11th August 2009 - heavily pregnant as you can see
24th September 2009 - welcome to the world Jason Matthew
family is complete
meanwhile our business (hubby and I were self employed) went under, we couldn't afford the mortgage repayments, so we had to put the house on the market...
October 2009 - kissing goodbye to the home I grew up in
in fact we were struggling so much for money, that just a couple of weeks after I gave birth, I was out delivering hundreds of phone books to try and earn some brass
plus I was fat (more October 2009)
We had our last Christmas in the house I've lived on-and-off in since 1987
Come January 2010 I decided to embark on losing weight. I was 14 stone 3lbs at this point, and obese.
Finally in May 2010 we got an offer on our house, and after much searching, we found another house that we could afford to buy after paying off the mortgage on our old one :
so, on 2nd July 2010, we left our old house in Leeds, and moved to Barnsley, South Yorkshire....
it has lovely views...
and the kids liked it.
In September 2010 my big girl Lydia started primary school
and Alex started nursery
And we liked our new house, but it was lacking a dining room.
So in October 2010 we converted the garage into a dining room
In November 2010 my husband got accepted onto the waiting list for a gastric sleeve. At this point he was 33 stone 4lbs.
We spent our first Christmas in our new home
So life plodded along. Hubby and I carried on losing weight, and the kids carried on growing fast
in March 2011 I was invited clubbing for a friend's birthday. First time I had been out clubbing in 4 years! I had fun...
...so much so, that I persuaded hubby to come out as well for our wedding anniversary. So we got his niece and her friend to babysit, and in April 2011 we went out
8th April 2011 - Lydia bashed her first milk tooth out on her handlebars of her bike whilst learning to ride without stabilisers
time passed, kids grew....(July 2011)
and before we knew it, in September 2011 Alex started school
13th-23rd September 2011, we went on a family holiday together to Salou in Spain which was lovely
24th September - Jason turned 2
25th September - Lydia turned 6
26th September - we got a dog!
Introducing Fluffy, the Lhasa Apso cross Papillon
October 2011 - hubby and I went to an Alice Cooper concert!
November 2011 - I started writing a novel for NaNoWriMo
December 2011 - I turned 28
and before we knew it, Christmas had hit us again
January 2012 - hubby decided not to go ahead with his op, and to go ahead and lose the weight on his own.
Meanwhile, I finished the first draft of my novel, and started editing it.
We discovered Mosh - rock nightclub in Derby
the kids (and dog) grew
May 2012 - I went to see Guns n Roses
and Alex learned to ride without stabilisers
and here we are. July 2012. I'm down to 9 stone 10lbs....
hubby has lost a butt-load of weight...(and is actually 6lbs lighter than that end photo now)