Goodbye 2015. Hello 2016!
01 Jan 2016
2015 was a bit of a roller coaster for us. I am sharing the good, the bad and the ugly, because life is not peaches and cream all the time. As much as it got a bit tough towards the end of the year, I am still grateful for another wonderful year and looking forward to what 2016 brings.
The year started off on the wrong foot with our little girl falling over and splitting her lip open, having to have a plastic surgeon correct it.
We had a lovely visit from my sister Sue and my niece Alex, we also had a little trip to Phillip Island for a few days.
I started working on creating this blog and also spent a lot of time working on my app ‘Dress Connect’, learning about how to use social media, WordPress, creating memes and more.
The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed many warm nights out in our garden, plus we visited the Melbourne Aquarium quite a few times.
I captured this beautiful photo of my little girl in awe of all the big fish.
We enjoyed going to the ‘Mordialloc food & wine festival’, and ‘Melbourne Football Clubs family day.’ Both had face painting, a toddlers dream!
I got a small amount of my first Dress Connect business cards done and I went to a VAMFF networking breakfast during Fashion Week where I handed some of them out.
I did some more market research to work out what exactly people love about the app and what I can add to make it even better.
We celebrated Easter in a few different ways this month. A day with some of the family, a Croatian celebration and Passover with our Jewish friends. One of the highlights of the year was our first overseas family holiday in Bali.
We stayed at Vila Lumbung in Seminyak and it was perfect for us! We also stayed a few days in Balangan with friends to celebrate Steve turning 40!
I met up with Melanie Midegs in Ubud and we talked business whilst enjoying the scenery and yummy food.
We did the annual ‘Million paws walk’ that we do each year. A 5km walk around Albert park lake for charity, we also put a veggie patch in our back yard.
Plus, we found out that our little girl will be getting a new cousin early 2016 and she is SO excited!! My husband and I can’t wait to meet our niece too!
My husband’s cousin Shelley got married in a beautiful ceremony, our girl had her first ever horse ride at Myuna farm and we put a large pond in our yard. I have always loved fish, so I just had to have a pond. We got some big fish who seem to enjoy their new home and I love watching them!
We planted some veggies in our new veggie patch. Broccoli, broccolini, lots of spinach, garlic and spring onions.
It didn’t go as well as planned… some animal/bug ate all the broccoli, the garlic never really grew and we missed the right time to harvest the broccolini! So the only ones that grew were lots of spinach which lasted ages and was yum. Plus the spring onions. We have been more successful with veggie gardens in the past. I am really hoping we improve next season.
We flew up to Sydney to celebrate my nieces 18th birthday which was lovely. I still can’t believe she is 18! ;)
The wonderful Lisa from ‘Big Top Photo Studios‘ took photos of our girl and our dog Zara and I love how they turned out! They are on display in her studio in Williamstown.
We also found out that we were pregnant. Due in April 2016. It was a lovely surprise.
We celebrated my husbands 38th birthday. Our little girl had her first proper hair cut and loved it! She thought watching Peppa Pig while sitting in a seat shaped as a car, was pretty cool.
I did a personal styling course through The ‘Professional Styling Academy’ and met this awesome bunch of fellow stylists. It was a bit hard doing the course with all day nausea, plus a tiny bump started showing at about 9 weeks. I didn’t get a bump until 14 weeks with my daughter, so a few people guessed we were pregnant around this time.
We celebrated our beautiful girls 3rd birthday with not one, but two Frozen parties! I dressed up as Elsa for both parties and got the kids to sing along with me and do the actions. Seeing her face light up made it all worth it. Mick made this cake for her party. It took him about 3 hours, but she absolutely loved it!!
Sadly mid month we found out that our baby passed away at 10 weeks. His heart stopped beating. I have this little pic of him from when we found out. You can see his little fingers up near his mouth. This was definitely the toughest part of the year for us.
We stayed with friends in Mornington overnight, and our little girl got to feed kangaroos for the first time and loved it!
We got to hold some crocodiles and snakes at a local Halloween party and surprisingly our little girl wasn’t too scared.
I went to the Caufield Cup with some friends and loved checking out all the gorgeous dresses.
Stephanie from ‘Missys fair’ designed and hand made this hat for me for the Spring racing carnival. She actually made three different ones for me in a matter of weeks. She is so talented and I love them all!
I spent quite a bit of time gardening as it’s very relaxing and therapeutic for me. My dream garden is getting there slowly.
My wonderful brother turned 30 and my husband went overseas for 2 weeks, which is the longest we’ve been apart. The four of us often go to the park, but here’s a pic of just the three of us while he was away.
I promoted Dress Connect at the Spring Racing Carnival and at a few train stations and met so many gorgeous women.
I then interviewed my first ‘Style enthusiast’ Madison James.
You can find her interview at http://dressconnect.co/blog
We went to a local ‘Carols by candlelight’ and our little girl saw fireworks for the first time. The look on her face was priceless! We ended the year similar to how it began as she came off her scooter and grazed her lip, but luckily she did not require stitches this time.
The ‘Luke Batty foundation‘ shared my blog post about my abusive father and I received so many beautiful messages from people who could sadly relate.
I went to the Ed Sheeran concert with my good friend Shell (he was awesome) and I celebrated turning 36! My husband got a painting done that I really wanted and surprised me with it. It’s in the colours of Dress connect and even has the logo on one of the bags.
We have just planted some fresh plants in the veggie patch. Tomatoes, capsicum, thyme, spinach and basil. Fingers crossed we do a bit better this time.
What an amazing year. I hope you can look back on 2015 and smile too and that you have a wonderful 2016.
Kellie Claire xx