What are my reasons to be cheerful this week? Am I walking on sunshine?

1. Nearly two months after moving, I have the upstairs of our new home sorted. Everything is unpacked and put away sensibly. I do need a bedside cabinet for my teen’s room and another chest of drawers for ours but we are pretty much there.

2. My teen son got the most amazing report from his new school. He is in the top sets for everything apart from German which is fair enough seeing as he has never done it before. He is keen to pursue German so we are going to have to see how we can find him some extra help with that as we did not study German ourselves. Particular comments were made about his great talent for mathematics, science, ICT and his fabulous questioning and challenging contributions to class discussions. Very importantly, he is making new friends too. The new school is far better than his last one and they are looking into his issues with handwriting (I have been trying to get this nailed for almost 10 years).

3. I am really enjoying my 8 year old’s son company at the moment. I had missed a television programme I wanted to see and he was able to tell me all about it in such great detail. He loves word play as I do so we connect on that level. He brings me flowers from the garden most days. Today he told me the best thing about my dress for BritMums Live was me! This boy has serious charisma and I am sure will move mountains as he grows up. He got a special award from school for good work in science this week.

4. My daughter is growing up fast and I sense my little girl is becoming a young lady and a feisty one at that. It cheers me up that as she breaks away from the apron strings she still loves to snuggle up with me.

5. The children are enjoying their outdoor swimming pool at school and miraculously, I am remembering to send them with the right kit. On the way home, we often stop at the park and they get great exercise and I can catch up with the newspaper or a book.

6. We had a fantastic weekend in the sunshine celebrating D Day on Southsea Common.

7. The World Cup has started, My fella hates football but I like an event so we are having a pizza party for the game tonight.

8. I am enjoying writing my Dad’s memoirs – give them a go – they are a great read.

9. It is BritMums Live next weekend – time to reflect on a bit of a challenging year and to see amazing women all in one venue. Hoping to dine with some lovely ladies too. I am hoping it cools down a bit or that the Brewery has amazing air conditioning.

10. I have a new smartphone because Him Indoors decided I am so worth it.

That’s all folks. See some of you very soon!

I am a bit tired today after a bad night’s sleep and I think just generally from a tough year too. My mood is low when exhausted but that is one of the best times to celebrate my reasons to be cheerful. Yes, here are my happy thoughts of the week.

1. We had a lovely meal out as a family for my husband’s birthday in a really lovely hotel/restaurant we found on first arriving in Hampshire. It has the most lovely food and has so much to look at inside in terms of art, quotations and so on. It is right up my street and not at all snotty which also helps.

2. Both my son and daughter were named stars of the week at their new school. I am sure this is standard procedure for new kids but they deserve it for settling in so well and being so positive about the move. They are both working hard and making new friends.

3. My teenage son has started at his new school which has great standards and is a place that I can see thriving in unlike the last school. He has chosen his options including acting, food technology and history which thrills me as all links back to his connection with his late grandmother. Little legacies. He also has a lot of mathematics, science, computing and business studies in the mix.

4. We are getting the new house sorted bit by bit. I am finding it a depressingly slow process really as downsizing so much makes storing all our stuff a challenge. I have spent time today getting some bids in on Ebay on the things we need. Wish me luck.

5. I am doing the school run and getting faster at it every day by a few minutes without trying. It just shows how you build up fitness levels so much once you actually do some exercise. In hot weather like yesterday, I take a picnic and have a break on a bench on the way home for good quality time chatting with the children.

6. I take real pleasure every day in the lush green of the countryside just a couple of streets away from where we live. It feels my soul.

7. I am looking forward to the weekend. It is our wedding anniversary and I plan to visit the big city by the sea and do some fun things along with practical stuff like haircuts for the children.

8. I am reflecting on many things blogging and social media – this usually leads to good things so something else to smile about.

I am indulging in some positive thinking for mum.

Not too many days ago, I was feeling a bit blue as the fatigue and disruption of the house move took its toll. Today, I feel that I have emerged from that and am moving forwards positively in our new life in Hampshire.

1. I think the marital spark may have disappeared a bit whilst we were living apart. So I took action and asked my husband on a date night. OK so we had the children with us but we took a break from unpacking boxes and went out for an evening meal at a local pub. We enjoyed it so much that we spent the next two nights out and about too. We seem more like a couple again. It can’t be all work and no play and I intend to ensure there is plenty of play in this new chapter.

2. The children are playing out and making new friends. This is helping them settle into the new area and will help when they start at school with already established friends.

3. My oldest son has realised he can retain his friends from Yorkshire even though we have moved. He is happier as a result.

4. We have all our belongings here now although we had to give things away or send them to the tip as we have moved from a big house to a small one. Fortunately, the space here is good in terms of storage so a lot of things don’t need unpacking just yet.

5. After a blip, we have managed to get the washer plumbed in today which is a huge relief. You take these things for granted until they aren’t there.

6. I have been enjoying getting to grips with a new piece of work.

7. For the first time in ages we have felt able to go out and buy things without stressing so I have a new value hoover from Argos which is superb, a new rug to protect the carpet near the back door and a new kettle. The last purchased was not planned but after somehow getting blue dye in the old one, I could not face a coffee from it again.

8. I found the knickers I lost in the house move along with the bag of my son’s clothing that had also gone missing in the move.

9. I got an email from school today so hopefully we can arrange a quick return for the children who are clearly getting bored and ready to return to education.

10. I have found my Dad’s memoirs so will be posting more of those soon.

11. There is a Bank Holiday weekend coming up giving us the chance to explore the stunning countryside round here and also to see the sea.

12. The week was polished off nicely with news that I am shortlisted in the Inspire category of the Brilliance in Blogging Awards.

I have a great reason to be cheerful this week. We have a relocation to the South of England in the mix.

Over the Easter weekend, we will be moving to pastures new and reuniting as a family. This delights me on so many levels. It means the Royal British Legion despite their best efforts could not keep us down forever. It gives my husband and myself an opportunity to enjoy being a couple rather than working through a list of tasks. I think the opportunities for the children will be fantastic. What if one of them took up sailing and carried on Dad’s great love for the sea? I will be closer to London when exciting opportunities come my way as they do from time to time. I will be able to suggest a show in London without it seeming daft. We will be near my beloved sea which is so good for my body, heart and soul. I have needed a fresh start/kick up my immense bottom for some time and this will be a great catalyst to a good future.

Thinking about it, I loved living in the South of England. I left purely because my ex did me over emotionally and financially. That was 16 years ago!! I swore to my Dad that I would not stay put in Yorkshire but then I met my now husband and had 3 children and plans to return South went out of my mind.

I actually have butterflies with the excitement of it all. It still feels slightly unreal and I have not seen the new house yet so I hope it is as nice as my husband says it is. However, it does not really matter. What matters is leaving this terrible year behind us and starting afresh.

This is probably very arrogant but can I just say a big “Well done us!” for holding it together through a lot of stress. Yes we had screaming, rows, tears, depression but we are here and we are a family. Big thanks to Auntie you know who you are, my brother and lovely online friends who kept me hopeful with tweets, emails, blog comments and cards.

Writing my Dad’s memoirs I see his service number began with P for Portsmouth so I sense he had a very big hand in all this.

Feeling quite giddy.

Loads more reasons to be cheerful too but this one is the giant one!