Ibet you’ve heard someone say this week how quickly the year has gone.
If not then I’m sure it will happen over the next few days.
Ever since I became a dad just over five years ago, it seems that the weeks, months and years are passing by faster than ever before.
But for children it’s completely different. Can you remember when the summer holidays used to stretch on forever and Christmas Day seemed to have more hours than any other day?
In the life of a child a year is a very long time and much change happens between January and December.
Life as a father is fast-paced and fun and there’s never a dull moment.
Looking back, it’s been a great year. It began with a trip to a place where I spent most Saturdays as a child – The Pyramids in Southsea.
I wondered if my daughters would have as much fun as I did and the answer was a big fat yes.
After a few hours of fun and many rides on the blue and green flumes, my daughters were already asking when we could return.
What a shame that shortly after storm damage closed the pool. But it’s great to see the place back up and running now.
In February I said goodbye to my 20s and began life as a 30-year-old.
I wondered if we ever really grow up, or are we really all just children at heart?
With two daughters aged five and under, I get to watch Disney movies, run around the house playing tag and build big towers with multi-coloured building blocks. Being 30 won’t put a stop to this any time soon.
As summer arrived, so did lots of rain.
But I decided not to let the moody clouds put a stop to a planned day at Paultons Park.
Yes we did get a little bit wet when we queued and of course we got wet bums when we sat on the rides.
But both my daughters didn’t seem to notice the wet weather as they were having too much fun.
As the morning turned into afternoon, the moody clouds cleared leaving a warm and sunny day and me feeling smug that we’d stuck to our plan.
After six weeks of summer holidays, it was back to school for five-year-old Caitlin and the start of pre-school for three-year-old Alyssa.
Isn’t it strange how when there was no school to get up for, my daughters would still rise from their slumber at the crack of dawn.
But when they had school to get up for each weekday again, they suddenly wanted a lie-in!
Life as a dad is certainly never boring. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about me and my family this year.
Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy new year.