Summer feels

And just like that, we’re off and racing.

How is it that the second week of January 2016 is here already? Dave and I are back at work, the kids have returned to day care and our summer holiday seems like a distant memory.

We feel a little fresher as we start the year, or at least I do, after a much needed summer break. It was just under two weeks that I had off work, but it was enough time to allow me to slow life down, breathe, and enjoy the simple things in life.

At the start of the holidays I was a total grump because I’d wanted a ‘proper’ holiday. I had my heart set on two weeks away down the coast where we could get away from it all and spend long summer days and warm nights with the sparkling blue ocean and golden sands as our playground. I feared that if we didn’t get away, if we didn’t treat ourselves to a ‘proper’ holiday that it would feel like we’d had no time off at all and we’d be back at work right where we left off feeling just as exhausted as ever.

I had nothing to worry about. I’m sure a couple of weeks at the beach would have been pretty dang lovely, but our two weeks at home were just what the doctor ordered.

It seemed that everyone else in our neighbourhood ventured away for the summer because our piece of the world was oh so quiet. I attempted to take a leaf out of Dave’s book and didn’t plan anything. This is totally against my nature and the organiser in me went a little cray cray el-panicko at first, but I soon got into the swing of things.

We’d wake each morning, see what the weather was doing, how the kids were feeling, and set off on our adventures from there.

2016-collageMuch of our time was spent at the local pool splashing around with the kids and gently attempting to re-train Miss Five how to swim after her losing her confidence over the past few months. We had a glorious day at the beach one day and went ice skating the next on the girls’ persistent demands. They’d spent much of the break obsessed with the Dora’s ice skating spectacular DVD and were convinced that ice skating was as simple as pushing and gliding and they’d be able to ‘leap, hold tight, turn and land’. They were quick to discover that Dora had withheld some vital information – ice skating is not as easy as it looks. A more realistic interpretation on such adventures would be much appreciated next time por favor, Dora.

We spent lazy afternoons having bunch o balloon fights – seriously, so much fun – and simply enjoyed each other’s company.

We ate outdoors, danced, I became DEEPLY involved in Nashville and I read the first book I’ve read in a year – one whole year, can you believe it?

Besides loving every single second of our quality family time, I loved the small windows of time I stole to myself to read, relax, ponder and plan.

I don’t know what this year will bring, but I feel like there’s a certain excitement in the air especially with Miss Five start prep in a couple of weeks. Argh.

What I do know however is that it feels wonderful to be writing again, even though this appears to be one long ramble. I’m looking forward to sharing more tales on motherhood, marriage and me this year. What do you reckon? Are you up for it?

How was your summer break? What big adventures are on the cards for you this year?

Psst! Have you noticed the mini makeover I gave this space? I felt it was time for a new look and feel, so I asked the uber-talented Kim from Zonkt Designs to whip up a logo and header for me.

kimI am thrilled with the original design she created for me – the three hearts cleverly represent the three elements of my blog – motherhood, marriage and me. The new logo and header tie in beautifully with my new blog theme. It makes this space look all professional and slick – ooh la la. I hope you love it as much as I do.

Linking up today with Jess for IBOT.

58 comments on Summer feels

  1. Amy @ Handbagmafia
    January 12, 2016 at 5:53 am (1 year ago)

    I didn’t go away for the break either- but it was nice to relax at home! Love the new look 🙂

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 13, 2016 at 9:34 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Amy. I’m glad you had a good break at home too.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 13, 2016 at 9:34 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Ingrid. I’m pretty chuffed with it 🙂

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 13, 2016 at 9:34 pm (1 year ago)

      Yes, I know. Who would have thought? 🙂

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  2. JF Gibson
    January 12, 2016 at 6:38 am (1 year ago)

    It sounds like you had the perfect time off Renee. Time to recharge and just be. And I’m sure, actually no, I know this year is going to hold amazing things for you.
    PS. Love your blogs new look. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 13, 2016 at 9:35 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks for always being such a great supporter of me and my blog xx I know 2016 has amazing things in store for you too.

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  3. Bec
    January 12, 2016 at 6:45 am (1 year ago)

    That sounds like a really wonderful time off. Ours was similar except spent at my in laws’ house. I managed to get reading time and adult taking time while the kids played with their cousins! I love the new design. #TeamIBOT

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 13, 2016 at 9:36 pm (1 year ago)

      That sounds perfect, Bec. I’m glad you had a little time to relax especially considering everything else that has been going on.

