayStars
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      Rainbeaubelle
      January 5, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      Thank you! Xx

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    Karen
    January 4, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Fab list!
    You HAVE to do crochet!!! I love it. Mind you since having two kids and getting into blogging I don’t have any time to do it now (doesn’t stop me buying yarn for future projects though)
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    rachel
    January 4, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Your list sounds very exciting! I hope to see you at Britmums live! Happy New Year x

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      Rainbeaubelle
      January 5, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      Thanks you! Yes see you at Brit Mums! X

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    Steph
    January 4, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Fab list honey! I hope you all get to do these things as a family too!! You’ve had a spell of bad luck so I think these things will be the most perfect things to look forward to! Cant wait to see what you crochet!!! Steph xxx #SundayStars

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      Rainbeaubelle
      January 5, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      Ah thanks Steph xx

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    Sarah
    January 4, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    good luck with the crochet – that was my 2013 aim but I failed miserably!!

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      Rainbeaubelle
      January 5, 2015 at 9:19 pm

      Thank you! I’ll keep you posted! Xx

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    Mim @ mamamim.com
    January 5, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Ah I LOVE your goals! I love Yorkshire too and I’ve also always wanted to crochet so I can’t to see what you make! Mim 🙂 #SundayStars
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      Rainbeaubelle
      January 5, 2015 at 9:19 pm

      Ah thanks, I will see how long it takes me to do my first crochet stich! Xx

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    Adventures of a Novice Mum
    January 6, 2015 at 5:17 am

    A warm and lovely list; with a lot of enjoyment in it to keep you motivated to achieve them all. What delights our children bring us … I’d love to be more creative too, so good you’re doing something about it! Blogging conferences, such fun … maybe see you at BritMums Live 🙂

    All the best with your renovations and I hope your holiday experience surpasses your expectations.

    To a wonderful 2015! #SundayStars
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      Rainbeaubelle
      January 6, 2015 at 10:53 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment! X

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    Yvette @ Big Trouble in Little Nappies
    January 6, 2015 at 9:37 am

    That’s a fab list to look forward to and I love the sound of your caravan project! Good luck with getting away – both to Yorkshire and beyond – family holidays as well as get togethers with friends are so special, I’m going to try and do more of this as well in 2015! #sundaystars
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      Rainbeaubelle
      January 6, 2015 at 10:53 am

      Thank you, yes really looking forward to the caravan experience! X

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    kimberly Temple
    January 6, 2015 at 10:32 am

    It sounds like you are in for an adventurous and creative year! I too am hoping to learn to crochet, but so far my attempts have been “interesting!” Enjoy!

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      Rainbeaubelle
      January 6, 2015 at 10:53 am

      Thank you! Maybe we could compare crochet notes?! Mine will be interesting too no wonder… Xx

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    Hayley Gradwell
    January 6, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Loving the New Years resolutions! Why don’t you link it up to my new linky and check back each month with your progress for extra support from fellow bloggers 🙂 http://getoutandseestuff.com/thought-provoking/nyr2015/
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    Why I'm not making any resolutions - Rainbeaubelle
    January 3, 2016 at 7:58 am

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