Such a lot of things have happened in that year.
Some happy and some so terribly sad.
One thing remains the same though and sticks with me, always.
Kerry's love for her family and getting out making memories.
It's her legacy. It's her 'Family Frolics'.
Kerry was only 30 years old. A healthy young woman with a husband an 3 small children. Kerry's passing rocked a community. Kerry and I called each other 'blogging sisters' as we started around about the same time. She was one of the friendliest and genuinely lovely bloggers I've ever met. Her passion for her family and her fellow blogging friends was second to none.
It's such a tragedy that her life was cut short so unexpectedly.
I hate to say we don't get a huge amount of time together as a family of four. We see the inlaws pretty much every other weekend and, up until the other month, Matt was playing football every Saturday. It meant we got 2 days a month together where we could spend a day interrupted.
Because Matt works so hard he'd want to spend those 2 days crashing out pretty much. He didn't want to be dashing out all the time and I didn't want to push him too much.
This year has been somewhat different.
Kerry's passing and then the sudden death of Matilda Mae earlier this year have changed me.
It's a change for the better.
Ultimately it was Kerry's comment on my blog that made us book to go back to Orlando this year. It has been Kerry's passing that has pushed me on with my blog. What better way than to leave a diary online for friends, family and, ultimately, your children when they are old enough to read.
Your life, your heart, your memories to be read and remembered for years to come.
I know I don't blog about things as much as I should do right now but we are creating memories and enjoying our time together and that, above all, is what matters.
So this year we've made more time for family frolics. There are too many to mention but…we enjoyed lots of snow, we went away on holiday. We dabbled in some messy play. We moved to a bigger house. We enjoyed the long hot summer. We had picnics out. We went to the cinema. We explored the local area. We went further afield.
But most importantly we made memories.
When we do anything as a family now I cherish the moments so much more. I take more photographs of us a family of 4 than I've ever taken before. I know that making time for family is important.
These are just a small handful for my blogging sister…
In memory of Kerry Farrow (aka Multiple Mummy)
16th April 1982 - 14th December 2012