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  4. Bec Senyard
    January 12, 2016 at 6:53 am (1 year ago)

    Love the look of your blog Renee. It looks fabulous. I’m glad you enjoyed your time off. Bring on the exciting adventures of 2016. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 13, 2016 at 9:36 pm (1 year ago)

      Woohoo!! Can’t wait 🙂 x

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  5. Kathy
    January 12, 2016 at 7:16 am (1 year ago)

    New look is lovely Renee and so nice to hear you sounding so refreshed. I hope you can keep that sense of being able to breathe throughout the year, however you grab the snatches of slow family time and precious you time.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 13, 2016 at 9:37 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Kathy. I hope you can steal plenty of time for yourself also. Can’t wait to follow your yoga adventures this year and of course delight in puppy porn 😉

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  6. Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad
    January 12, 2016 at 7:21 am (1 year ago)

    Happy new year!! I’m loving the sweet yet sleek design on the blog. Really modern and minimalist too. Sometimes a stay-cation is more relaxing than going away! Sounds like it’s definitely what you all needed. We went away and stayed with family and I found it terribly exhausting. So much packing and washing and putting away and then whilst we were there it was hard work because I got left behind with the baby whilst so many others go to go out and have fun! Wahhhh!! But it really was lovely. My boys loved playing with their cousins xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 13, 2016 at 9:39 pm (1 year ago)

      Oh you poor thing. Yeah they really can feel like work sometimes, especially when you have a baby. It won’t be long before he’s toddling around and you can have that teeny bit more freedom to go out and have fun with the others x

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  7. Andrea Phillips
    January 12, 2016 at 7:36 am (1 year ago)

    Lovely jubbly xx
    And that Dora has a lot to answer for!!!
    Glad you had a lovely and relaxing holiday xxxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 13, 2016 at 9:40 pm (1 year ago)

      She sure does. I must send you a picture. Hate to laugh, but it was a tad funny 🙂 xx

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  8. Mumma McD
    January 12, 2016 at 7:50 am (1 year ago)

    We had a ‘staycation’ too and it was bliss :).
    Love love love the new blog design! Kim is so clever :).

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 13, 2016 at 9:41 pm (1 year ago)

      Oh she is, isn’t she?! I’m so happy with what she’s done. Ahh staycation, so that’s what you call it. Slow learner over here 😉 Glad you had a blissful time.

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  9. Mrs Organised
    January 12, 2016 at 8:38 am (1 year ago)

    Happy New Year! Even though you didn’t venture away, it sounds like you had a wonderful, restful break and are recharged to tackle everything head on! I’ve been indulging in “Nashville” as well … just love it!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 13, 2016 at 9:42 pm (1 year ago)

      How good is it?!!!!! I am so heavily addicted. I can’t wait to finish my commenting tonight and get stuck into it 🙂

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  10. Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    January 12, 2016 at 9:02 am (1 year ago)

    I’m loving your blog makeover Renee – gorgeous! Your two weeks at home sounds wonderful. I read my first book in over a year over the break too. Happy New Year to you – it’s gonna be a great year this year! 🙂 xo

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 13, 2016 at 9:43 pm (1 year ago)

      I think it’s going to be great too, Min. I’m glad you had a chance to relax and do some reading. I forgot how relaxing that can be xx

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  11. Haidee@Maybe Baby Brothers
    January 12, 2016 at 9:40 am (1 year ago)

    Sometimes a holiday at home can be awesome! We went camping (which I will write about at some point) and it was awesome but it was HOT (not by your standards but hot for us!). Was great fun though 🙂

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 13, 2016 at 9:45 pm (1 year ago)

      I hear that it has been hot over there. Dave went to visit his brother in NZ last month and they’re plotting for us to have a family camping trip soon. I’m not a huge fan of camping, but if I’m going to do it anywhere I’d prefer NZ. So beautiful and no nasty critters that can crawl into your tent 🙂

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  12. EssentiallyJess
    January 12, 2016 at 1:16 pm (1 year ago)

    First up, I love the new look! It looks awesome and fits your perfectly. 🙂
    Secondly, I’m so glad you had a nice break. Sometimes doing nothing is the perfect thing to do.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 13, 2016 at 9:45 pm (1 year ago)

      Who would have thought, huh?! Thanks Jess.

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  13. Vanessa
    January 12, 2016 at 2:36 pm (1 year ago)

    I had 10 days off as well – my first paid holidays in far too many years. I did my best at doing nothing. It still doesn’t feel like quite enough time off though.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 13, 2016 at 9:46 pm (1 year ago)

      Hooray for paid holidays and no, 10 days off is never enough.

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  14. Janet Aka Middle Aged Mama
    January 12, 2016 at 2:56 pm (1 year ago)

    I’ve never been away on holidays over the Christmas break – too danged expensive! So we always just chill out at home. It’s surprisingly easy to just switch off and veg out that week between Christmas and New Year, and I look forward to it every year!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 13, 2016 at 9:46 pm (1 year ago)

      Yes, it is expensive isn’t it?! And way too busy. I’m glad we stayed at home 🙂

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  15. Lisa
    January 12, 2016 at 6:29 pm (1 year ago)

    Ah a nice facelift Renee. Glad you got a break and chilled out over Christmas x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 13, 2016 at 9:47 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Lisa. I hope you had a lovely one too x

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  16. Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    January 12, 2016 at 8:09 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh I may need to contact Kim. I need a refresh too!

