Well, I can’t believe this year is nearly over! It has absolutely flown by, one of the fastest in my life I think. My girls are growing up so fast, I can already see Tilda becoming a teenager and she’s only 6. As for Ivy, I swear I was just holding her as a baby, but she’s nearly 3!
Work and family-wise it’s been a wonderful year, I can honestly say I love my job and it’s a pleasure to come into work. Life on the coast is great and the kids are thriving. Fred and I just love to see them developing their characters, even if they are challenging at times. As we all know, elsewhere it’s been a tough year in many ways. World events have tested us all, but the human spirit is resilient and I think we can all look to 2018 and hope for positive times ahead.
I’m so looking forward to Christmas, my parents have put our family home on the market so this will be our last Christmas all together there which feels a little strange. It’s time for them to downsize though and start enjoying retirement. My dad is recovering from his second hip replacement and so they want to start enjoying travel and the fun things in life! I can’t pretend I don’t feel a little sad, but life has to keep moving on doesn’t it?!
We’ve said good bye to a few very lovely faces at QVC this year and I wanted to say a proper thank you to them as they have been a great support to us all behind the scenes. So much happens back stage to keep everything running smoothly on air. Organising the thousands of items that come in and out to be displayed on air, plus the studio planning it takes to make sure it all runs like clockwork throughout the day across our three main studios. The teams are fantastic and we couldn’t do our jobs without them. I particularly want to say a fond farewell to Wendy, Ness, David and Becky, who are all moving onto new ventures. We miss you guys already!
As for the year ahead, I thought I would make a few New Year’s resolutions. I say ‘resolutions’ but I would rather just think of them as little tweaks that I need to put in place. I think perhaps we set ourselves up to fail by making big declarations! Nevertheless, here they are. Let me know if yours are similar or if you have any of your own.
- Read more books – what are your favourites?
- Drink less wine!
- Cook more interesting food and try something I haven’t made before.
- Use my phone less, particularly around the kids.
- Exercise more and get out walking.
- Take the kids to the theatre more. I think Tilda is old enough for a West End Show. What have you guys been to see?
- See more of the UK – recommendations please!
- Have more date nights with my husband rather than just binge watching Netflix dramas while falling asleep on the sofa.
I think those are all positive tweaks and completely doable. No crazy, unachievable goals!
Fred’s been off work this week, so we’ve made sure to try to squeeze in some nice days out in-between my work. We went over to Corfe Castle on Monday and it was the most beautiful day. Blue skies, sun shining and beautifully crisp fresh air. Corfe Castle is a stunning ruin that was blown up by Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War. It looks out over the most incredible Dorset countryside and is a must-see if you’re ever in the area. The girls love it, Ivy calls it Windy Castle because, well, you guessed it – it gets pretty windy up there.
The girls run around pretending to hunt dragons and Tilda pretends she’s a princess. If you follow me on Instagram (@katypullinger) you may have seen some of the little videos I put on my InstaStories. Ivy had a little tantrum because she didn’t get to the top first and sat down in a huff on a step. She’s so funny when she has a mini strop like that and it’s hard not to laugh, but those with two year olds will know that laughing just makes things worse!
The ‘Bridge of the Wishes’ at Corfe Castle was also lovely. Visitors were asked to write down their Christmas wish on a piece of material, then tie it to the ropes on the bridge.
I spent a bit of time reading them and some made me laugh, whilst others brought a tear to my eye. I wonder if Lisa and Steve will indeed get back together, or if that one kid will finally get their unicorn for Christmas.
We all did one each and Fred left a tribute to his dad, while Tilda kept it simple with ‘I love Santa’. I made a wish to all for a healthy and happy 2018. Ivy wrote one too, but goodness knows what she wrote!
I feel as though I should also mention that yes, I know, Tilda’s coat is FITLHY! You can see the grubbiness in the pics. They play some game at school where I can only imagine that they slide across the floor on their coats. I think the next coat I get her will be one with a pattern so the dirt won’t show up so much!
Lastly, we had the first of the presenter team Christmas lunches this week. We have to split them into two so that everyone can get involved, as obviously some people will be on air. Ours ended up a little thin on the ground due to sickness, but we still had fun. Nothing too raucous, just a few glasses of prosecco, good food, secret Santa and some laughs.
It was such a nice way to finish the year! On that note, I hope you will join myself and Charlie, who will be seeing in 2018 with a two hour Charlie Bears show. There is bound to be a few giggles, so make sure to get involved on Twitter to join in the fun!
I really hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and I’m sending extra love to anyone who may be finding it to be a tough time.
Can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for us all.
Lots of Love,