My 2018 in 12 Pictures – A Year of Family Adventures!

My 2018 in 12 Pictures – A Year of Family Adventures!

It’s only when I sit back and review the year that I realise just how much we have done as a family this year! We love our little family adventures, every year we do our best to explore as much as we can of the UK.


For us, January 2018 was a snowy month. We spent much of our time indoors. However, we did get out and about quite a bit! In a bid to spend more time as a family, we explored some indoor activities. We enjoyed so many laughs together at Leeds Armouries. Aurelia embraced her love for Henry VIII! We will be making a return visit after Christmas!


My most memorable adventure of February 2018 was a trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park. We had never visited this beautiful place before and so we braved the early spring cold and headed out for another family adventure. The park was absolutely stunning, Aurelia had a fabulous day and still talks about the sculptures to this day.


March saw our family adventures increase somewhat as the weather improved and the Firth family road trips resumed. We explored Cumbria in early Spring. Visiting Carlisle Castle and Brough Castle. I love this part of the UK and can’t wait until we return! This picture reminds me of a beautiful, yet cold day in Cumbria!


One of my most memorable family adventures of April was our visit to the Jorvik Viking Centre. We had such a fun filled day in York. Aurelia loves Vikings and took the opportunity to have a photo with as many Vikings as possible!


We never usually celebrate Brian’s birthday. However, this year, we had a babysitter! So Brian and I decided to book a night away. We opted for the Cumbria Grand Hotel, and we were not disappointed! We have recommended this hotel to everyone and a number of our friends have also booked a romantic weekend away at this beautiful hotel.


June saw the start of the English Heritage jousting season! We particularly enjoyed the Joust at Beeston Castle this year. As always, the children had endless amounts of fun at the event and left with many treasured memories. Aurelia made a rather impressive soldier!


We moved home in July. However, we still managed to find time to enjoy some family adventures! We tried our hand at glamping in the summer. I will never forget our first glamping trip on the shores of Loch Ness. We have so many treasured memories from this particular adventure!


Our annual August road trip took us to the south coast of England, to Dover and Hastings. Yet this month was dominated by the phenomenal GCSE results achieved by our eldest daughter, Kerri! To celebrate, we headed to Poppins Tea Rooms for a delicious afternoon tea on results day!


Aurelia and I have very fond memories of our ‘Bee Trail’ adventures through Manchester City Centre. The weather was still rather warm and we had such a good time finding all of those bees!


The highlight of Brian’s year was undoubtedly his Manchester City Stadium tour. Even I enjoyed this fact-filled day out! And to see the look on Brian’s face as he sat in the dressing room of his heroes was priceless!


The shortage of rainwater this year forced into view the remains of Derwent Village in the Ladybower reservoir, Derbyshire. I have never seen, and probably will never again see anything quite like this! Walking through the remains of the village was incredibly eerie. 


This month has been filled with family adventures! We’ve been to many different cities Christmas shopping and enjoyed many a family day out. My most memorable family adventure this month has been our annual trip to the York Christmas market.

I hope 2019 brings us many more incredible family adventures!



  1. Deborah Kos
    December 30, 2018 / 3:14 am

    It looks like your family had some really awesome adventures each month of the year! Just think, you have a wonderful memory for every month of the year. I can’t wait to read about your end of the year post next year to find out more about your great monthly rememberances.

    • January 2, 2019 / 10:05 pm

      Thank you Deborah – we have so many wonderful memories of 2018 xxx

  2. flyhiee official
    December 30, 2018 / 3:49 am

    Thank you very much for sharing these awesome journey of your life with us .
    All the pictures are beautiful .
    Wish you a happy and prosperous life ahead .
    Hope you would like this interview and if you want to be interviewed let us know.
    Thank you

    • January 2, 2019 / 10:06 pm

      Thank you, how kind! And yes I’d still love to do the interview ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. December 31, 2018 / 11:14 am

    This is a great post – I loved reading about your year! Your daughter looks like she’s having so much fun in the pics.


    • January 2, 2019 / 10:11 pm

      Thank you Nicola, she is so much fun to be around ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Sarah Sparkes
    December 31, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    Great post! I love our country! We have some great places.

    • January 2, 2019 / 10:12 pm

      We really do have some amazing places and so much to explore! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Madi Dearson
    December 31, 2018 / 1:34 pm

    Wow! So many wonderful places to visit, family trips are such a great gift, Iknow my kids cherish those, they keep looking at the albums we make every year and look at the places we visited, and tell stories. Hope 2019 brings you more lovely adventures.

    • January 2, 2019 / 10:23 pm

      Many thanks and all the best for 2019! xxx

  6. Michelle
    December 31, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    Loved looking through your year and enjoyed your blog. See ours at

  7. paddockfamily4
    December 31, 2018 / 2:54 pm

    Wow- What an incredible year! Hoping 2019 is even more fantastic for you- looking forward to following your journeys!

    • January 2, 2019 / 10:25 pm

      Thank you and I’m looking forward to following your 2019 journeys too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Chevy Takes The Mic
    December 31, 2018 / 6:28 pm

    This is a cool idea for a blog post and I might actually borrow it.

    • January 2, 2019 / 10:26 pm

      You must! It’s such a fun exercise ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Morgan
    December 31, 2018 / 11:51 pm

    I really like how you put something from each month. Great post! -Morgan over at

    • January 2, 2019 / 10:30 pm

      Thank you Morgan xxx

  10. janice sisemore
    January 2, 2019 / 10:32 pm

    Looks like some fun adventures

    • January 2, 2019 / 10:35 pm

      So much fun – I cannot wait for 2019 ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. January 2, 2019 / 11:56 pm

    Loved reading about your year. Makes me miss when my kids were that age. Your post is a perfect way to document your memories. Thanks for giving us a peek into your world.

    • January 3, 2019 / 9:40 am

      Thank you for reading and taking the time to view our memories xxx

  12. January 5, 2019 / 11:52 pm

    What beautiful and sweet pictures! Can’t wait to hear about your upcoming adventures! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. katelovesblog
    January 23, 2019 / 8:28 pm

    What lovely photos, such a great idea for a post too! Perfect to look back on in years to come ๐Ÿ™‚

    Kate |

    • January 23, 2019 / 9:35 pm

      Thank you Kate – so many wonderful memories xxx

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