    Bring back the holidays. My hubby had an unexpected 6 weeks off and just went back today. I do need to rejig the diet and stop bringing wine into the house so I guess it has to happen. Cheers to 2016.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 13, 2016 at 9:48 pm (1 year ago)

      The wine keeps sneaking into my house too, Karin. Funny that. Wow. Six week holiday. That’s awesome. It would be hard to go back after that.

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  17. Mum Of Five Girls
    January 12, 2016 at 8:55 pm (1 year ago)

    We didn’t go away either and it has turned out quite nicely! Glad your holiday at home was wonderful!
    Love the new look…that logo is gorgeous!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 13, 2016 at 9:48 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks lovely. I’m glad you had a great break too xx

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  18. Lara @ This Charming Mum
    January 12, 2016 at 9:01 pm (1 year ago)

    I can’t believe how quickly these holidays have raced by. We spent a lot of time at our local pool too, and had some awesome day trips. Wishing you a successful year of writing. Your logo looks great!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 13, 2016 at 9:49 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Lara. The same to you 🙂

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  19. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    January 12, 2016 at 9:20 pm (1 year ago)

    Love the new blog design. Your beach day inspired us to do the same today! I want to do it again, we should organise a get together at the beach one day {even though its a crazy long way to go to meet up}.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 13, 2016 at 9:49 pm (1 year ago)

      That would be fun, Toni. Sounds like a great idea. I’m glad you made it down to Currumbin. I hope it was worth the drive for you 🙂

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  20. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    January 12, 2016 at 9:52 pm (1 year ago)

    Sounds like the best holiday ever! I LOVE the new look blog Ren. I do hope we can connect more in person in 2016. The year when I try and see more people instead of just contacting via the internet. xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 13, 2016 at 9:50 pm (1 year ago)

      That sounds like a great idea. I’ll let you know next time we’re down your way xx

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  21. Denise
    January 13, 2016 at 7:20 am (1 year ago)

    There’s a lot to be said for a staycation! We did the same lots of trips to the zoo and the pool. It sounds like you had a good one. Best wishes for 2016! Love your new look x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 13, 2016 at 9:51 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Denise. Your holiday sounds great. You can’t go wrong with a trip to the zoo. Happy new year to you also.

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  22. Kylie Purtell - A Study in Contradictions
    January 13, 2016 at 11:59 am (1 year ago)

    I am loving the new look, especially the pink, I love pink! Your holiday sounds lovely. Dave got a couple of extra days off last week and it ended up being a bit of a nightmare because it rained non-stop for three days and by the end of it we were all so stir-crazy we were driving each other nuts! I’m hoping he can get a few extra days off in February though and that the weather will cooperate when he does!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 13, 2016 at 9:52 pm (1 year ago)

      Argh don’t you hate that when you take time off and the weather is pants. Hopefully next time you’ll have better luck. I just realised the pink is similar to yours 🙂

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  23. Deb @inner compass designs
    January 13, 2016 at 9:19 pm (1 year ago)

    Love the approach of waking up and taking stock and deciding what to do. My kids are desperate to go ice skating- maybe tomorrow or Friday! And I love Nashville!! Sounds like a perfect break.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 13, 2016 at 9:53 pm (1 year ago)

      I hope they have fun ice skating!!! Oh and Nashville … I’m off to watch it now 🙂 x

      Reply
  24. Emily
    January 14, 2016 at 3:01 pm (1 year ago)

    What a beautiful post! Loved that love heart photo. What a softie. And I can’t believe you didn’t read a book for a year! Oh, Renee. Let’s rectify that. What are you reading now? x

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      January 20, 2016 at 9:06 pm (1 year ago)

      I’m reading Drew Barrymore’s Wildflower book 🙂

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  25. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    January 14, 2016 at 3:12 pm (1 year ago)

    Love the new look for the blog – it’s just gorgeous! Your holidays sound full of happy – I love how you have started 2016 as you mean to go on!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      January 20, 2016 at 9:06 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Sam. I really feel that I have xx

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  26. Pinky Poinker
    January 14, 2016 at 3:39 pm (1 year ago)

    Sounds like the perfect restorative break Renee! Yes, I can understand how surprised the girls would have been to discover that ice-skating is hard and wet. Really fun though!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      January 20, 2016 at 9:07 pm (1 year ago)

      It sure is. I think I’ll have to take them again soon to try to get them used to it 🙂

      Reply

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